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Oct 11, 2017

Hokkaido by plane or by train?

Hi. How can I travel to Hokkaido? plane or train?

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  • If you are coming from somewhere like Tokyo probably by plane since the Shinkansen takes about 9 hours and is typically more expensive unless you’re booking the flight really last minute.

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  • genkidesu

    on Oct 11

    I think it's a personal preference really, since you can get there by both means - and cost also plays into it too. Depending on the time of year you can get some great deals on budget carriers for flights, so that's definitely worth a look. I'd say though that my personal preference is usually shinkansen when the budget and the route allows it - they're always timely, whereas I actually had flights booked to Sapporo one year for the snow festival that got cancelled because of bad weather in Tokyo!

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  • edthethe

    on Oct 21

    i agree with genkidesu. its about preference. The only time ive gone was with a travel deal that included hotel stay and plane ticket in the bundle for the snow festival. it was a great deal. but it often has to be booked far in advance and there is the chance of bad weather or a bad cold fouling your plans. I really want to go by train sometime, but i love long train rides and dont mind the idea of the train ride being the whole of my vacation time.

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  • Jackson

    on Dec 1

    I went there by plane and found it faster and cheaper. If budget is a concern, then I'd recommend that.

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