|TOKYO - SAPPORO (Tokyo - Ueno - Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto - Sapporo)
|This site would like to explain several routes
(No1, No2, No3, No4 and No5) from Tokyo to
northern island, Hokkaido. Please note that
Asakusa is easy access to Ueno compare to
Tokyo. It is 5 minutes metro from Asakusa
to Ueno, and 7 minutes train from Ueno
|No.1. FOR JAPAN RAIL PASS HOLDERS
|Shinkansen (March 26th 2016 started)
For JR PASS holders, this is the efficient
way by all means.
The Shinkansen called Hayabusa and Hayate
both run up north to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto
from downtown Tokyo. It takes much longer
with the Shinkansen called Komachi, Tsubasa
and Toki via detour routes with more hours
Tokyo/Ueno => (Hayabusa or Hayate) =>
Tokyo/Ueno => (Komachi) => Akita =>
Shin-Aomori - Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto
Tokyo/Ueno => (Tsubasa) => Shinjo =>
Akita => Shin-Aomori => Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto
Tokyo/Ueno => (Toki) => Niigata =>
Akita => Shin-Aomori => Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto
Limited Express (Tokkyu in Japanese) called
Super-Hokuto or Hokuto links between Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto
Hakodate <= > Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto
Some timetable example can be referred below,
but please study JR east and HyperDia for daily departure precise time schedule.
Tokyo 06:32 => (Hayabusa) => 10:58
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 11:09 => (Super-Hokuto)
=> 14:41 Sapporo
Tokyo 08:20 => (Hayabusa) => 12:20
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 12:34 => (Super-Hokuto)
=> 16:04 Sapporo
About 6 hours with 1 transfer,
normal fare would be JPY26,820
|No.2. JR NIGHT TRAIN
|Sorry, there is no longer this night train
service for Hokkaido. Followings were only
available until March 2016
Hamanasu : JPY29,050 (JPY0 Hayate/Hayabusa + JPY6,480 B birth which is 4 beds in 1 room) or JPY22,570
(JPY0 Hayate/Hayabusa + JPY0 reserved regular seat)
Tokyo 18:20 => (Hayabusa) => 21:37
Shin-Aomori 21:46 => (Local Train) =>
21:52 Aomori 22:18 => (Hamanasu) =>
|Skymark? or Peach? or Vanilla? or JetStar?
or SPRING? AirAsia Japan?
For those who would like to enjoy over-sky-Japan
trip, especially the wonderful departure
moment from Haneda Airport (as well as landing
onto Tokyo bay airport = Haneda), such great
view over Tokyo downtown (both night and
day). Mt.Fuji could be caught in your bird
If you were purchasing international flight
together with JAL (and partner of ONE WORLD,
American, British, Cathay, Finnair, Qantas
and more) or ANA (and partner of STAR ALLIANACE,
Austrian, Air Canada, New Zealand, brussels,
Lufthansa, SAS, Singapore, Swiss, TAP, Thai,
United and more), there are also special
fare for inner-Japan travel (about JPY10,000
one way direct). If you'd fly from Hokkaido
(Sapporo) to Okinawa (Naha), it is great
fare per mile especially for Frequent Flyers.
CTS - OKA is 1,397 miles (100% basic mile). For such domestic long distance, Premium Class is highly recommended..
Peach, Vanilla Air and Jetstar also
fly to Hokkaido from Narita Airport (not
Haneda Airport) which is convenient if your
previous international flight landed onto
Narita, and actually much cheaper than Skymark,
around JPY2,000 - JPY6,000 one way for hand
For those who fly from Osaka (Kansai Airport),
please check this out for the "sweet" bargains!
|Taking advantage of Japanese islands hopping,
you may relax on both Pacific Ocean and Japan
Sea (East Sea).
(Tokyo =>) Ooarai => Tomakomai
This is the major Pacific Ocean route for
truck drivers, and for students especially
for summer holiday (late July and whole August).
Certain month has special discount fare as
low as JPY9,990 one way including bus ride
from downtown Tokyo to Ooarai port and from
Tomakomai port to Sapporo.
(Osaka/Kyoto/Tsuruga =>) Niigata => Akita => Tomakomai
This is the major Japan Sea (East Sea) route
for truck drivers, and also for students.
Tsuruga (north of Kyoto) - Tomakomai (Hokkaido)
one way could be as low as JPY9,570 (seasonal
special discount ticket).
Niigata => Otaru (=> Sapporo)
Japan Sea (East Sea) side has also Otaru
(much closer/nearer to Sapporo compare to
Tomakomai) based. This over night ferry costs
only JPY6,480 one way. Both ports are accessible
to respective JR station by connecting local
|No.5. BUS and FERRY (combination tickets)
|BUS Ueno => Aomori then FERRY Aomori =>
Tsugaru Kaikyo is the straight between main
island (Honshu) and Hokkaido. There used
to be a ferry service operated by Japan National
Railway (JNR, former JR). Since JR opened
rail-under-the-sea in 1988, private ferry
companies took place for the on-wave-transportation.
On March 26th 2016, Hokkaido Shinkansen started up for HakodateHokuto, very
first Shinkansen system in the northern island
history. Tokyo - HakodateHokuto takes about
4 hours direct. Otaru - Niseko (Kutchan)
- Sapporo have to wait until 2030. By the
same time most probably even earlier year
around 2027, Tokyo - Nagoya will run Mag-Lev,
the floating train at 505km/hr.
Anyway, if you love being on long (and cheap)
rides, JPY6,500 is the hot deal from Ueno
to Hakodate via Aomori. Ueno is 2km west
of Asakusa, 3km north of Tokyo. How would
you like to enjoy the Ainu island? You may
find overall information at this page, please.
Willer Express also has combination tickets to Hakodate
and Tomakomai from Tokyo.