Noboribetsu Onsen to Hakodate - Hokkaido, Japan

It takes about 2.30 hr. from Noboribetsu to Hakodate so I stayed at Noboribetsu for 1 night and went to Hakodate. Before went to Noboribetsu station, I took Donan Bus from Noboribetsu Onsen station to JR Noboribetsu station. It takes about 12 minutes but don't forget to check Donan Bus timetable (you can check from my previous post).

I took Limited Express Hokuto train to Hakodate (145-150 minutes).
Non-reserved seat fare is 6,370 yen and Reserved seat fare is 6,890 yen.
If you have JR Hokkaido pass, you can reserve seat for free.

Please check the timetable as below.
If you miss train, you may wait for the next train for hours.

I departed from Noboribetsu at 9.52 a.m. and arrived at Hakodate station at 12.28 p.m.
Before the train arrives at station 5-10 minutes, gate at JR station will be opened.
I had to be rush because I need to take my luggage and cross the bridge.
At this station, there are neither escalators nor elevators. 

Timetable (July 2017)

While waiting at train station, there was announcement to stand at the right gate. 
If reserve seat, stand at the reserve seat gate.
If not, stand at non-reserve seat gate.

There were some spaces to put the luggage at the back of each train.
Toilets were also available on train.
This train took about 2.30 hrs. so I bought some snacks before taking the train.

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  1. Hello Blue Moon, just wondering can I purchase the train ticket in advance? Like buying the ticket online or something. Or I can only purchase it on the same day?

    1. Hi! You can only purchase JR Hokkaido / JR Pass in advance but cannot for the normal ticket. You can purchase ticket on the day you travel or use IC Card (prepaid card).

    2. Thanks for the reply.

      Meaning if I want to take the train at 14:43 with reserved seat, I can still do it if I arrived at JR Noboribetsu station at 1300?

    3. You can take the train from Noboribetsu at 13:27 or 14:43 but cannot guarantee the reserved seat in case of reserved seats are full. If you have JR Pass, you can reserve the seat in advance.