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.

Hyperdia

Hyperdia covers all railway lines and domestic flights schedule and fare table. This is the best website and help you to build your itinerary. It is simple but a bit tricky to use. Please wrote the guide of Hyperdia in the link below. Please refer it to learn more:

 Rail travel in Japan complete guide - JPRa...
Hyperdia perfect guide, train timetable and route search engine
https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html
If you want to build your itinerary by yourself, Hyperdia will help you a lot. This site is transportation search engine. You can search the timetables and routes of all trains, flights and airport shuttle bus. I think this site is most convenient...

JR Group’s website

JR looks Japan’s National Railway but it was privatized 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). These JR companies offers timetable and fare search in each websites.

JR Hokkaido

JR Hokkaido offers very simple and easy timetable. You can pick the route and find all trains timetable. You can find all limited express trains and even local trains on major routes.

JR East timetable

This website show 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 Central timetable

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

This website does not show other JR Central trains, such as Wide View Hida, Shinano, Wide View Nanki. Please use hyperdia to find the timetable of these trains.

JR West timetable

This website offers you the fare and timetable of not only JR West trains but also many of JR trains.

JR Kyushu timetable

You can find the updated PDF format timetable. It shows you most of limited express trains, cruising trains and Kyushu Shinkansen.

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

  1. Hi Takeshi san,

    We are visiting Japan next year and will go to Nagoya first. What is the earliest train and or bus ride from Nagoya to Osaka? We plan to leave Nagoya earliest possible to check-in at our hotel in Osaka and hoping to reach USJ before it opens.

    Thank You!

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    I bought the JR pass. I will be from USJ and heading back to Tokyo. How do I check for the last train back to Tokyo? I’ve tried to use Hyperdia, but it states that the last Shinkansen (Hikari) is at 8:20+pm. I assumed that the Shinkansen would end later than that. where can I double check this?

    Cheers,
    Nurul

          1. Hello Takeshi-san,

            I understand that. I did look at the PDF. My question is, how do you read the timetable itself to figure out 20:37 is the last Hikari? It’s so confusing; so would appreciate the help of someone knowledgeable. Thank you 🙂

          2. Hi 日本が大好き,

            You can find “H”, “N”, “K”, “S” and “M” in the top of the table. These are train names, Hikari, Nozomi, Kodama, Sakura and Mizuho. Now you can find “Hikari 538” which leave from Shin-Osaka at 20:37. After this train, there are some more trains to Tokyo. But all of trains to Tokyo after 20:37 are “N” which means Nozomi. This is not covered by JR pass. If you need some more info about Shinkansen, please refer the link below:
            https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-departure-arrival-stations/stations-in-tokai/nagoya-toyohashi/what-is-shinkansen-bullet-train.html

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          3. たけしさん、
            なるほど!
            そう言う事でしたか!!
            いろいろ教えてくれて、ありがとうございました! ^_^

  3. Hi Sanjay
    We will be in Japan this October,, is it possible to visit Hakone -to 5th station on 1 day.
    My plan is start from Tokyo at 6 am ( we already bought JR pass) to Odawara – buy Hakone Pass . At lunch take direct bus from Gotemba to Kawaguchiko station to 5th station.
    From 5th station to Tokyo ( hoping for a direct bus).
    Is this posssible in one day?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Hazel,

      You can do but you need to get Fuji Hakone Pass at Odawara.
      http://www.odakyu.jp/english/deels/freepass/fujihakone/

      Please see the timetable in the links below.
      https://www.japan-guide.com/bus/fuji.html
      http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/route/detail/id/1

      You must complete Hakone in the morning. And after lunch, you need to leave Hakone. Otherwise you cannot have a time at 5th station.

      By the way, Sanjay is one of reader.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Takeshi san,
    Kon ban ha. Can you please inform me how to travel in Hiroshima from Gembaku Dome Mae station to Miyajimaguchi station, by using JR PASS to best possible way.

  5. Hi!
    We are travelling to Japan and want to plan a visit to Tateyama Kurobe Alpen route on Oct 28 from Kanazawa. We want to buy Tateyama Kurobe Option ticket along with JR pass. I am planning to take a return journey to Kanazawa via Nagano. Please suggest best route I should follow.

      1. Takeshi san, Mail o arigatou gozaimasu.
        As I am staying in Kanazawa and has JR PASS, I need recommendation from you
        1. Whether I should do Alpen route as Kanazawa – Tateyama – Nagano – Kanazawa

        OR

        Kanazawa – Nagano – Tateyama – Kanazawa

        2. I want to travel on October 28, 2017. Where can I buy Tateyama – Kurobe Alpen Route Option ticket? Can I buy it on Narita Airport on October 17, 2017 or at Kanazawa on October 26?
        Onegai shimasu.

        Sanjay Ranade

        1. Hi Sanjay san,

          1. I recommend you to take Kanazawa-Tateyama-Nagano-Kanazawa. If you go to Nagano first, you will spend many more minutes to get Alpine route.

          2. You can purchase it at Narita. You can pick up the date to use the ticket when you purchase.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Hi!. My family is visiting our friends in Misawa. We are arriving early morning of June 27, 2017 at about 7:00 am. i am looking at the timetable of the JR Tohoku line but the train schedule is rather confusing for me. Since we are coming in through Narita Terminal 1 airport i believe we will be taking the Narita express going to Tokyo and then get on a shinkasen train to Hachinohe where our friends are picking us up.

    We will be purchasing our JR East Pass for 5 days online but i need to know, if the trains (Tohoku Line and Nex) operate 24 hours and if not, what is the earliest trip from Hachinohe to tokyo to Narita so we can catch our 9:15 am flight back to the Philippines. Or should we just stay around narita airport the day before to make sure we get on our flight on time.

  7. Hi Takeshi-San,
    It’s joyful shinkansen between echigo-yuzaw and niigata operating in august?
    Also can I reserve shikoku ‘s 麵包超人(bread superman)train before I head to shikoku? I’m afraid it’s quite popular and need to be reserved in advance.
    Cheese

    1. Hi Joe san,

      Those trains will run in August but not sure which date these will run now. The operation dates will be released in late May.
      I think you mean Anpanman train. You can book a seat in advance at any major JR station.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hi Takesi,

    I have a draft itinerary for my Japan trip in Oct, but i am not very confident with my plans. If you could advise me on the routes, transportation or maybe change of city it would be really great.

    Day 1Arrive in Narita and head to Kyoto
    Day 2 Kyoto
    Day 3 Kyoto
    Day 4 Takayama
    Day 5 Shirawakago
    Day 6 Kanazawa
    Day 7 Alpine Route
    Day 8 Matsumoto
    Day 9 Hakone
    Day 10 Toyko
    Day 11 Northern Tohoku
    Day 12 Northern Tohoku
    Day 13 Tokyo
    Day 14 Tokyo and fly back to Australia

    I have a feeling this trip will be very hectic and messy, but i would love to go to the alpine regions. A bit of dilemma and uncertainty.

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