FAQs

Q3 Hokkaido Rail Pass

What are its validity period, fares, applicable scope and benefits?

Please see here.

Where can I purchase a Hokkaido Rail Pass?

Please see here.

Where can I exchange an Exchange Order for a Hokkaido Rail Pass?

Please see here

Can I purchase (exchange)the rail pass in Honshu?

The HOKKAIDO RAIL PASS can be purchased at the JR EAST Travel Service Center as well, but exchanges are not possible.


  • Narita Airport Terminal 1 8:15 - 19:00(*)
  • Narita Airport Terminal 2 8:15 - 20:00(*)
  • Haneda Airport International Termina(Tokyo Monorai) 7:45 - 18:30
  • Tokyo Station 7:30 - 20:30
  • Shinjyuku Station 8:00 - 19:00
  • Ikebukuro Station 9:00 - 18:00
  • *At Narita Airport Terminal 1&2, for times other than listed, please purchase your pass at the Midori-no-Madoguchi.

What are the differences between the Hokkaido Rail Pass and Hokkaido Furii Pasu?

The fundamental benefits (areas of use, train types available, etc.) are the same.
Major differences

Validity Period
The validity period of the Hokkaido Free Pasu is 7 days.
There are limits to the number of times reserved seats can be used with the Hokkaido Furii Pasu.

Where to Buy
"Hokkaido Furii Pasu" cannot be purchased abroad.
It is available at major stations and any JR Travel Service Center of JR GROUP MEMBERS and travel agencies in Japan.

I am traveling to Hokkaido for 14 days, can I purchase two Hokkaido Rail Passes?

Multiple passes may be purchased if one person wishes to use them on different days.

Can I ride sightseeing trains like the Norokko and steam locomotive with my pass?

All reserved seating on ordinary cars in Hokkaido can be boarded (does not include Hokkaido Shinkansen). However, when boarding the SL or Asahiyama Zoo Train which are all reserved seating, you may not be able to board unless you reserve a seat prior to boarding.

Can I ride local buses with the pass?

  • The Hokkaido Rail Pass can be used on all JR Hokkaido railway lines (does not include Hokkaido Shinkansen) and some JR Hokkaido Buses.
  • Of the JR Hokkaido Bus Lines, routes between Sapporo-Asahikawa, Sapporo-Monbetsu,Sapporo-Hiro'o, Sapporo-Kiroro,Sapporo-Obihiro, Sapporo-Erimo, Shin Sapporo - Atsubetsu Stadium, JR Shiroishi Sta. - Sapporo Dome and temporary buses are not included. Express buses between Sapporo and Otaru can be boarded if the bus is a JR Hokkaido bus. (Chuo Buses are not included)
  • *There is an extra charge for the Twinkle Buses.(Reservations necessary)

For the JR Hokkaido Bus time schedule please see the website below. (Japanese only)http://www.jrhokkaidobus.com/

I decided to purchase the HRP but my rental car reservation must be maid 3 days in advance. Can I receive a special discount if I reserve the rental car abroad, then purchase my HRP upon arrival?

Please make a reservation on the JR Hokkaido Global site first. Then upon arrival in Hokkaido, first purchase your Hokkaido Rail Pass(exchange), and then show your HRP at the rental car counter and you will receive a discount.

Will the rental car discount be applied even after the HRP use period expires?

Rental Car discounts are limited to rentals within the HRP valid period. Please see below for details.
http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/english/railpass/rail04.html

This special price for JR Station Rental Cars applies only when you start renting a car during the validity period of your Hokkaido Rail Pass. No limit on the rental days.
Case 1 / With 5-day pass valid for April 1-5.
Start renting between April 1 to 5 Special rate
Start renting after April 6 Special rate does not applied.
Case 2 / With flexible 4-day pass valid for April 1 10.
Start renting between April 1 to 10 Special rate (including dates selected for train travel)
Start renting after April 11 Special rate does not applied.

I missed the train I had reserved a seat on. What should I do?

Please board the unreserved seating on the next train.

Will I be compensated for other transportation fees if I miss the next transportation due to the trains being late or suspended?

We are sorry, we do not compensate for other transportation. We do not re-reimburse or compensate meal fees, other transportation fares, or lodging expenses that incur due to late or suspended trains. As for the HRP, we do not refund or extend the use period after the pass has been validated.

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