With a JR Hokkaido Pass in hand, you may take all trains other than the Hokkaido Shinkansen without buying a ticket for every ride and pay no additional fees for designated seats on the express trains. You can even take some lines of the JR Hokkaido buses.
Hokkaido is one of Japan's four main islands with an area of 83,000 sq.km, representing 22% of the country's territory. It is the northernmost prefecture of Japan with latitudes similar to Chicago, Rome, and Barcelona. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, and the Sea of Okhotsk and situated at the meeting point of the warm and cold fronts, Hokkaido is one of the world's best fishing-ground.
Hokkaido is served by several airports with direct flights from different airports in the major cities of Japan. It takes approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes to fly from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Wakkanai Airport at northernmost Hokkaido. Hokkaido is also accessible by Hokkaido Shinkansen or the ferry, but most people prefer the air route which is the shortest and quickest.
* Including codeshare flights
|From||Destination||Number of Flight|
|Tokyo||Sapporo||28 Daily flights|
|Nemuro-Nakashibetsu||1 Daily flight|
|Wakkanai||2 Daily flights|
|Monbetsu||1 Daily flight|
|Asahikawa||3 Daily flights|
|Memanbetsu||3 Daily flights|
|Kushiro||3 Daily flights|
|Obihiro||3 Daily flights|
|Hakodate||5 Daily flights|
* As of 1 September 2019
Wakkanai, Rishiri, Rebun
Wakkanai is the northernmost city of Japan. Here, you may take a ferry to the Rishiri Island and Rebun Island to fully experience Hokkaido's Nature. Sightseeing on foot or in a car in cooler summer days is recommended. Wakkanai is also renowned for its fresh seafood.
Furano, Asahikawa, Monbetsu
A must-go spot for colorful vistas of blue pond and lavender fields, not to mention the lovely animals in Asahikawa Zoo. In winter, sightseeing on an icebreaker in Monbetsu is recommended.
Abashiri, Nemuro-Nakashibetsu, Kushiro
Here, you may see the vastness of the land and feel its magnificence. There is a scatter of beautiful lakes such as the Lake Mashu and Shiretoko Goko Lakes which are among the clearest ones in the world. Different sightseeing tours are offered, all taking you to the beautiful nature for the enjoyment of sightseeing experiences unique to the place.
Obihiro, Akan, Kushiro
Major sightseeing spots include Lake Akan, which is best known for moss balls, and Kushiro Wetland, the largest of its kind in Japan. In Kushiro, you may try out canoeing and other activities. It is also renowned for plenty of hot springs including famous ones like Tokachigawa Hot Spring and Akan Hot Spring.
- Northern Hokkaido
- Eastern Hokkaido
Explore unknown wonders of
Hokkaido by All Nippon Airways
Take a Higashi Express Bus to destinations inaccessible by trains. The 12 bus routes cover an extensive network, each offers one service per day.
The Hokkaido Nature PASS is the best way to enjoy eastern Hokkaido according to your own itinerary. You may board any JR Senmo Main Line and various buses by showing the e-ticket on the handset. 3-day and 4-day passes are available.
For tourists who want to enjoy a trip on the extensive Hokkaido without time restraints, a rental car is recommended. It is a free way to visit any scenic spots inaccessible by trains or buses and is also the best choice for family trips and tourists with large luggage.
ANA Northern Hokkaido Free Pass
ANA Offers JR Pass at a Great Deal Price Exclusively to its Customers!
Available for purchase only to customers using ANA flights (code sharing for ANA flight numbers only). Special tickets for tourists traveling extensively in Northern Hokkaido (Wakkanai, Asahikawa, Furano, Biei, etc.).
4 days: 13,150 JPY