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shin osaka to hokkaido

Shin Osaka to Hokkaido


Me and my friend would like to purchase the 7days JR Pass on coming 29th December 2016. My question is,

  1. Is this JR Pass valid for the bullet train (Shinkansen) from Shin-Osaka to Hokkaido? How long it takes?

  2. Where can I find the bullet train timetable in advance? We would like to travel to Hokkaido on 29th December 2016 (From Osaka) and come back on 2nd of January 2017.



Hi there,

1.) Yes, it this is fully covered by the JR Pass. The full ride takes 7-10 hours, depending where in Hokkaido you are staying.

2.) For 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.

Lastly, be sure to reserve your train tickets the moment that you arrive in Japan. Travel around New Year is very busy and advanced reservations of 2-4 days are required.

Hope this helps,

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