Shin-Osaka station is the place where you change to/from Shinkansen. If you travel in Osaka, you may use this station at least once. All Shikansen trains stop at this station and many limited express trains on conventional lines stop or depart from this station, Shin-Osaka.
In this post, I would like to show you some images and explain about this station. You will get the information about transfer among trains.
First of all, please see Shin-Osakai station map on JR Central website.
Shin-Osaka station is composed of four levels, Shinkansen tracks on 4th floor, fare gate and concourse on 3rd floor and conventional line’s tracks on ground floor. On 2nd floor, there are some shops and restaurants. But as long as you transfer the trains in this station, you don’t see 2nd floor.
Shin-Osaka station is one station and three minutes away from Osaka station (Umeda area). But atmosphere in Shin-Osaka is totally different from Osaka station, Umeda area. Three is no huge shopping complex around Shin-Osaka station. Don’t expect shopping and food experience around Shin-Osaka station. But mostly hotel rate is cheaper than Umeda area. It takes only 3 minutes by train. If you really care about accommodation cost, Shin-Osaka may be suitable for you.
There are three ticket gates, East, South and Central on 3rd floor.
If you want to exit from conventional line’s platform, you can use East exit only. Other two exit, South and Central are located in Shinkansen concourse. You cannot access to these two exits without Shinkansen ticket. If you use Japan Rail Pass, you can go through Shinkansen concourse without any extra charge. You don’t need to exchange any Shinkansen ticket. All you have to do is showing your Japan Rail Pass at Shinkansen
There is Shinkansen ticket gate in the concourse. When you transfer to/from Shinkansen, you need to go through this gate. You must have Shinkasen ticket, Japan Rail Pass, JR West Sanyo Area Pass, JR West Sanyo-Shikoku-Kyushu Pass or JR West Kansai WIDE Area Pass to access to Shinkansen platform/concourse. JR West Kansai Area Pass do NOT cover Shinaksen trains.
Tracks and platforms
There are 8 tracks / 4 platforms for conventional lines on ground floor and 7 tracks / 4 platforms for Shinkansen on 4th floor. There are no track #1-10 in Shin-Osaka station.
Shinkansen on 4th floor
There are seven tracks, #20-#26.
|Track#||Name of line||Destination|
|20-22||Sanyo Shinkansen||Okayama, Hiroshima, Hakata|
|Kyushu Shinkansen||Hiroshima, Hakata, Kumamoto, Kagoshima-Chuo|
|23-26||Tokaido Shinkansen||Kyoto, Nagoya, Tokyo|
#20 track is mostly used for the train depart from Shin-Osaka. Trains from Tokyo that go to Okayama, Hiroshima and Hakata directly (Nozomi and Hikari) depart/arrive at track #21 and #22.
Conventional lines on Ground floor
You can get on Local commute train, Rapid service and limited express trains on conventional lines at track #11-18.
|Track#||Name of line||Destination|
|11||■Limited Express Haruka||Direct train to Kansai airport via Tennoji. This train does not stop at Osaka station. Trains from Kansai airport stop at this platform too.|
|■Limited Express Kuroshio||Direct train to Shirahama, Shingu, Kii-Katsuura via Tennoji. This train does not stop at Osaka station. Trains from Shirahama, Shingu or Kii-Katsuura stop at this platform too.|
|Limited Express Thunderbird||Fukui, Kanazawa, Toyama, Wakura-Onsen|
|Limited Express Wide View Hida||Gero, Takayama (one round trip from Osaka a day)|
|Limited Express Wide View Shinano||Matsumoto, Nagano (one round trip from Osaka a day)|
|■Kyoto line||Special Rapid / Rapid train to Shin-Osaka, Takatsuki, Kyoto use this platform during peak hour.|
|13||■Kyoto line||Special Rapid / Rapid train to Shin-Osaka, Takatsuki, Kyoto|
|14||■Kyoto line||Local train to Shin-Osaka, Takatsuki, Kyoto|
|15||■Takarazuka line, Fukuchiyama line||Takarazuka, Shin-Sanda, Sasayamaguchi|
|■Kobe line||Local train to Sannomiya, Kobe, Himeji|
|16||■Kobe line||Special Rapid /Rapid train to Sannomiya, Kobe, Himeji|
|17||■Kobe line||Special Rapid / Rapid train to Sannomiya, Kobe, Himeji use this platform during peak hour.|
|Limited Express Kounotori, Super Hakuto||Fukuchiyama, Kinosaki-Onsen, Tottori|
|18||Limited Express Kounotori, Super Hakuto||Fukuchiyama, Kinosaki-Onsen, Tottori, Other limited express trains to Osaka|
So if you go to/from Osaka, you usually use track #13-16. If you go to Kansai airport or Nanki area, like Shirahama, Shingu, go to track #11.
Access to/from Osaka station. How many minutes is enough to transfer
If you access to/from Osaka station (Umeda area), you can take any trains on conventional lines, limited express, special rapid, rapid or local. All trains stop at Shin-Osaka and takes only 3 minutes. If you use Japan Rail Pass, technically you can take limited express for even three minutes transfer without any extra charge. But special rapid, rapid or local trains are more convenient because it is more frequent and many more passenger’s door save your time to get off the trains. Anyway it is just three minutes transfer. It is not a big issue.
In regards to transfer, minimum transfer time is 10 minutes according to JR West. I totally agree with it. But if you will plan to purchase Shinkansen ticket at Shinkansen transfer gate, you may spend another 10 minutes. If you really worry to miss the train, expect to spend another 5 minutes, total 15 minutes. It is enough.
Access to/from Namba station by Osaka Subway Midousuji line
If you go to another downtown core, Namba, Osaka Subway Midousuji line is the best way to get there. You can access to Namba by JR lines. But it is a detour and JR Namba station is not located at the center of Namba area. Midousuji line Shin-Osaka station is located at 2nd level. Shinkansen Central ticket gate is the closest to subway station.
If you transfer to subway from Shinkansen train, minimum transfer time is 10 minutes. But if you tranfer from conventional line trains, you might spend another 5 minutes to transfer. The fare is 270 yen. You can take JR train to Osaka and transfer to subway at Umeda station. But you can save only 40 yen. Shin-Osaka is much easier and faster to transfer.
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