JR train timetables guide. How to find the timetable of the train in Japan.

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You have to see the timetable to build your trip plan. In this post, I will show you the resources of the timetable of the train in Japan.

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JPRail.com PDF timetable

I will tell you about the timetable by the major train companies later. However those are not enough. And some train companies offers only the search engine. You may want to see the hardcopy of the timetable.

I picked up the major trains, such as the limited express Wide View Hida, the limited express Thunderbird, most of the limited express trains in Hokkaido. And I made the timetable in PDF format. You can find it in the link below:

Due to COVID-19, it may be operated on a schedule different from the normal timetable. Check the train schedule on Hyperdia.
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JR Group’s website

JR used to be Japan’s National Railway but it was privatized a long time ago. And technically there are five different companies, JR Hokkaido (Hokkaido area), JR East (Tohoku, Kanto, Tokyo and surrounding area, Nagano), JR Central (Shinkansen Tokyo-Osaka, Nagoya and surrounding area, Chubu region), JR West (Kansai and Chugoku regions), JR Shikoku (Shikoku area) and JR Kyushu (Kyushu area). Some of these JR companies offers timetable and fare search in each websites.

JR East timetable

This website shows you the timetables of most of limited express trains, Shinkansen and popular seasonal trains in JR East areas. It also shows you the timetable of JR Hokkaido trains.

JR East official site – the timetable

JR Central timetable

This website shows the timetable of the Tokaido Shinkansen and the Sanyo Shinkansen. This Shinkansen line runs between Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima and Hakata.

JR Central official site – The Tokaido and the Sanyo Shinkansen timetable

JR Kyushu timetable

You can find the updated PDF format timetable of most of express trains in Kyushu.

JR Kyushu official site – The route map and the timetable of JR Kyushu trains



If you cannot find the timetable in the links above, please use Hyperdia to find it. Hyperdia covers all train’s schedules, most of domestic flights schedules, airport shuttle bus schedules and fare tables. This is the best website for a traveler who takes a train, and helps you to build your itinerary. It is simple but a bit tricky to use. Please refer the guide of Hyperdia in the link below:


  1. rosie hugh says:

    I want to travel by JR from Hiroshima to Shin-Yokohama on 16th July 2015, and want to know if there is a direct Hikari between the stations or if I have to change trains. I will be leaving Hiroshima at around 2 in the afternoon.
    Thanks for your help

  2. 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

  3. Sylvia says:

    Hi Takeshi,

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

    Thanks and regards,


  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. Les Heap says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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. : )

  10. 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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