Transportation

To Hokkaido
From the world

From

↓

TO: New Chitose Airport

Required time :

3h30min

Airlines with Direct Flights

The following airline companies offer direct flights to Hokkaido.

To Hokkaido
From Japan

Airplane

Japan Rail Pass

This is a ticket designed exclusively for travelers visiting from overseas. Within the duration specified on a ticket, you can enjoy unlimited rides on JR trains throughout Japan. You need to apply for the pass at a distributor outside of Japan, and are unable to purchase it inside Japan.

Railway

Shin-Aomori – Aomori – Hakodate

(Change trains from/to the Tohoku Shinkansen)

  • Name

    Ltd. Exp. Super Hakucho,
    Ltd. Exp. Hakucho

  • Time

    2 hrs. 20 min. from Shin-Aomori,
    approx. 2 hrs. from Aomori

  • For further information visit
    "JR Hokkaido’s official website"

Ferry to Hokkaido

Hakodate←→Aomori

  • Time

    Aomori→Hakodate/3 hours and 50 minutes
    Hakodate→Aomori/3 hours and 40 minutes

  • Frequency

    8-9 round trips a day

    (It is subject to change from time to time.)

  • Inquiries
    Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry
    Seikan Ferry

Hakodate←→Oma

Otaru←→Maizuru

  • Time

    Maizuru→Otaru/20 hours and 15 minutes
    Otaru→Maizuru/21 hours and 30 minutes

  • Frequency

    1 round trip a day

  • Inquiries
    Shin Nihonkai Ferry Co., Ltd.

Otaru←→Tsuruga

Otaru←→Niigata

  • Time

    Niigata→Otaru/For 18 hours
    Otaru→Niigata/19 hours and 30 minutes to 20 hours

  • Frequency

    1 round trip a day (Except Monday)

  • Inquiries
    Shin Nihonkai Ferry Co., Ltd.

Tomakomai Higashi←→Tsuruga

  • Time

    Tsuruga→Tomakomai Higashi/19 hours and 15 minutes
    Tomakomai Higashi→Tsuruga/20 hours and 50 minutes

  • Frequency

    1 round trip a day

  • Inquiries
    Shin Nihonkai Ferry Co., Ltd.

Tomakomai Higashi←→Akita

  • Time

    Akita→Tomakomai Higashi/12 hours and 20 minutes
    Tomakomai Higashi→Akita/12 hours and 15 minutes

  • Frequency

    Specific days

  • Inquiries
    Shin Nihonkai Ferry Co., Ltd.

Tomakomai Higashi←→Maizuru

  • Time

    Maizuru→Tomakomai Higashi/20 hours
    Tomakomai Higashi→Maizuru/21 hours and 20 minutes

  • Frequency

    Specific days

  • Inquiries
    Shin Nihonkai Ferry Co., Ltd.

Tomakomai←→Hachinohe

  • Time

    Hachinohe→Tomakomai/7 hours and 15 minutes - 9 hours
    Tomakomai→Hachinohe/7 hours and 30 minutes - 9 hours

    (* It is different according to the ship used)

  • Frequency

    4 round trips a day

  • Inquiries
    Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha

Tomakomai←→Oarai

  • Time

    Oarai→Tomakomai/For 18-19 hours.
    Tomakomai→Oarai/19 hours and 15 minutes from 18 hours and 15 minutes

  • Frequency

    2 round trips a day

  • Inquiries
    MOL Ferry

Tomakomai←→Sendai

  • Time

    Sendai→Tomakomai/15 hours and 20 minutes
    Tomakomai→Sendai/For 15 hours

  • Frequency

    1 round trip a day

  • Inquiries
    Taiheiyo Ferry

Tomakomai←(by way of Sendai)→Nagoya

  • Time

    Nagoya→Tomakomai/For 40 hours.
    Tomakomai→Nagoya/39 hours and 30 minutes

  • Frequency

    1 round trip every 2 days

  • Inquiries
    Taiheiyo Ferry

Getting Around
Hokkaido

  • Airplane Airplane
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  • Train Train

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* As of January 2021, the Hidaka Main Line between Mukawa-Shizunai-Samani is transported by bus due to high wave damage.
Higashi-Shikagoe-Ochiai-Shintoku on the Nemuro Main Line is transported by bus due to typhoon damage.

Railway

Major Lines in Hokkaido and Trains

  • New Chitose Airport – Sapporo – Asahikawa

    • Name

      Rapid Airport

    • Time

      37 min. to Sapporo, approx. 2 hrs. to Asahikawa

  • New Chitose Airport – Sapporo – Otaru

    (Change here for trains bound for Niseko)

    • Name

      Rapid Airport

    • Time

      approx. 70–80 min. to Otaru

  • Sapporo – Obihiro – Kushiro

    (bound for Tokachi and Kushiro)

    • Name

      Ltd. Exp. Super Ozora, Ltd. Exp. Super Tokachi

    • Time

      approx. 2 hrs. 40 min. to Obihiro
      approx. 4 hrs. 10min. to Kushiro

  • Sapporo – Higashi Muroran – Hakodate

    (bound for Toya and Noboribetsu)

    • Name

      Ltd. Exp. Super Hokuto, Ltd. Exp. Hokuto,
      Ltd. Exp. Suzuran, Exp. Hamanasu

    • Time

      approx. 70 min. to Noboribetsu
      approx. 110 min. to Toya

  • Sapporo – Asahikawa

    • Name

      Ltd. Exp. Super Kamui, Ltd. Exp. Okhotsk,
      Ltd. Exp. Super Soya, Ltd. Exp. Sarobetsu,
      Ltd. Exp. Asahiyama Zoo Train

    • Time

      approx. 90 min.

  • Takikawa – Furano – Shintoku

    • Name

      Rapid train, Local train

    • Time

      In order to go to/from Takikawa, take a train bound for Asahikawa. (approx. 50 min.)
      At Shintoku Station, you can change to a local train bound for Obihiro. (Note: the frequency of local train services is limited.)
      approx. 70 min. between Takikawa and Furano,
      approx. 90 min. between Furano and Shintoku

  • Asahikawa – Biei – Furano, Furano Line

    • Name

      Local train

    • Time

      approx. 40 min. to Biei,
      approx. 90 min. to Furano

  • Sapporo or Asahikawa – Abashiri

    (bound for Abashiri)

    • Name

      Ltd. Exp. Okhotsk

    • Time

      2 hrs. 20 min. to Kamikawa

      from where you should take a bus bound for Sounkyo, approx. 5 hrs. 30 min. to Abashiri

  • Abashiri – Shiretoko-Shari – Kushiro

    • Name

      Local train

    • Time

      approx. 40 min. from Abashiri to Shiretoko-Shari, from where you should take a bus bound for Utoro,
      approx. 2 hrs. 20 min. from Shiretoko-Shari to Kushiro

  • Sapporo or Asahikawa – Wakkanai

    • Name

      Ltd. Exp. Super Soya, Ltd. Exp. Sarobetsu

    • Time

      approx. 90 min. to Asahikawa,
      approx. 4 hrs. between Asahikawa and Wakkanai

Economical Tickets

Hokkaido Rail Pass

This is a ticket designed exclusively for travelers visiting from overseas. Within the duration specified on a ticket, you can enjoy unlimited rides on the lines on which JR Hokkaido offers services. You can apply for the pass at a distributor outside of Japan, or purchase one at Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Tokyo Station or major JR stations inside Hokkaido.

Intercity Bus

Hokkaido’s Intercity Bus

Area and Bus Company

Rent-a-Car

Driver’s License

If you have the following documents, you may drive a car for up to one year from the date of entry into Japan; international driving permit issued by a country that is a party to the Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva Convention) and a passport, or a foreign driver’s license issued in Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium or Taiwan, a passport, and a certified Japanese translation issued by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF), or by the embassy or consulate of your country in Japan. *You are not allowed to drive a car in Japan if you only have an international driving permit obtained in accordance with the Paris Convention of 1926, the Washington Convention of 1943, or the Vienna Convention of 1968, since they were issued based on different practices.

Rent a Car Agents

Camping car

Hokkaido by camping car

Various plans available, including 3-day and 4-day rentals to suit your travel route and schedule. Why not enjoy the freedom - unavailable with train, bus and hotel travel - of a driving trip by camping car.

Camping car agent

Taxi

Hokkaido’s Taxi

General Taxi

Taxies are available in cities like Sapporo, Asahikawa, Hakodate and Obihiro. You can easily catch a taxi at the airport, stations, and shopping centers. In small towns, a very little number of taxies are running on the street, so call for a one at the station or the convenience store.

Chartered Taxi (Jumbo Taxi)

Chartered taxi is the best option if you travel in a small group. If you go in a group, a jumbo taxi of minivan type is recommended, and the fare is reasonable. It might be good when you have big luggage. The chartered taxi is the best to enjoy sightseeing. It is also possible to take a fixed course or to customize it on your own. The fare may vary depending on the time and the course, so check it in advance. It must be nice to use a jumbo taxi to go sightseeing with your companion and to make a fantastic memory.

Taxi companies with foreign language websites

  • MID Traffic
    (English/Korean/Tranditional Chinese/Simplified Chinese)

    Course :Service is provided around Sapporo and the Chitose area. It provides a pickup service from/to New Chitose Airport.

  • Yohtei Taxi
    (CONTACT PAGE English)

    Course :It mainly operates within Niseko ,Rusutsu,and also provides pick up services from/to New Chitose Airport or major ski resorts.

  • Akan Taxi
    (English/Korean/Tranditional Chinese/Simplified Chinese)

    Course :It operates around the Tokachi and Eastern Hokkaido areas.

Hokkaido Guide Taxi

Taxi drivers, who are qualified tour guides, serve you on the tour. Some speak foreign languages (most of them can speak English) and can guide throughout Sapporo and its suburbs to make a great day trip. *Most of operators at taxi companies understand only Japanese. Therefore, please contact us via the front desk of your hotel.

*Please refrain from making last-minute cancellation.

Ferry to Isolated Islands

  • Esashi←→Okushiri Island

    • Time

      2 hours and 20 minutes

    • Frequency

      2 round trips a day (4/21-11/30)
      1 round trip a day (12/1-4/20)

    • Operation company
  • Setana←→Okushiri Island

  • Wakkanai←→Rishiri Island

    • Time

      1 hour and 50 minutes

    • Frequency

      2-4 round trips
      (It is different depending on the season.)

    • Operation company
  • Wakkanai←→Rebun Island

    • Time

      1 hour and 55 minutes

    • Frequency

      2-5 round trips a day
      (It is subject to change from time to time.)

    • Operation company
  • Haboro←→Teuri Island/Yagishiri Island

    • Time

      1hour (Yagishiri Island)
      1 hour and 50 minutes (Teuri Island)

    • Frequency

      1-6 round trips a day
      (It is different depending on the season.)

    • Operation company

Subway

Sapporo City Subway

Sapporo City Subway operates from 6:00 to 24:00. Many convenient services are available, including, a “One-Day Card” (1,000 yen) for unlimited one-day use on subways, buses and streetcars within Sapporo City and SAPICA IC Card for the subway that is used after it is loaded with money.

Namboku Line

It is a route connecting from Asabu station to Makomanai station. It is the oldest line made for the 11th Olympic Games in Sapporo in 1972. There are Sapporo (JR Sapporo Station), Odori and Susukino stations on this line, and so many people use it.

Tozai Line

It is a route connecting from Sin-Sapporo station to Miyanosawa station. Hokkaido Jingu (Hokkaido Shrine) and Maruyama Park, both of which are famous for cherry blossoms, are on this line.

Toho Line

This is the newest one among the 3 lines. It is used to go to Sapporo Dome. You can change trains for Namboku line at Sapporo and Odori station and for Tozai line at Odori station.