Mark Your Calendars: the latest born of Japanese high speed trains, the Hokkaido Shinkansen, will welcome its first passengers March 26, 2016!
Hokkaido Shinkansen will link the cities of Aomori in northern Honshu, and Hakodate in southern Hokkaido. There was already a rail link between the two islands, but this is the first time the Shinkansen is extended to Hokkaido. It is expected that the high-speed line will be extended to Sapporo in 2030.
You can now travel from Tokyo to Hakodate in about 4 hours. As the Tohoku Shinkansen before him, the Hokkaido Shinkansen include several seats “Green Class” particularly luxurious and which remind of Airline First class.
Although the plane remains the fastest way to get to Hokkaido from the capital, the Shinkansen experience is always very nice that it certainly does not bother you to spend a bit more time on the train!
More info: Jrhokkaido