Home curvaceous at the entrance of the Shinkansen, Japan's high-speed train.
The search engine offers Hyperdia select a metro ticket or train depending on many criteria.
Always One Train Ahead
Schedules, connections, prices... Hyperdia is the essential tool for train travel in Japan.
The fastest way from Nagasaki to Kagoshima through Fukuoka? The least expensive train from Sendai to Nikko? The correspondences between the Tôzai Hibiya subway lines and the Kayabacho station (Tokyo)?
Do not panic: all these issues are what every traveler to Japan feared, until now, where they can be answered on Hyperdia!
Hyperdia - is available in English - is very simple to use, especially for such a dense and complicated rail network, as is the Japanese network:
- Fill in the fields "from", and "to" - the station names are suggested by Hyperdia according to the typed letters. Please note some names can be misleading, and / or designate various locations (eg typing Kobe, we get 5 stations), and others contain spaces, parentheses or hyphens.
- Specify the dates and times of departure or arrival and the number of results desired (Max routes).
- Click on "search details" to specify the type of line you want to use (Airplane, Express, local train, Shinkansen ...). Note that you must un-tick the checkbox "Nozomi / Mizuho" if you are using a Japan Rail Pass because these ultra-fast lines are not included in the pass.
Understanding your search
Once you hit "search", the search results appear, ordered by time (the earliest to the latest), with:
- at the top: travel time, the number of changes, the price (with the ticket for Shinkansen fare + seat reservation)
- Below, details of the trip (stations, timetables)
- The ability to check all schedules of each station (by clicking on "Train timetable")
- The ability to display a map of the area of each station (by clicking "Map", on the right)
Hyperdia on your mobile device
Hyperdia is valid for all networks of Japan Railway, private railways, and also the bus and subway lines in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo ...
It also assesses, before departure, the price of train connections and thus allowing you to decide accordingly whether to acquire a Japan Rail Pass (which provides free travel on all JR lines for a specified period) or not.
It is also available as an application for iPhones and Androids (but it is only valid for free for 30 days), with a sometimes useful feature: voice mode ("Hyperdia by voice").