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1. Posted by AgGrrrl (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi. My boyfriend and I will be arriving in Osaka at the Kansai Airport on March 12, late afternoon. We need to get to our hotel, which in Tokyo, that night. What is the best way to get there, including the cheapest way and/or the fastest way?

We're trying to not go over $300 per trip, since we have to make it back to Osaka to leave Japan on the 17th.

Also, if specific train/track/station names could be used, it'll make it much easier for us to find on our maps.

Any info is greatly appreciated!

2. Posted by HO (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

name of the bullet train would be "nozomi", "Hikari" or "kodama". i believe nozomi was the cheapest. you should be departing from a station called "shin-osaka" and probably arriving at tokyo station depending on which part of tokyo ur hotel is in, your arriving station may change. Also, you have to get to "shin-osaka" station from the airport. for this trip, you need to get on a train as well. it takes about 1hr minimum and lhr 30min max. it costs about 3000 yen. the train comes every hour or so. the name of the train would be "tokkyuu(express) haruka". the train would take you right to shin-osaka station.
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3. Posted by ide (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You should check out the Japan Railways website for schedules and info. Basically you'll have to take a train from the Kansai airport to the Shin-Osaka train station and then transfer to the Shinkansen train and take the Tokaido,Sanyo line to Tokyo. When you get to the JR website click on "Schedules, Fares, and Reservations" and you'll have access to the timetables and there's also a page on getting to/from the airport. Enjoy your trip!

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 6039 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Christina,

Check out this handy little page. It will tell you how long the trip can take / what options you have and how much they would cost.

Have you looked into getting a JR Rail pass? It would work out roughly the same as a round trip from Osaka to Tokyo for a 7 day pass. But of course, you can then use that pass for any other travel as well (ie, back and forth to airport, etc..). Japan Rail Pass Types and Prices

Any good reason why you need to get to Tokyo so quickly? If it's just a holiday, I'd recommend you spend some/most of your time in Kyoto instead (virtually next to Osaka). It would not disappoint !! Not to say I didn't like Tokyo, but Kyoto would be my pick anyway.

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

name of the bullet train would be "nozomi", "Hikari" or "kodama". i believe nozomi was the cheapest.

Wrong way around. Nozomi are the superfast ones which cost a little extra. Kodama and Hikari are the same price as each other, BUT for an Osaka - Tokyo trip, use the Hikari's. Kodamna stop at every station, and take a chunk of time longer (they wait for faster trains to pass) so you can spend an extra 90mins etc on teh jny.

There are express buses, including JR ones which are the cheapest way of getting there. Night buses are as little as 5000, which is a big saving on the Shinkansen fare, although obviously takes time. And if you need to get there that eveing, probably not viable (the day buses all leave earlier for the long trek). It costs about 9000 to go between the two using slow trains, but also takes about 8 hrs and at least 3 (normally 4-6 changes) and possibly not worth trying unless you know what you are doing and want to really scrimp.

But, as Peter says, GET A RAIL PASS. A return Kanzai-Osaka-Tokyo will cover the cost of the pass, and then you have free unlimited travel the rest of the time you are there. Note that you can't use the pass on Nozomi Shinkansens, but you can on all the others, and there are 2 Hikari and a Kodama (see previous warning) between Shin Osaka and Tokyo which you can use.

6. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Check for train schedules. Just enter the destination and departing stations and you get times costs and options.
If you go locally, which is cheapest, you will go from Shin Osaka to Maibara to Ogaki to Hammamatsu then to Atami and on to Tokyo . Depending on the times there may be a faster or slower way with more or less stops, just play around with Hyperdias timetable.
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7. Posted by AgGrrrl (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You guys are awesome. I now have the specifics for my trip, and any further help would be great, just to make sure I have everything down pat:

3-14-06: Arrive in KIX - Osaka. Stay the night.
3-15-06: Take Tokaido shinkasen Hikari train to Tokyo.
3-15-06 -> 3-19-06: Explore Tokyo & surrounding areas.
3-19-06: Take train back to Osaka. Stay at same hostel as before.
3-20-06: Explore Kyoto. Then back to Osaka for the night.
3-21-06: Depart from Japan KIX airport.

I figured we'd get the Japan Rail Pass, which will cover all the trains to & from everywhere (it covers all trains except Nozomi, which I don't need to take anyway) and it'll cost the 2 of us about $657.00. Does that sound right? I looked it up & converted it using the rate of 115.

Other than that, we just need to figure out how much money in food we'll need & then we can figure how much we can spend on souvenirs :)

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 6039 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Your plan looks good, but I don't understand why you're staying in Osaka if you plan to go to Kyoto the next day? I'd suggest you spend that night (and maybe even the next night) in Kyoto and save the wasted travel time. You're not going to have the time to explore Kyoto properly as it is. And I don't think Osaka is worth spending much time in.

You can get food at very reasonable prices in Japan, but you can also spend an absolute fortune. If you're trying to save money, I would estimate you can get by on $20-$30 per day/per person.

Good luck. Japan is a great place to travel! :)