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Cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Osaka

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Cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Osaka

Hello there!

I'm currently in Tokyo and want to go to Osaka in 3 days. I checked the shinkansen schedule and prices and it was around 130,000 yen. I think getting to Osaka by bus will be much cheaper.

Can you please suggest a cheapest way to get to Osaka from Tokyo?

Thankies! ^_^

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1. Re: Cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Osaka

The Shinkansen ticket will be around 13,000, you have one extra digit there.

You can of course go on a bus (there are so many companies running the route, but I recommend the Willer Express night bus with comfy new shell seats).

Shinkansen isn't a rip off at all if you consider the distance and convenience, by the way. Think of flying the same distance but without the fuss of going through controls, with much more footspace and direct city center-to-center connection. It's so much nicer than flying so that's why air ticket is cheaper on Haneda-Itami route.

Edited: 27 June 2011, 17:23
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2. Re: Cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Osaka

Bus is sort of cheap with many options. http://www.japanbuses.com/howto2_1.html

http://willerexpress.com/bus/pc/3/top/

If you wanted to use train you could spend 10 or so hours and ¥8000~ with many changes. Hardly worth the trouble.

You might be able to fly for around ¥10,000 from Haneda to Itami.

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3. Re: Cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Osaka

Perhaps you can go on a night bus and return on Shinkansen to see whether it's worth the ride. I suggest doing this even more if you come from US (where people seem to be confident with the idea of environmentally unfriendly cars and air travel for trips inside California!). You can save a thousand yen if you buy a Shinkansen Nozomi ticket in one of the discount ticket shops (Kinken shoppu) in Umeda's Daini building 梅田第二ビル or at Daikokuya 大黒屋 stores in Shinsaibashisuji 心斎橋筋 or outside Namba's Nankai station 南海難波駅. Ask locals for directions if you cannot find one by using googlemap.

Edited: 27 June 2011, 17:47
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4. Re: Cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Osaka

Shinkansen Nozomi: 2hrs 25-36 mins (Tokyo-Shin Osaka).

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5. Re: Cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Osaka

Bus is the best option if you want a cheap ride. Many Japanese opt for buses as well if they don't want to spend money on Shinkansen.

Trains with multiple transfers without Shinkansen take much longer and it will be rather uncomfortable.

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http://www.hotdog.co.jp/bus/kan_kira.htm

night bus 5,000 yen

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7. Re: Cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Osaka

Cheapest is the bus, best is the train.

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8. Re: Cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Osaka

The night bus is a great way to save money on the Shinkansen ticket as well as a night of accommodation. Don't go for the cheapest bus ticket though, as they might make multiple stops for bathroom breaks. Might be worth the extra 500 yen to have onboard toilet and comfortable chairs. If you go to a lot of travel agencies in Tokyo, you can buy tickets there as well as at the convenience store, however English speakers are more likely to be found at travel agencies.

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