When you move among Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka, you may think to take Shinkansen (a.k.a. bullet train). If you have round trip between Tokyo and Kyoto/Shin-Osaka, JR pass is the best choice. But even 7 days JR pass price is almost equal to round trip fare and seat fee of Shinkansen between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. JR pass is not the best choice for one way movement.
Platt Kodama is a sort of Shinkansen one way trip discount ticket among Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka. I would like to show you this ticket in this post.
What is Kodama?
Before I explain this deal, I want to tell you about Kodama.
Shinkansen runs on the exclusive track. Shinkansen trains do not share the track with conventional local commute trains and other conventional express trains. But on Shinkansen track between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka, there are three types of trains running, Nozomi, Hikari and Kodama. These three trains have exactly same exterior and same interior. The only difference is trip time and stop stations. Kodama is the slowest train and make stops at all stations.
Please read the link below to learn more about Shinkansen.
What is Platt Kodama
Platt Kodama is a sort of discount ticket for taking Kodama only among the stations between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka, such as Shinagawa, Shin-Yokohama, Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Nagoya and Kyoto. This deal is not available for Shin-Osaka to west distination, such as Okayama, Hiroshima and Hakata.
Kodama is slowest Shinkansen train and trip time is much longer than Nozomi and Hikari. But you can get lower rate than regular fare.
I mentioned that Platt Kodama is a sort of discount ticket. But technically this is not a ticket but a package tour product. You cannot purchase this at the ticket window in JR stations. You need to go to JR Tokai Tours that is JR Tokai’s travel agent.
You may find the location of JR Tokai Tours in Tokyo at the link below:
This site shows only four locations in Tokyo and Shin-Yokohama. But you can purchase Platt Kodama at many locations, such as Shin-Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya.
- Next to Shin-Osaka station Shinkasnen Central ticket gate
- Next to Kyoto station Shinkansen Hachijo ticket gate
- Next to Kyoto station Shinkansen Central ticket gate
- Next to Nagoya station Central North ticket gate
You may find the station map in the link below:
You can find “JR Tokai Tours” in the maps. Those are sales locations.
Condition of use
There are several conditions. When you use Platt Kodama, please understand these conditions before you use purchase this deal.
- Must purchase it be the day before you use. You cannot buy it on the travel date.
- Fixed trip plan. You have to take the train that is shown on the ticket. You cannot take any other trains.
- Seat assigned. You cannot use any other seat and cannot change the seat.
- No stopover allowed. Once you get off the train, your ticket is expired.
- No trip plan changed. You cannot change trip plan and refund without handling charge.
Please find the detailed information in the link below:
And you will receive a drink voucher. You can get a free drink at Kiosk before on board. And also if you add 1,000 yen for Tokyo to/from Nagoya, 1,500 yen Tokyo to/from Shin-Osaka or Kyoto, you can take Green seat.
Green seat is much more spacious and very comfortable.
Compare Kodama, Hikari and Nozomi in the trip time
Please see the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen timetable.
Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen westbound timetable (from Tokyo)
I have picked up three trains in early morning. (as of November, 2016)
Please find those trains below in the timetable.
As you see, Nozomi is 1.5 hours faster than Kodama if you travel from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka. Even Hikari is 1 hour faster than Kodama. But one way trip traveler does not pick up Hikari because it is slower than Nozomi. If you use JR pass, Hikari is a primary choice but I cannot find any reason why one way traveler use Hikari.
Compare Platt Kodama and regular fare
You can find the price comparison between Kodama single fare and Platt Kodama in official site. But I would like to show you the fare comparison between Nozomi regular fare and Platt Kodama. As you see, if you take Kodama, you will spend 1.5 hours extra for Tokyo to/from Kyoto or Shin-Osaka. I think you want to know how much you can save to give up 1.5 extra hours.
|Platt Kodama||Your saving|
|Tokyo to/from Shin-Osaka||14,450 yen||10,300 yen||4,150 yen|
|Tokyo to/from Kyoto||13,910 yen||10,100 yen||3,810 yen|
|Tokyo to/from Nagoya||11,090 yen||8,100 yen||2,900 yen|
|Nagoya to/from Shin-Osaka||6,560 yen||4,300 yen||2,260 yen|
|Nagoya to/from Kyoto||5,800 yen||4,200 yen||1,600 yen|
*These above rates are regular season rates. You can find the complete price table of Platt Kodama in official site. Seasonality of Nozomi regular rate is different from seasonality of Platt Kodama.
Peak season (200 yen higher than regular season fare) – Mar 21 to Apr 5, Apr 28 to May 6, Jul 21 to Aug 31, Dec 25 to Jan 5
Shoulder season (200 yen lower than regular season fare) – Except Fri to Sun and holiday in Jan 16 to end of Feb, all days of Jun, all days of Sep, Nov 1 to Dec 20
These dates are based on 2016 calendar. These periods may be adjusted in each year but it is not much different. You can find the exact fare of Nozomi at Hyperdia.
Hyperdia complete guide
I would like to show you extra time and saving cost again.
Tokyo to/from Shin-Osaka 4,150 yen for 1.5 hours
Tokyo to/from Kyoto 3,810 yen for 1.5 hours
Tokyo to/from Nagoya 2,900 yen for 1 hour 10 minutes
Nagoya to/from Shin-Osaka 2,260 yen for 21 minutes
Nagoya to/from Kyoto 1,600 yen for 21 minutes
It is hard to say that you can accept this trade off. You cannot purchase a ticket at the station and must purchase day before. These conditions may be considerable for you.