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how to reach hokkaido from tokyo

How to reach Hokkaido from Tokyo

Hi,
I read on the Hokkaido Railway's website that a new Shinkansen for Hokkaido is about to be launched (at the end of March 2016 if I understand correctly). Is it possible to know if this is correct and if this Shinkansen train will be eligible for the JR Pass (we are plannig a trip for next August (2016)?

Thank you in advance for your replies.

Luisa

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luisalvid

Hi Luisa,

Yes, the JR Pass covers this route.

For more information:
http://www.jrpass.com/blogs/jr-pass-and-the-hokkaido-shinkansen

Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you Daniel, that's really a great news!

I immagine that the timetable for these new trains will be available after their launch and that's why on Hyperdia they only propose to take a flight, if you try the route for August now...

luisalvid
luisalvid

Hi there,

Yes, don't get confused by Hyperdia, its simply not updated yet.

There is a Japanese time table at the bottom of the article (no English available yet). You can use it to get an idea of services that will be running.

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Daniel-san
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Thank you again Daniel, you have been very helpful.

I am now looking very forward to my trip to Japan!

Ciao
Luisa

luisalvid
luisalvid

Dear Daniel,

We have just arrived in Tokyo and had some problems in reserving our seats with our JR Pass on the chosen trains because of the high season.

The question is now the following: if the ticket counter told us we could not a reserve a seat because the train was fully booked, do you think we could plan to take it anyway, expecting to stand, or is there a risk that we could not get on the train at all?

Thank you
Luisa

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