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Tips for railway travel in Hokkaido

As summer approaches in the northern island Hokkaido, quite a few people send us questions on railway travel. Here are the latest news from JR Hokkaido.

New service: Book reserved seat tickets in advance online

Since 1 February 2017 JR Hokkaido has introduced a new online booking system collaborated with JR East. Now Japan Rail Pass holders are able to book their seats online before they arrive in Japan.


Go to Furano and Biei by train!

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Furano and Biei are popular destinations in Hokkaido, particularly in summer when you can see lovely flowers such as poppies and lavenders. Seasonal train services “Furano Lavender Express” and “Furano Biei Norokko Train” are available as always.  One big note for this year; Twinkle Bus has changed its name into “Biei View Bus”. There are 3 courses which covers scenic spots in Biei like Blue Pond, Shikisai-no-oka flower hill and other observatories on hills.

Train information  http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/pdf/ml/201705_e.pdf

Timetable of JR Furano Line  http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/english/ttable/07.pdf

Information on Biei View Bus  http://sikibiei.blog41.fc2.com/blog-entry-1359.html

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Official tourism site of Biei  http://www.biei-hokkaido.jp/en/

Official tourism site of Furano  http://www.furanotourism.com/en/

Information on flower gardens in Furano & Biei area  http://www.furanotourism.com/en/bigkey/flower/

We hope you will have a fantastic summer holiday in Hokkaido!!