The Limited Express Super Hokuto train guide and the timetable. The train connects Sapporo and Hakodate.

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.

You can find the timetable in the link below: PDF timetable (valid until mid March, 2020)


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


*Some more cars are added in the peak season.

Train formation (261 series)


Images – KIHA-281 series

Green seat

Ordinary seat

Sanitary space

Images – KIHA-261 series

Green seat

Ordinary seat

Sanitary space

127 thoughts on “The Limited Express Super Hokuto train guide and the timetable. The train connects Sapporo and Hakodate.”

  1. Dear Takeshi-san,

    I have to take the “Super Hokuto” train from Sapporo to Hakodate, is there any space to store luggage on this train? I will be traveling with my Boyfriend and altogether we have 3pcs of luggage.

    Kindly advise, thank you so much!


      1. Dear Takeshi san,

        Thank you for your prompt treply!

        You mean at the first cabin of the train or at any entrance of the train?

        Thank you 🙂

          1. Dear Takeshi san,

            Well noted with thanks!

            I understand that you are able to reserve seats on bullet trains, how about the Super Hokuto train?

            Thank you

  2. Hi Takeshi-san,
    Please advise whether the JR Hokkaido Rail 3 Days Pass is available for travel from Shin-Chitose Airport to Hakodate. Based on the info at Hyperdia ,is it valid for LTD. EXP SUPER HOKUTO train ?

  3. 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.

    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:

      If you want Suica, just buy Suica itself.


      Takeshi /

  4. 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.


    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.


      Takeshi /

      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.


        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.


          Takeshi /

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