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

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.

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.
Hyperdia perfect guide, train timetable and route search engine

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:

182 thoughts on “JR train timetables guide. How to find the timetable of the train in Japan.”

  1. Dear Sirs,
    Can you please provide further guide on our itinerary as follow?

    May 23 – Arrival in Haneda Airport – wish to take train (JR pass) to Osaka – can you share the name of the station to stop?
    May 26 – travel from osaka to kyoto (can you share the specific station to take the train and which station to stop?
    May 28 – travel from kyoto to tokyo (same JR train?) can you please guide?
    June 2 – tokyo – back to our country
    Which pass shall we buy?

    1. Hi Sandy,

      You may use JR pass 7-day for the first 7 days. You can use Tokyo Subway ticket for sightseeing in Tokyo after JR pass.

      Regular ticket is okay to get Haneda on the last day.

      On the first day, if you really want to maximize using JR pass, your route is the following:
      Haneda (Monorail) Hamamatsucho (Yamanote line) Shinagawa (Tokaido Shinkansen) Shin-Osaka

      Please see the links below to find more info for these trains:

      If you are okay with paying an extra, you can take Keikyu Railway from Haneda to Shinagawa. You don’t need to change the trains at Hamamatsucho. But Keikyu Railway is not covered by JR Pass. You may find this info in the first one of three links above.

      There are lots of stations in Osaka and Kyoto. Please see the links below to find the info about the train network in Kyoto and Osaka:

      I gae you tons of info. You may be overwhelmed but please try to read it one by one.


      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. 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!

  3. 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?


          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 🙂

            1. 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:


              Takeshi / JPRail.com

              1. たけしさん、
                いろいろ教えてくれて、ありがとうございました! ^_^

  4. 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?

    1. Hi Hazel,

      You can do but you need to get Fuji Hakone Pass at Odawara.

      Please see the timetable in the links below.

      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.


      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. 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.

  6. 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


        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.


          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    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.


      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  9. 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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