Getting By train

Trains in Japan are consistently fast and accurate in addition to comfortable rides. Trains in Hokkaido are no exception. Hokkaido Rail Pass offers for non-Japanese unlimited rides on any JR Hokkaido lines for a number of days. The economical, convenient pass can be applied in your country before leaving or here in Hokkaido. Many fun trips are provided by the Railway. To find out detailed information, visit "Hokkaido Railway" on the web.

Hokkaido is not (yet) linked to the Shinkansen high speed network, but night sleeper trains from Tokyo are a popular option.

Another way to access Hokkaido by rail is the Hakucho and Super Hakucho limited express service between Aomori and Hakodate (2 hours, ¥5,340 one way). There are nine trains per day.

When the Seishun 18 Ticket is effective, it can be used on Hakucho limited express trains between Kanita and Kikonai, making it possible to cross between Honshu and Hokkaido for as little as ¥2,000. However, because of the scarcity of local trains around Aomori and Hakodate, scheduling such a trip can be a bit of a hassle.