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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.



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

  1. Viladda says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I’ll be going to Toyama for Japan Alps route from Osaka and will be back to Osaka from Shinano-omachi station.

    Can you advise if there is any pass that I can use or I have to buy single tickets for both ways?

    Thank you very much for your kind help.

    • Hi Viladda,

      JR pass is only pass to cover your trip. But total fares for your trip will be around 20000 yen other than Alpine route. (Alpine route is not covered by any passes anyway)
      But even JR pass 7 days is 29100 yen. It’s way more expensive than single fare.

      At this point, single fare is much cheaper. But if you may add some more places, JR pass may be cheaper.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  2. Sylvia says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I can’t find JR Hokuriku Shinkasen time table. Please help.

    Thanks and regards,


  3. sharon says:

    Hi Takeshi

    I would to go for a day trip to yokohama from yudanaka before i head to roppongqi. This will be my last day of my jr pass.

    Which train should i take to fully utilise my pass? I hv checked hyperdia, i cant use my pass from minatomirai to roppongqi. Any other route i can take?

    Hope you can advise. TiA!

    • Hi Sharon,

      If you want to go to Minato Mirai, you have two choices.
      Pay extra for Minato Mirai from Yokohama or walk from JR Sakuragicho station.

      You can take JR train between Yokoahama and Shibuya. You have to take subway to get Roppongi that is not covered by JR pass anyway. You can take Subway from Ebisu station that is one station before Shibuya.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  4. Herson says:

    Hi, I want to ask for your help:

    What is the best way from Nara Park to Tokyo – Nippori Station using the 7 day JR pass?

    Thanks in advance!

  5. Drv says:

    I am trying to go from Hiroshima to Kumamoto. i have been researching a lot of info but I cant seem to find it. I have read that Sakura and Mizuho can do it, but I cant fins the timetable or price. Can you please tell me if I can go from Hiroshima to Kumamoto? And if yes, where can I find the timetable and price?
    Thanks very much.

  6. Les Heap says:

    Is there a timetable out yet for the new Hokuriku Shinkansen Tokyo to Kanazawa?

  7. Masmona says:

    Hi. I wanna ask for you help:

    If I wanna go to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, is this the best route ?

    I am planning to go to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Ogisawa – Toyama) for one day from Nagoya, so is there direct JR train from Nagoya to Nagano JR station ? and is it possible for me to carry my luggage together during the alps travel or I need to use the baggage delivery servicehttp://www.alpen-route.com/en/transportation/baggagedelivery to get my luggage delivered to Toyama?

    And is there any direct JR train from Toyama JR station to Hakata (Fukuoka) JR Station? Or do I need to exchange train beforehand anywhere? Thank you.

  8. Patricia says:

    Hi Takeshi-San,

    Could kindly advise me on my rail travel as follows, which train pass should I get?

    Day 1 – Arr ITAMI airport, taking airport limousine bus to Our hotel at Namba.

    Day 2 – taking train from Namba station to Wakayama Station East exit to pickup rental car.
    13/03/15 (Single trip or pass?)

    Day 3 – driving around Kumano Hongu sites.

    Day 4 – return car at Wakayama station east exit then take train to Koyasan, stay overnight. 15/03/15 (Single trip or Heritage pass?)

    Day 5 – take train from Koyasan back to Namba station. (Single trip or Heritage pass?)

    Day 6 – take train from Namba to Kyoto for full day trip then back to Osaka
    17/03/15 (using 2 days kansai thru pass or ?)

    Day 7 – take train from Namba to Kobe for full day trip then back to Osaka
    18/03/15 (using 2 days Kansai thru pass or ?)

    Day 8 – visiting attractions around Osaka, eg Kaiyukan/Osaka Castle etc.

    Please advise which type of tickets I should get for my rail/subway travels.

    Thank you. : )

  9. Charlotte says:

    Hi Takeshi,
    Thanks for the reply.
    I checked Hyperdia and found there is JR train “Holiday-Kaisoku-Fujisan No.1″ & No.2 travel from Tachikawa to Kawaguchiko during 30-Dec to 4-Jan. Can I use JR pass with this train on 30-Dec?

    Thank you very much.

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