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How To Travel Between Tokyo and Osaka

Konnichiwa kawaii travellers! This is Ashley and now I’m in Osaka staying with my family. Perfect timing for those who were asking about “how to travel between Tokyo and Osaka”. I’m not a picky traveler at all, I’ve tried different kinds of transportation while going around Japan -local trains, express trains, bullet trains, buses, night buses, ferries, airplanes, etc. In this post, you’ll not only know how to travel between Tokyo and Osaka but you’ll learn how to get from point A to point B in Japan.

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(But first, here’s a photo of me in a local train station in Hyogo prefecture)

Question: “I’m on a tight budget. What’s the cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Osaka?

There are actually a hundred ways to do this! I’m going to tell you how I did it..

1. Day Bus – I usually use WILLER EXPRESS to reserve tickets because they offer English language in their website which is very convenient for kawaii travellers like us. Most of the time I travel from Shinjuku to Umeda. Or Kawasaki to Umeda. Just pick the cheapest result. Umeda by the way, is Central Osaka. It’s in Osaka, I repeat. Haha! The day bus I’ve tried from Kawasaki was scheduled to leave from 9:30am with the arrival time of 5:00pm in Umeda, if I remember correctly. You’ll receive a trip reminder from WILLER EXPRESS an hour before your trip. Be careful and  be on time! Sometimes, WILLER EXPRESS bus stops are not close to the main station.

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Travel Around Japan with HyperDia (Railway Route Search Engine)

If you want to travel around Tokyo (or anywhere in Japan) smoothly, I would suggest that you get your own pocket wifi first. And always bring along with you your mobile phone! :)

Whenever my friends or readers ask me about an APP / website about the train information, I would always suggest “Hyperdia”.

You have to access it by typing the whole “www.hyperdia.com” url. It is available in three languages: Japanese, English & Chinese.

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“HyperDia” is a service which offers the route and the timetable of the railway and the aviation of Japan. With simple operation, “HyperDia” guides the optimal route and the fare from starting point to end. The route search engine is made by self-developed technology. By applying this route search engine, it is possible to make link to regional information, for example, map information, a rental car and the golf-course etc around the station from the search result. So, it is possible to offer the information which is possessed with your corporation sight effectively. (from their website)

 

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