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  1. Hi Takeshi-san,

    Thanks for the very useful information in this website – I love it! I was reading about the Hokkaido Rail Pass and the Furano Biei Rail Ticket, and was wondering if it would be worth getting either one (or both) for my trip to Hokkaido. This is my tentative itinerary:

    – Day 0: Arrival in Sapporo from Tokyo
    – Day 1: Sapporo
    – Day 2: Sapporo -> Jozankei Onsen -> Sapporo
    – Day 3: Sapporo -> Furano -> Biei -> Sapporo
    – Day 4: Sapporo -> Noboribetsu -> Sapporo(?)
    – Day 5: Sapporo (?) -> Noboribetsu
    – Day 6: Departure for Tokyo from New Chitose Airport

    I am still not decided on whether to stay at Noboribetsu on Day 4, since lodging tends to be more expensive there.

    May I know your advice if I should get the Hokkaido Rail Pass and the Furano Biei Rail Ticket, or consider other alternatives? Please help. Arigato gozaimasu, Takeshi-san!

    1. Hi Alvin san,

      Hokkaido Rail Pass 3 days is your choice. You can use it for trip to Biei/Furano and Noboribetsu. Even if you stay in Noboribetsu, 3 days pass will cover these trips. Regular fare ticket is okay for the rest of your trip.


      Takeshi /

      1. Konnichi wa Takeshi san,

        Thank you so much for your advice! I will have a look at the Hokkaido Rail Pass then. Have a great weekend ahead! Arigato gozaimasu!

        Best Regards,
        Alvin Ng

  2. Hello Takashi san,

    We are going to Japan in December and will be using JR 7 days pass. May I know if it is possible to use this pass for the trip to Gala Yuzawa station from Ueno station? Can we use this pass to get the discount for the rental of skiing equipment at Gala Yuzawa?
    Thanks and regards,

    1. Hi Peter san,

      It is no problem to travel to Gala Yuzawa by JR Pass from Ueno. But the discount offer is not available for JR Pass user. The offer is available for Tokyo Wide Pass and JR East Pass only. Those are issued by JR East and those are regional passes. It is different from JR pass (nation wide pass).


      Takeshi /

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