The Cassiopeia night train operates between Tokyo Ueno Station and Sapporo in Hokkaido 1,200km (760 miles) to the north and is a popular journey for both domestic travelers and an increasing number of visitors from overseas, who wish to experience this opulent rail journey.
Like most of Japan's night trains, reservations sell out quickly so JapanVisitor can offer you a proxy booking service for a small fee. Reservations go on sale 30 days before the departure of each train and usually sell out on that day.
If you wish us to make a reservation for you please see our fees and conditions here and make sure you contact us more than 30 days in advance.
A typical reservation would incur a booking fee of 4,000 yen whether for a single or multiple tickets and can be sent by registered mail to your home address or a hotel in Tokyo.
The Cassiopeia is Japan's premier luxury train and completes the Tokyo-Sapporo run in approximately 16 hours and 30 minutes. The Cassiopeia 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, with increased services in holiday periods.
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)
Holders of a Japan Rail Pass receive generous reductions.
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