Bullet Train from Osaka to Tokyo

Aug 13th, 2008, 05:52 AM
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Bullet Train from Osaka to Tokyo

Hi all, trying to finalise my work trip in Japan but at a loss for the bullet train booking. My travel agent cannot book and I like to have this sort of thing sorted before I go especially as Japan is a big language barrier for me compared to China where I find it a bit easier. I did see a website that showed a way to book but could not figure out the line and you have to pick up tix before 9pm the day before which does not suit me as i will be working days and have work social events at night. ANy suggestions? Alternatively i can ask at the hotel but I like an idea of what i am doing before |I go and schedules.

Any info would be great.

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Aug 13th, 2008, 07:29 AM
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I must say I am not aware of any websites or travel agencies that can book JR tickets in advance.

Osaka-Tokyo bullet trains run frequently, some coaches for reserved and some for unreserved seats. UNLESS you're travelling peak seasons like Golden Week (last week of Apr/first week of May) or over New Year, there really is no need to book in advance.

The easiest and the most efficient way is to reserve the seat when you arrive Japan. KIX and Narita both have JR train stations. I also presume you are not using Japan Rail Pass but buying individual segment(s)?
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Aug 13th, 2008, 08:09 AM
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I only need the one trip from Osaka to Tokyo. I will be there in Mid October. I will leave it then and try to get the hotel to reserve it for me in the business centre.

Do you know where I can find a schedul on the web as I could not figure out the route on the websites I saw.

Thanks again!
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Aug 13th, 2008, 12:07 PM
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You can also get schedule info at www.hyperdia.com Your shinkansen trip will depart from Shinosaka station. This is different from Osaka station.

The bullet trains run very frequently. On

Have you been to Japan before? It should be easier than China.

Getting the ticket is easy. Take 15000 yen to the ticket window and say "Tokyo" and "Nozomi" and "reserved seat". Or you could say: "I want a reserved seat to Tokyo on a Nozomi train". It is safe to assume that the tickets will be printed in English, but you could ask.

You will get two coupons, one a fare ticket and the other a reserved seat ticket. You could verify with the ticket seller the track number and car number. They will actually say it like "tu rack numbah". Should not be much trouble communicating this. You are on one of the most heavily used intercity rail routes in the world between international cities.

Look at the eastbound schedule, of course, at Alec's link. Look at the schedule in the colums with "N" at the top and in black ink. Those are for the fastest trains, the Nozomi.
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