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Tokyo to Osaka: Cheapest and Fastest Transport Options

September 11, 2019


– [Narrator] Osaka is a port town and the second largest
city in Japan after Tokyo. It has a lot in common
with its Kanto neighbor but people here pride themselves in being a bit rough around the edges, more genuine and outgoing
than their Tokyo counterparts. However, getting there can be a hassle and there’s more than a
few means to get there. So to help you on your way, here are the cheapest and
fastest ways from Tokyo to Osaka. If money isn’t an option, then you’re probably
watching the wrong video but the Shinkansen is your fastest and most convenient way to Osaka by far. While it is the most
expensive method on the list, you do have a few options
depending on comfort and how fast you want to get there. The speediest bullet train is the Nozomi at about two hours and 30 minutes. The second fastest is the Hikari. It’ll save you about 310
yen but will also add an extra 30 minutes or
so to your travel time. The slowest is the Kodama at four hours but at a reasonable 10,300 yen. Tickets can be purchased
at most major stations like Tokyo in Shinagawa. Also keep in mind that
the Shinkansen only goes to Shin-Osaka station which
is actually a few hops away from Osaka proper. There’s also an option for those not exactly in a hurry to get there. The Seishun 18 is a seasonal package consisting of five tickets
for five non-consecutive days of unlimited travel for
as little as 11,850 yen, in effect, making each day of
travel cost just 2,370 yen. The catch is that these can only be used on local and rapid JR trains which makes for long journeys and complicated routes. But that can’t be all bad, right? I mean, it can’t be more
than nine hours. (groans) flying into Osaka is also an option although it’s not the most convenient. You can find great budget airlines to Kansai International
Airport like Vanilla Air for 4,631 yen, Peach for 4,441 yen, and Jet Star for 5,585 yen. But you do have to keep in mind the cost of getting
from KIX to Osaka proper but you can check out our sister site, Japan Cheapo for tips on how to do that. Also worth a mention
is Osaka Itami Airport. It’s closer to Osaka station
making it more convenient but ticket prices tend to
be about 5,000 more yen than flying to KIX. A trip by bus probably isn’t
going to be your first choice but there are some great
Cheopo picks that can get you to Osaka for as little as 2,000
yen depending on the season and level of comfort
you’re willing to pay for. At six to nine hours on the road, we definitely recommend
splurging a little on comfort. Day buses tend to be slower due to traffic but a night bus departing
as late as midnight can reach Osaka as early as dawn. Hey, if you like what you just watched, subscribe to our channel
for more videos like them. For more tips and tricks on
getting to Osaka from Tokyo, visit our article at tokyocheapo.com.

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