Platt Kodama, one way deal among Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka by Shinkansen

Shinkansen is the high speed train service in Japan. Kodama is the slowest train on Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen line.
Shinkansen is the high speed train service in Japan. Kodama is the slowest train on Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen line.

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.

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

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.
Tokaido-Sanyo 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.

Sales location

You may find the location of JR Tokai Tours in Tokyo at the link below:

Platt Kodama official site

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:

JR Central station map

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:

Platt Kodama, Guidance of Plans (PDF file)

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.

Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen 700 series. These seat configuration are the standard on Shinkansen. Green (left) and Ordinary (right
Green (left) and Ordinary (right)

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.

Train name Tokyo Nagoya Kyoto Shin-Osaka
K633
(Kodama 633)
06:56 09:48 10:46 11:00
N203
(Nozomi 203)
07:00 08:42 09:19 09:33
H461
(Hikari 461)
07:03 09:11 09:49 10:05

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.

Segment Regular fare
for Nozomi
Platt Kodama Your saving
Tokyo to/from Shin-Osaka 14,450 yen 10,500 yen 4,150 yen
Tokyo to/from Kyoto 13,910 yen 10,300 yen 3,810 yen
Tokyo to/from Nagoya 11,090 yen 8,100 yen 2,990 yen
Nagoya to/from Shin-Osaka 6,560 yen 4,400 yen 2,160 yen
Nagoya to/from Kyoto 5,800 yen 4,300 yen 1,500 yen

*These above rates and prices are regular season rates. Rates and prices are varied by season. 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

Assessment

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 2,990 yen for 1 hour 10 minutes
Nagoya to/from Shin-Osaka 2,160 yen for 21 minutes
Nagoya to/from Kyoto 1,500 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.

39 thoughts on “Platt Kodama, one way deal among Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka by Shinkansen”

  1. Hello again takeshi,

    I would just like to clarify, all Shinkansen train ticket have to be bought a day in advance? Or is it just the platt kodama? I plan to take the Nozomi going from kyoto to nagoya you see.

    Then some of my friends will arrive at KIX and want to go straight to Kyoto on the day of their arrival by taking the Shinkansen, will that be still possible? If not , what alternative train should they take?

    Thanks always for your input Takeshi

    Regards,

    Mitch

    1. Hi Mitch,

      Regular ticket can be purchased on the day of trip. You can purchase it even 10 minutes prior to departure time.

      But the way, Shinkansen is not the choice for KIX to Kyoto. Limited Express Haruka is the best choice from KIX to Kyoto.
      http://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/kansai-airport-limited-express-haruka.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/icoca-and-haruka-ticket-very-flexible-and-good-deal-for-tourist-who-stay-in-kansai.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. How far in advance should I buy the tickets? I’m traveling in a group of 7 and I’m worried there won’t be tickets available if I go the day before the trip.

  3. Hi Takashi,

    Thank you for your info. Can I purchase it online and get it mail to the hotel in Kyoto downtown or I must get it from JR Tokai tours? The reserved seats mean I can choose seat when I purchased or it will be assigned automatically?
    Thank you,
    Ann

    1. Hi Ann,

      Unfortunately online is not available. It’s in Japanese only. You need to go to JR Tokai tours to purchase it.
      As long as seat is available, you can choose the seat, like window side, isle side when you purchase it.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takashi,
        Could you tell where does the train stop at Tokyo? Is it only at Tokyo station not passing by Shinjuku at all?

        Thank you,
        Ann

        1. Hi Ann,

          Your choice is Tokyo or Shinagawa. When you go to Shinjuku, you can get off at Shinagawa and take Yamanote line to Shinjuku. You have to purchase single ticket for Shinagawa to Shinjuku that is around 200 yen.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takashi,

            My stay will be in Okubo about 10min walk from Shinkuju. I haven’t figured out whether it is more effective to get off from Shinagawa or from Tokyo. Do you recommend if I should get Pasco pass as soon as I arrived at Kansai airport?

          2. Hi Ann,

            Shinagawa is better to get off. It’s faster to get Shinjuku than getting off at Tokyo.
            You can buy ICOCA at Osaka. Pasmo is sold in Tokyo only. But ICOCA can be used in same way as Pasmo.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thanks for the information! However, i would like to check with you further on some other matter.

        I’m planning to purchase a pair of Kodama tickets from Kyoto to Tokyo. However, I will be in Osaka a couple of days before I head over to Kyoto. In this situation, will I be able to purchase my Kodama tickets in Osaka even though I’m travelling from Kyoto?

        Regards,
        P

  4. HI Takeshi,

    Is Puratto Kodama Economy Plan the same as Platt Kodama?
    From what I understand, am I correct to say that this is ticket, not a pass? So if I have these travel plan below,
    1. Kyoto to Nagoya on Monday
    2. Nagoya to Osaka on Friday
    I have to make two ticket purchase at JR Tokai Tours at least a day before my travel day?

  5. How many days in advance would I be able to purchase this tickets from the JTB/JR Tokai outlets? 🙂 appreciate if there’s some info for me, thank you!

  6. Thank you for the helpful information. I plan on traveling from Shinjuku to Kii-Katsuura in June. If I take the Platt Kodama to Nagoya, will the arrival time allow me to take the train to Kii-Katsuura?

    1. Hi Angeli,

      It depends on departure time at Tokyo. The last train to Kii-Katsuura from Nagoya departs at 12:58. You have to be Nagoya by this time and need to book a train that arrive at Nagoya by this time.
      There are many Kodama that arrive in Nagoya by this time. But you cannot find that Platt Kodama is available for these Kodama until you will purchase it. If it’s not available, you have to pay single fare.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Hi Takeshi,

    is there any way I could buy Platt Kodama from other country, before getting to Japan? I’m Polish and will arrive to Nagoya in late May. I’d like to go the same day to Kyoto. If I’m not able to buy Platt Kodama online (or other way) before ma arrival to Japan, I’ll have to use regular Shinkansen service (or other mean of transport to Kyoto). Therefore, it would be great if it was possible to make aa earlier purchase. If not online, perhaps with help of a travel agency in Japan?
    Best regards

    1. Hi Bartek,

      Sorry but you have to go to JR Tokai tours. Online service is available for Japanese residents only. Even if you understand Japanese, the ticket will be mailed to the address in Japan only.

      You can purchase it at JR Tokai tours in Nagoya station. And also the current price is valid until March 10, 2017. This ticket may not be on sale after March 10. I will update if it will continue to sell after Mar 10.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Thank you Takeshi for this helpful information. I’ll return to your blog after the 10th of March to see if this offer is still valid.

  8. Thank you for sharing this information.

    I have one question though.

    Platt Kodama has no mention about child fares. If I were to buy Platt Kodama tickets for our children, do I have to pay adult or child fare?

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thank you for your kind response.

        However the web page is a bit confusing, because it states that the child fare is half of the regular JR adult fare while at the same time it states the adult fare for Platt Kodama.

        So in conclusion, for my children I have to pay half of the regular JR fare and not the half of the Platt Kodama fare.

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