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jr pass or hokkaido pass?

jr pass or Hokkaido pass?

Hi, I'll arrive NRT on 4/8/2015 around 3pm, direct fly to Sapporo on the same day. Arrivel sapporo around 8pm. Leaving Sapporo on 4/14/2015 early in the morning to NRT and stay in Tokyo ueno park area for one day. Leaving NRT on 4/15/2015 around 4pm.
Please advise, I need to buy 7 days JR pass, which will active in Sapporo on 4/9 and mostly use in Sapporo area including will stay at Kushiro for 2 days, sapporo for 2 days, the other 2 days undeceided. Akan Park is the must. on 4/14/2015 Sakura is the must. Please advise me which pass I should buy or 7 day Hokkaido pass active on 4/8 on arrival, then 4/14 from NRT to ueno park, 4/15 from ueno park to NRT buy single ticket? thanks

mhkoo366
mhkoo366

Hi there,

The difference in price in buying a 7 day Hokkaido Pass 22,630yen + Narita Express ticket 3,000yen vs the 7 day JR Pass 29,110 is not that big. The 1st option is slightly cheaper though. So unless you plan to do a lot of travel in Tokyo, I would advise going with that option.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thanks, can you please tell me that how much will be from sapporo city to Akan lake? Is the trip sll coverd by JR pass? Also how much from sapporo to kushiro? What else is the must when i visit sapporo? Thank you for your time!

Mhkoo366
Mhkoo366

Hello there,

It's very easy to look up ticket prices using www.hyperdia.com - just type in the route and it will give you all the information.

The JR Pass and JR Hokkaido pass cover all JR lines in Hokkaido. Akan lake is reached from Kushiro (not covered by the JR Pass). All the details are here.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you so much. Due to this trip is for sakura, i changed the whole trip as follows: 4/8 3 pm NRT, active JR pass and towards hotel around ueno park. Some suggestions for the night time sakura and day time sakura around tokyo area. I don't mind tske JR all the way to south for day trip. So i have 4/8 afternoon, night plus 4/9 whole day. Then 4/10 catch 7:15am flight to sapporo. Another question here, i remember JR will take almist one hour from tokyo station to NRT, my flight is 7:15am, i need to leave hotel around 4:30am. What is the earliest JR train starting? If not that early, i need to change my hotel to NRT area on 4/9 night. Arrive sapporo around 8:30am, take jr direct yo kushiro, stay there two nights for lake akan and that area, them from 4/12 to 4/14 back to sapporo hotel and visit that area, any suggestions for visiting sapporo? 4/15 early flight back to NRT and back to JFK. Please anything good to eat and must see in those areas? Thank you so much!

Mhkoo366
Mhkoo366

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