This overnight express train is operated between Aomori and Sapporo. If you want to save your time and you don’t want to spend your money for Hotel in Sapporo, this overnight train is the best choice. Especially when you want to transfer to Tokyo from Sapporo as early as possible, this train is connected with the earliest Tohoku Shinkansen at Shin-Aomori.
Hamanasu will run until the end of February with a few suspension dates and some schedule changes. And this trail will be discontinued in March 2016. Please find more info at the post, Schedule of 2015 fall seasonal trains of Japan Railways.
However Hamanasu will be discontinued in March before Hokkaido Shinkansen open. The demand of this train is getting bigger and bigger because many local travellers and train fans want to take this train before discontinue. It is very very hard to book this train. Unfortunately I do not recommend you to put this train in your itinerary. It is too risky to use this train in your plan.
Most of the night train have only sleeper class. This express train has Type B sleeper class. But this train has two types of reserved seats too. If you take these reserved class, you can take this train without any extra pay by Japan Rail Pass. Okay, let’s see the accommodations and interior of Hamanasu.
I got on Hamanasu in mid March, 2012. I hope my passengers’ report, “My trip from Aomori to Sapporo on March 19, 2012 by Hamanasu Carpet car.” help you.
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Type B sleeper class
Additional fare 7,560yen (Express surcharge 1,260yen + Accommodation charge 6,300yen)
This is very basic sleeper in Japan. 4 beds are in one compartment. Lower berth is 195 cm X 70 cm X 111 cm. (Length/Width/Height) Upper berth is 195 cm X 70 cm X 95 cm. Lower berth has a little more head room.
No extra charge
The other reserved seat is called “Carpet car”. This seat is the same kind of seat as Nobi Nobi seat on Sunrise Seto and Sunrise Izumo. It is like a berth. You can lie on the seat. This berth is better than Nobi Nobi seat because this accommodation provides you a pillow, linen and the Heated Carpet in winter time. Please click the following images. You will see the purple carpet on the berth. That is the Heated Carpet.
As you see the images, Upper section has more privacy. Try to get it!
Non Reserved seat
Of course, no extra charge
If you cannot get the reserved seat, you can take a non reserved seat, if you like. This seat is very very common seat. If you need to take overnight train from Sapporo to Aomori, you have to take this. Otherwise I don’t recommend you.
This train has several the vending machine. You can buy some refreshment.
Several change rooms are equipped in the train. And you will have a small space to take a break, drink and eat. But there is no shower facility.
Be careful! This train has Japanese style washroom only!
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