A Thorough Breakdown of The Different Ways You Can Travel from Tokyo to Hokkaido! Wondering how to get there? This is how!

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Hokkaido is a trove of picturesque scenery for those who enjoy sharing their travel experiences on social media. Beginning with UNESCO World Heritage sites like Shiretoko, Hokkaido boasts broad, sweeping landscapes, resplendent seasonal colors, and cultural landmarks like the Sapporo Clock Tower and Otaru Canal.

If you're starting out in Tokyo, you may be wondering how to get over to the plentiful beautiful attractions in Hokkaido.

A Thorough Introduction to the Different Transportation Methods Between Tokyo and Hokkaido
A Thorough Introduction to the Different Transportation Methods Between Tokyo and Hokkaido

There are actually a number of different non-stop ways to get to Hokkaido from Tokyo or vice versa, but each method has its own merits and demerits. The following information is intended to offer a thorough comparison of the merits and demerits of each transportation method in respect to their ease of access, cost, and travel duration. Additionally, we’ll be introducing our recommendations for the best transportation methods in terms of enjoying the journey.

1. What are the different ways you can get from Tokyo to Hokkaido?

Although it’s easy to say that you're planning to "go to Hokkaido" as though you're talking about a single, straightforward trip, Hokkaido itself is an especially vast area, and there's also a significant amount of distance between each city in Hokkaido. There are many possible routes and transportation methods available, and the nature of your trip will be entirely different depending on which region you intend to visit and how you choose to travel. The primary transportation methods include plane, Shinkansen (bullet train), ferry, or rental car.

Traveling from Tokyo to Hokkaido By Plane

Although there are over 10 airports across the vast expanse that is Hokkaido, New Chitose Airport has the easiest access to Sapporo Station.

As for airports near Tokyo, Haneda Airport and Narita Airport are the two major airports. Since the two airports have some distinctively different characteristics, the trip from Haneda Airport to New Chitose will be introduced separately from starting at Narita and going to New Chitose.

Starting at Haneda Airport

Haneda Airport is an attractive option because it can be conveniently accessed from the center of Tokyo with a 30-minute train ride. The airport also has a large selection of domestic flights to choose from, and it functions as a hub airport in the center of Tokyo with flights all across Japan.
There are over 50 flights you can take from Haneda to New Chitose on any given day.

Traveling from Narita Airport

Narita Airport is located in Chiba, a prefecture adjacent to Tokyo. The airport can be considered the entryway to Japan, connecting the country with 115 cities around the world. Although the airport has been known in past years for having a larger selection of international flights than of domestic flights, the emergence of low-cost airlines in the airport's LCC terminal has drastically increased the number of domestic flights.

There Are Two Airports You Can Take From Tokyo
There Are Two Airports You Can Take From Tokyo

Being located a fair distance from central Tokyo, it takes around 1 hour by train and 1 hour and 30 minutes by bus from Tokyo to Haneda, so it's hard to say that it's in a convenient location. Additionally, although Narita has three different terminals, the third terminal is especially far away from the other terminals. Since it takes additional time to get from one place to another even within the airport, it's important that you factor in enough time to get to your terminal.

Just like with Haneda Airport and Narita Airport in Tokyo, you’ll need to take a train or bus from Hokkaido’s New Chitose Airport to get to the city. When considering the cost and travel time to get from Tokyo Station to Sapporo Station, you also have to factor in the costs and travel times for the trains or buses that you’ll be taking.

If you decide to take an LCC from Narita Airport, the distance between Tokyo Station and Narita Airport is greater than the distance between Tokyo Station and Haneda Airport, so the transportation cost and travel time will be that much greater.

Heading from Tokyo to Hokkaido By Shinkansen

The Hokkaido Shinkansen line first opened in 2016, making it possible to travel from Tokyo Station to Hokkaido by Shinkansen.

However, since the current (as of October 2019) final station of the Hokkaido Shinkansen is Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station, you’ll need to take additional trains and/or buses if you’re trying to get to Sapporo.

The Direct Shinkansen Line to Sapporo is Projected to Be Opened in 2030
The Direct Shinkansen Line to Sapporo is Projected to Be Opened in 2030

From Tokyo to Hokkaido By Ferry

There is also the possible option of taking a ferry from Tokyo to Hokkaido with a view the Pacific Ocean gradually passing by alongside you. Although the ferry departs from Oarai Port and arrives in Tomakomai Port, you’ll conveniently find buses that run directly from Tokyo Station to Oarai Port and from Tomakomai Port to Sapporo Station. There are also discounted plans for the ferry that include the bus fare, offering a very low-cost option for getting to Sapporo.

Enjoy A Leisurely Trip with a View of the Ocean by Taking a Ferry
Enjoy A Leisurely Trip with a View of the Ocean by Taking a Ferry

Renting a Car to Get from Tokyo to Hokkaido

There is also the option of renting a car and driving through the Tohoku region to get to Hokkaido.
Although driving has the potential to provide a carefree trip where you can travel at your own leisure, driving directly from Tokyo to Hokkaido will take at least 17 hours, so you’ll have to be prepared for the lengthy travel time.

Additionally, you’ll also need to take the Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry to cross over the strait between Honshu (the main island) and Hokkaido. After factoring in the costs of the highway tolls, the ferry fee, the rental car fee, and the cost of gas, the total cost of going by rental car ends up being quite expensive.

Rental Cars Offer the Most Freedom While Traveling
Rental Cars Offer the Most Freedom While Traveling

2. Learning About the Respective Costs and Travel Duration of Each Transportation Method

Next, let's break down how much it's going to cost and how long you’ll be traveling in each transportation method. The following is intended to offer a detailed means of weighing the costs and travel times based on information that's up to date as of October of 2019.

A Thorough Comparison of the Costs and Travel Duration of Each Transportation Method
A Thorough Comparison of the Costs and Travel Duration of Each Transportation Method

A Flight Departing from Haneda Airport

In order to get from Tokyo Station to Sapporo Station by taking a flight that departs from Haneda Airport, it will require three different steps of transportation that include:

  1. Taking a train or limousine bus from Tokyo Station to Haneda Airport
  2. Flying from Haneda Airport to New Chitose Airport
  3. Taking a train or highway bus from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo Station
Access from Haneda Airport to New Chitose Airport
Access from Haneda Airport to New Chitose Airport

The estimated travel times and the costs starting at Haneda Airport are as follows:

1. From Tokyo Station to Narita Airport

If going by train...

(Keikyu Line)
Starting at Tokyo Station, take the JR Tokaido Line to Shinagawa Station, then transfer to the Keikyu Line and get off at Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal Station
The projected travel time is between 30-40 minutes and the fare is 460 yen

(Tokyo Monorail)
Starting at Tokyo Station, take the JR Yamanote Line to Hamamatsucho Station and transfer to the Tokyo Monorail and get off at Haneda Airport Terminal 2 Station
The projected travel time is 30 minutes and the fare is 649 yen

*Prices are reflective of costs when using an IC prepaid transportation card

If going by bus...

Board the bus at Tokyo Station Yaesu North Exit (Tekko Building)
The projected travel time is between 50-60 minutes and the fare is 950 yen (the bus departing at 3:55 am is 1,900 yen)

2. From Haneda Airport to New Chitose Airport

The flight from Haneda Airport to New Chitose Airport takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Prices for economy seats range between 8,000 and 40,000 yen.

3. From New Chitose Airport to Sapporo Station

  • By train...The projected travel time when taking the JR Rapid Airport train is around 40 minutes. The fare is 1,150 yen
  • By bus...The projected travel time is approximately 75 minutes and the fare is 1,100 yen

If you add up the projected travel times of 1-3, the trip from Haneda Airport to Sapporo Station should take between 4-5 hours.

As for the cost, it may be possible to take the trip for around 10,000 yen if you take the cheapest flight, but it's more realistic to expect that it should cost somewhere between 20,000 and 40,000 yen if you consider the average fare of flights departing from Haneda Airport.

LCCs Departing from Narita Airport

LCC is an acronym for low cost carrier, and these airlines are able to offer minimal costs by optimizing operation costs and simplifying flight-related services. Conversely, traditional airline companies like Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways are referred to as “full-service carriers” to differentiate between the two.

Access from Narita Airport to New Chitose Airport
Access from Narita Airport to New Chitose Airport

The LCCs offering flights from Narita Airport to New Chitose Airport include Jetstar Japan, Spring Airlines Japan, and Peach Aviation. Each company has different pricing, services, and operating rules. Though LCCs make low-cost flights possible, depending on the carrier’s rules, there may be additional charges other than the plane ticket itself, so you’ll want to be careful about keeping track of them. Going through Narita Airport is also the same as Haneda Airport in that there are three steps in terms of transportation:

  1. Taking a train or limousine bus from Tokyo Station to Narita Airport
  2. Flying from Narita Airport to New Chitose Airport
  3. Taking a train or highway bus from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo Station

The respective travel times and costs of each part are listed below.

1. Tokyo Station to Narita Airport

If going by train...

(JR Sobu Rapid Line)
Starting at Tokyo Station, take the JR Sobu Rapid Line to Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station
The projected travel time is approximately 90 minutes, and the fare is 1,342 yen

(Narita Express)
Starting at Tokyo Station, take the JR Narita Express to Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station
The projected travel time is around 50 minutes, and the fare is 3,072 yen

(Keisei Main Line)
Starting at Tokyo Station, take the JR Yamanote Line to Nippori Station, then transfer to the Keisei Main Line and get off at Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station
The projected travel time is around 90 minutes, and the fare is 1,199 yen

(Skyliner)
Starting at Tokyo Station, take the JR Yamanote Line to Nippori Station, then transfer to the Keisei Main Line and get off at Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station
The projected travel time is around 55 minutes, and the fare is 2,664 yen

*Prices are reflective of costs when using an IC prepaid transportation card

If going by bus...

The projected travel time is between 80-90 minutes, the fare is approximately 1,000 yen

2. Narita Airport to New Chitose Airport

The flight from Narita Airport to New Chitose Airport takes around 1 hour 50 minutes, and an economy seat can cost anywhere between 4,900-28,000 yen

3. New Chitose Airport to Sapporo Station (identical to taking a flight from Haneda)

  • By train...The projected travel time when taking the JR Rapid Airport train is around 40 minutes. The fare is 1,150 yen
  • By bus...The projected travel time is approximately 75 minutes and the fare is 1,100 yen

If you add up the projected travel times of 1-3, the trip from Narita Airport to Sapporo Station should take between 4 and half and 5 and a half hours.

If taking the least expensive flight, your total cost could be around 7,000 yen, but you’ll want to be wary of the potential additional costs depending on the rules of your chosen airline carrier. Please be sure to confirm details like ticket purchasing fees and loading fees for baggage over the weight limit.

It's also a good idea to confirm a carrier's policies in respect to flight cancellations. There are some cases where if a flight is canceled for reasons unrelated to the carrier such as poor weather, the carrier will offer a refund as a voucher that can only be used with the same company (no cash refunds). In other cases, if a flight is rescheduled for another day, the overnight stay may be at your own expense.

Shinkansen (Tokyo Station〜Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station〜Sapporo Station)

Since the current (as of October 2019) final station of the Hokkaido Shinkansen is Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station, in order to get to Sapporo Station, there are two steps of transportation:

  1. Take the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station (around 4 hours)
  2. Take a train or high-speed bus to from Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station to Sapporo Station (around 3 and a half hours)
Access from Tokyo Station to Sapporo Station by Shinkansen
Access from Tokyo Station to Sapporo Station by Shinkansen

If taking the Shinkansen, the whole trip takes 8 hours.
In respect to the fare, there is currently the highly cost-effective [JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass] only available to foreign travelers, so the costs of the various passes will be introduced here. If visiting Japan (in possession of a short-term visa that is for 90 days or less), travelers who hold a foreign passport can purchase a specially discounted ticket that costs 26,900 yen if purchased before you arrive in Japan (13,450 yen for children between ages 6 and 12). The pass allows unlimited rides on the JR Hokkaido Lines (Southern Hokkaido) and on JR East Lines (Kanto and Tohoku areas) during 6 days of your choice over a 14-day period after your pass is issued. This pass can be used an unlimited number of times on both Shinkansen and limited express trains. It can even be used for traveling by Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin Hakodate Hokuto, so all in all, the JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass is highly recommended.

Ferry

Next up is an introduction to getting from Tokyo to Hokkaido by ferry.

Access From Tokyo to Sapporo By Ferry
Access From Tokyo to Sapporo By Ferry

1. Tokyo ⇨ Oarai Port

There is a direct bus you can take from Tokyo Station to Oarai Port, for which the fare is 2,280 yen (children 1,140 yen), and the projected travel time is around 2 hours and 30 minutes.

2. Oarai Port ⇨ Tomakomai Port

Though operation costs vary depending on the time of year and the grade of room, prices range from 9,900 to 57,200 yen.
The projected travel time is around 18 hours.

3. Tomakomai Port ⇨ Sapporo Station

In order to get from Tomakomai Port to Sapporo Station, you can either take a bus from the Tomakomai West Port Ferry Terminal to Tomakomai Station, then take a train to Sapporo Station, or you can take a high-speed bus from Tomakomai West Port Ferry Terminal to Sapporo Station.

If going by train...

Starting at Ferry Terminal, take the High-Speed Tomakomai Bus operated by Hokkaido Chuo Bus to Tomakomai Station Bus Stop, then from Tomakomai Station take the JR Chitose Line Limited Express Super Hokuto and get off at Sapporo Station
The projected travel time is around 80 minutes, and the fare is 3,080 yen

If going by high-speed bus...

Starting at Ferry Terminal, take the Tomakomai High-Speed Bus directly to Sapporo Station
The projected travel time is approximately 2 hours, and the fare is 1,330 yen.

If going by ferry, the trip takes around 23 hours, or essentially an entire day, but if you take the most inexpensive room, it's possible to get to Sapporo with 14,200 yen. Between October 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020, there's also the particularly economical Pacific Story plan.

If traveling by the Pacific Story plan, the total cost including the high-speed buses getting from Tokyo Station to Oarai Port, and from Tomakomai Port to Sapporo Station would amount to 10,260 yen. This is a very cost-effective way of getting from Tokyo to Hokkaido.

Rental Car (expressway, ferry)

If going by rental car, even if you drive without taking a break from Tokyo to Sapporo, it would still take over 17 hours. If you factor in breaks and detours to go sightseeing, the trip will take more than one day. The various costs include around 20,000 yen for expressway tolls, approximately 20,000 yen for the Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry from Aomori to Hakodate, the rental car fee, and approximately 1,000 km worth of gas expenses to boot. This is likely the longest and most expensive method of travel.

3. In Conclusion, An Explanation of the Pros and Cons of Each Method of Travel

You’ve now been introduced to the estimated travel times and costs of going from Tokyo Station to Sapporo Station by plane, Shinkansen, ferry, and rental car. Next, we’ll do a comparison of the travel time, cost, as well as other facets of each transportation method to thoroughly break down the pros and cons of each one.

If Taking a Plane From Haneda Airport

Pros
Short travel time (3 and half to 5 hours)
Cons
Expensive (can cost around 40,000 yen)
Subject to weather conditions (cancellations can happen due to poor weather)
The Short Travel Time is the Advantage of Going Through Haneda Airport
The Short Travel Time is the Advantage of Going Through Haneda Airport

If Flying with an LCC from Narita Airport

Pros
May be the cheapest option depending on the flight (as low as 4,490 yen)
Cons
It takes time to get to Narita (30 to 60 minutes longer than Haneda. Costs around 2,500 yen)
There are luggage restrictions (there can be additional luggage charges depending on the weight of the luggage)
Susceptible to weather conditions (you may be unable to get a refund if the flight gets canceled)
LCCs departing Narita Airport can be the least expensive option
LCCs departing Narita Airport can be the least expensive option

If Going By Shinkansen

Pros
Less susceptible to weather conditions, reliable operations
Low-cost if using a [JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass]
Cons
Fairly long travel time (around 8 hours)
Operation on the railways is very reliable
Operation on the railways is very reliable

If Going By Ferry

Pros
Low-cost (prices from 10,260)
Offers the possibility to travel in leisure aboard a ship
Cons
Lengthy travel time (around 1 day)
The ferry offers the attractive option of enjoying the spacious interior of a ship
The ferry offers the attractive option of enjoying the spacious interior of a ship

If Going By Rental Car

Pros
The most flexible option in respect to the degree of freedom it affords
Cons
Expensive (20,000 yen in expressway tolls, a 20,000 ferry fare, the rental car fee, and gasoline expenses)
Takes time (over a day)
The rental car allows you to travel as freely as you like
The rental car allows you to travel as freely as you like

To sum up the four different transportation methods, if you’re looking to shorten the travel time, flying is the best option. If you’re looking to travel in a relatively short amount of time without having to worry too much about the weather, Shinkansen is best. Fewer transfers is another attraction of going by Shinkansen. If you're not too concerned about the time or expense, and you want to take in the scenery while crossing the Tohoku region, you can go by rental car. If you want an inexpensive way to enjoy a leisurely trip to Hokkaido, then you’ll want to take the ferry.

4. Some of the Recommended Ways to Make a Trip from Tokyo to Hokkaido a Memorable Experience

Take a trip on the cost-effective ferry. However, if you’ve never been on a ferry before, you may find it difficult to get a good picture of what a ferry ride is actually like. Traveling by ferry is not just a means of getting from one point to another, and it offers the significant benefit of being able to enrich the way you spend your time while traveling. A trip aboard a ship is unique from going by plane or train. As such, we’d like to introduce what it's actually like to take a trip on a ferry.

Experience Travel in a Way Unique to an Ocean Voyage
Experience Travel in a Way Unique to an Ocean Voyage

MOL Ferry Sunflower

If looking trying to choose a ferry, look no further than the “Sunflower,” operated by MOL Ferry.
This newly built ship was put into service in 2017, and cabins include both luxurious suites and relaxing Japanese-style rooms. You can take a carefree ocean voyage for 10,800 yen each way with choices of departure times that go late into the night.

The Novelties of a Trip Aboard the Sunflower:

1. The leisurely trip offers a view of the Pacific Ocean. Scenic views perfect for a social media post both during the night and at sunrise

The Beautiful Sunrise on the Pacific Ocean
The Beautiful Sunrise on the Pacific Ocean

Being aboard the ferry for a full day equates to having a view of the different complexions of the Pacific Ocean throughout the course of the day. Upon departure, the dusk gradually sets into the quiet night. At nighttime on the ocean, you can find the luminous moon and starry skies when the skies are clear. In the early morning, as the low skies slowly give way to the break of dawn, you’ll find a stunning view of the sun poking it's head out of the horizon. It's a view that meant for a social media post. Once the sun climbs the skies, the surface of the ocean shimmers, and the open seas spread before your eyes. Take in a deep breath of an ocean-scented wind, and you’ll find yourself feeling truly refreshed. You may even come across dolphins if you're lucky.

2. Various Festivities While Onboard

Music Events While Aboard
Music Events While Aboard

The way to enjoy a ferry ride isn't limited to the beautiful scenery. Various events are hosted on the ferry, and the abundance of onboard facilities offer a number of different means to make the trip a fulfilling one. In addition to a bevy of shows ranging from musical performances, to magic shows, to juggling, there are even activities like portrait drawing and hula dancing that you can participate in. There are also around 100 movies that you can watch for free on your smartphone or tablet.

3. Lavish and wide-encompassing onboard facilities

The restaurant provides satisfying meal options.
The restaurant provides satisfying meal options.

There are plenty of facilities to enjoy with your family or as a group, between the large, scenic public bath to kick back with an ocean view, the free sauna, the gift shop, and game corner. The Kids Land is for small children, and the baby room that serves as a diaper-changing and breastfeeding space can help accommodate those traveling with infants or young children.

You may be surprised to know that there’s even a pet space and dog run. The entire interior of the ship is meticulously customized to accommodate for the various needs of any guest regardless of age.

Meals aboard the spacious atmosphere of the restaurant is another one of the Sunflower's many attractions. You can indulge in the full course set for just 1,530 yen with a view of the distant ocean horizon. There are two full course sets to choose from: a Japanese set with dishes like tempura and sashimi, or a Western set featuring various meat dishes, so you can make your decision depending on your preferences or whichever you happen to feel like at the time.

4. By Upgrading Your Cabin, You Can Travel in the Comfort of a Hotel-Like Private Room

The least expensive Tourist plan consists of beds with dedicated shelves separated by curtains, but you can also upgrade your room depending on how you prefer to travel.

The Tourist rooms are separated by curtains and each comes with its own electrical outlet
The Tourist rooms are separated by curtains and each comes with its own electrical outlet

For around 2,000 yen, you can upgrade to the Comfort plan that comes with a bed equipped with a TV (all seats have an electrical outlet) and a secure, private space. For around 7,000 yen, you can upgrade to a private room.

Various types of rooms including Japanese-style rooms, Western-style rooms, ocean-view rooms, and rooms where pets are permitted are also available options.

The Premium Plan Where You Can Enjoy a Private Voyage with You Very Own Balcony (Western-style room)
The Premium Plan Where You Can Enjoy a Private Voyage with You Very Own Balcony (Western-style room)

5. Eliminate any concerns about communicating with the translation system

While traveling in Japan, not being able to communicate in your native tongue is a terrible inconvenience. However, the Sunflower has translation systems installed throughout the ship for guests from abroad. You can use the system at each terminal by contacting an operator via video call who can then interpret for you. Additionally, the main ship (evening departure) is equipped with an automatic translation system called "ili PRO". The system is available in Chinese, English, and Korean.

Questions and Concerns about a Trip Aboard the Sunflower

Are there any safety concerns if taking a ferry?

According MOL Ferry, the company in charge of the ferry's operations, the company exercises the utmost caution when determining whether or not a ship departs or is canceled due to rough weather conditions like typhoons, low atmospheric pressure, or typhoon weather forecasts.
There may be last-minute cancellations of departures to ensure passenger safety, but guests can either opt to take another ship or receive a refund. When they anticipate stormy conditions in which the ship could be subjected to severe rocking, potentially lead to unpredictable issues, they ask that those who are pregnant, injured, or sick make sure to give notice of their condition when making a reservation or boarding. The company has extensive measures in place to ensure the safety of every passenger.

Are there any concerns about the sanitation standards?

Since the newly built ship was put into service in 2017, the ship is still in pristine condition as of 2019.

Is there internet access?

Wired LAN is not available, and while it may be difficult to get a great connection while cruising, pocket Wi-Fi routers from docomo/softbank/au have been installed throughout the ship to offer Wi-Fi service without having to rely on the data of your own cell-phone carrier. Additionally, the ship's exclusive entertainment SSQ (SunFlower Smart QUEST) Service (around 100 movie titles, and others) can be accessed from your own smartphone or tablet devices. It’s extremely helpful that these services are provided free of charge.

There may be certain ocean areas where you may have cell phone reception, but most cell phones will be out of reception while offshore. Since it's difficult to get a connection while cruising, you’ll want to use the coin-operated phones installed throughout the ship. (You can't make calls to the coin-operated phone from outside the ship.) However, you’ll have access to the free Wi-Fi, so it shouldn't be a problem.

Short Summary

Although it offers itself as a reasonably priced option, those who have never been on a ferry before might find themselves unsure of what a ferry ride actually entails. Hopefully you’re adequately acquainted with the attractions of the ferry at this point.

Although the trip does take some time, the time aboard isn't simply a means of getting from one point to another, but a comprehensive way to experience fresh novelties like the vast scenery of the Pacific Ocean, a lavish ship interior, and the different events that are conducted onboard. The time spent while one the ocean is utterly different from anything you’ll experience on land. Sharing this particular time with the company of fellow passengers is another way to enjoy your journey by ferry. You’ll find everyone from vacationing elderly couples, to young, frugal travelers, to families just looking to enjoy a leisurely trip. Various plans and facilities to accommodate every possible kind of traveler can be found on the ferry.

The ferry presents an opportunity to spend a tranquil time on a single ship with all different kinds of people. The leisurely journey presents opportunities to discover and feel in a way you can’t on a hectic and busy trip.
If you have some time to spare, the ferry is a highly recommended way to visit Hokkaido.

Summary

We've now gone through a thorough comparison of the various means available for getting to the popular destination of Hokkaido while also providing a detailed introduction to one of the lesser known modes of transportation, the ferry.

Hopefully, the information in this article has offered you a useful means of comparing the pros and cons of each transportation method: plane, Shinkansen, ferry, and rental car. We hope you can use this article as a reference when planning out your next trip to Hokkaido.