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 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.

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

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    what is better/best to use, Kansai or Kintetsu pass when we roam around Osaka-Kyoto-Nara, (both to use local trains/subway/bus?)

    also when is the best time to buy the pass? we will be there arriving in nagoya early morning this coming Monday of May 22. Is it available online or there is a booth at Chubu Airport where we can purchase it?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Phoebus,

      I forgot to tell you one thing. You cannot use Platt Kodama on arrival day from Nagoya to Osaka. Because it must be purchased day before trip date. Kintetsu rail pass can be purchased it at Chubu airport but your arrival time is too early to buy it. Please see the link below to find it.
      http://www.kintetsu.co.jp/foreign/english/ticket/get.html

      If you use Kintetsu rail pass, you should use this pass as much as you can for trip to Nara and Kyoto. If you want convenience, Kansai thru pass is the best one for the trip to Nara and Kyoto.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-use-kansai-thru-pass-compare-pass-and-single-fare.html

      You cannot purchase this at Chubu.
      http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html
      http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english02.html

      If you don’t want to wait for purchasing Kintetsu rail pass in Chubu or Nagoya, you have to take Shinkansen by regular fare. You can purchase it on the spot at Nagoya station. In this case, you can use Kansai thru pass.

      For the deal in Osaka, you can choose other on in the link below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      Basically you cannot purchase any deals other than Kintetsu rail pass in Chubu.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi,

    I’ll be travelling into Osaka (Kansai Airport) on the 31st May 2017, 3 nights stay in 4 – 4 3 F 302, Ōsaka ichi, Ōsakafu 556 – 0011, Japan, planning to go to USJ on the 1st June, and travel within Osaka for 2nd of June.
    Leaving Osaka to Kyoto on the 3rd June (3 nights in Kyoto) to 15-13 Haraigawacho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi.
    Last leg will be Kyoto to Tokyo (6th June – 10 June), flying off from Haneda Airport.
    Is it advisable to get Platt Kodama ticket (Osaka to Kyoto and Kyoto to Tokyo) from Kansai Airport the moment I land (around 4pm evening), then use single fare tickets in Osaka itself? Is there any other deals that I can consider to cover my city transport fees (3 days in Osaka, 3 days in Kyoto (only daily bus pass available?) and 4 days in Tokyo).

    thank you.

    1. Hi Chan,

      Please see the link below to find the info about your itinerary:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/7days/basic-itinerary-of-osaka-kyoto-and-tokyo-in-7-days.html

      You can use Platt Kodama for Kyoto to Tokyo only. Trip from Osaka to Kyoto is short distance. Shinkansen ride is not required.
      Platt Kodama cannot be purchased in Kassai airport. You can purchase it at only Shin-Osaka station and Kyoto station. Please read “Sale Location” in the post above.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi Takeshi!

    So glad to get bumped here in your site. We tried to search all possible ticketing ways for our Japan trip next week but the more we ask, the more we get confused. I believe you can help us?

    so this is our itinerary:
    May 22 – (we’ll arrive around past 5am) Nagoya – Chubu airport. from there we’ll go to Osaka to check in. (our hotel from 22 to 26th morning is somewhere in Nagaranishi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka.)
    May 23 – Universal Studios Japan
    May 24 – From Osaka we go city tour at Kyoto then return to Osaka
    May 25 – From Osaka we go city tour at Nara then return to Osaka
    May 26 – From Osaka we go to Nagoya for city tour all day (our hotel from 26 to 29th morning is somewhere in Uedayama, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken)
    May 27 – Stay in Nagoya and go to Nagashima Spa Land
    May 28 – Stay in Nagoya, continue to city tour on daytime and in the evening we leave Japan.

    from this schedule we have, can you suggest us the best city train/bus/subway passes for us to roam the areas where possibly we can save our budget as well? also as we arrive in Chibu airport in the morning, are the passes you will suggest be available within the airport? this is going to be our first time in Japan. Your suggestion is going to be a big big help for us! i hope you consider to answer this (long) query.

    Thank you very very much and more power to you!!

    1. Hi Phoebus,

      You may use Platt Kodama for Nagoya-Osaka. But Kintetsu rail pass is considerable too.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/kintetsu-rail-pass-most-affordable-deal-for-osakakyoto-nagoya-and-access-to-ise.html

      This is cheaper and it covers the trip to Nara too. However this pass covers only Kintetsu railway only. You need to pay extra to take subway in Osaka. I think your place to stay is near Tenjibashisuji-Rokuchome station. Please see the link below to find the subway map and other info:
      http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp/library/english/img/guide_english2.pdf
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      If you use Kintetsu rail pass, use single fare to get USJ. And also use single fare to take Hankyu railway from Tenjibashisuji-Rokuchome to Kyoto. You may get Kansai one pass to take trains/subways other than Kintetsu.
      In Kyoto, you can use All day bus pass to take city bus and use Kansai one pass when you need to take trains.
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

      Any passes do not cover Nagoya-Chubu airport. You need to pay extra. I think there is direct bus between Nagoya and Nagashima spa land. But I don’t have the detailed info.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. We will be arriving tokyo may 19 then transfer to osaka may 22. If we use kodama for transfer to osaka, where can we purchase the tickets? We are going to stay in hyatt regency tokyo. Thanks

  5. Hi, is there any way I can get someone to buy the ticket for me and I collect at the window? Or is there a way I can buy at the tourist offices outside of Japan? Thanks!

  6. Can I purchase ticket Hamamatsu-Tokyo from Shin-Osaka station??

    I will arrive in Osaka Saturday morning, and at night I will go to Hamamatsu (Shizuoka) by bus.
    On Sunday, I will go to Tokyo from Hamamatsu.

  7. hi,

    i will be arriving at nagoya station at around 9:30pm. Will I still be able to purchase a platt kodama ticket going to kyoto for the next day?

  8. Hi,
    I would kindly ask few things;

    1) For Platt Kodama tickets – yo have to buy them exactly the day before the trip or you can buy them few days earlier?
    2) Platt Kodama – bearing in mind the number of tickets for sale is limited – I am affraid there will not be enought tickets? Could that happen? I need 2 tickets for Tokyo-Osaka in April.
    3) With Platt Kodama ticket – I can take only Kodama trains, right? (Nozomi and Hikari are also included for the same price or no?) It is not clear in the timetable on their site (trains are called: No. 641 – N700 series; and I don’t understand which train is that
    4) Tokyo-Osaka ticket price with Platt Kodama is 10,500 JPY
    in April?

    Thank you,
    Ana

    1. Hi Ana,

      1. You can buy it anytime until one day before departure date.

      2. It may happen. I have no idea how often it happen.

      3. Nozomi and Hikari are not covered. All trains which are shown in the link below are covered by Platt Kodama.
      http://www.jrtours.co.jp/kodama/en/?scid=jtt_kepEng001

      These all trains are Kodama. N700 series is a type of fleet. It’s newer than other fleets. But you may not find the difference between N700 and others.

      4. That’s right.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  9. Hi,

    only to be sure: I can buy a ticket for the Platt Kodama at Shin-Osaka station to ride the train from Osaka to Tokyo, right? At which station will I arrive in Tokyo?

    Thank you 🙂
    Marie

    1. Hi Marie,

      You can use Kansai Wide Area Pass for trip to Kurashiki and Okayama. You can use this pass to make trips in the cities. But this pass covers only JR trains and you cannot take subway, bus and other non JR trains. Some places cannot be accessed by this pass. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      If you use Platt Kodama, you can choose Shinagawa or Tokyo as the destination. You can choose either one for closer to your place to stay.
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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