Hokutosei was a great transportation from Tokyo to Hokkaido. Source: wikipedia
When we were little, we took the night train Hokutosei from Ueno station to Hakodate.
It was not a fast way of transportation and also not a 5 star hotel style train as the major train lines promoted these days. The beds were not that soft and there was no door but curtain to separate you from your bed and the corridor. And It was slow. Yet, it was a great night train. It was a wonderful 15 hour trip.
Inside the hostel. Source: Asahi news, photo: Mr. Shiro Nishihata
The train started its operation from 1988.
You depart Tokyo (Ueno) at night and arrive Hokkaido (Sapporo as its final destination) in the morning. The travel distance is more than 1200km.
There is one of the longest tunnels in the world called Seikan tunnel connecting the main island and Hokkaido island (over 53km). We still remember the sight of snow on Hokkaido land after we passed the tunnel.
August, 2015. Hokutosei line was cancelled. As it was very popular train in Japan, many train fans in Japan had a sad day.
Hokutosei Rebirth as Hostel in Tokyo
Reusing the equipment of the Hokutosei train, a new hostel in Tokyo opens on 15 Dec, 2016.
Name: Train Hostel Hokutosei (トレインホステル北斗星 in Japanese), Tokyo
One night costs starting from 2500JPY(23UDS)
There are shared rooms, private rooms. You can also use a shared kitchen.
Address: 1 Chome-10-12 Nihonbashibakurocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
How to get there:
It is the centre of Tokyo area. There are several ways.
1) Direct connection from #4 exit of “Bakurocho station 馬喰町駅” of JR Sobu Line (Rapid),
2) 3 minutes walk from B4 exit of “Higashi Nihonbashi station 東日本橋駅” of Toei Asakusa Line,
4) 3 minutes walk from A1 exit of “Bakurocho station 馬喰町駅” of Toei Shinjuku Line or
5) About 5 minutes of train ride from Tokyo station to “Bakurocho station 馬喰町駅” of JR Sobu Line
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