Hokkaido

How to book ferries from Hokkaido to Japan

There is currently just the 1 ferry route running between Hokkaido and Japan operated by 1 ferry company – MOL Ferry. The Tomakomai to Oarai ferry crossing operates weekly with a scheduled sailing duration from about 18 hours.

Whilst we’ve taken great care to ensure the information on this page is correct, as the frequency and duration of crossings on all routes can vary from time to time we’d advise that you get a live quote for current availability on this Hokkaido Japan crossing between Tomakomai and Oarai.

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Ferries from Hokkaido to Japan

About Hokkaido:

Hokkaido, formerly known as Ezo, is the second largest island in Japan and the northernmost prefecture.

As it was only settled by the Japanese in the last 100 years, compared to the millennia-old history found in the rest of the country, Hokkaido has both vast areas of unspoilt beauty and large, modern cities.

It claims 20% of Japan’s land area but only 5% of its population, which makes Hokkaido a favoured destination amongst hikers, skiers and nature lovers. It has spectacular national parks speckled with hot springs known as ‘onsen’, dramatic mountains and diverse wildlife, whilst the bustling capital, Sapporo has everything you would expect from a well-developed city.

From the Tomakomai ferry terminal on the south coast, approximately 70 kilometres south of Sapporo on the Hokkaido Expressway, there are frequent crossings to Oarai on the east coast of Ibaraki Prefecture, a town known for its lovely sandy beaches.