Shin-Aomori station guide. How to change the train, Shinkansen, Super Hakucho and other local trains.

The exterior of Shin-Aomori station. It looks new because this station opened in 2010.
The exterior of Shin-Aomori station. It looks new because this station opened in 2010.

I have received some questions about train transfer at Shin-Aomori station. Shin-Aomori is the last station of Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo. And this station is the place to change the train to Hokkaido, like Hakodate and Sapporo. Some travellers worry about the transfer. They are not sure how big Shin-Aomori station and how many minutes is a enough to transfer the trains.

I show you map and images. I hope this instruction will help you to plan your itinerary.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.


First of all, please see Shin-Aomori station map on JR East website.

Shin-Aomori station is not a big station, like Tokyo. It is composed of two parts, Shinkansen tracks at 3rd floor and conventional line’s tracks on ground floor. Ticket gate, transfer gate and exit are located on 2nd floor.

Shinkansen tracks and platforms

There are two platforms and four tracks (Track#11-14). This is the last station so far, but this Shinkansen will be extended to Hakodate by the end of 2015.

After you get off the trains, just take elevator, escalator or stairs to 2nd floor. And exit or transfer to conventional lines.

Exit, ticket gate and transfer gate

All exits and gates are located on 2nd floor.

Once you get on 2nd floor, you see the exit/ticket gate ahead. If you transfer to the train to Aomori, Hirosakai or Hakodate, follow the sign to the right. You will be able to go through transfer gate. (C) JP Rail
After you go through transfer gate, you will see the sign at the end of concourse. (C) JP Rail

There are two stairs at both side. But these stairs go to same platform and tracks. But if you get a reserved seat of Super Hakucho, take left. If you get a non reserved seat of Super Hakucho, take right. Anyway it is easy. Don’t be nervous.

Most of you do not exit this station. But if you plan to stay in Aomori, don’t stay around Shin-Aomori. Shin-Aomori station is one station away from Aomori station. Aomori station is located in downtown Aomori. There is nothing special around Shin-Aomori station.

Conventional lines tracks and platforms

As you see this image, there is only one platform and two tracks.

It is very easy to find the train that you need to take. As far as you follow the sign, you can’t miss it. And also the trains do not come very often at Shin-Aomori. You don’t need to worry about taking the wrong train.

How many minutes is enough to transfer

When I was there in this past March, it was snowsquall. It was very cold to take this one picture! (Front view of Super Hakucho) (C) JP Rail

When I get off the train at Shin-Aomori in this past March, I changed from Tohoku Shinkansen Hayate 33 at 18:28 arrival to Limited Express Super Hakucho 33 at 18:38 departure. It was very smooth transfer. I have checked the location of stairs, exit, transfer gates and took some pictures in this 10 minutes. I could do it very easily.

So all of you don’t need to worry about taking pictures or inspection there. All you have to do is just change the trains. I can say 10 minutes is enough. If you rush, you may be able to do it in even 5 minutes. It’s a piece of cake!

Move to Aomori station and transfer

Most of trains can be transferred at Shin-Aomori, like Limited Express Super Hakucho to Hakodate, Limited Express Tsugaru to Hirosaki and Rapid Resort Shirakami to Shirakami Mountains and Gono line. However only one train, overnight express Hamanasu cannot be transferred there. If you take Hamanasu, you need to go to Aomori.

Aomori station is one station away and takes only 5 minutes. This section, between Shin-Aomori and Aomori, is one of the special exception. You can take non reserved seat on limited express trains, like Super Hakucho and Tsugaru without surcharge. If you don’t use Japan Rail Pass or JR East Pass and get on the express train only this section, you need to pay only basic fare.

Please see the map of Aomori station if you need. There are only 4 trucks for JR trains (#3-6). You may need to change the platform when you transfer the trains. But Aomori station is not a big station either. 5 minutes is enough to transfer.

I will write about Hakodate station on next post.

24 thoughts on “Shin-Aomori station guide. How to change the train, Shinkansen, Super Hakucho and other local trains.”

  1. Hello,

    Thank you very much for this article.

    I planned to go to Sapporo from Tokyo (using the JR Pass), so I will stop at Shin-Aomori and then Hakodate to finally arrive at Sapporo. So I wanted to know where to reserver my seat for Hakodate. Can I do it directly at Shin-Aomori on the same day?


    1. Hi Audrey,

      Actually you can book it at any JR stations that have reservation window, “Midori no Madoguchi” in advance.

      In major cities, all stations have Midori no Madoguchi. So you can complete all booking, Tokyo-Shin Aomori, Shin Aomori-Hakodate, Hakodate-Sapporo, at same time before you leave Tokyo.


      Takeshi /

  2. Hi. We wil arrive at Aomori Cruise Terminal on Aug.01, 2015 and we need to take the Tohoku Shinkansen from Shin-Aomori to Tokyo and Narita Airport. We want to know if there are hotels near Shin Aomori Station to spend the night before taking the train the next day.

    1. Hi Hector,

      There are some hotels near Shin-Aomori. But Aomori station is located in downtown core of Aomori city. There are many more hotels near Aomori station. Aomori station is only one station, 5 minutes away from Shin-Aomori by local train.

      If you google “Shin Aomori station hotel”, you will find tons of info.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

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