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shinkansen operate 24 hours?

Shinkansen operate 24 hours?

Hi there,

  1. I am planning a trip to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe and for the total 8 days 7 nights we will only stay at 2 locations i.e. Tokyo and Kyoto. We do not want to miss any train back to our shelter, where can I find all JR trains last operation hour?

  2. I love Hyperdia but why Hyperdia only shown NOZOMI train for our route from Kyoto/Osaka back to Tokyo? Which NOZOMI was not cover by JR PASS?

Please guide. Thank you.

Egsb
Egsb

Hi there,

The Shinkansen is not a 24 hour service, but does run until late. You can find the last operating trains for a given route and non-nozomi shinkansen on Hyperdia by altering the "search details". For the last trains, you should choose Type: "arrival" and Time: "12am", and for all non-nozomi bullets you should deselect the "NOZOMI/MIZUHO Shinkansen" option. Here's an example showing the last times to travel from Kyoto back to Tokyo.

Our video blog shows in more detail exactly which Hyperdia settings to use for JR Pass holders if you need more information on this.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Thanks so much, Mari! :)

Another question, we will touch down Haneda Airport at 10:30pm, after custom clearance, do you think we still can catch up Tokyo Monorail?

Thank you.

Egsb
Egsb

2 more questions:

  1. What to select in Hyperdia to reach Mt Fuji? There are a few selection start with Hakonexxxxx.

  2. After I had used up 7-day pass, what card to purchase for going around Tokyo (maybe 2 days 1 night).

  3. Shall I "keep" one day from 7-day pass for my last day in Tokyo which including heading to airport?

Thank you. :)

Egsb
Egsb

That's 3 questions! ;)

Here are some answers:

Another question, we will touch down Haneda Airport at 10:30pm, after custom clearance, do you think we still can catch up Tokyo Monorail?

Here is the timetable for the Monorail into town. Based on this, the last Monorail service leaves Haneda around 11:50pm. This should give you just enough time I think. If you don't manage to catch it, there should be bus or taxi services which can take you into town. Haneda is not very far away from the centre of Tokyo, so any extra costs shouldn't be too much (unlike Narita).

What to select in Hyperdia to reach Mt Fuji? There are a few selection start with Hakonexxxxx.

For Mt Fuji, you have 2 destination options: Hakone, or Kawaguchiko. Hakone is further away, but a larger, more Onsen/resort focussed area. Kawaguchiko is also great, and as it is closer is often the starting point for hiking up to the summit.

Both Hakone and Kawaguchiko can only be reached by non-JR trains. However, it is possible to get very close to both using the JR Pass.

  • For Hakone, you should travel to Odawara on JR, and from there, use the Hakone Free Pass to travel up to Hakone.
  • For Kawaguchiko, you should travel to Otsuki on JR, and from there use the non-JR Fujikyuko line up to Kawaguchiko.

After I had used up 7-day pass, what card to purchase for going around Tokyo (maybe 2 days 1 night).

The best for Tokyo is to simply purchase a pre-paid travel card and keep topping it up. We have a blog post on these prepaid cards here.

Shall I "keep" one day from 7-day pass for my last day in Tokyo which including heading to airport?

If you are travelling to Haneda, then I don't think it'll be necessary to keep an extra day for use in Tokyo. At ¥620, the Tokyo > Haneda leg is cheap enough for you no to worry about it.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Yes... there are 3 in fact... :D

Thanks so much for your valuable advise! ;)

Egsb
Egsb

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