What is great about Japan is that you can travel by train from one city to the other. Yup! Just like Europe! So after our 6-day trip in Tokyo, we went to Osaka via Shinkansen (Bullet Train). It is by far the fastest and most convenient option. We bought Nozomi, the speediest bullet train which get us from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka in 2 hours and 30 minutes. It costs us JPY 14,450 each for a one way ticket. Cheaper by JPY 310 is the Hikari Shinkansen but this will add an extra 30 minutes or more to your travel. However if you have availed of the JR Rail Pass, you can take advantage of it and save as much as the cost of a one-way ticket.
Step 1 : Go to Tokyo Station.
Step 2: Look for the JR Shinkansen and JR Line Tickets Office and buy your preferred ticket.
Step 3: Proceed to the Tokaido, Sanyo Shunkansen Tracks and wait for your train to arrive. Remember to be on time! I advise that you proceed to the tracks 15 to 30 minutes before your departure time.
Step 4: Ride and sit to your designated seat.
Step 5: Alight to Shin-Osaka, usually the last stop. Tadaaa! You’re in Osaka!
Another option to travel from Tokyo to Osaka and vice versa are as follows:
|Mode of Transportation||Cost (JPY)||Time (Approximate)|
|Puratto (Platt) Kodama Economy Plan (Bullet Train)||10,300||4 hours|
|Highway Bus||2,000 – 10,000||8 hours|
|Airplane*||3,000 – 12,000||1.5 hours|
|Regular Train||11,850 good for 5 days||9 hours|
*Blogs would say that airplane ride is not the most convenient mode of transportation due to the necessary transport to distant airports.