There is a lot of flexibility in the Hokkaido Rail Pass: It comes as a 3-day / 5-day / 7-day pass (for consecutive day travels), or flexible 4-day pass which can be used on any 4 days over a period of 10 days.
The Hokkaido Rail Pass need not be bought from your home country, you can buy it after arriving in Hokkaido.
I have found the 4-day flexible pass great for side trips from Sapporo. This was how I utilized my 4-day flexible pass:
For a weekend in Hakodate:
Day 1: Sapporo – Onuma Koen – Hakodate
Day 2: Hakodate – Sapporo
For day trip to Asahikawa
Day 3: Sapporo – Asahikawa – Sapporo
For day trip on the Okhotsk no Kaze / Ryuhyo Norokko Trains
Day 4: Sapporo – Abashiri – Shiretoko – Sapporo
The price of the passes are currently as follows:
To determine if the Hokkaido Rail Pass is worth the money for your travels, you need to search for your train routes and pricing using hyperdia and compare the total of individual train fares to the price of the Hokkaido Rail Pass above.
For more information, do visit the Hokkaido Rail Pass official website.
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