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Hokkaido is not (yet) linked to the Shinkansen high speed network, but night sleeper trains from [[Tokyo]] are a popular option.
Another way to access Hokkaido by rail is the ''Hakucho'' and ''Super Hakucho'' limited express service between [[Aomori]] and [[Hakodate]] (2 hours,
When the [[Seishun 18 Ticket]] is effective, it can be used on Hakucho limited express trains between [[Kanita]] and [[Kikonai]], making it possible to cross between Honshu and Hokkaido for as little as ¥2,000. However, because of the scarcity of local trains around Aomori and Hakodate, scheduling such a trip can be a bit of a hassle.