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shinkansen from kansai airport to sapporo/hokkaido and itinerary check

shinkansen from kansai airport to sapporo/hokkaido and itinerary check

  1. reach kansai airport to sapporo, if take shinkansen, where should i reach and which line I need to take and hw mny hours, pls advice?
  2. Day 1 lake toya (1 night)
    3.Day 2 Sapporo ( 2 night)
  3. Day 3 Otaru (1 night)
  4. Day 4 Osaka
    6.Day 5 Kyoto

Pls advice the train I take and stop at which station because I ald buy and Japan Rail pass 7 days.
Pls advice me the my itinerary plan more detail in order for me more save time and cost.

Thxs

cindy
cindy

Hi,
You'd have to leave Kansai Int'l for Tokyo, which if your plane arrived at daybreak would take more than 4½ hours, change trains, and take more trains, with good connections getting you into Sapporo at about 10PM at night, for a total of about 14 hours of your vacation wasted on trains and killing the whole day for you. If your plane arrived any later than that, then a same day trip is simply impossible by rail. It'd only make sense if you had a couple of places in between that you'd like to see.

There is a much smarter way, Cindy. You can simply fly from Kansai Int'l to Sapporo on a cheap low cost carrier like Jet Star or Peach, in less than 2 hours and still have the whole day for sightseeing. Plus both go straight from Kansai Int'l. You could still make good savings with a JR Rail Pass for other routes. It seems to me, if you only have 7 days, it is better to use that time for sightseeing than just sitting on trains. It's be kinda like flying all the way to Tokyo but then never leaving your hotel room.

Best of luck and enjoy your stay.

Toraneko
Toraneko

thxs for urs comment, but I'm taken bullet train, also spend the same hours? because im reach kansai airport is 9.00am?

cindy
cindy

Hi Cindy,
Yes, it is about the same amount of time. If you arrive in Japan it'd take about an hour to get your bags, go through Customs & Immigration, and get set up for a train ride to Shin-Osaka to catch the bullet train. The total distance is over 1800 km - you simply could not travel such a distance with the time you will arrive. If you are committed to take the train, you will have to overnight somewhere along the way. Hakodate makes a good stop, and there are some things you can see and do there before continuing on to Sapporo.

Good luck.

Toraneko
Toraneko

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