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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!
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Station Aomori to Sapporo Sapporo to Aomori
Aomori (青森) 22:42 5:40
Hakodate (函館) 1:00-1:23 2:52-3:22
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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145 Comments to “Overnight train to/from Sapporo and Aomori. Express Hamanasu”

  1. Jackson says:

    (1) What is JR East otona no Kyujitsu Kurabu pass?
    大人の休日倶楽部パス:4 day=17000 yen and JR Unlimited ride 5 Days for 25000 yen.
    (2)What is Shinshun Kodama Wide-view Free Kippu ?
    (3)What is JR Hokkaido Sanrenkyu Odekake Pass ?
    (4)What is JR Kyushu Hachi-ju-hachi Yumeguri Kippu 九州八十八湯めぐりきっぷ?
    (5)What is JR West San’in Odekake Pass?
    We visitor of Japan glad to hear JR offer above rail pass.So Give us some Information about that rail Pass.

    • Hi Jackson,

      1) You have to be a member of Otona no Kyujitsu club and you must be 50 years old or older. Otherwise you can’t use this pass. This pass gives you unlimited travel in JR East area.

      2) This ticket was sold before. It gives you unlimited travel in JR Central area on January 1st only. I don’t know it will be available for 2015 at this point.

      3) It’s no longer available.

      4) It gives you unlimited travel in JR Kyushu area at 25710 yen for 4 unconsecutive days in one month from the day of purchasing.
      There are lots of conditions but it’s too much to explain. Please use translation service to see the Japanese link below:

      5) No longer available.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  2. Madhuri says:

    Dear Takeshi san,
    My parents with Tourist visa.Do you think five-day JR EAST PASS@22,000 yen is okay for following JR EAST operating Shinkansen and Limited express and Night trains:

    Tsubasa,Yamabiko,And Limited express Train:Akagi,Akita Relay,Ayame,Azusa,Fresh Hitachi, Hakuchō,Hatsukari,Hitachi,Hokuetsu,Hometown Tochigi,Inaho,Kaiji, Kamoshika, Kinugawa,Komakusa,Kusatsu,Minakami,Minori,Narita Express,Nikkō,Odoriko,Ohayō Tochigi,Sazanami,Shiosai,Shirayuki,Soyokaze,Spacia Kinugawa,Super Azusa,Super Hakuchō,Super Hatsukari,Super Hitachi,Super View Odoriko,Swallow Akagi, Tazawa, Tsugaru,Wakashio,Weekend Akagi,And night Train:Akebono,Cassiopeia, Hokuriku, Hokutosei,Nihonkai,Yume Kūkan,Express train Noto,Rapid train: Airport Narita,Aizu Liner,Banetsu Monogatari,Kubikino,Moonlight Echigo,Moonlight Nagara, Moonlight Shinshū,Musashino,Myōkō,Resort Shirakami and Liner Train:Chūō Liner,
    Home Liner Odawara,Ohayō Liner Shinjuku,Ōme Liner,Shōnan Liner Train.
    Arigatou Gozaimasu

  3. Yakisoba says:

    Hello Takeshi.

    What an informative site, thank you for sharing to us.

    I want to ride Hamanasu Express on my way back to Tokyo from Sapporo. Based on my research, Hamanasu express will depart in Sapporo station at 20:00, there are non-reserved seats available and I have JR pass, so that means I can ride this train for free. However, it is certain that there would be available non-reserved seats as soon as I arrive at the station 1 hour earlier?

    So I have to ride Express Hamanasu (20:00)- transfer to JR Ou Line (6:00) – transfer again to Shin-Aomori (6:17), is this correct? Please help. Thank you.


    • Hi Yakisoba,

      I have never taken Hamanasu during snow festival. But I have seen many comments in Japanese forum.
      Some says Hamanasu was SUPER busy. Some of passengers waited at platform for Hamanasu 5 hours before departure time. Many passengers cannot find the seat and stay on the isle or passenger’s deck all the way to Aomori.
      Other says non reserved seat was almost empty.

      So it is very hard to guess. But I think you have to expect the worst case if you intend to take Hamanasu.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  4. Zaida says:

    Good morning. I would like to know is this Hanamasu night train operate all year? I’m planning to travel on 3rd Febuary 2015.
    And i heard it might be full coz it is near the snow festivel. My trip plan is to arrived at Tokyo on 29th Jan 2015. What is your advice on booking the night train?
    Thank you very much.

    • Hi Zaida,

      Yes. As you expected, Hamanasu will be very busy.
      It will be very slim chance to book Hamanasu. There is no way to book before you arrive in Japan. So it will be gamble.
      In worst case, you will take non reserved seat. It’s very hard to guess how early you have to wait for Hamanasu non reserved seat at Aomori station. But I think you have to wait for that train at latest 30 minutes before departure time.


      Takeshi / JP Rail


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