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getting from tokyo to sapporo

Getting from Tokyo to Sapporo

Hi,

I am traveling from Ueno, Tokyo to Sapporo in Feb 2012, and I've read that even though the journey is on a JR train, the train travels on private lines which incurs extra fees. How much will these fees cost, and where are they paid for??

Any extra information on this journey would be greatly appreciated, as I am reading mixed things about it.

Thankyou!!

hannahscheib
hannahscheib

Hi there,

Normally travelling during the daytime (eg, not on a sleeper) is a very straightforwards journey, and as it's exclusively on JR lines and trains will incur no extra charges. Here is a sample itinerary for you.

In the past, before the final link in the Tohoku Shinkansen line between Hachinohe and Shin-Aomori was built, you had to change train at Hachinohe to the non-JR line ran by Aoimori Railways (this was still free for jrpass holders). Nowadays, with the completion of the Tohoku shinkansen, you can travel all the way up to Shin-Aomori in one hop from Tokyo. In fact, on the Japan Rail Pass validity site you can still see the remnants of this rule which lets you travel between Hachinohe and Shin-Aomori on the (slower) Aoimori Railways lines for free as long as you do not disembark.

The simple answer is there are no extra fees from Tokyo-Sapporo for Japan Rail Pass holders.

If you have an itinerary detailed, I'd be happy to review it.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Hi I am travelling to Japan this weekend and will be using 5 days of my 7 day JR pass southbound from Tokyo. I was wondering if it is possible to hop in the train to see Sapporo from Tokyo in the morning and come back at night to Tokyo. Just to look around the town no particular thing to do though.

astroflex
astroflex

Hi Astroflex - It'll take you the best part of a day to travel up to Sapporo from Tokyo so you'll need at least an overnight stay to visit.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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