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travelling from osaka to hokkaido

Travelling from Osaka to Hokkaido

HI i am a little bit confused about the JR pass.
I will be flying into Osaka and stay there for about 2 to 3 days, afterward i plan to travel straight up to Hokkaido. My understanding is that from Osaka to Tokyo i am not allowed to take the Nozomi trains if i am using the JR pass, so from Tokyo to Hokkaido can i take the Hayabusa ?
And can i use the JR pass to travel within Hokkaido ?


Hi there,

Yes, you can take the Hayabusa Shinkansen from Tokyo to Hokkaido. Its the fastest bullet train in Japan. The JR Pass is also valid on all trains in Hokkaido.

You can use the Hikari Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kyoto.

Hope this helps,


Hi Daniel-san !

Thank you for your reply, it clear up my confusion ! Just one more question though, when you say all trains in Hokkaido does that includes the limited express trains like the one that operates between Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto ?


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