On March 26, 2016, Hokkaido Shinkansen was opened and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station was opened. Hakodate is not transfer point to get Aomori any more. You may get Aomori, Morioka, Sendai and Tokyo by Hokkaido Shinkansen from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. It takes about 20 minutes between Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto and Hakodate.
I wrote about Shin-Aomori station on the previous post. Most of travellers who go to Hokkaido get on Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori, and then Limited Express Super Hakucho from Shin-Aomori to Hakodate. Now it is time to transfer to Limited Express Super Hokuto/Hokuto to Sapporo at Hakodate. This will be your first step on Hokkaido!
I show you map and images. You may know how to transfer the trains, Super Hakucho and Super Hokuto. And also I show you about Hakodate station.
All trucks, platforms, exits and ticket gates are located on the ground floor. It is quite easy to find the direction.
There is no English map of Hakdate station. So I would like to share this Japanese map on JR Hokkaido website with you.
If you do not totally understand Japanese on the map, it is okay. I will explain you step by step.
Tracks and platforms
Please refer Japanese station map. You can find eight numbers, 1,2,3…8 from bottom to top. These are truck numbers. Hakodate station has 4 platforms and 8 tracks. Most of you are going to use truck #5 to #8. Those trucks are used for express trains, like Super Hakucho and Super Hokuto. Mostly you can transfer at same platform. When I got on Hokuto from Sappro, Hokuto arrived at #7. The connection Super Hakucho were waiting at truck #8. So you can transfer the trains in even one minute.
I took this above picture at truck #7 when I got off Hokuto from Sapporo. Super Hakucho was other side of this platform.
I took this above picture at truck #2. You can find two blue colored trains at the back. Those are Limited Express Hokuto at truck #5 and #7.
Truck #1 to #4 are used for local trains. If you take a local train on Hakodate line or Esashi line, you will catch a train on those trucks.
Exit and ticket gate
If you just transfer the trains, you don’t need to exit. Just change the train at the platform. If you get off the train and exit here, there is only one ticket gate. Please see Japanese station map again. There is a concourse at the center of the map from top to bottom. The station building is located at the bottom. The ticket gate and exit are located there.
There are some stores and waiting area around the ticket gate. There are some restaurants at the second level in the building.
There are three exits, Central, North and West. However all exits are located in same building. Central exit is located at the front. West exit is located at the side. And North exit is located at the back. The station building is small. It is not a big deal.
That’s all. It is much easier than what you think. 🙂