How to access to Hakodate and Sapporo in Hokkaido by railway.

Sapporo in winter time is so beautiful.
Sapporo in winter time is so beautiful.

Sapporo is the biggest city in Hokkaido and is very well known as the base city of the biggest winter festival in the world.

We can get Sapporo in same day from Tokyo and Osaka by Shinkansen and Limited express trains. And also we can take an overnight train too. Let’s see the sample itinerary.

Taking Tohoku/Hokkaido Shinkansen and limited express trains from/to Tokyo

Hokkaido Shinkansen runs between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto where is 25 minutes away from downtown Hakodate. I would like to show you the sample schedule by Shinkansen and Limited Express Hokuto/Super Hokuto.

The earliest connection from Tokyo to Sapporo

Tokyo 06:32 Dep
(Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa 1)
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 10:58 Arr
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 11:09 Dep
(Limited Express Super Hokuto 9)
Sapporo 14:41 Arr

The earliest connection from Sapporo to Tokyo

Sapporo 06:00 Dep
(Limited Express Super Hokuto 2)
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 09:11 Arr
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 09:31 Dep
(Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa 16)
Tokyo 14:04 Dep

If you need to go to Hakondate, rapid train, “Hakodate Liner” takes you to Hakodate from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto in 20-30 minutes. This train is operated usually in 15 minutes transfer time at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. So you can transfer between rapid train and Shinkansen very smoothly.

You can find all Shinkansen and Limited Express Hokuto connections at JR Hokkaido’s timetable.

JR Hokkaido timetable, Tokyo-Sapporo

All train trips are covered by JR Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass.

How about trip to Hokkaido from Shin-Osaka and Kyoto

There are many Shinkansen trains running between Shin-Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo. But I think most of you use JR Pass. Therefore I would like to show you the trains connection that is covered by JR pass fully.

The earliest connection from Shin-Osaka/Kyoto to Sapporo

Shin-Osaka 06:08 Dep
Kyoto 06:23 Dep
(Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 504)
Tokyo 09:10 Arr
Tokyo 09:36 Dep
(Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa 11)
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 13:38 Arr
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 14:11 Dep
(Limited Express Hokuto 13)
Sapporo 17:41 Arr

The earliest connection from Sapporo to Kyoto/Shin-Osaka

Sapporo 06:00 Dep
(Limited Express Super Hokuto 2)
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 09:11 Arr
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 09:31 Dep
(Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa 16)
Tokyo 14:04 Arr
Tokyo 14:33 Dep
(Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 517)
Kyoto 17:13 Arr
Shin-Osaka 17:26 Arr

You can make a trip between Osaka/Kyoto and Hokkaido. But it is such a huge trip. It is possible but please keep it in your mind that you will spend one whole day in the trains.

134 thoughts on “How to access to Hakodate and Sapporo in Hokkaido by railway.”

  1. Hi Takeshi-san,

    Is there a night train from Tokyo to Sapporo? Are all shinkansen from Tokyo to Sapporo covered in JR Pass?

  2. hi, i have plan going to sapporo from nagoya. is there any overnight train?
    do you have any idea best time going from nagoya to sapporo?
    thanks

    1. Hi Lia,

      Unfortunately there is no overnight trains. You can find the timetable in the links below:
      Nagoya to Tokyo
      http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/_pdf/eastbound.pdf
      Tokyo to Sapporo
      http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/english/ttable/01.pdf

      You can take any train in the timetables above. But it will be 10 hours trip. You should leave Nagoya in the morning. Otherwise you get Sapporo in midnight.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. i think need stay in Tokyo one night then go to sapporo. because 10 hours too tired
        and i have another question, can i reserved the ticket from tokyo or sapporo?
        thankyou so much ^^

  3. I am planning to travel from Tokyo to Tomakomai in October 2017 and would like to know the best route to get there using the JR Pass. Thank you.

  4. may i know how much is the ticket for this per person? Adult how much and kids in 7 years old how much? and how far is this train station from the sapporo city?

    The earliest connection from Sapporo to Kyoto/Shin-Osaka

    Sapporo 06:00 Dep
    (Limited Express Super Hokuto 2)
    Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 09:11 Arr
    Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 09:31 Dep
    (Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa 16)
    Tokyo 14:04 Arr
    Tokyo 14:33 Dep
    (Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 517)
    Kyoto 17:13 Arr
    Shin-Osaka 17:26 Arr

  5. Hello!
    You mentioned that we can travel overnight from Osaka to Sapporo, where I can I get a comprehensive info around the fee and timetable of the trains?
    I’m visiting Japan for just 3 days and wanted to gauge if I can visit Sapporo on a budget with the limited time I have.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Vina,

      Please see the chapter, “The earliest connection from Shin-Osaka/Kyoto to Sapporo” in the post above. Shin-Sapporo is a few stations away from Sapporo. You can take same route and all trips are covered by JR Pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. I tried to search for your suggested “the earliest connection from Shin-Osaka/Kyoto to Sapporo” in http://www.hyperdia.com. However, I cannot find such route. May I ask if there’re any conditions or limitations to the services in the route, such as weekend/weekday or month?

        I’ll be traveling from Kyoto to Sapporo with JR Pass on June 28 2017. Thank you.

          1. Dear Takeshi,

            I suppose that it is very late in Japan right now. So, thank you for your prompt reply.

            May I ask one more question? My first preference is actually a sleeper train to Hokkaido. I found Cassiopeia. Unfortunately, it is discontinued. Are there any other sleeper trains to Hokkaido (with or without JR pass)?

            Thank you very much.

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