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Guide to plan your trip. How to find Japan Railway’s timetables


If you are looking for the timetable of Shinknasen or major limited express trains, try to find it on JR Groups websites. Otherwise you can check the timetables on the following site, Hyperdia.

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Hyperdia

Hyperdia covers all railway lines and domestic flights schedule. This is the best website and help you to build your itinerary. It is simple but a bit tricky to use. Please see the other post, Hyperdia perfect guide, train timetable and route search engine. I show you everything about Hyperdia in this post.

JR Group’s website

All JR companies except JR West have English website and show some timetables.

JR Hokkaido timetable

JR Hokkaido is doing good job. They have all limited express trains, such as Super Kamui, Super Ozora, Super Hokuto and more, overnight express Hamanasu and most of local trains! Some of local trains are not on the timetable. But I think this is enough for the tourists from other countries.

JR East timetable

This website show you the timetables of Tohoku Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinakansen, Akita Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinaksen, Narita Express, Odoriko/Super View Odoriko, Nikko/Kinugawa, Super Azusa/Azusa/Kaiji, Hakutaka and Super Hitachi/Hitachi. These are only trains that can be reserved online in ALL JR TRAINS.
This does not show any overnight trains, such as Cassiopeia, Hokutosei, Sunrise Izumo, Sunrise Seto and Akebono. And these overnight trains cannot be reserved online either.

JR Central (JR Tokai) timetable

This website shows the timetable of Tokaido Shinkansen between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka.
Westbound (from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka) | Eastbound (from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo)
This website does not show other JR Central trains, such as Wide View Hida, Shinano, Wide View Nanki.

JR West timetable

You are able to find the timetables in the middle of the link above.

It shows you the timetables for Sanyo Shinkansen (Shin Osaka-Hakata), Haruka (Kansai airport-Shin Osaka/Kyoto), Thunderbird (Osaka-Kanazawa/Toyama), Kuroshio (Kyoto/Shin Osaka-Shingu) and Kinosaki/Konotori/Hashidate/Hamakaze (Osaka/Kyoto-Kinosaki Onsen).

JR Shikoku timetable

JR Shikoku has English website. But it shows the timetables in Japanese. They put the numbers on all JR Shikoku stations and mention how to read Japanese timetable. However it is too complicated to read. I recommend to use Hyperdia.

JR Kyushu timetable

You can find the timetable of Kyushu Shinkansen and all limited express trains in Kyushu, such as Kamome, Sonic, Trans-Kyushu Limited Express, Hayato no Kaze, Umisachi-Yamasachi and more.


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82 Comments to “Guide to plan your trip. How to find Japan Railway’s timetables”

  1. Lee says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    There appears to be some discrepancies on the hyperdia website on train schedules compared to official JRHokkaido website.

    In such cases, which one should I stick to? Also, is there any fare calculation on their JR website? Many thanks.

  2. swetha says:

    can you tell us the trains available from tokyo to lake kawaguchico and back to tokyo…preferably the Limited express and the Bullet train. Can you pls send us the train schedule. Do we need to book the trains before hand or can we do it there itself. thanku

    regards
    swetha

  3. Joyce Aguilar says:

    Hello JPrail!

    We are scheduled to arrive Japan Sept1 in Narita Terminal 2 but will stay overnight since time of arrival is night time.

    Following day Sept 2 we want to go directly to Kawaguchiko for an overnight stay near the lake. Are all trains specified in HYPERDIA using all JR pass even if we need to transfer? Do we need to book this route in the JR station in the airport?

    Sept 3 we are staying in Shinjuku for 2nights then we need to be in Sapporo Sept 5. I got the HYPERDIA schedule leaving 6:20 AM and arriving in Sapporo at 15:44. We need to know if there are additional charges that we need to pay for this route since we don’t know if the transfers are using all JR trains.

    DO WE ALSO NEED TO BOOK this ahead when we arrive in Narita Terminal 2 at the JR pass kiosk?

    6:20 Shinjuku JR
    28mins JR Saikyo Line Rapid

    6:48 Omiya Saitama
    6:58
    169mins Shinkansen Hayabusa 1

    9:47 Shin-Aomori arrival track #12
    10:16
    126mins Ltd Exp Super Hakucho 11

    12:22 Hakodate
    12:30
    194 mins Ltd. Exp Super Hokuto 9

    15:44 Sapporo JR arrival track #8

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Joyce,

      I recommend you to book all trains which you will take.

      When you go to Kawatuchiko from Narita, you will take Narita Express (Narita airport to Shinjuku), Limited Express Azusa (Shinjuku-Otusuki) and Fuji Kyuko railway. You can book for both Narita Express and Azusa. Fuji Kyuko is not covered by JR Pass, so you have to pay extra on the spot. Please see the following link:
      http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/how-to-use-japan-rail-pass-to-go-to-mt-fuji.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

      • Joyce Aguilar says:

        Hello Takeshi!

        Thank you so much for your reply!

        Yes, when we arrive in Narita, we will book all our trains.

        The itinerary I emailed Shinjuku going to Sapporo has no extra charge, right? We’ll book the same when we arrive in Narita.

        We are so excited to see and explore Japan! Your website is my source of information.

        Keep it up! You’re doing wonderful!

        Joyce

        • JPRail says:

          Hi Joyce,

          No extra charge will be required. So go ahead to book all trains right after you arrive in Narita. It will make you enjoy the travel without stress.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JP Rail

  4. ph031 says:

    i ‘d question i arrive sapporo please help me plan go to tokyo .

    >> from sapporo –>tokyo about time afternoon until night to tokyo early morning about time 9-10 (sleep on train ) use jr japan rail time table i don’t understand http://www.hyperdia.com/en
    >> after to tokyo i continue goto fuji asap i plan how ??? i bookimg stay there.
    please help me and advise

    i ‘d sleep on the train from sapporo to tokyo >>fuji use jr japan rail where down station how

    thank you

    ph031

  5. EPEI says:

    Hi, I am told that I should take the JR Tokaido line to Yugawara station at Hakone. Can you tell me how to book the tickets and how to check the timings? I will also be travelling from Hakone yugaware station to Osaka.

    Cheers!

  6. Limm says:

    Hello Takeshi / JP Rail,
    We’d like to travel to Takayama in the end of this month (Arr. at Chubu Airport at 0800 a.m.of 28th June). Can we get on the Limited Express Wide View Hida from Chubu Airport or we have to get on it from Nagoya station? And if we can get on it from the airport, would you please give me the details of which platform we’re gonna take and how to get there?

    Thanks & Best regards,
    Limm

  7. Alex says:

    Hello, I’ve been confused with all kinds of trains
    I will have my JP rail pass for 3 weeks
    can I ask few questions:
    1.I will be at Osaka, Tokyo, Hakone,Fuji 5 lakes,Kyoto, Uwajima and Kirishima
    does the JP pass covers all these destinations?
    many thanks for your reply
    with KR’s
    Alex

  8. Pınar Yavaşca says:

    I will go to Osaka 11 april and will arrive 07.00 pm. I want to go Hakone but I don’t how can I go. I find some knowledge for example kansai-odawara by JRT but how many hours ? I cant find and after odawara to hakone-yumoto station but I can’t find time table and when is last train time please help me. If between kansai-odawara time is 6 hours (in my opinion ı dont know how many hours) I think I can take a train may be 08.00-.8.30 pm earlier and then 02.00am I will arrive. Can I find a train or bus to hakone?

  9. Gary says:

    Greetings Takeshi:

    The information you provide is so excellent!

    We are interested in scenic rail trips. It seems that one of them is around the mountainous Kii Peninsula. We would like to leave Shin-Osaka on April 16 on board the Kuroshio1 arriving at Kii-Katsuura at about 11:31. Then we would want to take the Wide View Nanki 6 from there departing at about 12:23 to Nagoya. The WVN6 is shown in the 2012 JR English timetable and also comes up in the Jourdan.co.jp website timetable. But no WVN6 in Hyperdia. Has this train been dropped? Also, I have a question about fares but I will ask it in the ‘Fares’ section. THANKS GARY

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Gary,

      I don’t know why Hyperdia does not show it. But I found Nanki 6. It will run.
      The fare is same as other Wide View Naki. If you can find other Wide View Nanki at Hyperdia, you can use that fare.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  10. Kriz says:

    Hi, thank you so much for all your information on the Japan railway. I understand that you have put a link for the shinkansen schedule. However, I guess I am way too noob for that, I don’t understand the the timetable at all. Please kindly advice on the earliest time for departure at the osaka shinkansen. It will be of great help to me. Thank you.

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