From Tokyo to Hokkaido! Tips for Transportation & Convenient Services

Hokkaido is one of the popular sightseeing spots in Japan. We will introduce you its attractions, best ways to access from Tokyo, and tips that would benefit your trip.
Attractions of Hokkaido
There are many great spots to visit in Hokkaido: the main city Sapporo, Otaru that has a pretty view with canals and warehouses, and Hakodate known as one of the top 3 places that have the most beautiful night view. Hokkaido has everything you are looking for, such as activities in cities, magnificent views in nature, and delicious food.
While Hokkaido has 20% of the entire land of Japan, its population density is about 1/100 of Tokyo! You can encounter a wide variety of wild animals in untouched nature.
Hokkaido is filled with a lot of tourists all year round since Hokkaido changes its scenery from season to season beautifully. In addition, Hokkaido attracts visitors with its history and culture (unique arts and crafts) by the ethnic group Ainu.
Access to Hokkaido from Tokyo
By Airplane
As the distance between Tokyo and Hokkaido is more than 800 kilometers, take a flight there is the most convenient and the fastest way. You can save your time and still have access to many places from main airports.
From Haneda Airport
JAL, ANA, ADO, SKY airlines offer flights to 9 main airports (Shin-Chitose, Hakodate, Asahikawa, Tokachi Obihiro, etc.)
: Takes about 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 55 minutes from Haneda)
From Narita International Airport
Shin-Chitose Airport is the only airport to access from Narita International Airport. JAL, ANA, Vanilla Air, and Jetstar are offering the flights.
: Takes about 1 hour 40 minutes from Narita)
Other routes
If you do not mind to take time and want to enjoy the travel relaxing, there are options to take a train, express bus and/or ferry .
1) Tokyo → Shin-Hakodate Hokuto with Hokkaido Shinkansen ( Japanese bullet train) : Takes about 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes
2) Tokyo Station → Hakodate Ferry Terminal with Konan Bus and Ferry : Takes about 16 hours 10 minutes
Convenient Services
Carrying heavy luggage while traveling is exhausting. Some large airports and delivery companies offer helpful services for tourists to be able to enjoy sightseeing with minimum belongings. Please check with them for your convenience.
Luggage delivery service (Send your Luggage to/from Airport, Station and Hotel)
With this service you can send your luggage between your hotels and to and from your airport/station. Then you don't need to carry your luggage around with you even before check-in or after check-out, which will help you go sightseeing stress-free!
Store Luggage in Lockers
Most main stations and facilities have coin lockers available. It would be very convenient if you want to store your luggage for a few hours and enjoy your visit. The website below can show you lockers' locations and availability.
Coin Locker Navi:
Temporary Luggage Storage Service
Large luggage and suitcases that don't fit in normal lockers can be put away and stored temporarily with this service.