Trip to Hokkaido in 2017 winter – Part 2, from Sendai to Oshamanbe

Super Komachi and Hayabusa at Sendai station

This post is continued from Trip to Hokkaido in 2017 winter – Part 1, from Narita Airport to Sendai.

On day 2, I started my trip from Sendai and landed in Hokkaido. I traveled to Asahikawa via Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto, Oshamambe, Sapporo. In this post, I will write about the first half of my trip on day 2 from Sendai to Oshamambe.

Sendai to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto

Sendai 08:06 (Hayabusa 1) 10:58 Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto

It was snowing in Sendai but it was not much. But I did not worry about trip by Tohoku-Hokkaido Shinkansen. This Shinkansen lines are very tough even in heavy snow condition. It is very very reliable.

By the way, if you travel by Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka-Hiroshima-Hakata) in snowy condition, train is late very often. Because this Shinkansen line is the oldest line and heavy snow condition was not expected. It has been improving but it is still not enough at this point.

I caught Hokkaido Shinkansen Hayabusa at Sendai station for Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. Trains to Hokkaido were super busy because of Sapporo Snow Festival and long weekend in Japan.

Especially Green class seat and Gran class seat were almost booked out.

I have been to Hokkaido. But this was the first trip to Hokkaido by Hokkaido Shinkansen.

Shinkansen is very convenient and very fast. But it goes through many tunnels and almost no view. When you take Shinkansen, especially Tohoku and Hokkaido Shinkansen, do not expect the scenery on board.

I could see the ocean a bit right after train went through Seikan Tunnel.

I changed trains at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station. I took Limited Express Super Hokuto.

Hokkaido Shinkansen Hayabusa just arrived at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station.

Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto was renovated when Hokkaido Shinkansen opened. This is Shinkansen terminal station is very small. You can change the trains easily.

But when I traveled, trains in Hokkaido were so busy. Most of trains were booked out between Hakodate and Sapporo because of Sapporo Snow Festival. I had 9 minutes to transfer at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. I changed the trains just in time. Many passengers got off Shinkansen trains and changed the trains at same time. Many passengers were stuck at escalators and stairs.

Platform for limited express Super Hokuto and Hakodate liner is not very spacious.

However many station staffs handled passengers and it was very organized and prepared. They were very familiar with travelers from overseas and they took good care of tourists. Even if you have less than 10 minutes to transfer, you will be okay. You will never lose your way.

Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Oshamanbe

Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 11:09 (Super Hokuto 9) 12:20 Oshammbe

I had one hour ride on Super Hokuto to Oshamanbe. Train was full and booked out.

I love this line because it is very scenic. I could see Mt. Komagatake at Onuma lakes. I also could see the shoreline from Mori to Oshamanbe. It was completely different from the trip by Shinkansen.

I could get a seat on left side, seat #11A. But when you book a seat for Super Hokuto and Hokuto between Sapporo and Hakodate, I recommend you to book C and D. This side is Mt. Komagatake and seashore side. You can get much better view at this side.

Lunch stop at Oshamambe station

Two limited express trains arrived at almost same time in Oshamambe station.

I got off the train at Oshamambe because I took a local train from Oshamanbe. Before I took a local train. I had one hour at Oshamambe station. Oshamambe station is very small. It is very quiet around the station.

I visited the local restaurant, “Kanaya”. It is just a few steps away from Oshamambe station.

This restaurant makes very popular Eki-Ben (box meal) “Kani-meshi”(crab meat on the rice). You can buy Eki-Ben or eat in the restaurant if you have a time.

I ate Kani-meshi in the restaurant and it was very yummy.

If you want to buy Eki-Ben style Kani-meshi, You can buy it at the “Kanaya” store. It is located beside the restaurant.

Kanaya Eki-Ben store

After lunch, I walked down to the beach. It was just a few minutes away. I just got the fresh ocean breeze.

Continue to the post, Trip to Hokkaido in 2017 winter – Part 3, from Oshamanbe to Sapporo by Hakodate line.

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