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Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby rizu » Sat 05.26.2007 12:38 pm

Konnichiwa!

Just a quick question for anyone who may know this information. I am going to Kobe (leaving this Thursday) and the school messed up and did not change my flight information to allow me to stay in Tokyo for the last weekend. I was wondering if anyone knew the various rates (via bus, train, shinkansen, etc.) to get from Osaka to Tokyo so I can figure out how feasible it is for me to go there on my own dime.

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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby Kagemaru » Sat 05.26.2007 1:20 pm

Shin Osaka to Tokyo via shinkansen for a reserved seat will cost in the vicinity of 26000 yen return.

It will stop in Kyoto, Nagoya, Shin Yokohama and Tokyo.

Add the cost of going from Kobe (Sanomiya therabouts) to Shin Osaka (about 490 yen for memory using JR West) and from Tokyo to wherever your staying.

Mr passmo can help you out with that. ;)
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby rizu » Sat 05.26.2007 5:01 pm

Hehe, looks like... in other words... not financially feasible. Thank you!
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby Mike Cash » Sat 05.26.2007 9:45 pm

rizu wrote:
Hehe, looks like... in other words... not financially feasible. Thank you!


Only if you think the shinkansen is the only mode of transportation you have available to you.

Round-trip by overnight bus starts from 7,800 yen.

http://www.busde-tabi.com/
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 05.29.2007 1:19 pm

isn't there a train that travels that besides the shinkansen? I am sure it would be rather affordable and quicker than a bus too.
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby lalaith » Tue 05.29.2007 2:12 pm

I've only taken a Greyhound bus once, :|. A couple I know was moving, he was driving the moving truck but the wife didn't want to drive the car to the new location (she was not accustomed to do anything other than local driving), so I drove their car up to Georgia and took the bus back. That was miserable. It's not that the bus stank or was in bad shape; it was clean, the seats were comfortable, the bus had A/C. The problem was the process of taking the highway rather than the interstate and stopping at every one horse town. It was such a long, slow process.

In my mind, you'd have to really want to get somewhere to take a bus. And everyone I've ever known (including me) who takes a bus gets off of it completely exhausted and worn out.

EDIT: Though to be perfectly fair, I just remembered the fact that I had woken up that morning and realized I was getting a cold. So that may have had something to do with it. I don't get colds; I get COLDS. A cold is to me what bronchitis or pneumonia is to other people -- a complication of my asthma.
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby Mike Cash » Tue 05.29.2007 3:22 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:
isn't there a train that travels that besides the shinkansen? I am sure it would be rather affordable and quicker than a bus too.


Nah, I researched all that before posting the bus info.

The savings aren't all that great, the trip takes forever, and there were way too many transfers (to potentially screw up) for me to feel comfortable recommending it to the OP.

Anyway, if the OP is a minor, I have a sneaking suspicion the plans were screwed up to prevent the Tokyo excursion on purpose.
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby clay » Tue 05.29.2007 3:34 pm

I've taken both the overnight bus and overnight train from Fukui to Tokyo. The bus was about 8,000 yen and the train a little over 10,000 yen. I actually slept pretty well on the bus, but it seemed like the train stopped every 10 minutes and I couldn't get much rest.

I'd go for the overnight bus if you are trying to save some yen.
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby AJBryant » Tue 05.29.2007 4:08 pm

And you get to see a lot of "real Japan" as you travel via the bus.


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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby clay » Tue 05.29.2007 4:10 pm

And you get to see a lot of "real Japan" as you travel via the bus.


I didn't see a lot of "real Japan" on the overnight bus. Besides I was leaving real Japan for a Tokyo visit.*

* Apologies to any 江戸っ子 out there.
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby Oracle » Tue 05.29.2007 6:31 pm

The long haul buses are great - I used to travel down from Kanazawa to Tokyo on them. Very comfortable seats, lots of leg room, and videos to watch on the way!

Though once I did get the overnighter from Osaka to Tokyo and it was supposed to arrive at about 7am, from there I was going straight out to Narita to fly back to Australia. Except this time bus had apparently been delayed overnight by ice or snow on the road and we arrived in at around 10am. Completely missed my flight..
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby Gan » Tue 05.29.2007 7:02 pm

I ride the bus every day. It's always late. GRRR
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby clay » Tue 05.29.2007 7:13 pm

theshadowtaker wrote:
I ride the bus every day. It's always late. GRRR


You must NOT be in Japan. You can set your watch by the buses and trains.
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby Dehitay » Tue 05.29.2007 8:25 pm

A part of the JR site said something about shinkansen service being available. However, it's not a very informative site, so I'm not sure exactly which routes are available. But if you had a JR pass, is there a quick way from Osaka to Tokyo via a mix of both kind of trains all paid with the pass?
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby keatonatron » Tue 05.29.2007 8:40 pm

lalaith wrote:
The problem was the process of taking the highway rather than the interstate and stopping at every one horse town. It was such a long, slow process.

In my mind, you'd have to really want to get somewhere to take a bus.


That's because you're talking about buses in America... in Georgia no less! Here they have a direct line that only stops once every hour for potty breaks, and they use the toll roads so there's hardly any traffic.

two_heads_talking wrote:
isn't there a train that travels that besides the shinkansen? I am sure it would be rather affordable and quicker than a bus too.


Shinkansen is just a part of JR, which means it is subject to the same pricing as other JR trains. All JR trains are priced by physical distance travelled, regardless of time. Shinkansen might seem really expensive for such a short trip, but that's because it's going such a long distance. If you look up normal trains going the same distance, the price is almost exactly the same!
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