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How Much Does it Cost to Travel From Tokyo to Sapporo?



Sapporo (Hokkaido) is a long way from Tokyo (over 800 km as the crow flies). Getting there by any means other than a plane, is likely to turn into something of an adventure.  Still, it will be an adventure worthwhile, as Sapporo is regarded by many to be one of the most user-friendly cities in the country, and a gateway to Japan’s great outdoors.  And if adventure doesn’t appeal, well, a flight will have you there in less than two hours.  So, how much does it cost to travel there from Tokyo?




Flights


Prices here are based on booking one month before departure.  Booking earlier will likely make things cheaper, as may be the case with waiting until the last minute.

Sapporo is serviced by New Chitose Airport (CTS)

The flight time between Tokyo and Sapporo is around 1 hrs 30 mins - 45 mins.




Low Cost Carriers


Fares (one way / return)


Peach (from Tokyo, Haneda) - ~5,000 yen / ~10,000 yen

Jetstar (from Tokyo, Narita) - ~4,500 - 6,000 yen / ~9,000 - 12,000 yen

SKYMARK (from Tokyo, Haneda) - ~9,000 - 21,000 yen / ~18,000 - 42,000 yen

Vanilla Air (from Tokyo, Narita) - ~5,000 yen / ~10,000 yen

AIR DO (from Tokyo, Haneda) - ~9,000 (foreigners only), 11,000 - 29,000 yen / ~18,000 (foreigners only), 22,000 - 60,000 yen




Flag Carriers - ANA and JAL operate services between Tokyo’s Narita Airport and Haneda Airports, and New Chitose Airport.  Haneda handles the majority of flights.



Fares (one way/round trip) (all taxes/surcharges included)


ANA (from Haneda) - A lot to choose from, with negligible price differences between weekdays and weekends …


Economy - 37,790 yen / 69,580 yen

Business Kippu - 32,590 yen / 65,180 yen (ANA card members)

Tokuwari - 22,190 yen / 44,380 yen

Tabawari28 - 12,390 yen / 24,780 yen

Premium - 46,790 yen / 93,580 yen

Premium Tokuwari - 32,490 yen / 64,980 yen

There is little price difference in price when travelling from Narita with ANA, except when it comes to the specials.  Haneda handles far more services than Narita.

Tokuwari - 29,640 yen / 59,280 yen

Tabiwari28 - 15,540 yen / 31,080 yen




JAL - Cheaper.  Easier (but limited) choice of seating.  Fares from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.


Economy - Fares from 12,390 yen / 28,080 yen

Class J - Between 1,000 to 20,000 yen extra


Expect to pay around 2,000 yen more from Narita, which has a more limited service.


From New Chitose Airport into Sapporo (JR train station), trains take 37 mins.  Fares from ~ 1,070 yen (1,380 yen with a reserved seat).







Shinkansen


Editors Note* As of March 26 (2016) a shinkansen line (Hokkaido Shinkansen) started operating to/from JR Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station, running between Tokyo Station.  Between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station journey times are just over 4 hours.



Reserved seat (22,890 yen) / Green seat (30,060 yen) / Gran class (38,280 yen)



The Tōhoku Shinkansen line runs from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori.  From here take a regular train to Aomori then change for services to JR Sapporo (often via Hakodate).  


Hayabusa Shinkansen trains (using the Tōhoku line) to Shin-Aomori take around 2 hrs 15 mins. Seat reservations must be made.


Reserved seat (17,350 yen) / Green seat (21,970 yen) / Gran Class (27,110 yen)


From Shin-Aomori to JR Sapporo expect journeys of over 8 hrs, and prices of around 10,000 yen.  


Buying a ticket for the whole journey from Tokyo to Sapporo will be cheaper with fares from ~22,000 - 32,000 yen (depending on seat class).  For sleeper cars from Aomori to Sapporo, add on 9,000 - 12,000 yen.


Using the trains, it’s possible to make the whole journey in one day.  Or, set off in the afternoon from Tokyo, and take a night train from Aomori to Sapporo.


When buying regular tickets, there are no return fares.  Just buy one for each journey!

The Japan Rail Pass is valid for Tōhoku Shinkansen trains.




Bus


There are no bus services from Tokyo to Sapporo.  If you’re up for it, it’s possible to take a bus to Aomori.  From there, take a ferry to Hakodate (in Hokkaido) and then a bus into Sapporo.


English-language-friendly Willer Express operates overnight services between Shinjuku Station (Tokyo) and Aomori Station / Aomori Port.


Fares (one way, based on bus/seat type)

RELAX - ~5,000 yen

RELAXWIDE (extra space) - 7,400 yen

RELAX (double seat plan) - 6,700 yen

Journey time ~ 10 hrs.



Aomori - Hakodate Ferry

Seikan Ferry charge 1,690 / 840 yen (adult/child) for their crossing which takes ~ 4 hrs.  This service started as cargo only (hence the cheap price).

Ocean Road Ferry offer more comfort with fares between ~3,000 - ~18,000 yen.



Hakodate - Sapporo Bus


Buses take 4 hrs 30 mins - 5 hrs.  Fares from ~4,000 yen.  Japan Bus Online can handle reservations for a variety of services in English.


Total Bus - Boat - Bus Fares: ~11,000 - ~30,000 yen





Other Services



During holiday periods, those who are really up for an adventure should check out the Seishun 18 Kippu which can see you travel as far as possible on local trains for as little as 2,370 yen per day. People have used this ticket to get all the way to Sapporo.  Learn more with our earlier article about this ticket here.


How much does it cost to drive from Tokyo to Sapporo?  Well, expect to pay ~14,000 yen in highway tolls from Tokyo to Aomori (source: NEXCO).  The drive takes over 8 hrs for those that know the way. From the Hakodate region of Hokkaido, to Sapporo, driving will cost around 6,500 yen in highway tolls and take around 3.5 hrs.  NIPPON Rent-A-Car has ‘subcompact’ cars to rent for around 8,000- 9,000 yen for up to 24 hrs.




How much does it cost to travel from Tokyo to Sapporo?, let us know your answers.  We'd love to hear them. Drop us a line below.


See our ‘How Much | Travel’ series for more destinations from Tokyo.

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It is a greatly helpful summary for the transportation cost. Thanks!

But I am afraid the fares and information for JAL flights mentioned above may be incorrect...
The lowest price for Tokyo (Haneda) - Sapporo (New Chitose) flight is always below 8,000 yen (currently, 7,500 yen).

Here is the page where I am always checking for their latest fare deals.
http://www.jal.co.jp/en/dom/waribiki/super_sakitoku.html

Hope other expats here won't miss these deals, too. :D

EnjoyJP

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