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one way from osaka to tokyo

One way from Osaka to Tokyo

I am planning to visit Japan next year either during Spring or Autumn. My tentatively itinerary is fly into Osaka (stay for 3 days in Osaka then take shinkasen to Tokyo (stay for 4 days) and take flight home at Narita Airport. Do I need to buy Japan Rail pass in advance or can I buy one way train ticket from Osaka to Tokyo when I am in Osaka. How much will it cost for one way ticket?

bumblebee
bumblebee

Hi there,

I would recommend buying normal tickets for this one. The JR pass would have been a good choice if you made a return Tokyo - Osaka or the other way around. A one way ticket will set you back ¥ 14,250. You can buy the ticket at the station before departure on normal days. Only during busy travel days would I recommend reserving seats more than a day in advance.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi Daniel,

Thank you for your kind reply.

How long is the journey if I purchase normal one way tickets from Osaka to Tokyo ?

I read that it is a must for tourists to purchase JR Pass in advance with the appointed travel agent in their respective countries before travelling to Japan in order to use any types of shinkasen within Japan. Is this true?

Regards,

bumblebee
bumblebee

Hi again!

Travel time between Osaka - Tokyo is around 160-180 minutes by Shinkansen.

You can of course buy Shinkansen tickets in Japan, however the JR Pass can help you make good savings if you travel a couple of times on the Shinkansen.

You could order one directly on-line here if you wish.

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Daniel-san
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