|Hayabusa E5 series continues its journey from Shin Aomori northwards to Hokkaido.|
|Purchased this commemorative set of stamps at the post office. Stamps depicted prominent landmarks and attractions in both Aomori Prefecture and Hokkaido.|
|Top left: Purple stripe; Top right: Snowflakes motifs on the carpet.|
- To Hakodate: Time taken from Shin Aomori to Shin Hakodate Hokuto takes around an hour by Shinkansen. As the terminus station of current Hokkaido Shinkansen is not located in Hakodate, all passengers who are making their way to Hakodate have to transfer to Hakodate Liner. This will mean another 15 - 20 minutes spent on rail before finally reaching the final destination. Though the route is not straightforward, the seamless transfer between the high speed and conventional trains was able to make up for that.
- To Sapporo: For the time being, Limited Express Hokuto will still be the fastest land transport to commute from here to the capital city of Hokkaido.
What else to expect here? Made use of the 15 - 20 mins interval in between trains to explore the train station's facilities. Here, passengers can do their last minute shopping for popular Hokkaido sweets brands such Shiroi Koibito and Rokkatei at Kiosk, or enjoy snacks in the cafe or make an enquiry on nearby attractions in Hokuto city in the tourist information center. I have never been to Hokuto city before, but after browsing through the sightseeing brochures and online website, it did spark some interest to visit this remote city next time!
Hokuto-shi Tourism Guide Website: http://hokutoinfo.com/