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.
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.
Notes: All cars have sleeping rooms. Inquire for further details. The placement of the engine differs depending on the interval.
Notes: All cars have sleeping beds. Inquire for further details. The placement of the engine differs depending on the interval.
Starting in October 2014, changes may occur to the operating schedule due to maintenance and inspection work toward the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen.