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

  1. Ching teng says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    If im going to Osaka by Shinkansen Nozomi from Nagoya using single ticket, can i stop over at Kyoto for few hours and using the same ticket again to Osaka after in the same day ?

    Thank you.

  2. Endri says:

    Dear Mr. Takeshi / JPRail

    I am a foreigner that lives in Toyama. Next month I have a flight from Narita Internation Airport, and I want to go there by train. This will be my first time using trains in Japan, and hope it is not so difficult. Please can you give me some information if there is any night train, because I had the flight around 11:40. Please help me and if U can, suggest me which is the best way to follow. Thank you very much,
    Endri

    • Hi Endri,

      Unfortunately there is no overnight train option. I think you need to stay in Narita or Tokyo if you use train. Because even if you take the earliest train connection, you will arrive in Tokyo at 9:55. And it takes another one hour from Tokyo to Narita. It doesn’t work.

      If you really want to take overnight transfer, take overnight bus. I’m not very familiar with bus, but I know Willer Express has Toyama-Tokyo overnight bus.
      http://willerexpress.com/x/bus/dynamic/3/en/html/pc/route/list/hokuriku.php?mid=1

      I think there are other bus services. But only this company gives us English info.
      And please remember if bus is late and you can’t catch your flight, nobody compensate it. That is 100% your risk.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  3. efraim says:

    hello sir,..i want to go to tokyo using train..sorry..im just a beginners..im lived in hanyu city saitama please help how to do first then step by step..tnxx

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