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daytime rail travel from kyoto to sapporo

Daytime rail travel from Kyoto to Sapporo

Hello. My family and I (2 adults and 2 teenage children) wish to use our Japan Rail passes to travel from Kyoto to Sapporo on Monday, 13 January 2014. We would like to do this journey during the day, if possible - i.e. leave Kyoto in the morning and arrive in Sapporo in the evening. Can you please advise whether such a rail journey is possible and, if so, please provide details? Thank you.

mcornes
mcornes

Hi there!

This is certainly possible in a single day but you should consider the travel time involved, as it will take most of your day.

The route is as follows, first Kyoto - Tokyo with the Shinkansen, at Tokyo you transfer to the Tohoku Shinkansen bound for Aomori. At Aomori station you can transfer to a limited express train which will take your to Hakonedate. At Hakodate you make the last transfer to an other limited express train to Sapporo.

Here's the full route in Hyperdia.

First Kyoto - Tokyo 161 Minutes

Then Tokyo - Sapporo 616 Minutes

As you can see, you would have to depart very early in order to arrive in Sapporo at a decent time.

I hope this helps and Happy New Year!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thanks Daniel. Just one question - is there an earlier morning train from Kyoto to Tokyo that will get us to Tokyo in time to catch the 11:00am train to Sapporo?

mcornes
mcornes

Hi again,

Yes trains start riding around 6 a.m. in the morning, so you could even depart sooner.
I was unable to show you the complete route in Hyperdia due to some search limitations, however feel free to adjust the times in the links above to suit your own liking, all other options are set correctly.

The is the most early route 06:23 Departure Kyoto Arrival 09:10 in Tokyo.

Then 09:36 Departure Tokyo 18:46 arrival in Sapporo.

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Daniel-san
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That's excellent. Thanks again Daniel.

mcornes
mcornes

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