I explain many deals in this site but these are mostly available for overseas tourist only. In this post, I would like to show you the deal for both resident and overseas tourist in this post. This deal, Peach / Vanilla Higashi Hokkaido Free Pass is designed for the trip to eastern part of Hokkaido. If you are under 25 years old, you can get this pass at U25 discount rate.
I would like to show you how you use this pass.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Prices and valid period
- 3 Valid train and railway lines
- 4 How to purchase Peach / Vanilla Higashi Hokkaido Free Pass
- 5 The route of Peach Air and Vanilla air
- 6 Eligibility
- 7 Compare regular fare and Peach / Vanilla Higashi Hokkaido Pass
- 8 Sample trip plan by Peach / Vanilla Higashi Hokkaido Free Pass
- 9 Assessment
Peach / Vanilla Higashi Hokkaido Free Pass is available exclusively for Peach Air or Vanilla Air arrival passengers in New Chitose airport and Kushiro airport (from August). It is valid for 5 days which includes unlimited ride of any trains in the coverage area. This deal covers central and eastern part of Hokkaido, such as New Chitose airport, Sapporo, Otaru, Asahikawa, Furano, Kushiro, Nemuro and Abashiri.
Prices and valid period
This ticket is valid for any 5 consecutive days until April 4, 2019. But the last day of sales is March 31, 2019. If you are under 25 years old, you can get U25 discount price.
Child rate is applied to 6 to 11 years old. Child who is 5 years old and younger is free of charge. U25 rate is applied to 12 to 25 years old. You have to prove the age by official documents, such as passport, driver’s license.
One day means midnight to midnight, technically 0:00 to 23:59. Even if you start using the pass at 23:00. you will spend one full day for just one hour. So try to start in the morning. It does not make sense to start to use in late evening.
Valid train and railway lines
Please see the coverage area map below:
You can take any train’s non reserved seat in the coverage area. All limited express trains, rapid trains and local trains have non reserved seat. This pass does not cover any local bus services, street car and subway. Only JR trains are covered by this pass.
If you want to take reserved seat or Green seat (1st class seat), you have to pay full charge of reserved seat limited express fee or Green seat fee. The extra fee is not the difference between reserved and non reserved. In this case, the pass covers only base fare ticket:
Trip from Sapporo to Asahikawa
Green seat fee 4,550 yen
Reserved seat fee 2,320 yen
Non reserved seat fee 1,800 yen
Base fare 2,490
The pass covers base fare 2,490 yen and non reserved seat fee 1,800 yen. If you take reserved seat, you have to pay 2,320 yen. The extra fare is not 520 yen (2,320 yen – 1,800 yen). If you take Green seat, extra fare is 4,550 yen. Again it is not the difference between non reserved and Green which is 2,750 yen (4,550 yen – 1,800 yen).
You may find some more information in regards to non reserved seat and reserved seat in the link below:
How to purchase Peach / Vanilla Higashi Hokkaido Free Pass
This pass is available for Peach Air or Vanilla Air passenger only. There are some restrictions. Please see the following conditions. You must know these conditions before you use this pass.
- This pass is sold at New Chitose Airport station only at this point. You cannot purchase it at any other stations. However Peach Airline open Osaka (Kansai) – Kushiro route on August 1, 2018. This pass will be sold at Twincle Plaza in Kushiro station.
- When you purchase this pass, you have to show Peach Air or Vanilla Air boarding pass.
- The pass is sold on arrival day only. You cannot purchase it in advance. You cannot use the boarding pass of previous date. That means you have to buy this pass and start using it right after you arrive.
- You can purchase one pass per one boarding pass. There is other deals, Peach / Vanilla Kita Hokkaido Pass. But you cannot purchase both by one boarding pass even it is different kind pass.
You cannot get a pass until you arrive in New Chitose airport or Kushiro station. You must start using it right after you purchase. Even if you arrive in late night, you will spend 1 of 5 days for several hours. If you arrive in Kushiro airport, you have to take a bus to get Kushiro station. This bus is not covered by this pass but you can get discount fare by the coupon. You have to print out the coupon in the link below:
You have to print out it. You cannot show this coupon by the smartphone, tablet or laptop.
This pass is sold until September 30, 2018. The last day of using this ticket is October 4, 2018 and it is valid for 5 days. This pass is not available in winter period.
The route of Peach Air and Vanilla air
Peach Air and Vanilla Air are Japanese LCC (Low Cost Carrier). As of June, 2018, Peach Air operates the following route:
- Osaka (Kansai) – Sapporo (New Chitose)
- Sendai – Sapporo (New Chitose)
- Fukuoka – Sapporo (New Chitose)
- Taipei (Taoyuan) – Sapporo
As I mentioned, Peach will open Osaka (Kansai) – Kushiro route on August 1, 20198.
Vanilla Air operates the following route:
- Tokyo (Narita) – Sapporo (New Chitose)
Please confirm the updated timetable in the official sites:
You must get New Chitose airport by Vanilla Air or Peach Air. Nationality and travel status do not matter. If you live in Japan, you can purchase it. Of course Japanese can purchase this.
Compare regular fare and Peach / Vanilla Higashi Hokkaido Pass
It is very easy to get the worth of this ticket. Please see the fare table on major segments.
|Sapporo – Asahikawa||Limited Express|
Kamui or Lilac
|Sapporo – Furano||Limited Express|
|Sapporo – New Chitose||Rapid train||1,070|
|Sapporo – Kushiro||Limited Express|
|Sapporo – Abashiri||Limited Express|
|Sapporo – Obihiro||Limited Express|
|Kushiro – Nemuro||Local train||2,490|
|Kushiro – Abashiri||Local train||3,670|
|Asahikawa – Biei||Local train||540|
|Asahikawa – Furano||Local train||1,070|
|Furano – Biei||Local train||640|
These above fare table is shown by the segment. If you purchase a regular fare, you may purchase just one ticket for several segment because you can make a stopover. Actual cost may be cheaper than these above fares. However you may use this table for rough calculation.
Anyway you may get the worth by only round trip to Kushiro or Abashiri. If you have a circle tour, New Chitose airport – Sapporo – Kushiro – Abashiri – Asahikawa – Sapporo, total fare is around 18,000 yen. You can get the worth anyway. You may add trip to Furano and Biei from Asahikawa, and trip to Otaru from Sapporo. Your saving is bigger and bigger when you add some trips.
Sample trip plan by Peach / Vanilla Higashi Hokkaido Free Pass
If I use this pass, my trip plan is the following:
Arrive at New Chitose in the morning.
Leave New Chitose for Asahikawa.
Stay in Asahikawa
Leave Asahikawa for Furano and Biei.
Enjoy trip to Biei and Furano.
Catch the last train to Abashiri.
Stay in Abashiri
Leave Asahikawa for Kamikawa.
Catch the bus to Sounkyo / Daisetsu mountains (not covered by the pass).
Catch the last train to Abashiri.
Stay in Abashiri
Leave Abashiri for Shiretoko.
Take sightseeing bus to Shiretoko peninsula (not covered by the pass).
Take the train to Kushiro. Enjoy the scenery of Kushiro marsh.
Stay in Kushiro
Leave Kushiro for Sapporo or New Chitose.
*If you have a time, you can drop by Obihiro.
**If you can stay more, you can go to Sapporo. I do not include Sapporo and Otaru even though those places are covered by the pass. Because Sapporo is very closed to New Chitose. It is not a good idea to spend one of five days coverage period. Otaru is very closed to Sapporo too.
This above plan is just one of the idea. You can use the pass as you like!
If you fly in Hokkaido, this is a very good deal. Even for overseas tourist, this is an attractive deal. It is much cheaper than Hokkaido Rail Pass. Especially if you have a plan to visit eastern Hokkaido, this deal must be considerable.
Enjoy visiting Hokkaido at affordable cost by Peach / Vanilla Higashi Hokkaido Free Pass!