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Hokkaido Rail Pass

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The Hokkaido Rail Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign visitors to Japan, providing unlimited travel on JR trains (including limited express trains) and most JR buses in Hokkaido on three, five or seven consecutive days or on four days of your choice within a 10-day period.

Purchase the Hokkaido Rail Pass

Hokkaido Rail Pass
Type
Ordinary Cars
Green Cars
3 Day Pass
15,430 yen
22,110 yen
5 Day Pass
20,060 yen
27,770 yen
7 Day Pass
22,630 yen
30,860 yen
Flexible 4 Day Pass
20,060 yen
27,770 yen
Reduced rates (50% off) apply to children aged 6-11.

Below is a map of major JR train lines on Hokkaido, which can be used with the Hokkaido Rail Pass:

Validity

1) Unlimited usage of JR trains in Hokkaido, including limited express and express trains.
2) Unlimited usage of JR Hokkaido Bus lines, except Twinkle Buses and the lines from Sapporo to Asahikawa, Monbetsu, Obihiro, Kiroro and Erimo.
3) Seat reservations can be made for free.
4) The pass does not cover the cost of berths on night trains. If you travel by berth, you will have to pay the berth fee and the (limited) express fee.
5) The 3 Day, 5 Day and 7 Day Passes are valid on consecutive calendar days. The Flexible 4 Day Pass is valid on four calendar days of your choice within a 10-day period that starts on the day on which you exchange your voucher to the actual pass.
6) Only foreign visitors to Japan (on a temporary visitor visa) can use the Hokkaido Rail Pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.

Points of Sale

The Hokkaido Rail Pass can be purchased via the internet, through travel agencies outside of Japan and at major JR railway stations in Hokkaido, at Narita Airport, Haneda Airport and Tokyo Station. When purchasing the pass outside of Japan or online, you will receive an exchange order, which has to be exchanged into an actual rail pass after your arrival in Hokkaido and within three months of the purchase.

Purchase the Hokkaido Rail Pass

Assessment

This pass only makes sense, if you plan on traveling long distances. The table below shows approximate regular fares for one-way limited express tickets (ordinary car) between selected major cities. Use it to compare the cost of regular tickets with the cost of a Hokkaido Rail Pass:

 
Asahikawa
Hakodate
Wakkanai
Kushiro
Sapporo
4,500 yen
8,500 yen
10,000 yen
9,000 yen
Asahikawa  
12,500 yen
8,000 yen
13,000 yen
Hakodate    
16,500 yen
14,500 yen
Wakkanai      
16,500 yen

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