questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

do i need a jr pass? how about shinkasen from hakodate to tokyo?

Do I need a JR Pass? How about Shinkasen from Hakodate to Tokyo?

My family of 5 would like to travel to Hokkaido and staying at these places at 3 nights each: Sapporo, Rusutsu, Noboribetsu and Hakodate. Should we buy the JR Pass?

Thereafter we are thinking of riding the Shinkasen from Hakodate to Tokyo. Is it a good idea to do that? How long would the Shinkasen ride take, how much per person and how do we book?

Thank you for answering my questions.

Siggi
Siggi

Hi there,

I think the best option would be to buy normal tickets here. A 7 day JR Pass would be perfect if used for the trip from Sapporo - Tokyo but you will be spending a good amount of time in each city, which makes a JR Pass lose some of its value.

For ticket prices and travel times, I recommend learning to plan with Hyperdia this way you can find any route/timetable and more. It's a great tool for planning with the JR Pass. We also have a useful interactive map with all JR lines included.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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