Tomakomai is the junction point for the JR Muroran, Hidaka and Chitose lines. The trip from Sapporo, via Chitose airport, takes about 45-60 min depending on train type.
Tomakomai is best known as a major port, with shipping services to points throughout Honshu. There are two separate terminals, both served by local buses from JR Tomakomai station (~20 min to either) and by long-distance buses direct from Sapporo (around 1:30).
- 1 Tomakomai-ko Ferry Terminal (苫小牧港フェリーターミナル).
- 2 Tomakomai-ko East Ferry Terminal (苫小牧東港周文フェリーターミナル). This terminal is home for Shin-Nihonkai Ferry.
- [dead link] Northern Horse Park (A free shuttle bus service operates out of Shin-Chitose airport every hour.), ☏ . Northern Horse Park' is 50 hectares of natural parkland where you can enjoy an entire day of horseback riding or cycling.