EF510-501 hokutosei.JPG
A Hokutosei service hauled by a JR East Class EF510 electric locomotive in September 2010
Service typeLimited express
First service13 March 1988
Last service22 August 2015
Current operator(s)JR East and JR Hokkaido
Line(s) usedTohoku Main Line, Iwate Ginga Railway Line, Aoimori Railway, Tsugaru-Kaikyō Line, Hakodate Main Line, Muroran Main Line, Chitose Line, Hakodate Main Line
On-board services
Catering facilitiesDining car
Rolling stock24 series sleeping cars
EF510-500 electric locomotive
ED79 electric locomotive
DD51 diesel locomotives
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC / 20 kV AC (50Hz)
Operating speed110 km/h (70 mph)

The Hokutosei (北斗星) was a limited express sleeping car train service in Japan which operated between Ueno Station in Tokyo and Sapporo Station in the northern island of Hokkaido, taking approximately 16½ hours. It was operated jointly by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) from March 1988. The service became a seasonal service from the 14 March 2015 timetable revision, and was completely discontinued in August 2015, in preparation for the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen.


Hokutosei train destination indicator

Going from Ueno to Sapporo, trains called at Ōmiya, Utsunomiya Station, Kōriyama, Fukushima, and Sendai. One train made additional stops at Ichinoseki and Morioka. The first stop in Hokkaido was at Hakodate, with arrival in Sapporo around five hours later.

The Hokutosei ran on the following lines:

JR East area

JR Hokkaido

Trains reversed at Aomori and Hakodate stations. The Tsugaru-Kaikyō Line consists of the Tsugaru Line, Kaikyō Line, Esashi Line, and Hakodate Main Line.

Other Languages
Deutsch: Hokutosei
Esperanto: Hokutosej
한국어: 호쿠토세이