Getting To Hakkoda

Getting To Hakkoda

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Where is Hakkoda Japan?

The Hakkoda ski area is in the Aomori Prefecture, the most northern part of Honshu (the main island of Japan), about 710km north of Tokyo.

Hakkoda is located near Oirase Gorge and Lake Towada District in the north of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Hakkoda is approximately 40 minutes by car from Aomori airport, 45 minutes from Aomori station (about 60 minutes by bus), and 45-50 minutes from Shin-Aomori station.

Flights to Aomori

The Aomori international airport has flights from Haneda Tokyo, Sapporo and Seoul. You can look at flight options here.

Travellers from Australia and other parts of Oceania will find flying into Aomori via Seoul the cheapest and most convenient option (and often cheaper than just flying to Tokyo). Some flight schedules will require an overnight stay in Seoul in a 5 star hotel (which is included in the flight price). Flights with Korean Air (KAL) from Seoul to Aomori operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and take only 140 minutes.

Flights between Sapporo and Aomori take only 45 minutes, whilst flights between Tokyo Haneda and Aomori take 75 minutes. Be aware that most international flights into Tokyo arrive at Narita airport thereby necessitating a long bus trip across the city.

Train to Aomori from Tokyo

The Shinkansen Hayate to the Shin-Aomori station was introduced in December 2010. The bullet train from Tokyo now only takes 3.5 hours. Generally the most economical way for return travel to Aomori is to purchase a JR East Rail Pass. 

Train from Sapporo to Aomori

If you want to combine some Hokkaido skiing with a powder odyssey at Hakkoda and don’t want to fly, it’s easy to get a train between Hokkaido and Aomori that travels between the islands through the Seikan tunnel. The trip time between Sapporo and Aomori varies. Check Hyperdia for train timetables and fares.

If coming from Niseko, you could catch a train from Kutchan to Aomori. Considering that Kutchan is on the Hakodate line, some trip times from Kutchan are less than those from Sapporo.

Getting from Aomori to Hakkoda

There are three buses to Hakkoda per day from Aomori train station and Shin-Aomori. The latter is the station where the Shinkansen from Tokyo arrives. The bus leaves from platform 11 (bus 750 as of 2015) just outside the east exit and takes from 60-90 minutes to get to Hakkoda. There are three buses per day from Hakkoda to Aomori and Shin-Aomori which are all in the afternoon (check with Aomori tourism for the latest information on bus schedules).

If these times don’t suit you’ll need to get a taxi from Aomori to Hakkoda. There are plenty of taxis at the train stations and at the airport. Be aware that not all taxi drivers will want to take you to Hakkoda, particularly if the weather or road conditions are not ideal, but you should be able to find someone with chains who is keen for the fare. As a guide, a taxi from Shin-Aomori costs about ¥7,500 and takes about 45 minutes depending on road and weather conditions. A taxi between Aomori airport and Hakkoda costs about ¥6,500 and takes about 40 minutes.

Some of the Hakkoda hotels offer shuttles from Aomori train station to Hakkoda with pre-arrangement.

The road up to Hakkoda closes in the evenings (at about 8:30pm) and also at other times when the weather is particularly foul.

Driving to Hakkoda

The Hakkoda Ropeway phone number for GPS navigation is 017-738-0343.

Multi-Resort Tours

The other way to get to Hakkoda is part of a multi-resort tour that takes in other Japan ski areas.

Other Ski Resorts Nearby

Moya Hills ski resort is the closest ski resort to Hakkoda, about 15 minutes away in the suburbs of Aomori city. It’s just a small ski resort but is popular for night skiing.

Aomori Spring Ski Resort is 66km to the west of Hakkoda.

Appi Kogen is 135km south of Hakkoda. The Appi Resort provides transport between the two ski areas on Thursdays and Sundays, early January to early March. The bus departs Appi in the morning and departs Hakkoda in the later afternoon.