If you think about making a day trip or a few days trip to Furano and Biei from Sapporo, this deals, “Furano Biei Rail Ticket” is the best deal. This ticket includes unlijmited ride in these areas and round trip from Sapporo.
In this post, I will tell you the detailed information about this deal. I also show you the comparison between this ticket and Hokkaido Rail Pass.
Takikawa is not well known as the tourist spot. And this station is not a mega terminal station. But this station is the junction of Sapporo, Asahiawa and Furano. If you travel to Furano from Sapporo, you may need to transfer train at this station, Takikawa. If you do so, you may want to know what this station looks.
In this post, I would like to explain about Takikawa station with some photos.
Takikawa station overview
Takikawa is located in the middle of Hokkaido between Sapporo and Asahikawa. Trains depart and arrive at Takikawa from the following destinations:
Hakodate line to/from Sapporo, Asahikawa
Nemuro line to/from Furano, Shintoku, Obihiro, Kushiro
*Nemuro line is closed between Higashi-Shikagoe and Shintoku since storm hit this area in 2016. There is no direct trains running from Takikawa to Shintoku, Obihiro and Kushiro at this point. If you go to Obihiro or Kushiro, you may go to Sapporo and catch Limited Express Ozora or Tokachi to Obihiro and Kushiro. It may be faster. Substitute bus is available for this closed segment.
Station structure, tracks and platforms
Before I start to explain about this station, I would like you to refer the station map in JR Hokkaido official site. It is in Japanese but you may find what Takikawa station looks like.
Takikawa station is one level structure. All platforms and the station building are located on the ground floor. There is a walkway bridge over the platforms. This walkway connects all platforms and station building. There are elevators at all platforms for your convenience.
Limited Express Lilic Limited Express Kamui Limited Express Soya Limited Express Okhotsk Local, Rapid on Hakodate line
Limited Express Lilic Limited Express Kamui Local, Rapid on Hakodate line Limited Express Okhotsk Limited Express Soya
Fukagawa, Asahikawa Abashiri Wakkanai
Track #1 is attached with the station bulding.
Track #2 and #3 are used for the freight trains and there is no platforms for these tracks.
Furano line train mostly depart from track #1. But some of them depart from track #4.
Track #4 and #5 are used for westbound, Iwamizawa and Sapporo. These tracks share same platform. Track #6 and #7 for eastbound, Fukagawa, Asahikawa, Abashiri and Wakkanai and these tracks share same platform too. If you come from Sapporo and need to change train to Furano, you need to move from track #6 or #7 to track #1.
Takikawa station has only one ticket gate. It is a small station and very simple layout.
The station building has the waiting space but this station does not have any stores and kiosks.
There is no convenience stores and shops around the station. You do not have any chances to buy nearby this station. I recommend you to prepare something to eat before coming to this station if you need.
I have taken a local train from Furano to Takikawa. You can find my trip report in the link below. I hope it will give you some idea.
I am glad if this post assist you to build your plan.