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.
- 1 Basic search
- 2 Search with some conditions
- 3 Advanced function
- 4 When you cannot find station’s name
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.
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.
Please see the bottom at the entry fields. You can find “Search Details”. Just click it and you will find many choices.
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.
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.
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.
When you get a result, you can see more detailed information.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.