questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

osaka to sapporo

Osaka to Sapporo

Hi, we are planning a trip to explore other cities besides Tokyo. We have read that to get from Osaka to Sapporo, it is very tough to get a seat or cabin with beds, e.g. Twilight Express.

We would like to plan early and get all confirmation especially this train so that we can book hotels in Sapporo. Please advise on how can we book and confirm this train from Osaka to Sapporo. We are travelling in Dec2014

kkmg
kkmg

Hi there,

The only way to book the Twilight express is to go in person to a station in Japan and buy the tickets then and there. It's not possible to buy them abroad or online, unless you have Japanese friends :)

Personally I would just stick to traveling by day to Sapporo, it's a lot cheaper and you are always sure of seating. The ride is also very nice although very long. Alternatively you could look at booking a domestic flight.

The twilight express is a very nice and unforgettable experience but getting a ticket is just nearly impossible - unless you are in Japan already.

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Daniel-san
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Thanks for the information. If we were to travel by day, what would be the suggested route. Do we have to stop at any station to change train? Thanks

kkmg
kkmg

This would be the route if you travel by day to Sapporo from Osaka. Station names are places where you change trains.

Osaka - Tokyo
Tokyo - Shin-Aomori
Shin-Aomori - Hakodata
Hakodate - Sapporo

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Daniel-san
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Thanks for the information. Any website I can take reference for the route duration and timing. Thanks.

kkmg
kkmg

Yes!

Here is an example route.

Note that this is including the Nozomi, you will have to use a Hikari train if you travel between Osaka - Tokyo with the JR Pass.

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Daniel-san
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