Enjoy sightseeing spots ! Popular Free Passes in Japan -Hokkaido - img:Otaru

Enjoy sightseeing spots ! Popular Free Passes in Japan -Hokkaido - img:Otaru

If you want to go around sightseeing spots in Japan, making a great use of Free Passes issued by railway companies is a way to go. Here are Free Passes you can use in travelling around sightseeing spots in Hokkaido. 

Hokkaido has so many attractive spots to see including Shiretoko, a World Heritage Site, many beautiful lakes such as Akan-ko Lake and Furano famous for endless lavendar fields. The downtown Sapporo offers great Hokkaido food and Hakodate has some historical spots including Gokakuryo where the shogunal army set its base at the end of the Edo period. 


Among all cities around Sapporo, Kokura is a particularly popular sightseeing city. The distance between the two cities is only 39 km, and this pass allows foreign tourists to go back and forth freely.  It covers  between Sapporo and Otaru (of JR Hokkaido) and all subway lines inside Sapporo-city. You need to present your passport or short-term VISA to prove that you are foreigner visiting Japan.  

Price: 1,700 yen

Where to purchase: Sapporo station West Exit Information Desk, Shin-chitose Airport Station Information desk, JR Travel Service Center Sapporo branch etc. 

URL: http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/cn/railpass/welcome.html

Hokkaido Free Pass

Great value for money Free Pass which lets you travel through the vast Hokkaido freely.  7-Day Free Pass for JR Hokkaido-line Super Express/Express/Local trains’ non-reserved seat, JR Hokkaido Bus (except some lines). You can use the pass for reserve-seat for up to 6 times. 

This is a great Free Pass if you want to travel through Hokkaido spending a long period visiting Sapporo and Furano etc.. Please be careful that this Pass is not usable during busy seasons such as Golden Week, Obon season (one particular week in August) or Year End and New Year.  

Price: 26,230 yen (for both adult and child)  

Where to purchase: major JR stations around Japan, JR Travel Centers, major travel agencies

URL: http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/cn/railpass/free.html

David li

Male Chinese who works for major advertising agency in Tokyo. 15 years of living in Japan has made him an expert on various Japan related topics. He came to Japan after graduating from high school and now permanently settled in Japan. His hobby is to enjoy local cuisines while travelling around various parts of Japan. He has a personal goal of visiting all prefectures in the country and in the process of achieving it, enjoying trips and dining experiences in the nation on his off-days with his family.

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