Cassiopeia and Hokutosei

The Cassiopeia and Hokutosei are limited express trains with sleeper cars, spanning the distance from Ueno to Hakodate and Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido. The Cassiopeia debuted in 1999 as a train with all private sleeping rooms, each with a private lavatory and water closet. Each room is prepared with a beverage to welcome passengers aboard. Also, the dining car has a pleasant atmosphere for eating while enjoying the scenery from the windows, and the lounge provides a space for passengers to spend time in their own way. The Cassiopeia is a cruising train, which is not often seen in Japan. Check dates and times of operation for further details.
The Hokutosei debuted in 1988 as a limited express train with premium sleeping berths, popular for its wide range of choices, from private sleeping rooms to open berths. With a dining car and showering facilities, this is a great way to travel to Hokkaido at night.

The Train Line-up

Series 24

Series 24

Hokutosei: Ueno - Sapporo

Series E26

Series E26

Series E26

Cassiopeia: Ueno - Sapporo

Notes

In addition to the basic fare, a limited express and sleeper car fee are charged when riding the Cassiopeia and Hokutosei trains. The tracks used by the Cassiopeia and Hokutosei between Morioka and Aomori are not owned by JR East, but IGR Iwate Galaxy Railway and Aoimori Railway. Also, tracks owned by JR Hokkaido are used for the interval between Naka-Oguni and Sapporo Stations. The JR EAST PASS can be used on IGR Iwate Galaxy Railway and Aoimori Railway trains. An additional fare is therefore required for holders of JR EAST PASSES for JR Hokkaido's portion. Please confirm the days of operation in advance. Tickets may be purchased at Narita Airport station, JR Ticket Offices (Midori-no-madoguchi) and Travel Service Centers (View Plaza). Online reservation service is not available for these trains.

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Interior Layout of Cars

The Cassiopeia Series E26: 12-car trains

The Cassiopeia Series E26: 12-car trains

The Cassiopeia Series E26: 12-car trains

Notes: All cars have sleeping rooms. Inquire for further details. The placement of the engine differs depending on the interval.

Private sleeping room with bed folded up for sittingPrivate sleeping room with bed folded up for sitting

Private sleeping room with bed folded outPrivate sleeping room with bed folded out

Dining carDining car

Lounge carLounge car

The Hokutosei Series 24: 12-car trains

The Hokutosei Series 24: 12-car trains

The Hokutosei Series 24: 12-car trains

Notes: All cars have sleeping beds. Inquire for further details. The placement of the engine differs depending on the interval.

Private sleeping roomPrivate sleeping room

Dining carDining car

Lounge carLounge car

  • Lavatory
  • Restrooms
  • Men's toilet
  • Seats for wheelchair users
  • Conductor's room
  • Dining
  • Lounge
  • Shower
  • Vending machine
  • Non-smoking car

Timetables

Timetables with major stations (as of November 2014)

Ueno (Tokyo) to Sapporo Cassiopeia Hokutosei
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Ueno 16:20 19:03
Omiya 16:45 19:30
Utsunomiya 17:48 20:29
Koriyama 19:13 21:53
Fukushima 19:52 22:29
Sendai 20:59 23:30
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Hakodate 5:02
5:44(*1)
6:35
Toya 7:13
8:33(*1)
8:59
Noboribetsu 8:00
9:20(*1)
9:50
Tomakomai 8:33
9:50(*1)
10:20
Minami-Chitose 8:55
10:10(*1)
10:41
Sapporo 9:32
10:44(*1)
11:15
Sapporo to Ueno (Tokyo) Cassiopeia Hokutosei
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Sapporo 16:12 17:12
Minami-Chitose 16:46 17:46
Tomakomai 17:06 18:06
Noboribetsu 17:37 18:35
Toya 18:43 19:26
Hakodate 21:12 21:49
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Sendai 4:33 4:51
Fukushima 5:36 5:53
Koriyama 6:15 6:38
Utsunomiya 7:50 8:10
Omiya 9:00 9:10
9:32(*2)
Ueno 9:25 9:38
10:05(*2)

Note:
Starting in October 2014, changes may occur to the operating schedule due to maintenance and inspection work toward the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen.
*1 There are changes to the arrival times for trains departing from Ueno Station on the following dates:
・Monday, January 12, 2015 (holiday)
・Tuesday, January 20, 2015
・Saturday, January 24, 2015
*2 Please note the change in arrival times at Omiya and Ueno for trains starting their runs between Sunday, December 14, 2014 and Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Places of Interest

The Cassiopeia and Hokutosei Map

Hakodate
Hakodate lies on a southern peninsula on Hokkaido, looking across the Tsugaru Strait to Honshu Island. When Japan opened its doors to the world 150 years ago, Hakodate was designated as a port for foreign ships, leading to a blossoming of Western culture. To this day, buildings made of red brick still give testament to the Westerners who lived here. A town with a number of charming attractions, Hakodate also has several hills, and the romantic night view from Mount Hakodate is counted among the three great night views of the world, along with Naples and Hong Kong. A picturesque sight to not be missed are the lights used by fishing boats to attract fish, bobbing in the Tsugaru Straits. Hakodate is famed for its seafood as the town is surrounded on three sides by ocean. The morning market close to Hakodate Station is a popular draw for both locals and tourists.
Access: Take the Cassiopeia and Hokutosei to Hakodate Station.
Sapporo
Sapporo is the central hub for the northern island of Hokkaido. Historical buildings are interspersed throughout the city including the Sapporo Clock Tower, generally considered to be the landmark of the city. The boulevard park Odori Koen, with its rows of acacia trees is just one of the beautiful attractions to be discovered. For cuisine, Sapporo is a wonderful place to eat, with fresh ingredients brought in around the island of Hokkaido. Not far from Sapporo are Otaru—famous for its canal, mostly now gone—and Jozan Valley, a wonderful location for its hot springs.
Access: Take the Cassiopeia and Hokutosei to Sapporo Station.