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The Sapporo-Furano Area Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign visitors to Japan, providing unlimited travel on JR trains in the area around Sapporo, Asahikawa and Furano on four consecutive days.

Sapporo-Furano Area Pass
Purchased outside of Japan9,000 yen
Purchased inside Japan9,500 yen

Below is a map of the JR train lines that can be used with the Sapporo-Furano Area Pass:

Validity

  1. Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on JR trains in the area around Sapporo, Asahikawa and Furano as outlined on the map above, including local and limited express trains.
  2. The pass is valid on four consecutive calendar days (midnight to midnight).
  3. Only foreign visitors to Japan (on a temporary visitor visa) can use the Sapporo-Furano Area Pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.

Points of Sale

The Sapporo-Furano Area Pass can be purchased through travel agents outside of Japan and at Sapporo Station, New Chitose Airport Station and Asahikawa Station. When purchasing the pass outside of Japan, you will receive an exchange order, which has to be exchanged into an actual rail pass after your arrival in Hokkaido at one of the before-mentioned railway stations.

Assessment

The pass costs about the same as regular tickets for a round trip between Sapporo and Furano. It is likely to provide some savings over regular train tickets for an excursion from Sapporo to the Furano region and back, especially if you visit also Biei and Asahikawa or if you add a side trip to Otaru.

Alternative Tickets

For a simple round trip between Sapporo and Asahikawa, the S-Kippu for limited express trains (5500 yen) or a round trip ticket for highway buses (4350 yen) are considerably cheaper than the Sapporo-Furano Area Pass.