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About Hokkaido Shinkansen

As of November 1, 2017

What is the Hokkaido Shinkansen

Kikonai Station

Shin hakodate hokuto station


The Hokkaido Shinkansen links Shin-Aomori Station with Sapporo. The route is about 360km long.
On April 2005, construction plan approval was received for the first stage of work from Shin-Aomori to Shin Hakodate (Provisional Name). On March 26 2016, Shinkansen services began for the 149km long journey between Shin-Aomori Station to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station.
Now, it operates 10 trains per day to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station from Tokyo, and 1 train per day each from Sendai, Morioka, and Shin-Aomori.
In 2012, construction began to connect Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Sapporo, with a planned opening date by the end of 2030.
We are looking forward to more interregional exchange between the Tohoku area and the metropolitan area because of the speed and reliability of the Shinkansen.
(※January 14, 2015 Document from the Government Shinkansen Improvement Review Committee.)

Overview

Stations and Routes

Shinkansen History

October 1964
Tokaido Shinkansen enters service from Tōkyō to Shin-Ōsaka.
May 1970
The National Shinkansen Network Law is officially issued.
November 1973
Development Planning Decisions
Hokkaido Shinkansen: Aomori City to Sapporo City
Major Areas Passed: Nearby Hakodate City and Otaru City
June 1982
Tōhoku Shinkansen enters service from Ōmiya to Morioka.
March 1988
Seikan Tunnel enters service.
December 1996
Government and ruling parties reach decisions on Shinkansen development.
Shin-Aomori to Sapporo: Stations and route announced, environmental impact assessment.
Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate (Provisional Name): Construction plan permission application filed.
February 1998
Stations and route announced for Hokkaido Shinkansen.
Stations: Oku-Tsugaru (Provisional Name), Kikonai, Shin-Hakodate (Provisional Name),
Shin-Yakumo (Provisional Name), Oshamambe, Kutchan, Shin-Otaru (Provisional Name), Sapporo
Route: North Route
December 2000
Government and ruling parties reach decisions on Shinkansen development.
Shin-Aomori to Sapporo: Environmental impact assessment completed,
construction plan permission application filed.
Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate (Provisional Name): Performed investigations
on rail freight in the Seikan Tunnel.
December 2002
Tōhoku Shinkansen enters service from Morioka to Hachinohe.
March 2004
Kyushu Shinkansen enters service from Shin-Yatsushiro to Kagoshima-Chuo.
December 2004
Government and ruling parties reach decisions on Shinkansen development.
Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate (Provisional Name): Construction to begin in 2005,
with efforts made to hasten progress for completion.
April 2005
Construction plan approval received for first stage of work from Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate (Provisional Name).
May 2005
Commencement ceremony held, work begins on Hokkaido Shinkansen from Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate (Provisional Name).
December 2010
Tōhoku Shinkansen enters service from Hachinohe to Shin-Aomori. (All sections of Tōhoku Shinkansen are now in service.)
March 2011
In March 2011, Kyushu Shinkansen enters service from Hakata to Shin-Yatsushiro. (All sections of Kyushu Shinkansen Kagoshima Route are now in service.)
June 2012
Construction plan permission received for Hokkaido Shinkansen
from Shin-Hakodate (Provisional Name) to Sapporo.
August 2012
Commencement ceremony held for construction of Hokkaido Shinkansen
Shin-Hakodate (Provisional Name) to Sapporo.
April 2014
JR Hokkaido announced the use of the H5 series train for the Hokkaido Shinkansen
June 2014
JR Hokkaido announced station names of the Hokkaido Shinkansen from Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate (Provisional name).
Station Names: Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto, Kikonai, Oku-Tsugaru-Imabetsu
October 2014
The H5 series train for the Hokkaido Shinkansen first arrived in Hokkaido.
November 2014
The Hokkaido Shinkansen rails between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto are connected.
December 2014
Test running of the Hokkaido Shinkansen began between Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto and Oku-Tsugaru-Imabetsu.
January 2015
Government and ruling parties agree on Shinkansen development.
The Hokkaido Shinkansen construction between Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto and
Sapporo will be completed and opened 5 years ahead of schedule, originally planned for 2035, down to 2030.
September 2015
JR Hokkaido announced details of the Hokkaido Shinkansen between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hokkaido-Hokuto.
Opening day: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Number of operations: 13 round trips
Number of cars: Ten-car trains
March 2016
Hokkaido Shinkansen enters service from Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto
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