Tokyo Osaka -
Guide to Tokyo Osaka transport options including the fastest and
cheapest methods for Tokyo Osaka.
Tokyo Osaka By train
Train is the most popular form of travel for the Tokyo Osaka
route. Total travel time via the bullet
is similar to flying, plus there is greater flexibility of travel
times during the day. The cost is similar, but for tourists with the
Japan Rail Pass some of the
services are included free of charge. Note the
bullet train does not run during the
night and there are no other night trains operating the Tokyo Osaka
From Tokyo, Nozomi (のぞみ) trains cover the
one way ride in about 2 1/4 hours (¥14050); Hikari (ひかり) trains take
3 hours and all-stopping Kodama (こだま) trains take 4 hours (both
¥13750). With the Japan Rail Pass,
there is no charge to take the
if you use the Hikari or Kodama service.
Shinkansen trains arrive at
Shin-Osaka Station to the north of the
city center. Connect to the center with the Midosuji subway line.
Tokyo Osaka by
Most domestic flights go from Haneda Airport Tokyo
to Osaka's northern
Itami Airport (ITM), connected to
the city by the Osaka Monorail.
Tokyo Osaka By bus
Overnight highway buses from Tokyo and other areas can get you to
Osaka for significantly less than a
Osaka is a major city, there are many daytime
and overnight buses which run between
Osaka and other locations throughout Japan,
which can result in significant savings when compared to
The JR Bus Group is a major operator of the
routes from the Tokyo area to Kansai. Buses operate via the Tomei
Tokyo Station) or the Chuo Expressway (to/from
Other bus companies offer trips between Tokyo and Osaka, but it
should be pointed out that seat reservations for JR Buses can be
made in train stations at the same "Midori-no-Madoguchi" ticket
windows used to reserve seats on trains. Moreover, the
Japan Rail Pass is valid on ALL JR buses operating from the Tokyo area to
Osaka. (Note that the pass is NOT valid on buses to/from Yokohama.)
From Tokyo, buses run to and from
Osaka in approximately 8 to 8 1/2 hours. Major
bus locations are as follows:
Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit (東京駅八重洲口), with a few buses discharging
at the Nihombashi Exit (東京駅日本橋口)
Station New South Exit (新宿駅新南口)
Station Sakura-bashi Exit (大阪駅桜橋口)
All buses that run from Tokyo Osaka, with the exception of one
route, are double-decker buses and can be classified under the
following three categories, in order of price:
Seishun (Youth) buses: While not exactly targeted at "youth", these
are the budget-conscious buses on the route. Seats are narrow with
four per row in a 2x2 configuration and limited recline. Some of the
cheapest buses offer extremely limited amenities. A toilet is
located on the first floor of most buses.
Standard buses: These are the regular buses, which offer seats with
increased width and footrests. They are arranged three per aisle in
a 1x1x1 configuration. Blankets are provided on evening routes.
Premium buses: Recently introduced, these buses are the luxury
members of the route. The seats are bigger, and the buses seat less
people than the others. In addition to the extra room, there is also
air filtration and a closed-circuit camera system. On the top floor,
seats are equipped with FM radios and are arranged three per row in
a 1x1x1 configuration. More expansive first floor seating (of which
there is only four seats) incurs an additional surcharge... but you
do get your own television. Blankets and toiletries are provided in
all seats on evening routes.
The following services are available: (Current as of September,
Daytime buses from Tokyo
One daily departure on the Tomei from Tokyo Station (9:30) and Osaka
Station (9:40). ¥4300 each way.
Four daily departures on the Tomei from Tokyo Station (6:50,
8:30, 13:10, 14:10) and Osaka Station (6:10, 7:40, 8:40, 14:10). One
bus picks up passengers at Shinjuku Station (7:30). On Fridays,
weekends and holidays, there are additional departures from Tokyo
(10:10, 12:10) and Osaka (10:10, 12:10). ¥6000 each way; ¥5000 if
purchased 5 days in advance on most departures.
Two daily departures on the Chuo from Shinjuku Station (9:40, 11:40)
and Osaka Station (9:20, 12:40). ¥6000 each way; ¥5000 if purchased
5 days in advance on most departures.
One daily departure from Yokohama Station at 9:00, with the return
bus leaving Osaka Station at 10:50. ¥6000 each way; ¥4500 if
purchased 21 days in advance on select Monday-Thursday departures.
 Premium Bus
One daily departure on the Tomei from Tokyo Station and Osaka
Station at 11:10 in each direction. First floor ¥7300 each way,
second floor ¥6700 each way; ¥6030 if purchased 21 days in advance
on select Monday-Thursday departures.
Nighttime buses from Tokyo
The nighttime bus service from Tokyo to Kansai is called Dream.
This route name has several variants.
Seishun Dream Bus
The Seishun Dream Osaka runs on the Tomei Expressway. Two daily
departures from Tokyo Station (22:00, 23:50) and Osaka Station
(22:20, 23:00). Buses to Osaka also leave from Shin-Kiba Station in
Odaiba (21:10) and Ueno Station (23:10). On Fridays, weekdays and
holidays, an additional departure from Tokyo (23:20) and Osaka
(23:40). ¥5000 each way; ¥4500 if purchased 5 days in advance on
The Seishun Chuo Dream runs on the Chuo Expressway. One daily
departure from Shinjuku Station (22:30 and Osaka Station (23:20). On
Fridays, weekends and holidays, an additional departure from
Shinjuku (23:30) and Osaka (23:50). ¥5000 each way; ¥4500 if
purchased 5 days in advance on most departures.
The next two are for the extremely brave and budget-conscious, as
they are the two least expensive journeys on the Tokyo-Osaka bus
The Seishun Mega Dream is, size-wise, the largest bus run on the
route. The service is operated on the Tomei Expressway by a huge,
four axle bus crammed with 84 seats... all with no armrests and no
recline, although there is room on the first floor for a toilet. One
daily departure from Tokyo Station (23:00) and Osaka Station
(22:40). ¥4300 each way if purchased on day of departure. If
purchased one day in advance, ¥4000 for Friday, weekend and holiday
departures, ¥3500 for all other days.
The Super Youth Bus is on the Chuo Expressway utilizing a
single-level bus (compared to the other double-decker buses). An
ordinary gaijin, however, might scoff at the conditions: Seats are
stacked four wide, sometimes five wide if a passenger sits in an
auxiliary seat placed across the center aisle of the bus. With all
of these seats crammed into so little space, there is no room for
large baggage and no room for even a toilet, although the bus does
make four 15-minute rest stops during the journey. Therefore, for
the brave, there is one daily departure from Shinjuku Station
(21:30) and Osaka Station (21:40). ¥4300 each way if purchased on
day of departure. If purchased one day in advance, ¥4000 for Friday,
weekend and holiday departures, ¥3500 for all other days.
The Dream Osaka runs on the Tomei Expressway. Three daily departures
from Tokyo Station (two buses at 22:10, one at 23:59) and Osaka
Station (22:10, 23:20, 23:50). On Fridays, weekdays and holidays,
two additional departures from Tokyo (22:50, 23:30) and Osaka
(21:50, 22:30). The additional buses from Tokyo make stops at Shin-Kiba
station in Odaiba (22:10), Ueno Station (23:00) and Shinagawa
The Ladies Dream Osaka is a special bus for women only, running from
Tokyo Station (23:00) and Osaka Station (23:10).
The Chuo Dream Osaka runs on the Chuo Expressway. Two daily
departures from Shinjuku Station (22:40, 23:40) and Osaka Station
(23:00, 23:40). On Fridays, weekends and holidays, an additional
departure from Shinjuku (22:10) and Osaka (23:00).
For the above routes: ¥7300 each way for Monday-Thursday departures;
¥8610 each way for Friday, weekday and holiday departures. ¥1000
discount on most departures if ticket is purchased 5 days in
The Harbor Line Bus departs daily from Yokohama Station at 22:30,
with the return bus leaving Osaka Station at 22:20. ¥8230 one way;
¥5350 if purchased 21 days in advance on select Monday-Thursday
The Premium Dream runs on the Tomei Expressway. One daily departure
from Tokyo Station and Osaka Station at 23:30 in each direction. On
Fridays, weekdays and holidays, an additional departure from Tokyo
(22:20) and Osaka (22:50). First floor ¥9910 each way, second floor
¥9310 each way; ¥8380 if purchased 21 days in advance on select
 Other bus operators
Another bus provider on the Tokyo-Osaka route is 123bus, offering
multiple departures with off-peak fares starting from ¥3900 each
way. An advantage over the JR Buses is that the 123bus website
offers bus descriptions and booking services in English. However,
many services from this company do not allow you to carry large
luggage (e.g. suitcases) with you. It is best to confirm with the
company whether or not there will be space for luggage before making
There are ferry services from Osaka to Busan (South Korea) three times
a week and Shanghai (China) twice weekly.
Osaka International Ferry Terminal
Located at Nankō (南港) in the Osaka Bay Area. To reach the port, take
the New Tram from Suminoe-koen station to Nankōguchi (南港口).
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