Train Tickets from Osaka to Tokyo

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2h30 Shortest
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$104 Our best
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More information about your journey to Tokyo

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Tokyo Station serves as the main entrance to Japan's capital, located miles away from the more well-known and relaxed modern atmosphere of Osaka. Tokyo offers a wide range of attractions, from the bustling and lively neighborhoods of Shibuya and Shinjuku to the glamorous and luxurious areas of Roppongi or Ginza. Akihabara, a haven for pop culture enthusiasts, is also a must-visit destination. Amidst the vibrant streets of Kabukicho and the towering skyscrapers of Tokyo's dynamic downtown districts, you can also find traditional gardens, historic temples, and shrines that provide moments of tranquility, showcasing Tokyo's diverse offerings.

Whether you are a fan of pop culture, a food lover, or simply seeking an urban escape, the journey from Osaka to Tokyo on the Shinkansen offers a seamless combination of modern travel convenience and the timeless charm of Japan's cultural heritage. Moreover, Tokyo serves as the central hub of Japan's transportation network, providing access to various regional treasures. From the picturesque shores of Chiba Prefecture to the majestic Japanese Alps, or the popular day trip destination of Nikko with its breathtaking natural landscapes, and even the traditional and preserved Tohoku region, Tokyo acts as the gateway to these remarkable destinations.

Note: Shin-Osaka Station may not always be the first stop on the Shinkansen line, as it can originate from other cities such as Kobe, Hiroshima, or even Hakata (Fukuoka). 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 Tokyo.

More about the Mount Fuji view seat option

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On the way from Osaka to Tokyo, we highly recommend you book a window seat with a view on Mount Fuji, to get the chance to gaze upon one of Japan's most iconic views from its modern landmark, the Shinkansen bullet train!

Please note that during peak travel seasons, we may have to change your train to another one up to 15 minutes earlier or later than the original booking to ensure a window seat reservation.

Advantages of taking the train from Osaka to Tokyo

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Efficiency

Covering the distance of 550km between Osaka to Tokyo 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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Comfort

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

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Reliability

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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Eco-friendly

Your Osaka to Tokyo 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 Tokyo train tickets?

Pick your date, time and seat

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

Confim 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 Station and Tokyo Station

Different types of available Shinkansen

There are three types of Shinkansen trains to choose from when traveling from Osaka to Tokyo: Hikari, Kodama, and Nozomi. Hikari trains make fewer stops and complete the trip in about 2 hours and 40 minutes. Kodama trains stop at more stations, resulting in a journey time of a little over 3 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo to Osaka. The Nozomi is the fastest option, operating as an express service, but it comes at a higher cost. It's important to note 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 Tokyo 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, the main train station in Osaka, is situated in Higashi-Yodogawa ward. It is well-connected to various local public transportation lines operated by JR, serving both the Osaka metropolitan area and the wider Kansai region. Additionally, the Midosuji and Osaka East Line subway lines make stops at Shin-Osaka. With these convenient transportation options, you can easily travel to Shin-Osaka from the other major rail stations in the city, namely Osaka-Umeda and Namba. Furthermore, Shin-Osaka station serves as a departure and arrival point and has stops for multiple bus lines.

Where to go from Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is centrally located in Tokyo and serves as a major hub for various public transportation lines. It is the primary station for Shinkansen trains in Tokyo, facilitating both arrivals and departures. Tokyo Station is serviced by multiple JR lines, including the Yamanote, Chuo, Keiyo, and Sobu lines. The Marunouchi subway line, along with several bus lines and airport transfer options, also has stops at Tokyo Station. These extensive transportation networks enable seamless travel within Tokyo, the wider metropolitan area, as well as the surrounding prefectures and regions.

Why book your train tickets with Japan Experience?

Official seller

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

Secure payment

You're in control! We offer different payment options.

Quality at our core

Our team of passionate individuals based in Japan works with you directly, no intermediary needed.

Customer support

We're here to help, 7/7. And available through all channels. 

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 Tokyo, insert your ticket once more at the gates when exiting. Now, you are free to explore the wonders of Tokyo.

Modification and Cancelation

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. 

For train ticket orders that have already had the corresponding QR code scanned and where the tickets have been received, orders may be canceled at JR Station offices, 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. 

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. 

Order modification 

Japan Experience allows for one modification request of date and/or time of departure (changes to destination or route are not possible*). Modifications to the date and/or time of departure are only possible under the following conditions:

-The corresponding QR code has not been used. 

-It is NOT within three 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. 

Any modification requests after the first change or changes to the departing and/or arrival station will require that the order be canceled and then re-ordered with the new travel information. 

For those wishing to make modifications to the date/time of their train trip after using the sent QR code and receiving their tickets, this can be done at JR offices at JR stations up to 10 minutes prior to departure. In the case of a change in arrival station, such a change can only be accommodated if said station is on the same Shinkansen train route (i.e. a route change from Tokyo>Kyoto can be changed to Tokyo>Shin-Osaka but not to Tokyo>Kanazawa). The difference in fare will be paid at the JR office.

In the case of a missed train departure, those holding tickets for Kodama Shinkansen bullet trains on the Tokaido-Sanyo Line are able to board Nozomi, Hikari, and other Kodama trains on the same day, from the same station, to the same destination, for use on non-reserved train cars. 

If a Shinkansen bullet train does not have any non-reserved train cars (like the Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki bullet train) or has no open seats, the train may still be ridden, but passengers will be required to stand during their commute in either the areas between each train car or in aisles between seats, depending on the capacity of the train at that time. Passengers will be required to stand until reaching their destination or until non-reserved train car seats become available for use. 

Eligibility

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 Osaka to Tokyo service. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Train Tickets in Japan

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