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


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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.

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

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.

144 thoughts on “Guide to plan your trip. How to find Japan Railway’s timetables”

  1. Takeshi/JP Rail.

    I am planning to buy the Takayama-Hokuriku Area pass for my trip in Dec.

    Can I confirm that all the stops for this JR rail is at the main JR station, namely, Nagoya JR station, Takayama JR station, Kanazawa JR station (any other name for this station as I want to book hotel nearer to the station) and Kyoto JR station ?

    For the Nohi Bus from Takayama to Shirakawago and the other bus from Takayama to Shin Hokata, can I check whether there are facilities in the bus to store my luggages ? Am I allowed only to have a backpack or can I carry luggages of any size. Is there any restriction on these buses ?

    Is it possible for me to consult you on Kintetsu Rail pass for use in Osaka in this forum ?

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Dlimsh,

      All stations names are correct. You can book your accommodations nearby these stations.
      The buses have luggage rooms and they can take care of hard shell suitcase. But mostly backpack is easier to handle to travelling in Japan. Especially the train does not have any luggage space. Please find more info at the link below:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/travel-tips/baggage/managing-luggage-how-to-carry-your-baggage-on-board-and-how-to-store-your-baggage-at-the-station.html

      I have a post to talk about Kintetsu Rail Pass. Please see the link below:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/kintetsu-rail-pass-most-affordable-deal-for-osakakyoto-nagoya-and-access-to-ise.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi,

    I have plan to visit Japan in December and January.
    I interesting to travel to Atami via Tokaido Main line not the Shinkansen one.
    Can I take this train from Ueno station?
    And also I couldn’t find any timetable. Please help.

    1. Hi Mari,

      Yes, you can. It’s called “Ueno-Tokyo line”. You can find more info at the link below:
      http://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-departure-arrival-stations/stations-in-kanto/tokyo/rapid-train-on-tokaido-line.html

      Train runs every 10 to 15 minutes. If you need an exact train schedule, you can find it at Hyperdia:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. I am going from Nagoya to Matsumoto using limited express wide view shinamo train. However I cannot find the schedule for this train. And do I need to reserve a seat? I will have a JR Pass for two weeks.

    Please can you advise.

  4. Hi, need some advice. I have a short trip to Japan on September which is 2nite in Tokyo and 2nite in Osaka. Is the 7days JR pass releven or just one day pass. We was thinking to travel from Tokyo to Osaka by JR. Can you advise the cheapest way. Thanks

    1. Hi Nora,

      One way fare by Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka is almost half price of JR pass 7 days. Single fare is the best option for you. The following posts may help you to have some idea.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/for-non-jr-pass-travellers-guide-to-use-jr-single-ticket-basic-rules-validity-and-stopover.html
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/7days/sample-itinerary-of-tokyo-hakone-kyoto-and-osaka-classic-route-in-7-days.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  5. Hi!

    This is my travel plan and I’m not sure what passes to go for. Can anyone help me?

    plan:
    8 days
    1- Osaka
    2- osaka station to kinosaki onsen
    3- still in kinosaki onsen
    4-kinosaki onsen to kyoto station and then to higashiyama district and then maybe arashiyama if I have time
    5- fushimi inari shrine
    6- kyoto station to osaka station and then to Dobutsuenae station to go to spa world
    7- dotonburi
    8- osaka station to osaka international airport (morning so only need to use the train for this journey)

    1. Hi Annie,

      You can use Kansai wide area pass for the first five days of your trip.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/the-newest-jr-west-rail-pass-for-kansai-and-okayama-kurashiki-kinosakai-and-shingu-area-kansai-wide-area-pass.html

      But you need to add subway or bus pass in Kyoto. Because the coverage is very limited in Kyoto.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Single fare is okay for day 6 and 7. There are some deals for day 8. But if you want to take direct transfer to KIX from Osaka station, Limousine bus or JR Rapid train by single fare is your choice.
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-access-from-kansai-airport-to-downtown-osaka-kyoto-and-kobe.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

      1. Hi!
        This is my travel plan and I’m not sure what passes to go for. Can anyone help me?

        9 days plan:

        1.Osaka airport to kyoto
        2.kyoto
        3.Kyoto
        4.Nyoya
        5.Takayama
        6.Mt.fuji
        7.tokyo
        8.tokyo

        Thanks!

        1. Hi Karen,

          I would like to make sure the following things before choosing the deals:

          1. Where is “Nyoya”? I have no idea about this place. Do you mean Nagoya?
          2. Which part of Mt. Fuji do you intend to visit, Hakone or Lake Kawaguchi?
          http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html
          3. Are you departing form Narita? or Haneda? or going back to Osaka?
          4. When are you going?

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JP Rail

      2. Hi,

        Thank you very much for your reply. I’m not sure if I’m going by the rules by asking this and I’m really sorry if I’m not supposed to be asking you about this but here goes…. does the Kansai WIDE area pass cover ALL JR lines in Kansai? eg. I want to go from Osaka to kinosaki onsen which uses the konotori line but I can’t find that line on the kansai wide area pass information. Also does this pass cover all JR lines in Kyoto such as the sagano line?

  6. Hi,

    This is my first time in Osaka. I am not sure where I can find the time table for the trains leaving from KIX to Kyobashi Station.

    I am arriving at KIX at 930pm on Sunday. Can you please advise? Thanks

  7. Hello Takeshi,

    This is my first trip to Osaka. I will be arriving at KIX at 2235 hr on a Saturday night. I will need to get to Tennoji Station. I found that JR travels direct to Tennoji and the last train is at 2332hr. I am worried of flight delays and will not be able to make it to the last train. Any other train travel suggestion at this hour of the night to Tennoji ??

    Thank you in advance !

    Cheers
    Rena

    1. Hi Rena,

      It may be tight even if your flight arrive on time. First of all, I recommend you to read the following post and keep all info and location in the airport in your mind.
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/kansai-airport-transportation-guide-find-info-about-station-ticket-airport-bus-and-high-speed-ferry.html

      If you cannot make it, unfortunately there is no direct transfer to get Tennoji but there is a bus to Namba.
      http://www.kate.co.jp/pc/e_time_table/e_namba.html

      You have to take a taxi from Namba to Tennoji. I don’t have an taxi fare but I guess it costs around 2000 yen. You can catch a taxi at Namba station easily even in midnight.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

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