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unlimited use of bullet train between osaka and tokyo?

Unlimited use of bullet train between Osaka and Tokyo?

Hi! We will be coming from Shinsaibashi, Osaka and we would like to know where we should take the JR train going to Tokyo. Since it's a seven day pass, can we use it everyday for going back and forth KYOTO, NAGOYA TOKYO and OSAKA? From what time and up to what time does the JR Shinkansen run?


Hi there!

From Shinsaibashi you'll want to get the Midosuji red (red line) to Shin-Osaka where you can board the bullet train to Tokyo/Kyoto/Nagoya.

As the JR Pass is an unlimited pass for 7 days you can use it to ride the bullet train as much as you want between the cities you mention. Please note that you are able to use Hikari and Kodama class bullets - the Nozomi bullets are not valid for use with the JR Pass. Normally there are 2 Hikari bullets per hour between Tokyo and Osaka so you shouldn't find this too much of a problem.

Normally shinkansen run from around 6-7am to 10-11pm. Please note that the Shinkansen do not run at night for safety reasons. As the journey time between Tokyo and Osaka is around 2hrs the last trains for Tokyo will leave Osaka at around 8pm and vice versa.

I hope this helps!

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Thank you for responding. Our trip will be on April 23- May 2, 2013. This is how our itinerary goes.

April 23 - arriving at Kansai Int'l Airport then go straight to Hotel in Shinsaibashi
April 24 - Tokyo ( Mt.Fuji, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Akihabara) * use of 7 Day Pass starts here
April 24- Tokyo Disneyland
April 25- Tokyo Disney Sea
April 26 - 27 - Nagoya
April 28-29 -Kyoto / Fukuoka ( is there a JR train that goes straight to FUKUOKA?) * 7 Day Pass ends here
April 30 - May 1 - Osaka
May 2 - departure

What are the train lines and buses that are covered by the JR Pass in TOKYO, NAGOYA, KYOTO and OSAKA so we would know which ones to take during our trip. Thank you very much for helping. :)


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