A new Shinkansen route is scheduled to be launched on March 26, 2016! Construction of the new section has been underway to connect Hokkaido island and northern Honshu island. The new section will connect Tokyo and Hokkaido by a single Shinkansen route! Eventually, the route will be extended further into Hokkaido.
The new Shinkansen service will shorten the travel times between Shin-Hakodate Hokuto in Hokkaido and Shin-Aomori in northern Honshu, and Shin-Hakodate Hokuto and Tokyo.
Shin-Hakodate Hokuto and Shin-Aomori
Before: 1 hour and 50 minutes
New Shinkansen: 1 hour
(Time shortened: 50 min)
Shin-Hakodate Hokuto and Tokyo
Before: 5 hours and 30 minutes
New Shinkansen: 4 hours and 10 minutes
(Time shortened: 1 hour and 20 min)
Please check the official website for further information.
JR Hokkaido, Hokkaido Shinkansen