questions & answers: general japan travel

making our way down from hokkaido to kyoto

Making our way down from Hokkaido to Kyoto

Hi there,

My partner and I are currently holidaying in Niseko and leave the mountain on the 12th of March, 2015. We are yet to exchange our JR passes but our aim is to make our way from Hokkaido to Kyoto.

Can you please tell me where is best to catch the bus from Niseko to i.e. Sapporo or Hakodate etc to get the train to Kyoto?

Can you please suggest the best way to make our way to our destination of Kyoto?

We very much look forward to hearing your respond.

Best wishes,
Laura and Tim

Laura Stucken
Laura Stucken

You can see one possible way by train on:

It is taking a train from Niseko to Hakodate though, not by bus. If you have not exchanged your vouchers yet you can do it at Hakodate, but you'll have to pay out of pocket to get to Hakodate. The above method has you leaving very early though to do it. There is also one error in it - you are unable to take the Nozomi bullet train from Tokyo - so correcting for that, there is a Hikari bullet train leaving at 4:33PM and arriving in Kyoto at 7:11 PM.

One could certainly say you are getting your money's worth for that Pass, but you are murdering a whole day on the train with little to do. It's strange you didn't choose to fly. You could go from Sapporo to Osaka in only about 2½ hours for as low as 4900 yen per person on Jetstar.


Order your Japan Rail Pass Online

Starting from $257.00 for 7 days of unlimited Japan Rail travel

Please note: we are only able to handle order related enquiries via our online direct support. Commercial advertising is prohibited as per our website terms.