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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Cassiopeia & Hokutosei Luxury Night Trains

カシオペアと北斗星

The Cassiopeia & Hokutosei trains both run between Tokyo Ueno Station and Sapporo in Hokkaido 1,200km (760 miles) to the north.


Cassiopeia at Sendai Station

Cassiopeia
The Cassiopeia is Japan's premier luxury train and completes the Tokyo-Sapporo run in approximately 16 hours and 30 minutes. The train, which began service in 1999, includes stops at the following stations: Omiya, Utsunomiya, Koriyama, Fukushima, Sendai, Ichinoseki, Morioka and Hakodate.

An accommodation fee is standard regardless of distance traveled and twin rooms and luxury suites are available. The train also includes a restaurant and a cafe/bar lounge with excellent views. The train departs Ueno Station about 3 times a week.

Cassiopeia Luxury Night Train


Timetable

Ueno 16.20pm - Sendai 20.59pm - Morioka 23.16pm Hakodate 4.18am - Sapporo 8.54am
Sapporo 16.20pm - Hakodate 9.00pm - Sendai 4.33am - Ueno 9.24am

More timetable information (in Japanese)

Like most of Japan's night train reservations sell out quickly so book early!

Holders of a Japan Rail Pass receive sizeable reductions.

Hokutosei

The Hokutosei train leaves Ueno Station in Tokyo for Sapporo in Hokkaido twice a day and is a cheaper alternative to the luxury Cassiopeia.

The journey time is the same as the Cassiopeia at approximately 16 hours and 30 minutes. An accommodation fee is standard regardless of distance traveled though there is type A and B class accommodation available. Holders of a Japan Rail Pass receive a reduction having to pay only the limited express excess fare and for accommodation.

Hokutosei at Sendai Station

Timetable

Ueno 16.50pm - Sendai 21.14pm - Morioka 23.32pm Hakodate 4.33am - Sapporo 9.18am
Sapporo 17.12pm - Hakodate 21.48pm - Sendai 4.54am - Ueno 9.41am

Ueno 19.03pm - Sendai 23.30pm Hakodate 6.34am - Sapporo 11.15pm
Sapporo 19.27pm - Hakodate 23.48pm - Sendai 6.48am - Ueno 11.19am

If you wish to book a ticket on these trains please contact us for further details.

More timetable information (in Japanese)

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