Super Hokuto

Express train Sapporo to/from Hakodate. Limited Express Super Hokuto

Super Hokuto
Most of Hokkaido Limited Express trains are operating for a long transfer.

Super Hokuto runs between Hakodate and Sapporo. This train is connected to Hokkaido Shinkansen at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. So if you move from Tokyo to Sapporo, take Tohoku-Hokkaido Shinkansen and take this train for Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Sapporo. Japan Rail Pass covers all these trains from Tokyo to Sapporo.

But the trip between Sapporo and Tokyo is quite long trip. Please refer the link below to learn more:

How to access to Hakodate and Sapporo in Hokkaido by railway

Route, schedule and trip time

Super Hokuto runs more than 10 trips a day. It takes 3 hours 10 minutes by the fastest Super Hokuto between Sapporo and Hakodate.


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Stations

Hakodate (函館)x
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (新函館北斗)x
Goryokaku (五稜郭)*
Onuma-Koen (大沼公園)*
Mori (森)*
Yakumo (八雲)*
Oshamanbe (長万部)*
Toya (洞爺)*
Date-Monbetsu (伊達紋別)*
Higashi-Muroran (東室蘭)x
Noboribetsu (登別)*
Tomakomai (苫小牧)x
Minami-Chitose (南千歳)x
Shin-Sapporo (新札幌)x
Sapporo (札幌)x

x:All trains stop *:some trains stop

Accommodation

Super Hokuto is operated by KIHA-261 or 283 series. Ordinary seat is 2+2 seat configuration and Green seat is 2+1 seat configuration. These two fleets are very similar. You may not care about it

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.

Train formation

Train formation by 281 series

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*Some more cars are added in the peak season.

Train formation (281 series)

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*Some more cars are added in the peak season.

Train formation (261 series)

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Images – KIHA-281 series

Green seat
281 series - Limitex express Super Hokuto 281 series - Limitex express Super Hokuto 281 series - Limitex express Super Hokuto

Ordinary seat
281 series - Limitex express Super Hokuto 281 series - Limitex express Super Hokuto 281 series - Limitex express Super Hokuto 281 series - Limitex express Super Hokuto

Sanitary space
281 series - Limitex express Super Hokuto 281 series - Limitex express Super Hokuto 281 series - Limitex express Super Hokuto

Images – KIHA-261 series

Green seat

Ordinary seat

Sanitary space

Passenger’s deck

117 thoughts on “Express train Sapporo to/from Hakodate. Limited Express Super Hokuto”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    I need to travel from Narita Airport to APA Hotel Kandaeki Higashi
    2 Chome-1-1 Iwamotocho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0032.
    Which express train should I use, (N’Ex or Skyliner – Keisei-Ueno)?
    Should I buy the Suica & N’ex ticket for a one way trip since I will be in Japan longer than 14 days? Does the Skyliner offer the same combination ticket with the Suica? Thank you so much for your time.
    DT

    1. Hi DT,

      Suica and N’ex is no longer available. For the trip to Kanda, Skyliner is better than Narita Express. You can change Skyliner and JR Yamanote line at Nippori. At Ueno, Keisei railway station and JR station are a bit away. At Nippori, both train stations are located side by side. It is much easier to change train at Nippori than Ueno. You may find the deal of Skyliner at the link below:
      http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/skyliner/us/tickets/index.php

      If you want Suica, just buy Suica itself.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi-san,
    I am trying to figure out the best travel out from Lake Toya where we plan to fly to Tokyo. We have hotel reservation on the lake front. Should I fly out from Hakodate or New Chitose Airport? Any recommendation on the best train to go from your recommended location to catch an airplane.

    Thank you for your help and guidance.

    Piper

    1. Hi Piper san,

      I recommend New Chitose more than Hakodate. Because the station is located in the airport. And there are many more flights to New Chitose from Tokyo than Hakodate.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi-san,
        I’m sorry that I wasn’t clear on my question. I will be in Lake Toya (Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace) and would like to get to Tokyo via airplane. Which is more faster and efficient to fly out: New Chitose Airport or Hakodate? You are correct that there are more flights in New Chitose. However, I noticed that I wold have to transfer train going to New Chitose Airport. Please confirm if I have the train route correct that I have for New Chitose Airport or for Hakodate (direct route).

        Ltd. Exp. Super Hokuto 1 TOYA(JR-MURORAN)
        transfer MINAMI-CHITOSE
        Rapid Airport 86 for NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT

        TOYA(JR-MURORAN) Ltd. Exp. Super Hokuto 4

        Thank you very much for your help and taking time to provide information. It is nice to have your response.

        Regards,
        Piper

        1. Hi Piper san,

          I still recommend you to choose New Chitose more than Hakodate. Even though you have to change trains at Minami-Chitose as you mentioned, you can change trains at same station. If you go to Hakodate, you have to take a bus to get the airport from Hakodate station. Train change at Minami-Chitose is much much easier.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

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