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.

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 nameTokyoNagoyaKyotoShin-Osaka
K633
(Kodama 633)
06:5609:4810:4611:00
N203
(Nozomi 203)
07:0008:4209:1909:33
H461
(Hikari 461)
07:0309:1109:4910:05

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.

SegmentRegular fare
for Nozomi
Platt KodamaYour saving
Tokyo to/from Shin-Osaka14,450 yen10,500 yen4,150 yen
Tokyo to/from Kyoto13,910 yen10,300 yen3,810 yen
Tokyo to/from Nagoya11,090 yen8,100 yen2,990 yen
Nagoya to/from Shin-Osaka6,560 yen4,400 yen2,160 yen
Nagoya to/from Kyoto5,800 yen4,300 yen1,500 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.

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

  1. Hello Takeshi!

    We will be travelling via Shinkansen from Odawara to Kyoto in about 5 weeks, 2 adults and 2 children – is it possible to purchase this Platt Kodak’s ticket from Tokyo beforehand and then use it to board at Odawara? Also, what is the cost of s children’s ticket?

    Thanks for your very informative post!

    Regards
    Loretta

    1. Hi Loretta,

      Platt Kodama is not available for Odawara to Kyoto. Even if you buy Tokyo to Kyoto Platt Kodama, you cannot use it from Odawara. Unfortunately you have to use a regular ticket. Please use hyperdia to find the fare.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      Child rate is half of adult fare. And it is applied to the child who is 6 to 11 years old. Adult rate is applied for 12 years old and up. It is free of charge for 5 years old or less. But one of adult fare passengers must share the seat. You have to pay a child fare if you want to get one seat for child who is 5 years old or less.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi,

    I will be travelling from Tokyo to Kakegawa / Hamamatsu Station (either of them). Where and how can i purchase online? Can you suggest other routes to take so i can travel there on a budget?

    Thanks,
    kay

      1. Thank you, May I have some more questions?

        1. I installed an application “smartex” of Shinkansen and discovered this “Hayatoku-family KODAMA Shinkansen”
        https://smart-ex.jp/en/product/hayatoku/exkodama_family/
        This tickets more cheaper than Platt Kodama and more comfort because online&credit card allowed … Am I right?
        (We have 2 passengers)

        2. We have a plan to go to Hakone from Shinagawa too but prefer the cheaper way so we’ll try the JR Tokaido Main Line for Odawara (or Atami).
        The question is “What kind of this train’s seats ? Is it a local train? (Like Yamanote)

        Thank you

  3. Hello, we are travelling as 2 families with children, total 10 people to Japan in Jul-19. We would like to purchase Platt Kodama tickets from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo. Does everybody have to go to Shin-Osaka station to purchase the tickets? Or it is OK to have 1 person to go to the station to purchase. Thanks and regards, Chien

      1. Thank you for your quick response. One last question, do I need to bring all the 10 passports of the passengers along to JR Tokai Tours office when purchasing the tickets?

  4. Hi, my friend and I are planning to use travel with Platt kodama from Osaka to Chureito Pagoda this end of Oct. We have rented an accommodation there, which station would be the best for transit?

      1. Thanks for the suggestion! Actually our rented accommodation is at Fujiyoshida, a few mins walk away from Fujisan Station, there are buses going to there right?

  5. Hello Takeshi,

    I went on the Japanese site to look for seats on my desired date (May 5, 2019), but there were none available. Would they similarly be sold out if I went directly to the office to buy it when I arrive in Japan on May 1?

  6. Hi Takeshi,

    thank you so much for this article. I found it very helpful for traveler on a budget like myself.

    I have plan to travel from Osaka to Tokyo by shinkansen. We are a group of 10 people, so this Kodama plan with its wonderful pricing is very attractive for us 🙂

    Can I just confirm that I can not buy the ticket for Kodama online? and that I can only purchase it at the JR Tokai Tours ticketing office in Shin-Osaka station?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Monna,

      Unfortunately online is available in Japanese only.
      JR Tokai Tours is only place to buy this deal in Shin-Osaka. JR Tokai Tours is not a ticketing office but the travel agent. In Shin-Osaka station, there are several ticketing offices and windows. Please do not mix up.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Thank you!

        What is the chance in getting tickets when we buy 5 days in advance? Will the train be mostly occupied on monday morning?

      1. Thank you for the reply. Im just wondering too if the seating will be random. Like I’m going with my girlfriend, will there be possibility of being separated?

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