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Overnight train to/from Sapporo and Aomori. Express Hamanasu

Overnight train Hamanasu

Overnight train Hamanasu

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 first “Hayabusa” on Tohoku Shinkansen at Shin-Aomori.

Be careful! This overnight train “Hamanasu” arrive and depart at Aomori. Aomori is one station away from Tohoku Shinkansen station, Shin-Aomori. When you transfer to Hayabusa from Hamanasu, you need to take Limited Express Tsugaru 2 that depart from Aomori station at 5:46. You have only 6 minutes to transfer.

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.
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Dream Car

No extra charge
One of those reserved seats is called “Dream Car”. This seat provide you same grade of comfortably as Green classr.
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Carpet Car

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.
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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.
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Other facilities

This train has several the vending machine. You can buy some refreshment.
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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.
Overnight train Hamanasu
Be careful! This train has Japanese style washroom only!
Overnight train Hamanasu


Station Aomori to Sapporo Sapporo to Aomori
Aomori (青森) 22:18 5:39
Hakodate (函館) 0:44-1:23 2:52-3:27
Oshamanbe (長万部) 3:08 1:03
Date-Monbetsu (伊達紋別駅) - 0:17
Higashi-Muroran (東室蘭) 4:17 23:50
Noboribetsu (登別) - 23:35
Tomakomai (苫小牧) 5:01 23:04
Minami-Chitose (南千歳) 5:25 22:41
Chitose (千歳) 5:30 22:36
Shin-Sapporo (新札幌) 5:55 22:11
Sapporo (札幌) 6:07 22:00

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166 Comments to “Overnight train to/from Sapporo and Aomori. Express Hamanasu”

  1. Him says:

    I and four other friends are looking to catch a train to Aomori from Sapporo on Sunday Feb 8. We had considered doing the overnight train but are worried it will be booked out due to the festival in Sapporo. Will the day trains be booked out too? What is the best way to secure tickets? We arrive in Hokkaido on Jan 22. Should we buy tickets then?

  2. TANG says:

    Hi Takeshi
    I have plan to go to sapporo on this weekend and leave from Hakodate on January 14 with overnight train. I want to take Hamanasu train that will dep. from Hakodate at 2.52 or 3.27am.
    Do you think is it a good idea? i just worry that what should i do before the train come. Or you have any suggestion? It’ll be useful.
    Best regards

  3. Aesir says:


    Can you explain the timing from Sapporo to Aomori? I do not understand. Are those arrival time or last train time?

    Thank You

  4. Kate says:

    Hi Takeshi-san,

    Thank you for all the useful information. We are hoping to use Hamanasu for our trip to Sapporo and have some questions to ask:

    1. Will it be difficult to reserve a seat ~10 days in advance for 6 people on Jan 29th?
    2. Can you tell me which trains are best to get from Tokyo to Aomori? We would like to leave Tokyo as late as possible, but do not want to risk missing the train.
    29/1 (to Sapporo)
    Tokyo – Shin-Aomori
    > Hayabusa 29: 5:20pm – 8:42pm
    > Hayate 369: 4:28pm – 8:05pm
    > Hayabusa 27: 4:20pm – 7:37pm
    Shin-Aomori – Aomori (JR Ou Line)
    > 8:06pm, 8:50pm, 9:46pm
    3. Is it likely for trains to be cancelled due to bad weather eg heavy snow?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Kate san,

      1. It will be okay if you can accept any kinds of seats.
      2. As long as weather is okay, Hayabusa 29 is okay. If I were you and made a booking seat for Hamanasu, I will take even later train.
      3. Yes. It may happen in winter time. So I recommend you to keep checking updated weather info.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  5. Joy says:

    Hello, can you tell if it will be difficult for us to get even an unreserved seat in the hamanasu if we will go to sapporo on feb 5 in the evening for sapporo ice festival?

    We are arriving in tokyo feb 5 in the morning, and i believe the reserved seats has a high chance of being fully booked already when we arrive. Thanks and hope you can answer

    • Hi Joy,

      Technically you can take non reserved seat on Hamanasu anyway. But it’s hard to find that you can get the seat or not. During peak season, there are some passengers who cannot get the seat and they stay on isle. But it is the worst case. In most cases, it’s not hard to get a seat on non reserved seat.

      You should try to book it right after you arrive in Japan. You may be able to book it.

      Good luck!


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  6. Jimmy says:

    I and my friends have plan to depart from Aomori to Sapporo on the 1 January 2015 at 10:18PM. Will this exp. Hamanasu train be available?

    I have checked from HYPERDIA.com. It said unavailable. But in Google maps say available, so that make me confuse.

  7. Crystal Lew says:

    Hi there,

    I will travel From Tokyo to Sapporo on 09/12/14. I was thinking to take night train from Tokyo, following is my route.

    >Depart from Tokyo Station & take Shinkansen Hayabusa 31 to Shin-Aomori.

    >At Shin-Aomori transfer JR OU line to AOMORI.

    >At AOMORI transfer to Express Hamanasu & heading to Sapporo.

    My question is, is all these route will fully cover by JR Pass? Or do you have better alternative way to travel from Tokyo to Sapporo by night train without extra charge.


    • Hi Crystal,

      It’s fully covered by JR Pass if you don’t use B berth on Hamanasu. As you read above, Dream car, Carpet car and non reserved seat are fully covered by JR Pass.
      This is only way to get Sapporo by overnight train without any extra on JR Pass.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  8. George says:

    Hi there,

    Since this train is operated by JR Hokkaido, is it possible to make a reservation at a JR East office? I mean, when I arrive and I turn in my JR Pass Exchange Order at Haneda Airport and by some miracle they can find me an available place in the Carpet Car, are they able to reserve this place?

    Ps.: According to Hyperdia and JR Hokkaido website, the train leaves Aomori at 22:18, not 22:42. Just for your information. :)

    • Hi George,

      Yes, you can. You can book any JR trains at any JR stations that has Midori no Madoguchi (reservation window). So you can book it at Haneda airport if the space is available. Good luck!

      PS Thanks for the info about timetable. I will correct it.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  9. Anthony says:


    I’m travelling from Sapporo to Tokyo by Hamanasu and Hayabusa on the 13th March and will reach Tokyo 14th March.

    As said in the article, it is quite difficult to reserve the seats such as Dream Car and Carpet Car.
    I’ll be using a JR Pass for my trip and only be in arriving in Japan (Chitose) on the 4th March.

    May I know if it will be very difficult to reserve a seat for myself from Sapporo to Tokyo.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Anthony,

      It’s very hard to say. In my opinion, it’s no chance to get Carpet. It’s usually sold out right after on sale. I think you will have a chance to get Dream seat. Usually Dream is much easier to book than carpet.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  10. Adang Tjendana says:

    Hello, Takeshi-san, i’m planning to buy 1 week JR Pass, and i already have the plane ticket from tokyo to shin-chitose, and i still haven’t booked any ticket from shin-chitose to osaka because i’m planning to use the JR Pass. is it possible to use it? and i’ve been searching by hyperdia from sapporo to aomori that it took more than 7 hours by hanamasu express. and there is a type b sleeper class in hanamasu and i need additional fare 7,560 yen for it. if we pay 7,560 yen, do we get 4 beds in 1 compartment, or is it only for 1 person?

    i’m looking forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.


    Adang Tjendana


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