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.
(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.
2. Night Bus. Enter your point of origin and destination, departure date, number of passengers (for female, they have designated places for you in case you don’t want to be seated next to a guy) and click search.
For monthly lowest price information, click here. This is only effective if you’ll book in advance.
3. Local Train – Just recently, I’ve tried “Seishun Juhachi Kippu”, a seasonal discount ticket that could be used in all JR trains except bullet train and Special Express trains. It took me 12 hours from Saitama (Kaila’s place) to Hyogo (my family’s house) because I was new to the process, I’ve missed some trains and experience other first time mishaps. I really recommend it if you have a lot of time to spend, imagine for just ¥2,370, I’ve travelled (almost 10 prefectures) from Tokyo to Osaka at least.
Tip: Travel early in the morning, make time for mistakes. Seishun Juhachi Kippu is only available three times a year during school holiday seasons so plan carefully. For example during spring, you can buy tickets from February 20th to March 31st and you can use the tickets from march 1st to April 10th.
4. Airplane – I’ve used Peach (Japan’s Low Cost Carrier initially based in Osaka) before. I recommend it if you’re close to the airports. They have flights from Narita to Kansai (Osaka) for only ¥4000.
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Question: “How to buy shinkansen/ bullet train tickets?”
Usually there’s an information booth at every JR train station. There are machines too but to be sure just go to the booth and buy it from there. From Tokyo to Shin-Osaka, I always take the Tokaido Shinkansen Nozomi (because it’s the fastest) for ¥14,450, you can also take Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari and Kodama trains for only ¥14,140 (it’s a little bit slower because it stops on more stations). Shin-Osaka station is one stop away from Osaka Station.
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Hope this helps! Kaila wrote about how to travel around Japan using HyperDia so if you want to compare fare prices and review information about it, check this post. For those interested with Universal Studios Japan and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I made a post about it at Candy Kawaii Lover. If you have any other questions, we will do our best to answer it. Don’t be shy and post your questions at “Ask Kaila and Ashley“.