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do i need to buy hokkaido railway jr 7day pass?

Do I need to buy Hokkaido Railway jr 7day Pass?

Hi, I'll be travelling to Hokkaido in Dec 8, below is my itinerary. Would you give me some advices as what type of rail passes to buy. Thank you!

Day 1: Arrived at New Chitose Airport around 8am, take train to Lake Toya 1night
Day 2&3: Lake Toya to Hakodate 2night
Day 4: Leave Hakodate and take train to Niseko Pension Grandpapa 1night
Day 5: Leave Niseko and take train to Sapporo 4night
Day 6: Sapporo to Otaru for day trip
Day 7: Sightseeing at Sapporo
Day 8: Sapporo to Chitose for day trip
Day 9: Take train to New Chitose Airport from Sapporo and fly back home in morning

I'm not sure if buying a Hokkaido Rail Pass is better.

For Day 4, i would like to know where should i stop to reach my hotel: is it kutchan station or hirafu station ?
i am confused.

Thank you!


Hello there,

As a general rule for the JR Hokkaido Pass: it is well worth buying one if you make a return Sapporo - Hakodate, which I see is planned.

I recommend asking your accommodation what the best way to access is, they will know way better than me, since they are local after all.

Hope this helps,

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