Hokkaido is one of the best destination in Japan. New Chitose airport (新千歳空港) is the biggest airport in Hokkaido. Some of you may be start your trip from this airport. I would like to show you how to get the train to Sapporo, Otaru and Asahikawa from New Chitose airport. And also I will show you how to transfer other trains to most of major cities in Hokkaido. Continue reading
When you go to Wakkanai at North end of Hokkaido, these trains take you there. Both Super Soya (スーパー宗谷) and Sarobetsu (サロベツ) are operated on exactly same route between Sapporo and Wakkanai. But Super Soya is operated by newer 261 series. It is faster and gives you better accommodation and better service. As I mentioned in this site many times, JR Hokkaido give you a great service in Green car. But Sarobetsu do not have any green can in the train set. And Super Soya has only 9 seats. Green seats are sold out very often. I strongly recommend you to reserve your seat as soon as possible.
Of course both trains are fully covered by Japan Rail Pass. Let’s see the details about these trains. Continue reading
This is a seasonal operation of Limited Express Okhotsk that connect Sapporo (札幌) and Abashiri (網走) in Hokkaido. This train is operated from late January to early March for Ryuhyo (流氷=Drift ice) viewing. The operation, like time required and route, is completely same as Limited Express Okhotsk. But this seasonal train is operated by specialized car. The accommodation is much better than regular train of Limited Express Okhotsk.
You can take this train by Japan Rail Pass with no restriction. Let’s see the details. Continue reading
Furano (富良野) is one of most popular spot in Hokkaido. Especially July is the busiest season because the bloom of Lavender. You can enjoy Furano in not only summer season but also autumn. You may see the fall color leaves in September. The scenery in autumn is breathtaking too. Furano can be accessed directly from Sapporo (札幌) by Limited Express Furano Lavender Express / Furano Koyo Express from July to mid October. There are three round trips in the peak season. But if you want to have a nice rail excursion and enjoy the scenery from the train, I recommend you to take this train “Furano Biei Norokko train” (富良野・美瑛ノロッコ号). Of course you can take this train by Japan Rail Pass with no extra charge. Let’s see the details about this train. Continue reading
Bento (弁当) is the classic boxed meal in Japan. Especially Bento that is sold at station is called “Ekiben”. “Eki” (駅) means station and “Ben” (弁) is an abbreviation of the Bento. Major department store hold an exhibition that show many Ekiben from all over Japan very often. Ekiben is one of the food culture in Japan. Nobody knows how many Ekiben we have in Japan now. According to Ekiben archives, it says more than 3000 Ekiben in Japan. Even though I pick up the popular Ekibens, it is too many to share the information with you in one post. First of all, I would like to show you the popular Ekiben in Hokkaido with you. Continue reading
This express train connect two major cities in Hokkaido, Sapporo (札幌) and Asahikawa (旭川). This train does not have any Green class seat. But Super Kamui has “U seat” substitute of Green seat. It is a sort of Reserved Ordinary seat. So even Japan Rail Pass Ordinary can be used for this seat.
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When you think about buying Japan Rail Pass, you may compare the price of Japan Rail Pass and a single fare. But it is very hard to get an exact fare because the fare rule of Japan Railway is so complicated. So I will give you some examples and consider which way has greater value. Continue reading