2017 Hokkaido

Trip to Hokkaido in 2017 winter – Part 1, from Narita Airport to Sendai

My trip report to Hokkaido in 2017. This post is the first part of the report from Narita airport to Sendai.
Aomori, Shin-Aomori, Hirosaki

Alternatives of Overnight train Twilight Express, in case that you cannot make a reservation.

***Twilight Express was discontinued in 12 March, 2015. There is no overnight train option between Osaka and Hokkaido ...
Station information

Shin-Aomori station guide. How to change the train, Shinkansen, Super Hakucho and other local trains.

Hokkaido Shinkansen was opened in March 26, 2016. You can get Hokkaido by Shinkansen directly without changing train...

Summary of Japan Railway’s timetable revision in March, 2012

Japan Railway usually revise the timetable every March. Hayabusa on Tohoku Shinkansen, Mizuho and Sakura on Kyushu S...

More chance to get Gran Class on Tohoku Shinkansen on Nov 19, 2011

Gran Class ticket on Hayabusa is one of Japan Railway's ticket that is hardest to get. But JR East will add more E5 ...
Aomori, Shin-Aomori, Hirosaki

Alternatives of Overnight train Cassiopeia and Hokutosei, in case that you cannot make a reservation.

***Hokutosei was discontinued as scheduled train in 14 March, 2015. Now Hokutosei runs as seasonal train until end...
Aomori, Shin-Aomori, Hirosaki

Tips for taking Gran Class of Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa

JR East started to operate 2 round trips of Hayabusa after suspension by earthquake. It takes more than 4 hours betw...
Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima, Koriyama, Nikko, Kinugawa-Onsen

Compare interior of Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa with Hayate

All line of Tohoku Shinkansen will be restored soon. Of course the fastest train "Hayabusa" will be operated too. No...

Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa can be booked online.

On Feb 5, 2011, the first Hayabusa was on sale. But the first Hayabusa train to Shin-Aomori from Tokyo was sold out ...

Japan Rail Pass can be used for Hayabusa (Revised on Feb 2, 10)

Since I have received a response about the extra charge on Green Pass from my reader, I noticed I gave the wrong inf...

Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa timetable released

JR East will start to operate the newest and fastest express train "Hayabusa" on Tohoku Shinkansen on March 5, 2011....
JR Local Buses

How to access to Lake Towada (Towadako). Fully covered by JR Pass

This post shows you the information about the access to Lake Hachinohe. You also can find how to use the pass to get there, such as using JR Pass.
Aomori, Shin-Aomori, Hirosaki

The newest and fastest train! Tohoku Shinkansen “Hayabusa”

Tohoku Shinkansen will be extended to Shin-Aomori on this coming December 4. The fastest train that is called "Hayab...
Aomori, Shin-Aomori, Hirosaki

Connect Mainland (Aomori) with Hokkaido (Hakodate). Limited Express Hakucho / Super Hakucho

Super Hakucho and Hakucho is no longer running after Hokkaido Shinkansen opened in March, 2016. Now Hokkaido Shinkan...
Hokkaido Area

How to get to Hakodate and Sapporo in Hokkaido by train

This post shows you how many hours you spend to get Hokkaido from Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka by the train. You can get some sample train connections which are covered by JR Pass fully.
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