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best way to get from train to Niseko

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best way to get from train to Niseko

Hi,

Me and three others are catching the train on Sunday the 25th of Jan '09 from tokyo to Hokkkaido, trying to get all the way to Niseko. The train goes very close to Niseko and stops at Toya before going around the coast to the airports and sapporo.

We are hoping that we can get off at Toya and catch a bus from there to Nisseko?? is this possible? If not, what is the best place to get off and the best form of transport from there to Nisseko?? How much is this?

Any info would be fantastic.

Charlie, Australia.

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1. Re: best way to get from train to Niseko

You can get off at Oshamambe, the stop before Toya, and transfer to JR Hakodate Line to reach Niseko. If you are staying at any of the Niseko ski resorts, the station you should go to is Kutchan, where you can then transfer to a bus to reach the resorts. To get to Kutchan, you transfer to JR Hakodate Line as well at Oshamambe.

For train schedules, visit http://www.hyperdia.com. Be sure to click deselect the "Airline" box to give you proper results.

I don't see a bus that goes from Toya to Niseko. Perhaps others would know.

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2. Re: best way to get from train to Niseko

Yes, Sammy is right - change at Oshamambe for the little local line that goes up to Kutchan (sit on tyhe left of the train for best views). The train stops at Niseko and Hirafu...both tiny stations near the ski areas. If you have a reservation somewhere in the sort they will come and pick you up...or you could hitch or call for a local taxi (it's only 10 minutes to the village from here). Or stay on the train to Kutchan, whih is the small town.

There is a bus to the ski area from Kutchan Station.

Also very helpful tourst office down the main street on the left, about 3 small blocks from the station.

amanda

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3. Re: best way to get from train to Niseko

cheers guys, much better than other option! can't wait

4. Re: best way to get from train to Niseko

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