Timetable and Route Search by HyperDia
Holding a Japan Rail Pass or Seishun ticket on your hand but still worry about losing in Japan? Use Hyperdia, one of the most useful service offering the route and timetable of the railway and aviation in Japan for your smooth rail trip around this country.
After visiting HyperDia website, you will work with the table on the left of of the page. There are three languages of Japanese, English and Chinese for you to choose.
First of all, you need to to fill in blanks of “From” and “To” with station names. Just type first few letters of station name to get a list of choice. You should be careful when typing the names because they may include a hyphen, slash, space or parenthesis. So if you can not find the mane, try to put these characters. After that, you have to select your trip’s date and time. At the last choice, you can let it “Departure” but can also choose “Arrival” instead if you want to arrive your destination by certain time.
Next, click Search details to search with some conditions. It is fact that JR Pass will not cover private railways or subways so if you use JR Pass, uncheck NOZOMI/MIZUHO/ HAYABUSA (SHINKANSEN), Airplane and Airport Shuttle Bus. In the case using Seishun, uncheck Bullet Train, Airplane, Airport Shuttle Bus, NOZOMI/MIZUHO/ HAYABUSA (SHINKANSEN), Limited Express, Sleeper Limited Express. In the “Order” menu, you can choose among Time, Transfer and Money so that the results will be shown in order from the best by each criteria.
After completing these steps, you can select “Search” to get your result with several suggested routes from which you can find the general information, including total fare, take time, times of transfer and distance, on the very first line of each route. In each route, you can change the class of ticket in the column of Seat fee with three choices. Green seat is the first class, Reserved Seat is the pass degree that you can reserve before purchasing and Unreserved seat is the free seat which is cheaper and does not need to be reserved.
Station timetable, Train timetable and Interval time table are three advanced function you can discover by click these links which lie under station and train names. New window will be opened when you click Station timetable and show all train’s departure time. There are links on all trains which you can click it to get detailed information of the train. Another way to see station’s departure and arrival time of the train, you can directly follow Train timetable link. Interval timetable is the other useful function that you can find other trains in same segment to compare earlier or later train.
To know how economical the JR Pass is, you can compare the total fare of travelling to the Combination fare of 7, 14 or 21 days. The longer you route is, the more you can save with JR Pass. On the other hand, HyperDia offers the Voice application and also the version for Android for easier use by smartphone.