Hyperdia perfect guide, train timetable and route search engine

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If you want to build your itinerary by yourself, Hyperdia will help you a lot. This site is transportation search engine. You can search the timetables and routes of all trains, flights and airport shuttle bus. I think this site is most convenient site. But this site may be too many functions and options for you. You may be overwhelmed to use this site.

In this post, I will show you all functions of Hyperdia to understand using this site. I hope you will be a good friend of this site after reading this post.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

Basic search

Let’s access Hyperdia.

Top page of Hyperdia. (clink to enlarge)

You see several fields. If you look for simple timetable and route, such as Tokyo to Shin-Osaka, just type station’s names at “From” and “To”. Then select your trip date and time. At last dropdown menu, you can choose one of those, “Departure”, “Arrival” and “Average”. In most of cases, you will use “Departure”. But if you want to arrive somewhere by certain time, you may select “Arrival”. “Average” gives you some results between Arrival and Departure. But I have not used this mode many times.

You will get five results.

ex) If you fly from Narita Airport terminal 2 on December 15. You will leave Tokyo station and you want to be Narita by 15:00. You will type “Tokyo” and “Narita Airport terminal 2”. And then select “December 15”, “15:00” and “Arrival”.

Search with some conditions

When you use JR Pass, you can’t take Nozomi on Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. And most kinds of the pass that are issued by JR Group do not cover most of private railway lines and subways. You can search schedule and route with these conditions.

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Please see the bottom at the entry fields. You can find “Search Details”. Just click it and you will find many choices.

Pass

When you search route and schedule, sometimes multiple routes are shown. If you want to fix the route, put the station name on the way to your destination.

Order

You can choose the order of result. If you don’t touch, the best departure time will be shown. If you choose “Transfer”, the fewest transfers route will be shown on the top. If you choose “Money”, the route of the lowest cost will be shown at the top.

Check box

You can check or uncheck whatever you want. For example, if you use JR Pass and try to find the route from Shin-Osaka to Hakata, you should uncheck at “NOZOMI / MIZUHO / HAYABUSA (SHINKANSEN)” because Nozomi and Mizuho are not covered by JR Pass. Private Railways are not covered by JR Pass either. So uncheck at this field too.And also you should uncheck at “Airplane” and “Airport Shuttle Bus”. As long as you use rail pass, you don’t need any result of flight schedule.

You can make some change for these above conditions at result page too.

You will get five results. (click to enlarge)

Advanced function

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When you get a result, you can see more detailed information.

Train timetable

If you click this link, new window is opened. It shows all station’s departure and arrival time of the train. If you travel with you friend. He/She will join you on the way to your destination, you can tell the time to join.

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Interval timetable

Actually this function is very useful. Click this line and new window is opened.
You will see all other trains in same segment. If you want to compare earlier or later train, this function works very well.

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Station timetable

If you click this link, new window is opened and show you all train’s departure time. There are links on all trains. You can click it to get detailed information of the train.

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When you cannot find station’s name

This is tricky to use this site. Sometimes you can’t find the station name that you want to depart or arrive. There are several cases.

Hyphen in the name

If you look for the name that starts from “Shin”, you may need to put hyphen (-) after “Shin”.
ex) Shin-Osaka, Shin-Kobe, Shin-Yokohama, Shin-Aomri

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These names are seen on Shinkansen lines very often. Because “Shin” means “New”. These stations are built for just Shinkansen near major cities, such as Osaka and Shin-Osaka.

However some station’s names does not have hyphen between “Shin” and name, such as Shinsapporo (means New Sapporo). And also the names itself include “Shin” does not have any hyphen, such as Shinsaibashi.

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And also when you look for the name that is started from “Higashi”, “Nishi”, “Minami” and “Kita”, you may need to put hyphen after these words. These four words mean East, West, South and North. These types of stations are located near major cities too.

ex) Minami-Chitose, Nishi-Akashi, Nishiumeda

You may need to put hyphen when you look for the name that consist of old country’s name.

ex) Aizu-Wakamatsu, Omimaiko

Anyhow when you can’t find the name, try to put hyphen.

Same location but different names

Especially in Tokyo and Osaka, there are too many railways. Sometimes there are lots of stations in same area. The most well known case is Umeda and Osaka. JR station is Osaka but all other private railways and subway line’s stations are Umeda. It is completely same location, but different names.

ex) Hamamatsucho (JR and Tokyo monorail) and Daimon (Tokyo subway), Namba (Nankai and subway) and Osaka-Namba (Kintetsu and Hanshin)

The station name consist of company’s name and location name

This is very tricky. In case that there are multiple railway’s stations in same area, railway company put their name in the station name.

ex) Kintetsunara (Nara), Kintetsunagoya (Nagoya), Seibu-Shinjuku (Shinjuku), JR-Namba

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In this case, you can never find these names if you put location name. Especially major private railway companies, like Kintetsu, Seibu have this type of names. So use Google map to find the exact name if you do not have an exact name.

82 thoughts on “Hyperdia perfect guide, train timetable and route search engine”

  1. Hi,

    I am confused about the fare like Joanne’s question.

    Hyperdia shows the total fare( basic fare+ seat reserved fare). So my question is that I have to pay the total fare or only the basic fare?

    Thanks.

    hoa

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    Could you please show us if there is a way on Hyperdia to differentiate the lines which are covered by JR pass and the private line?
    For example I want to travel from Kyoto to Hakone with JR Pass, I tried to uncheck the private line box, and there was no result also happen when I uncheck the JR line box.

    Thank You your expertise is very much appreciated 🙂

    Jeje

    1. Hi Jeje,

      The reason why hyperdia did not show any results is that you need to take both private line and JR from Kyoto to Hakone.
      Actually it’s very complicated because you have to know which lines are covered by JR or not before searching.

      In this case, you need to check Kyoto – Odawara by JR and Odawara – Hakone by private line separately.

      Please see the link below to find the coverage in Hakone area by JR pass.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      By the way, you can find Shinkansen timetable from Kyoto to Odawara in the link below. It’s easier to find the train that stops at Odawara.
      http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/_pdf/eastbound.pdf

      Train from Odawara to Hakone runs very frequently, like every 10-15 minutes and you don’t need to check the time.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/station-information/odawara-station-guide-how-to-transfer-to-the-train-to-hakone.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi Takeshi,

    I used hyperdia to find the cost of taking a shinkansen from Hakata to Kagoshima. It said that total fare is 7000 yen ( 3500 yen basic fare + 3500 yen seat reservation). Does it mean that seat reservation is compulsory? If I do not want to reserve a seat, is the fare only 3500 yen or I MUST have a reserved seat on the shinkansen.

    My 2nd question is, if I purchased Northern kyushu JR pass but I wanted to get from Hakata to Kagoshima ( my last stop and no more trains after that) , does it mean I have to get off at Kumamoto and purchase another train ticket from Kumamoto to Kagoshima?

    Thanks for your patience.

    1. Hi Joanne,

      Are you sure that it costs 7,000 yen for Hakata to Kagoshima-Chuo by Shinkansen? I think it costs around 10,500 yen altogether.
      Anyway you can choose reserved seat or non reserved seat. Reservation is not required at all. If you want to take non reserved seat, you still need to pay non reserved seat fee on top of base fare. But non reserved seat fee is around 500 yen cheaper than reserved seat fee.

      If you want to get Kagoshima by Northern Kyushu Rail Pass, you can purchase a ticket for Kumamoto to Kagoshima-Chuo in advance. However base fare and seat fee by Shinkansen for Kumamoto to Kagoshima-Chuo is almost 7,000 yen. All Kyushu Rail Pass is cheaper than Northern Kyushu Rail Pass + Extra 7,000 yen.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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