JR Hokkaido Pass : Details

JR Hokkaido Pass Information

The JR Hokkaido Pass allows for unlimited travel on the following rail company lines:

All JR Hokkaido lines of Hokkaido Railway Co.

Bus lines of JR Hokkaido Bus excluding Sapporo- Asahikawa; Sapporo- Mombetsu; Sapporo-Obihiro; Sapporo- Kiroro; Sapporo-Erimo & Hiroo lines and irregular lines). There is an extra charge to board the Twinkle Bus (reservations necessary)


  • The pass is only available in Ordinary (standard) Class
  • The pass is available in 3, 5 or 7 consecutive days. There is also a 4 days within 10 days pass.
  • To obtain your pass you must exchange the Exchange Order issued by Rail Plus at one of the below train stations. At the time of the exchange you must nominate a star date for the pass. The date nominated can be any date in one month from the date of exchange.

List of JR Hokkaido Pass Exchange Offices:

Rail Plus will issue an exchange voucher which must be presented in Japan, at any JR Station that has a Japan Rail Pass Exchange Office. You will receive two Exchange Order vouchers labelled A and B (located in top right hand corner) which must be presented locally within 3 months of issue date. Your Rail Pass is then valid for travel to commence within 1 month.


At the time of exchange you will be asked to fill out a short application form and show your passport with the temporary visitor stamp that you would have received on entry into Japan. You must have your passport with you at the time of the exchange. A photocopy is not acceptable and without your passport the exchange cannot be made.

Making a Seat reservation:

To make a reservation, travellers must go to any Travel Service Center or a Reservation Office (Midori-no-madoguchi)- green pictogram: at a JR station, or to the sales office of a JR-associated travel agency. There you can show your PASS and obtain a reserved seat ticket before boarding.

The periods when seat reservations are particularly difficult to secure are as follows:

  • December 25th to January 5th: The New Year holiday period is the most popular travel time for Japanese people, for vacations and returns to hometowns areas.
  • April 29th to May 5th: Due to consecutive holidays in a comfortable travel season, there is a large-scale travel throughout Japan for leisure and recreation.
  • August 13th to 15th: Another time for traditional travel to hometown areas, called the Obon season.


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Places of Interest

  • Sapporo - The largest city on the island of Hokkaido (The famous Sapporo Snow festival is held here each February)
  • Niseko - Leading snow resort with lots of powder snow
  • Noboribetsu - Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort
  • Furano - Town with beautiful lavender and flower fields
  • Lake Mashu (Akan National Park) - Considered by many to be Japan's most beautiful lake, and one of the clearest in the world.
  • Daisetsuzan - Hokkaido's largest and wildest national park
  • Hakodate - Southernmost city of Hokkaido
  • Shiretoko - National Park on an unspoiled peninsula
  • Otaru - Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal
  • Asahikawa - City in central Hokkaido famous for its zoo.
  • Rishiri and Rebun - Small islands near Hokkaido's northern tip (Access by ferry from Wakkanai)
  • Toyako Onsen - tourist hot spring resort town along the shore of Lake Toya, just at the foot of Mount Usu.