How to travel between Osaka and Tokyo By shinkansen

Direct, 155-175 minutes, about 13,500 yen one way, multiple connections per hour

Tokyo (Tokyo and Shinagawa Stations) and Osaka (Shin-Osaka Station) are connected with each other by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen. Nozomi trains require about 155 minutes to reach Shin-Osaka Station from Tokyo, hikari trains about three hours and kodama trains about four hours. The regular one way fare is 13,240 yen by non-reserved seat on any train, around 13,700 yen by reserved seat on hikari or kodama trains and around 14,000 yen by reserved seat on a nozomi train. A 7-day Japan Rail Pass costs about the same as regular round trip tickets. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on hikari and kodama trains, but not on nozomi trains. With the "Hikari Hayatoku Kippu", you can travel between Tokyo and Osaka by reserved seat on a hikari train for only 12,000 yen, but the ticket has to purchased at least one week in advance. With the "Puratto Kodama Economy Plan", you can travel between Tokyo and Osaka by reserved seat on a kodama train for only 10,000 yen, but the plan has to be purchased at least one day in advance. Japanican's Shinkansen Tour travel package combines a round trip from Tokyo to Osaka and accommodation in Osaka from 26,000 yen. In the opposite direction, i.e. for a side trip from Osaka to Tokyo, the similar Tokyo Train & Hotel Package is available from 25,000 yen. By highway bus
Direct, 8 hours, 2,000-10,000 yen one way, multiple daytime and overnight connections per day

The one way trip from Tokyo to Osaka by highway bus takes about 8 hours. There are daytime and overnight buses. Fierce competition on the Tokyo-Osaka route has produced a wide variety of comfort levels (from no-frills to super premium buses) and an abundance of discount offers. Typical one way fares are around 5000 yen for no-frills buses and around 9000 yen for premium buses, while fares by discount bus operators, such as Willer Express, start from around 4000 yen. If used effectively, the Japan Bus Pass can reduce the cost for the bus trip to around 3000 yen! By air
2-3 transfers, 3 hours, 10,000-20,000 yen one way, multiple flights per day

The regular one way fare between Tokyo and Osaka is about 19,000 yen, however, few travelers pay more than 13,000 yen thanks to various discount fares. Flight duration is one hour. A majority of flights use Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Osaka's Itami Airport, but a small number of flights also serve Tokyo's Narita Airport and Osaka's Kansai Airport. By car
6 hours without breaks, around 10,000 yen one way in expressway tolls

Driving between Tokyo and Osaka via the Tomei and Meishin Expressways takes about six hours without breaks and traffic jams. The expressway toll is around 10,000 yen one way. By local trains
4 transfers, 9-10 hours, 2300-8510 yen one way

By local trains, the one way trip from Tokyo to Osaka takes nine to ten hours and typically involves about four transfers of trains. The regular fare is a relatively expensive 8510 yen, however, with a Seishun 18 Kippu you could theoretically do the trip for as little as 2300 yen. Above fees and schedules are subject to change. For the current yen exchange rate, click here.

Orientation Osaka has two major city centers and four major train stations. The two city centers are nicknamed Kita ("North") around Osaka/Umeda Station and Minami ("South") around Namba Station. While Kita is a large shopping and business area, Minami is Osaka's most famous entertainment district.

Subway Osaka has seven subway lines that cover especially the area inside the Osaka Loop Line. Kyoto. Nara and to the Universal Studios. In the Namba area (Minami). Kansai Airport. The most prominent line is the Osaka Loop Line. The fourth of Osaka's major railway stations is Tennoji Station in the southeast of central Osaka. Two other railway companies and three subway lines have their own stations in the vicinity of JR Osaka Station. The city of Osaka is served by over seven different railway and subway companies. The lines operated by the other private railway companies are useful for accessing neighboring cities and regions. Shin-Osaka Station is located one station north of Osaka Station by JR train. but at Shin-Osaka Station. all named Namba Station. the equivalent to Tokyo's Yamanote Line. It is served by JR. these stations are named Umeda Station rather than Osaka Station. JR also operates lines to the Kansai Airport. Most relevant to foreign visitors of Osaka are the subway lines and the lines operated by JR West. however. Kobe. The subway offers the quickest connection between Osaka's two main districts Kita and Minami and is of great value to foreign visitors in general.JR Osaka Station is located in the center of the Kita district. The shinkansen (bullet trains) stop at ShinOsaka Station. The shinkansen trains stop not at Osaka Station. Wakayama . the Hankai Tramway and two subway lines. three railway companies (JR. Kintetsu Railways. JR West JR West operates a dense network of local train lines in the Osaka area. Nankai and Kintetsu) and three subway lines have their separate stations. Nankai Railways The Nankai Railways offer connections from Namba to southern Osaka.

Lines start at Namba. On Fridays and on the 20th of each month (or the following day. Hanshin Railways The Hanshin Railways connect Osaka with Kobe. Hankyu Railways The Hankyu Railways connect Umeda Station with northern Osaka. Available at subway stations and kiosks. Tennoji and Nagata Stations. A refundable 500 yen deposit is applied when you initially get an Icoca card. which is attached to the ticket gate. you do not insert your card into the ticket gate slot. . you can re-charge it at vending machines. Prepaid cards don't give you any discounts. To use the Surutto Kansai Card. You cannot re-charge Surutto Kansai Cards. but they make the process of taking trains easier. Kobe and Kyoto. including Nara. Available at tourist information centers and travel agencies.and Mount Koya (Koyasan). Keihan Railways The Keihan Railways connect central Osaka with central Kyoto. city buses and the New Tram. if the 20th is a Sunday or public holiday). Ise and Nagoya. Kyoto. Kintetsu Railways The Kintetsu Railways connect Osaka with many destinations in the southern Kinki Region. 2000. Afterwards. 3000 and 5000 yen) The Surutto Kansai Card can be used on most trains and buses in the Kansai Region with the prominent exception of JR trains. Keihan and Kintetsu Railways within Osaka City on one calendar day. but excluding the OTS Line. except shinkansen. Prepaid cards can be purchased at vending machines. Hanshin. but only hold it close to the Icoca sensor. Yoshino. Icoca can also be used in place of PiTaPa Cards (see below) on the Surutto Kansai network and in place of Suica on JR trains in the greater Tokyo. The lines start at Umeda and Nishikujo Stations. To use Icoca. Special Tickets The following one day passes are available for the Osaka area: Osaka Unlimited Pass (2000 yen) Unlimited use of subways. the One-Day Pass is called "No-My-Car-Day Discount Pass" and costs only 600 yen. Osaka One-Day Pass (850 yen) Unlimited use of subways. PLUS free and discounted admission to various tourist attractions. as you do not always need to buy a ticket before riding a train. The line starts at Yodoyabashi Station. Surutto Kansai Card (1000. city buses and Hankyu. Icoca (From 1000 yen) Icoca ("Shall We Go?") is a prepaid IC card that can be used on JR trains in the Kansai region. Nankai. The required fee will then be automatically withdrawn. Sendai and Niigata areas. insert it into the ticket gate slot.

830 miles 380km.980 (£183. depending through which company you buy it (e. direct. $133) ¥12.328km. change at Hakata. Japan Rail Passes valid. change at the PiTaPa Card is actually a postpaid card.Kyoto Tokyo . Hikari = next fastest Shinkansen train type. .jp. $161) ¥14. Every 5-10 minutes.Note that the Surutto Kansai Card is also known under various alternative names. direct.jorudan.090 (£89. you can buy the twice-yearly Independent Traveller's edition at Amazon.250 (£105.Hiroshima Hiroshima Nagasaki Distance 513km. price £13.japanrail. Japanese train times & fares Journey: Tokyo . 271 miles Time by Nozomi * 2 hours 18 min 2 hours 18 min 4 hours 8 min 7 hours 14 min 1 hour 36 min 3 hours 10 min Time by Hikari * 2 hours 49 mins 2 hours 33 mins 5 hours 2 mins 8 hours 21 mins 1 hour 59 mins 3 hours 25 mins One-way fare: ¥13. it cannot be used as widely as the Surutto Kansai Card yet.Hiroshima Tokyo .ShinOsaka Tokyo . $142) Train frequency: Every 5-10 minutes.99 from branches of Thomas Cook or www. 237 miles 434km. PiTaPa Card (postpaid card) The PiTaPa Card is the IC version of the Surutto Kansai Card.620 (£137. $168) ¥18. * Nozomi = fastest Shinkansen train or www. direct. Every hour or better. There is a good map of Japan train routes map here. but only hold it close to the PiTaPa Card sensor. Every 10-20 minutes. Therefore. Every 10-20 minutes. 559 miles 320 miles 552km. Children aged 0 to 5 travel free. Another useful resource is www. $220) ¥24. you do not insert it into the ticket gate slot. Japan Rail Passes not valid.. Train times & fares for Japan You can easily check train times & fares for any train journey in Japan at www.hyperdia. valid on many trains and buses in the Kansai (the English button is upper left) or www. children aged 6 to 11 travel at half fare. however. Rather than a prepaid card.g. Unlike the Surutto Kansai Card. the PiTaPa Card can also be used in place of the Icoca Card (see above) on JR trains. To use the PiTaPa Card.720 (£101.290 (£83. Alternatively. Every hour or better. children aged 12 and over pay full fare. The famous Thomas Cook Overseas Timetable is also a key source for Japanese train routes and train times in printed form. direct.Nagasaki Kyoto .jorudan. which is attached to the ticket gate. $294) ¥11. 345 miles 894km.hyperdia.thomascooktimetables. with charges being withdrawn from a registered bank account on a monthly basis. Lagare Card in case of Hankyu or Rainbow Card in case of the Osaka Subway).jp. Check Japanese train times & fares at also with shipping worldwide. acquiring a PiTaPa Card is a more complicated and time consuming process than getting a conventional prepaid card.

then wind your way down around a spiral starting with above-water creatures and sinking deep down to the bottom-of-the-ocean crabs. I stayed there two years and didn’t see everything. If you’re still feeling historical. okonomiyaki is really none of these. and loved by most foreigners too. opulence is valued. but a mix of cabbage. is okonomiyaki. sometimes held in the convention centre inside the Osaka Castle Park. and if you are an overseas visitor a Japan Rail Pass can be the cheapest way to travel even if you are only planning one return trip from (say) Tokyo to Hiroshima. check out of one of the temples near the city.Rail fares in Japan are expensive. And it’s by far the tastiest Japanese food invented! Takoyaki are balls of dough with octopus pieces inside. The Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium is one of the best aquariums I’ve ever visited: you start by taking an escalator to the very top. and eaten in small squares. Here you should look for the Osaka-special Japanese foods. but instead thoroughly enjoyed. Day 2: Osaka Aquarium and Modern Japan At the harbour area of Osaka. often gets overlooked in favour of its more glamorous capital. See the 'Japan Rail Pass' section below. and you can also climb up inside to get views over the park and the city buildings. Day 1: Osaka Castle and Japanese History Head by train to Osaka-jo (Osaka Castle). you’ll see hanami picnics (under the cherry trees) where groups of colleagues and friends enjoy the spring and a few glasses of sake! Or you might be lucky to catch a sumo tournament. But this exciting city shouldn’t be overlooked. such as Tennoji Temple. or the more historically well-known cities like Kyoto or Hiroshima. Osaka. but here are some tips if you have just three days to explore Osaka and its surroundings. and Namba in the south. a towering wooden castle set in a large park. okonomiyaki and takoyaki – you might be able to buy them elsewhere. but the Kansai region is their home. Variously translated as a cabbage pancake or a Japanese pizza. If your timing is good and you’re in Japan for the cherry blossom season. Tokyo. The displays and marine animals along the way are fantastic. where all the latest technology (included technology you probably haven’t imagined yet) is for sale. egg. Take a train back into the city to visit Den-Den Town. . topped with special sauce and mayonnaise. The most reliably delicious. Stay out late to see the neon light up everywhere! Day 3: Eating and Shopping in Namba or Umeda Osaka has two main city areas. Inside Osaka Castle is a really interesting display of the history of the city. each full of restaurants and department stores: Umeda in the north of downtown. Japan’s “second city”. near the centre of the city. also served with an amazing sauce. with a few big name hotels showing off their best sides here. special ingredients plus either seafood or pork.

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