Hokkaido Shinkansen has arrived!!

Ladies and Gentlemen!

The moment we have been waiting for has finally arrived! Please welcome the latest member of the Shinkansen Family…..Hokkaido Shinkansen! Yeahhhh!!!!!

You might wonder why I am so excited. Guess what everyone? You can now go all the way to Hokkaido, from Tokyo, without taking a plane or having to change to another train! The Hokkaido Shinkansen just opened on March 26th which makes Honshu Island (Main Land) and Hokkaido Island completely connected.

You can reach Hakodate from Tokyo in just four hours on a high speed bullet train. This means that we can literally go from Kyushu to Hokkaido by just one Shinkansen ride!!

Source: Hokkaido Railway company

With this train, you can go directly from Tokyo through an underwater tunnel and arrive at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station (Hokkaido Island) within 4 hrs and a half! What makes this train so special is that before this train track was built, we had to get off the Shinkansen at Aomori Prefecture (Most Northern part of Honshu Island) and change to another local train underwater. Now, traveling to Hokkaido is smooth and more convenient than ever.

**Please note that you have to switch to another local train for Sapporo once you arrive at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station


Source: JR Railway

There are 2 sub-companies in charge of this Shinkansen which are JR East and JR Hokkaido. They manage the train schedule in their respective areas. The pink one is from JR East company and and the purple one is from JR Hokkaido Company.


©East Japan Railway Company


©Hokkaido Railway company

All About JR PASS

JR All PASS (Nationwide)

Alright! It’s time for the most important thing…Transportation Cost!

If you have this whole country pass, you can get on the Shinkansen and go between Honshu Island and Hokkaido Island as many times as you want. This includes going anywhere in the country  using JR trains. For more details, please check our their website Click>>>

38,880 YEN
19,440 YEN
29,110 YEN
14,550 YEN
62,950 YEN
31,470 YEN
46,390 YEN
23,190 YEN
81,870 YEN
40,930 YEN
59,350 YEN
29,670 YEN

Source: JR Railway


This newest JR Area PASS covers the East Japan area (Kanto-Tohoku) and Southern Hokkaido (Sapporo, Oataru, Niseko, Hakodate). This pass will allow you to travel  between two islands but will not cover the area above Sapporo City such as Furano and Asahikawa. You have to pay for additional tickets if you want to go to the upper area of the island.

Details are in the following link Click>>>.



SALES OUTSIDE JAPANDiscounts 26,000 yen 13,000 yen
SALES WITHIN JAPAN 27,000 yen 13,500 yen

Source: JR Railway


This pass is made for those who want to travel only on Hokkaido island (No Crossing back and forth to Honshu Island). You can check out their official website about this pass. Click>>>

Which one is better? Area PASS vs Whole Country PASS

Why buy the Area PASS if we can get the Whole Country PASS by adding a few bucks?

Benefits of Area PASS

  • In some specific areas, there are special JR trains that you cannot use even though you have the Whole Country PASS such as Nozaomi, Mizuho, Hayabusa, Etc. (these are high speed bullet trains).
  • Why pay more money for routes that you don’t plan to go on. This Area PASS will save you some money and give you more flexibility to adjust your plan.

Please be careful and plan your trip well. I hope that this blog will help you plan your trip in Hokkaido more easily and don’t forget to contact us if you need any information about travelling in Hokkaido and buying the JR PASS. If you need any help, we are just a click away H.I.S Live Chat System.

That’s all for today. See you in the next blog.

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