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Itinerary and which pass to use

Arrive Kansai airport 19 Oct staying 4 nights in osaka till 23 Oct
Plan to do train day trip to Kyoto, Nara
Fly Kansai to Sapporo 23 Oct staying in Sapporo 1 night
Train to Asahikawa on 24 Oct stay 2 nights and train to Biei, Furano, Sounkyo.
26 Oct train from asahikawa to Higashi-Muroran (2 nights), train to Noboribetsu and Lake Toya
28 Oct train to Hakodate
29 Fly Hakodate to Tokyo (3 nights)
1 Nov depart from Narita

Which pass should we used (group of 6 adults and don't plan to drive ourselves).


  • edited June 2018
    Given that you are traveling solely in Hokkaido, you would need to look at the various Hokkaido rail passes - but since your travels are about 7 days, there are only two that might suit you - the Hokkaido Rail Pass - Flexible 4 Day Pass version. But for that, you must do your rail travels in any 4 days (your choice) within 10.
    Or the full 7 day pass - but it is more expensive.
    By my calculations, you would get your money's worth, but not by much.

    If you can't do that, then you have to pay out of pocket for some trips or don't use any pass.

    There is no train to Sounkyo (Daisetsuzan) - you can only go as far as Kawakami. From there you need to take a bus.
    It's also unclear why you are also choosing Biei and Furano - the flowers of summer will be long gone. The autumn flowers end at the start of October.

    You can find regular rail fares, routes and schedules on Hyperdia.

    You can see previews of some of the best places to see in Japan on:

    There are also loads of other tips on

    Best regards.
  • Hi Tenjin San,

    Thank you for your suggestions. Will look at other places to replace Furano and Biei since its not the right time to visit. One question I have to ask is, if I buy the 7 day JR pass, when using to travel from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Tokyo on the Hayabusa, do I need to pay for the reserve seats. I'm thinking of using the train instead of flying from Hakodate to Tokyo.
  • Hi,
    No, you do not need to pay anything extra.
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