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narita to hokkaido to osaka

Narita to Hokkaido to Osaka

I'm planning a trip to Japan from 10/02/16 to 23/02/16 and I'm thinking of Hokkaido and Osaka.
My flight arrives at Narita airport ETA1455, and I intend to get the JR pass for my travels to Hokkaido and back to Osaka.

The rough plan
10/02/16 ARR 1455, night train to Hokkaido
11/02/16 ARR Hokkaido
11/02/16-16/02/16 Hokkaido
17/02/16 train to Osaka

1) What do you think of the plan overall?
2) I've seen the plan to take a shinkansen to Shin-amori followed by the sleeper to Hokkaido, would I have time to drop by Tokyo city on day 1?
3) Do I need to reserve for the carpet sleeper train? or normal seats?
4) Would 6 days be sufficient for Hokkaido?
5) Where would you recommend for stopovers between Hokkaido and Osaka?


Hi there,

I am afraid that it will be nearly impossible to get seats for the Sleeper train from Aomori to Sapporo, this is the Hamanasu train, which will be retired later in 2016. A lot of people want to experience it before it goes away and tickets have been selling out very quickly. So I am afraid the only option would be to travel by day. While I do think that your itinerary works even without a sleeper train, please consider first how you would like to proceed. For instance you could make a stop over at Aomori, stay there for a night and travel on the following morning.

Good stop overs to make between Sapporo and Osaka include, Hakodate, Sendai, Hirosaki, Tokyo, Hakone, Nagoya and Kyoto.

Hope this helps,


Hi Daniel,
Will look into my plans again, thanks for your advice=)


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