Train Tickets from Osaka to Fukuoka (Hakata)

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More information about your journey to Fukuoka (Hakata Station)

As the Shinkansen speeds through the Japanese countryside, passengers can witness the transition from the modernity of Osaka to the timeless charm of rural Japan. This route is central and popular with travelers, making it one of the busiest rail lines in the country. Osaka's suburbs will gradually give way to picturesque villages and mountainous landscapes, and after a little over 2 hours, the train arrives in the seaside city of Fukuoka

Hakata Station, in Fukuoka, serves as the main entrance to Japan's southernmost island of the main archipelago, Kyushu. Miles away from the more hectic and modern atmosphere of Osaka, Fukuoka and its region offer a sublime glimpse into the landscapes of Kyushu. Fukuoka offers a wide range of attractions, from the bustling and lively neighborhoods of Hakata and Tenjin to the beach areas such as Momochihama. In between the retrofuturistic open-air mall of Canal City and the lively banks of the river in Nakasu that come alive under the steamy yatai food stands, you can also find traditional gardens, historic temples, and shrines that provide moments of tranquility, showcasing Fukuoka has something in store for everyone.

Moreover, Fukuoka's Hakata Station serves as the central hub of Kyushu's transportation network, providing access to various regional treasures. From the gorgeous temples of Daizaifu to the historic city of Nagasaki, or the popular day trip destination of Beppu with its world-renowned hot springs and onsen towns, Fukuoka acts as the gateway to these remarkable destinations. It's also a major airport hub for flights to the Okinawa islands.

Note: Shin-Osaka Station may not always be the first stop on this Shinkansen line, as it can originate from other cities such as Kyoto or even Tokyo. We advise booking reserved seat tickets to ensure a smooth journey and the ability to board your desired train, especially during peak travel times, considering the popularity of Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo as tourist destinations.

The Tokaido Shinkansen Line is operated by Japan Railways (JR), the largest rail company in Japan. When booking tickets through Japan Experience, you can be assured that they are issued through an official partnership with JR West, allowing you to deal directly with the train operator that will take you from Shin-Osaka to Fukuoka (Hakata).

Advantages of taking the train from Osaka to Fukuoka

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Covering the distance of around 550km between Shin-Osaka and Hakata (Fukuoka) in a little over 2 hours and 30 minutes, Shinkansen bullet trains are one of the fastest ways to reach your destination relaxed and worry-free.

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Comfortable seats, plenty of space to relax your legs, regularly cleaned carriages and peace and quiet for a relaxing journey. 

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With hundreds of departures per day and an average delay per train estimated at 24 seconds, the Shinkansen is very reliable. 

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Your Osaka to Fukuoka itinerary corresponds to less than 18kg of CO2 emissions by Shinkansen, compared to over 140kg by plane on the same journey. Traveling by train is 8 times more eco-responsible than flying!

How to book your Osaka to Fukuoka train tickets?

Pick your date, time and seat

You can book up to 9 months prior to your travel date.

Confirm and purchase

Order your train ticket securely online.

Receive your QR code

Get your QR code by email 1 month before departure.

Exchange and enjoy

Follow the instructions received on how to exchange your QR code and enjoy your ride.

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More information about your train, Shin-Osaka, and Fukuoka Hakata Station

Different types of Shinkansen

When traveling from Osaka to Fukuoka, passengers have the option to choose from three types of Shinkansen trains: Sakura, Kodama, and Nozomi. Sakura trains make fewer stops and complete the trip in approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes. Kodama trains, on the other hand, make more stops, resulting in a journey time of slightly over 4 hours and 15 minutes from Osaka to Fukuoka. The Nozomi, being the fastest option, operates as an express service but comes at a higher cost. It is worth noting that all Nozomi Shinkansen trains require reserved seats.

Regardless of the train type, passengers can enjoy reclinable seats, overhead storage, power outlets, and more onboard. Traveling by Shinkansen from Osaka to Fukuoka ensures both efficiency and comfort. It is recommended to research all seat and car options to book a train ticket that suits your travel needs.

How to get to Shin-Osaka Station

Shin-Osaka, located in Higashi-Yodogawa ward, serves as the primary train station in Osaka. It boasts excellent connectivity to various local public transportation lines operated by JR, catering to both the Osaka metropolitan area and the wider Kansai region. In addition, the Midosuji and Osaka East Line subway lines have designated stops at Shin-Osaka. Thanks to these convenient transportation options, traveling to Shin-Osaka from other major rail stations in the city, namely Osaka-Umeda and Namba, is a breeze. Moreover, Shin-Osaka station acts as a departure and arrival point, accommodating multiple bus lines.

Where to go from Fukuoka's Hakata Station

Hakata Station, situated in the heart of Fukuoka, serves as a central hub for a variety of public transportation routes. It plays a crucial role as the main station for Shinkansen trains in Fukuoka, facilitating both arrivals and departures. Hakata Station is well-served by multiple JR lines, such as JR Kyushu's Fukuhoku-Yutaka Line and Kagoshima Main Line, as well as JR West's Hakata-Minami Line. In addition, the Kuko (Airport) and Nanakuma subway lines, along with numerous bus lines and airport transfer options, also make stops at Hakata Station. These extensive transportation networks provide seamless travel options within Fukuoka, its wider metropolitan area, and the surrounding prefectures and regions.

Why book your train tickets with Japan Experience?

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Our train tickets are issued through an official partnership with the National Japan Railways Group (JR).

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More information about the exchange process, conditions, and validity of train tickets here

How far in advance can I book train tickets?

You can book train tickets in Japan between 9 months prior to your train's departure date and 3 days before departure. 

Is there a special train ticket fare for children?

Yes, there are special fares applicable for children. Ages 12 and up are considered adults, but kids aged from 6 to 11 benefit from a reduced child fare. Children under the age of 6 travel for free. This free fare is limited to 2 tickets, meaning any additional child under 6 will then pay the classic child fare. 

Where to exchange your train tickets in Japan depending on the region?

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In the JR West area (blue), you can exchange your QR code for a physical train ticket at reserved seat ticket machines in stations, or at Midori-no-Madoguchi ticket windows with station staff. In the JR Central area (orange), you can exchange your QR code at reserved seat ticket vending machines at indicated stations. In the JR East area (green), you can exchange your train tickets at Shinkansen stations, major stations in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and Narita Airport stations. 

How to use your train tickets in Japan? 

After exchanging your train tickets, make your way to Shin-Osaka Station. Insert your ticket into the automatic gates, ensuring to retrieve it afterwards. Proceed to the correct platform and board your train. Once inside, locate your designated seat if you have a reservation and savor the journey. Upon reaching Hakata, insert your ticket once more at the gates when exiting. Now, you are free to explore the wonders of Fukuoka.

Modification and Cancellation

Order cancellation

Customers have up to 3 working days prior to their departure date to cancel their train ticket orders as long as they have not scanned the corresponding QR code and exchanged for their physical train tickets. A 15% cancellation fee will be charged, and the QR code will be instantly deactivated upon order cancellation. Cancellation of only a portion of the booking is not possible. 

For train ticket orders that have already had the corresponding QR code scanned and where the tickets have been received, or orders in less than 3 working days before departure, orders may be canceled at JR Station offices in the departure city up to 10 minutes before your train departure, where a refund will be issued with a 5%-10% cancellation fee, depending on the station and office. This refund will be made in cash in Japanese yen. 

Cancellation cannot be done at ticket machines. Please note JR Central offices can only cancel routes running through JR Central lines. 

Past the day and time of departure, refunds cannot be issued, regardless if the corresponding QR code has been used or not, and regardless if customers have received their physical tickets or not. Note that however, if you missed the departure train of the time, you can still board the next trains within 1 hour, in non-reserved seats.

These cancellation conditions still apply after one modification, according to the modification conditions below.

Delays of less than two hours are not reimbursed. If the delay prevents you from boarding your next connecting train, you can change at the connecting station office free of charge.

If delayed for more than two hours, express fares and charges will be refunded at all JR stations (excluding handling fees, Green Car fares and Gran Class fares).

If your train is delayed for more than two hours or cancelled due to a natural disaster after your train ticket has been issued, please contact Japan Experience's customer service with a photo of your ticket for a refund.

Order modification 

If you want to modify:

  • Departure time on the same day OR seat for another seat except luggage seat:

Japan Experience can modify one time, free of charge, your booking if the corresponding QR code has not been used AND if it is NOT within 3 working days of the departure date

You will then be sent a new QR code to use at JR stations to exchange for your new tickets.

Otherwise, you will need to go to JR station machines to exchange your QR code to receive your tickets and then change the departure time at the same machine up to 10 minutes prior to your train departure.

You cannot modify the same ticket twice. For the second modification, the order will need to be canceled (check cancellation conditions) and then re-ordered with the new travel information.

  • Departure date, route, seat for luggage seat, number of seats in the booking: 

Japan Experience cannot modify your booking. You will need to go to JR station machines to exchange QR code to receive your tickets and change time at the same machine up to 10 minutes prior to departure. There may be a difference in fare to be paid on the spot.

You cannot modify the same ticket twice. For the second modification, the order will need to be canceled (check cancellation conditions) and then re-ordered with the new travel information. 

  • If you have made a mistake in your departure date or number of seats, you have to make a new booking online. Japan Experience will allow you to cancel your previous order free of charge. Kindly note that modifications for the new issued tickets won't be possible.


All persons above the age of 12, with no restrictions of residence status or nationality, are eligible to purchase individual train tickets (unlike the Japan Rail Pass and some JR regional passes, for example). Japanese individuals as well as foreigners living in Japan can thus purchase train tickets online. Under the age of 12, the aforementioned child fare conditions apply. 

Validity of train tickets

Train tickets issued are only valid for the date and time indicated on your booking, and are to be used only on the Shin-Osaka to Fukuoka service. 

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