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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby clay » Tue 05.29.2007 8:40 pm

When we went, I believe the only restriction was we couldn't ride the Nozomi lines. But that was several years ago.
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby Dehitay » Tue 05.29.2007 8:49 pm

clay wrote:
When we went, I believe the only restriction was we couldn't ride the Nozomi lines. But that was several years ago.


By any chance, is there another shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka?
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby chikara » Tue 05.29.2007 9:11 pm

Dehitay wrote:
By any chance, is there another shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka?

All three types of Shinkansen run on the Toukaidou Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. The Nozomi is the fastest and is excluded from travel using a JR Pass. You can ride the slower Hikari and the even slower Kodama Shinkansen trains using a JR Pass.

As a matter of interest I used this websiteto plan my rail travel for my last visit to Japan.
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby AJBryant » Tue 05.29.2007 9:57 pm

Man, nostalgia time. Talking shinks got me waxing nostalgic, and I found myself whistling the Shink bell music. Man, I miss that sound. And, oddly, I miss that woman's voice -- though she's probably 60 now.

Revel in this website's geekiness for its devotion to train bells and announcements.

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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby flammable hippo » Tue 05.29.2007 10:06 pm

And, oddly, I miss that woman's voice -- though she's probably 60 now.


That's the same woman who gives the instructions and asks the questions for the JLPT lol.
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby Oracle » Tue 05.29.2007 11:39 pm

AJBryant wrote:
Man, nostalgia time. Talking shinks got me waxing nostalgic, and I found myself whistling the Shink bell music. Man, I miss that sound. And, oddly, I miss that woman's voice -- though she's probably 60 now.


Tony, no need to fantasize about what she looks like anymore! here's a photo and voice recording for old times sake. :)
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby AJBryant » Wed 05.30.2007 3:17 am

THAT'S HER!!!

That's not a bad photo. Knowing Japanese PR companies, it's probably only about a ten-year-old photo, too. ;)


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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby Mike Cash » Wed 05.30.2007 5:59 am

Dehitay wrote:
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?


Check out http://www.ekikara.jp

[url=http://www.ekikara.jp/cgi-bin/route.cgi?incode=27127021&intext=%91%E5%8D%E3&outcode=13101011&outtext=%93%8C%8B%9E&month=200705&day=30&hour=18&min=49&arrive=&way=first&utrexprs=on&max=5&sort=&half=on&cut=on&direct=on&x=30&y=15]
Non-shinkansen options
[/url] range from 6 hours 59 minutes to 9 hours 36 minutes, with between 2 and 7 transfers. Prices (one way) range from 8,510 yen to 14,820.

See why I didn't recommend any of them?

[url=http://www.ekikara.jp/cgi-bin/route.cgi?incode=27127021&intext=%91%E5%8D%E3&outcode=13101011&outtext=%93%8C%8B%9E&month=200705&day=30&hour=18&min=49&arrive=&way=first&max=5&sort=&half=on&cut=on&direct=on&x=49&y=7]
Options with no express trains of any sort
[/url] range from 9 hours and 36 minutes to 14 hours and 44 minutes, with between 7 and 12 transfers. Prices (one way) range from 8,510 yen to 9,030 yen.

The night bus has either option beat hands down.
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby two_heads_talking » Wed 05.30.2007 10:39 am

Mike Cash wrote:
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.


Aha, I had not realized there would be many transfers. For some reason I had envisioned a straitshot train ride that mirrored the shinkansen, like an access road mirrors an highway..
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby two_heads_talking » Wed 05.30.2007 10:41 am

clay wrote:
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.


boy is that true..
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby lalaith » Wed 05.30.2007 11:25 am

Mike Cash wrote:
Anyway, if the OP is a minor, I have a sneaking suspicion the plans were screwed up to prevent the Tokyo excursion on purpose.

According to her profile, the OP was born in 1984, so not a minor.

two_heads_talking wrote:
clay wrote:
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.


boy is that true..

Wasn't there a horrible train accident because the engineer was a minute or two behind and had sped up to get back on schedule? I've got that item floating in around in my head & I remember it as being in Japan though I don't recall any more details.
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby rizu » Wed 05.30.2007 11:38 am

Wow. This thread took an interesting turn.

Thanks for the information everyone. If an overnight on the bus is $78 (approx.) then I just might be able to ration my money to get it done. If not, it's okay.

Mike Cash wrote:


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


And Mike, I'm 23, but if you were basing my apparent age on my avatar then I must say thank you and I'm flattered that someone out there thinks I am 18 or younger (Though I know the pic in the avatar is small and hard to see....). ^_~
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby two_heads_talking » Wed 05.30.2007 12:55 pm

I doubt Mike was basing it on your avatar.. I only base my assumption on Mike's record of prior posts..
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby rizu » Wed 05.30.2007 2:39 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:
I doubt Mike was basing it on your avatar.. I only base my assumption on Mike's record of prior posts..


Ah, oh well. A girl can dream.

Anyway, thanks again everyone for the information. It was very helpful and I'm going to see what I can do once in Japan.
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RE: Osako to Tokyo and back

Postby Mike Cash » Wed 05.30.2007 3:20 pm

I wasn't making any assumption about age at all. I was merely offering conjecture. I don't read new member introductions, and it takes quite a while before I bother to actually remember any personal info about individuals that one could ordinarily be expected to pick up from reading their posts.

Actually, even at 23 I wouldn't be surprised if the plans were "screwed up" on purpose.
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