To travel around main tourists spots in Hokkaido, taking JR is more of a convenient way. Some people will also take Shinkansen to enter Hokkaido from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station.
Some of the stations in the countryside are unmanned stations, and some local train lines have only 1 operating train, and some lines are going to discontinued in a few years.
You can take a chance experiencing the nostagic vibe of Japan.

Required travel time from Sapporo by JR

  • To Otaru
    35min JR Rapid
  • To Asahikawa
    1hour 25min JR Rapid
  • To Niseko
    2hours JR Rapid and local
  • To Obihiro
    2hours 30min JR Rapid
  • To Hakodate
    4hours 10min JR Rapid
  • To Kushiro
    4hours JR Rapid

Route map of JR Hokkaido

  • Conventional lines (JR)
  • Hokkaido Shinkansen (bullet train) (JR)

From Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Hakodate

The Hakodate Liner (Shinkansen access train) provides convenient access from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station, which is the last stop of the Hokkaido Shinkansen, to Hakodate Station. It runs 16 round trips (rapid and local total) a day which takes from 15 to 22 minutes one way and costs JPY360 (USD 3.60) / Adult.

  • Estimate Duration / from 15 to 22 minutes
  • Fares/ JPY360 (USD 3.60) / Adult.

From New Chitose Airport to Sapporo

The Airport Rapid Service Train from New Chitose Airport Station to Sapporo Station.

  • Estimate Duration / 37 min(Rapid)
  • Fares/ JPY1,150 (USD 11.50)/ Adult

    There are chances that the train will have a sudden stop or delay, due to the accident of bumping into Yezo sika deer.


    The JR Hokkaido Rail Pass is very reasonable and economical for the visitors who use JR for long distance travel and/or multiple times during their stay in Hokkaido.


Jul. 22 2024

Special Coupon | A Home Appliances Store Between New Chitose Airport and Sapporo – KOJIMA x BicCamera Shin-Sapporo Duo Store

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