Bullet train from Tokyo to Hokkaido

You can go to Hokkaido from Tokyo by Hokkaido Shinkansen, (Hokkaido bullet train), however, there is still under construction on its route from Shin Hakodate Hokuto, in the south part of Hokkaido to Sapporo, the biggest city in Hokkaido. In case you want to reach Sapporo by train, need to transfer the bullet train named “Hayabusa” to the limited express train at Shin Hakodate Hokuto station. *It is scheduled the route for the bullet train from Shin Hakodate Hokuto to Sapporo will be available in 2030)
It takes approximately 4 hours from Tokyo to Shin Hakodate Hokuto by bullet train. For further trip to Sapporo, it takes another 3.5 hours by the limited express train after changing trains at Shin Hakodate Hokuto station. Move from Tokyo to Sapporo by train requires more than 7.5 hours totally, which may seem not attractive for most tourists. One of good points to use train is more punctual than flight especially in winter that is possibly affected by weather condition like heavy snow. Besides, Hokkaido bullet train has started its operation since Mar 2017, and so, most people have not tried it yet. If you have chance to ride on it, it must be additional great memory on your Hokkaido trip!

Comparison between train and flight
(Tokyo to Hakodate & Tokyo to Sapporo)

<Tokyo to Hakodate>

  Flight (Air Do, ANA, JAL) Bullet Train
Time 3h 45min 4h 30min
Tokyo station to Haneda airport 35 min, Haneda airport to Hakodate airport 1h 20min, Hakodate airport to Hakodate station 20 min, Waiting time at the airports 1h 30min Tokyo station to Shin Hakodate Hokuto station 4h, Shin Hakodate Hokuto station to Hakodate station 30min
Fare JPY 8,350-36,550/One Way
(Including train fare from Tokyo station to Haneda airport and bus fare Hakodate airport to Hakodate station)
JPY 15,460-23,160 /One Way
 

<Tokyo to Sapporo>

Flight (Air Do, ANA, JAL) Bullet Train
Time 4h 12min 7h 30min
Tokyo station to Haneda airport 35 min, Haneda airport to New Chitose airport 1h 30min, New Chitose airport to Sapporo station 37 min Waiting time at the airports 1h 30min Tokyo station to Shin Hakodate Hokuto station 4h , Shin Hakodate Hokuto station to Sapporo station 3h 30min
Fare  JPY 8,510-39,510/One Way
(Including train fares from Tokyo station to Haneda and New Chitose airport to Sapporo station)
 JPY 19,010-26,560 /One Way
 

 

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