There are 4 ferry routes operating between Japan and Hokkaido offering you combined total of 38 sailings per week. MOL Ferry operates 1 route, Oarai to Tomakomai which runs 19 times weekly. Shin Nihonkai Ferry operates 3 routes, Akita to Tomakomai Higashi runs 6 times per week, Niigata to Tomakomai Higashi about 6 times weekly & Tsuruga to Tomakomai Higashi about 7 times weekly.
As the frequency and duration of crossings on some routes varies we would advise that you do a live search for crossings from Japan to Hokkaido to get the most up to date information.
Japan is an island country in East Asia, divided into 47 prefectures and 8 regions in the Pacific Ocean.
With over 6,000 islands in total, Japan is defined by many different landscapes ranging from cherry blossom-clad hills and iconic volcanoes to ultra-modern cities showcasing the latest technological advances.
Tokyo, the capital, claims the most Michelin stars of any city in the world, so an exquisite sushi feast is never too far away. It also boasts a superb transportation system, an endless amount of bars and awe-inspiring structures, helping it become one of the most visited cities in Asia.
Travelling by ferry is a useful way to get around Japan, as it offers a substantial amount of routes within its many islands and prefectures, which are all operated by a wide range of excellent ferry operators. You can also sail to numerous international destinations including South Korea, China and Russia.