Sapporo Travel Guide

Flights, Train & Cruise

Sapporo is Hokkaido's main transport hub.

By plane
New Chitose AirportPhone: +81 123 23-0111Hours: Customer service 6:20AM-11PMAll international and inter-island flights land at New Chitose Airport ({{IATA
Okadama AirportPhone: +81 11 785-7871A few local flights within Hokkaido land at the older Okadama Airport (OKD).
By train

Getting to Sapporo by train is time consuming and expensive. Purchasing a JR pass is economical, if you're coming from Tokyo or anywhere in the south. Within Hokkaido, trains connect Sapporo to most major cities, including Hakodate, Otaru and Asahikawa.

JR Sapporo StationNorth 2 West 1Phone: +81 11 222-6130This is the main train station for Sapporo.

Trains run from Honshu to Hokkaido via the Seikan Tunnel. With a total length of 53.85 km (33.49 mi), the Seikan Tunnel is currently the world's longest railway tunnel - although in 2018 the Gotthard Base Tunnel, under construction in Switzerland, will surpass it by about 3 km. The Seikan Tunnel also claims the title of the world's longest undersea tunnel, with a 23.3 km (14.5 mi) section under the waters of the Tsugaru Strait.

Perhaps the most popular way to reach Sapporo by train is on the various overnight sleeper services. These are popular, so book in advance. Note that for sleeper trains, the Japan Rail Pass only covers the basic fare. Pass holders are responsible for paying for the room and other surcharges. For example, a B2 room for two people on the Hokutosei costs ¥12,600, with up to ¥8,000 in surcharges.

CassiopeiaThis is perhaps Japan's most prominent — and most expensive — overnight train, running a few times a week between Ueno Station in Tokyo and Sapporo. The one-way trip takes about 16.5 hours. The less expensive and more frequent Hokutosei also runs daily from Ueno.
Twilight ExpressThis train makes a few runs a week from Osaka and Kyoto, is the longest overnight train service in Japan, making the journey to Sapporo in about 21 hours.
A free overnight option from Tokyo to Sapporo for Japan Rail Pass holders is to take the Shinkansen to Shin-Aomori and a regular "shuttle" train to Aomori, then take the Hamanasu (はまなす) express train to Sapporo. The one-way ride takes just over 11 hours, with arrival in Sapporo at around 6AM the next morning. The return trip to Tokyo takes 12 hours, owing to a longer layover in Aomori.
By bus

Express buses connect to most points in Hokkaido. The main terminal is next to the Bus Center-Mae station of the subway Nanboku line and Toho line

By ferry

Although Sapporo is located inland, there are two major ferry ports nearby: Otaru and Tomakomai. Both have scheduled car and passenger ferry service to points outside Hokkaido.

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