Overnight transfer to Aomori/Akita from Tokyo, No extra charge on Japan Rail Pass! Overnight limited express Akebomo

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***This train scheduled service was discontinued in March, 2014 due to small demand.***

Overnight train Akebono

This overnight train is operated between Ueno and Aomori. Japan Railway operate 3 overnight trains between Tokyo and Tohoku or Hokkaido. But only “Akebono” has the reserved seat. The other two trains, “Hokutosei” and “Cassiopeia”, have only the sleeper. If you take sleeper class by Japan Rail Pass, Japan Rail Pass is valid for the basic fare only. You have to pay not only sleeper class surcharge but also limited express surcharge. That means you do not need to pay the extra to get “Akebono” because this train has the reserved seat.

Akebono’s reserved seat gives you a great deal. This reserved seat is called “Goron-to-seat”. It is completely same as the bank bed type sleeper. The only difference is that this class does not give you any bedding sheet and pillow. But some Japan Rail Pass users are interested in the other choices. I show you all types of accommodations and the extra charges for Japan Rail Pass.

Accommodations and extra charge for Japan Rail Pass user

Single Deluxe

Additional fare 15,660yen to 16,500yen (Express surcharge 2,310yen to 3,150yen + Accommodation charge 13,350yen)
*If you take the train from Ueno to Akita, Express surcharge is 2,830yen. to Aomori from Ueno, it costs 3,150yen.
This is the best room in this train. The bed size is 196 cm X 80 cm. (Length/Width). This compartment has a small desk, a sink, TV (usually 2 video programs) and a power outlet. The desk is so small. It is even hard to use a mini notebook. There is no room that has a washroom or shower in the room in this train.

This room has a upper berth. If you want to use for 2 persons, extra charge for the second person is 9,540yen. And the lower berth can be converted to the sofa.


Single use


Converted to sofa

Twin use


Additional fare 8,610yen to 9,450yen (Express surcharge 2,310yen to 3,150yen + Accommodation charge 6,300yen)
*If you take the train from Ueno to Akita, Express surcharge is 2,830yen. to Aomori from Ueno, it costs 3,150yen.
This is the basic type of single room. These rooms are located lower and upper level. The room height is so tight. You cannot stand up at the lower compartment. You may be able to stand up at the stair in the upper compartment. The upper compartment has a huge glass window above the bed. You may enjoy to see the stars when weather is clear. This room has a small table and mirror. it does not have any sink and power outlet. You cannot charge any batteries.



Lower compartment

Upper compartment


Type B compartment

Additional fare 8,610yen to 9,450yen (Express surcharge 2,310yen to 3,150yen + Accommodation charge 6,300yen)
*If you take the train from Ueno to Akita, Express surcharge is 2,830yen. to Aomori from Ueno, it costs 3,150yen.
This is very basic sleeper in Japan. 4 beds are in one compartment. Lower berth is 195 cm X 70 cm X 111 cm. (Length/Width/Height) Upper berth is 195 cm X 70 cm X 95 cm. Lower berth has a little more head room.


No extra charge
The size of bed is the exactly same as type B compartment. But you don’t need to pay any extra charge. So this one has the biggest deal in this train.

Other facilities

This train does not have any public space. When you eat and drink, you have to stay your compartment or seat. And there is no shared shower space in the train either.
I show some images of the washrooms. This train has both Japanese style and western style.

Train formation


*LG=Goron-to-seat (reserved seat) for women B=Sleeper class B1=Basic compartment sleeper class A1=Deluxe compartment sleeper class G=Goron-to-seat (reserved seat)
Smoking is not allowed on this train.


StationUeno to AomoriAomori to Ueno
Ueno (上野)21:156:58
Omiya (大宮)21:406:29
Takasaki (高崎)22:485:12
Niitsu (新津駅)1:34
Shibata (新発田)1:07
Murakami (村上)3:190:38
Atsumi-Onsen (あつみ温泉)4:0723:53
Tsuruoka (鶴岡)4:3423:28
Amarume (余目)4:5123:12
Sakata (酒田)5:0423:01
Yuza (遊佐)5:1722:48
Kisakata (象潟)5:4022:25
Nikaho (仁賀保)5:5122:14
Ugo-Honjo (羽後本荘)6:0622:01
Akita (秋田)6:4521:23
Hachirogata (八郎潟)7:1420:55
Moritake (森岳)7:3620:39
Higashi-Noshiro (東能代)7:4820:29
Futatsui (二ツ井)8:0620:13
Takanosu (鷹ノ巣)8:1820:02
Odate (大館)8:3519:45
Ikarigaseki (碇ヶ関)8:5719:23
Owani-Onsen (大鰐温泉)9:0519:14
Hirosaki (弘前)9:1719:05
Shin-Aomori (新青森)9:4818:35
Aomori (青森)9:5618:25

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  1. Dan says:

    Hi there, I am planning to visit Hokkaido in January 2020 but so far am confused about the train systems. I plan to get the JR pass, and travel from Tokyo to Hakodate in a night train with sleeper compartment. Where can I find the fares and timings? Do I need to top up any fee if I have the JR pass already? How many people can 1 sleeper cabin fit? We are a family of 4 adults. Thank you.

  2. chua says:

    Good day.

    We have 8 person would like to take akebono express night train from tokyo to hokaido on 27 nov 2015. Please kindly explain to us how to make the journey smoothly.

    • Takeshi Shimomura, Author of JPRail.com
      Takeshi / JPRail says:

      Hi Chua,

      Unfortunately I don’t think Akebono will run in November. It has not run since this past January. In my understanding, this train is completely discontinued.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  3. Sakuntala says:

    1. If we want to go to Hirosaki , Can we take this night train and get off at Hirosaki?
    2. If we reserve seats for Goron-to-seat , we will not pay more with our JR pass, right?
    3. If we want to reserveType B compartment or solo , we must pay more ,right?
    4. Will the time table for thid train change in April 2015?
    Thank u so much.

    • Takeshi Shimomura, Author of JPRail.com
      Takeshi / JPRail says:

      Hi Sakuntala,

      This train, Akebono is not operated as scheduled train. It runs during peak period only. It may not run in next year.
      Please don’t plan to use this train.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

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