I received some questions about possibility visiting Kyoto and Hokkaido in only 7 days. So I show you itinerary about Kyoto and Hokkaido. We don’t use Japan Rail Pass for the transfer to downtown Tokyo from Narita airport because most of tourists stay in Tokyo for the first several days. You will start to use your pass from Tokyo station.
Day 1 06:23am Depart from Tokyo station by Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 501. 09:15am Arrive at Kyoto station. After arrival, enjoy exploring in Kyoto. *Hikari departs at Tokyo station every 30 minutes. If you want to depart a bit later, you can take later Hikari. If you arrive at Narita or Haneda early morning, you can transfer to Kyoto on the arrival day. *You can start this itinerary from Osaka / Kansai airport
Day 2 Full day free in Kyoto
Day 3 Transfer to Osaka station. You can take a local train to Osaka. Shin-Kaisoku (新快速=Rapid urban service) will take you to Osaka from Kyoto in 30 minutes. Shin-Kaisoku departs at Kyoto every 15 minutes. After arrival, exploring in downtown Osaka. 24:34(00:34 in Day 4) Take Sunrise Seto/Izumo at Osaka station. Overnight in the train.
Day 4 07:08am Arrive at Tokyo station 07:32am Depart from Tokyo station for Shin-Aomori by Tohoku Shinkansen Hayate 15. 11:09am Arrive at Shin-Aomori station. 11:35am Depart from Shin-Aomori station for Hakodate by Limited Express Super Hakucho 15. 13:44pm Arrive at Hakodate station. 14:00pm Depart from Hakodate station by Limited Express Hokuto 11. 15:55pm Arrive at Date-Monbetsu. Catch a local bus to Toyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉=Lake Toya Hot Springs Resort). Additional fare is 580 yen for one way. Enjoy Japanese Onsen!
Day 5 Take a local bus to Date-Monbetsu station. 10:15am Depart from Date-Monbetsu station for Sapporo by Limited Express Super Hokuto 3. 11:47am Arrive at Sapporo. After arrival, enjoy sightseeing Sapporo or short trip to Otaru.
Day 6 10:37am Depart from Sapporo station for Hakodate by Limited Express Super Hokuto 10. 13:52pm Arrive at Hakodate station. After arrival, enjoy exploring in Hakodate.
Day 7 11:19am Depart from Hakodate for Shin-Aomori by Limited Express Hakucho 29. 13:28pm Arrive at Shin-Aomori station 13:42pm Depart from Shin-Aomori by a href=”https://jprail.com/trains/tohoku-shinkansen.html”>Tohoku Shinkansen Hayate 28. 17:08pm Arrive at Tokyo. *If you start this itinerary, take Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka. We still have lots of Hikari bound for Shin-Osaka.
Hokuto and Super Hokuto are operated between Hakodate (函館) and Sapporo (札幌). These trains are connected with Hakucho/Super Hakucho at Hakodate. So if you want to transfer from Tokyo to Sapporo, take Tohoku Shinkansen, Hakucho/Super Hakucho (Shinaomori-Hakodate) and then take these train at Hakodate to Sapporo. Japan Rail Pass cover all these trains from Tokyo to Sapporo. You may have other choices from Tokyo to Sapporo. Even though this is very long trip, there are many trains and this is the easiest to get the ticket. Continue reading →