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Hi all, I am new to this forum.
I need to get from Narita Airport to Amagasaki on Monday Oct 23.
How can I best do this with my JR pass?
Thank you.


  • I don't know your final exact station, but for example if it were Amagasaki Station, you'd need to first activate your pass at Narita Airport, make seat reservations for the N'Ex, then follow this route:


    For better results, you can change the departure time to when you're leaving and also the closest station to where you are going. Expect the whole trip to take just over 4½ hours.

    Best of luck.

  • Don't use Hyperdia. Their logic is out of date. No Japanese use it. Use Jorudan, the number one planner among Japanese. Their algorithm is much better. For example, do not transfer from a Narita Express train to a Shinkansen train at Tokyo. It is much harder compared with the transfer at Shinagawa. Jorudan has the dedicated planner for the rail pass. Google Maps adopts Jorudan, but not for the rail pass. A set of Google Maps for general and the Jorudan rail pass planner is the current best.

  • It really makes no difference if you board the bullet train at Tokyo Station or Shinagawa.
    Most people (me included) find Hyperdia far more user friendly. As long as you use the More Options to customize the results for your needs. But do whichever suits you better.
  • Are you serious?

    Tokyo station is a set of three stations. There are three platforms called #1 in Tokyo station. Narita Express arrives at Sobu Line (Underground platform) #1-#4 at the west side in the Basement Level 5. Tokaido, San-yo Shinkansen departs from Shinkansen platforms #14-#19 at the east side on the ground level.

    Shinagawa station has a much simpler structure. Moreover, Narita Express platforms #13-14 are neighboring to Shinkansen platforms #21-#24.

    Hyperdia suggests a transfer at Tokyo as their No.1. That is why many Japanese do not use Hyperdia. I admit most English speakers have been using Hyperdia. But at the same time, it has introduced them into inadequate routes and troubles. It is rather a crime.

    Hyperdia is Windows XP. Jorudan is Windows 7. Google Maps is Windows 10. We could customize XP more than 10. Some people still love XP, but XP is obsolete. I propose not to stick to an old tool.
  • I've never had any problems going through Tokyo Stn - like every other big Japanese station, there are signs in English that easily tell you where to go for the shinkansen and other things. Never any problem at all. Navigating Shinjuku would be a different story.
    Whether the OP goes to Tokyo or Shinagawa, he can easily get his train.
    As for Hyperdia, I couldn't care less if it's on a Commodore 64. I care about getting fast, accurate info, tailored as I need - and over years and years it has never steered me wrong, nor any of the hundreds of travelers I've met. It's especially good for rail pass users (JR, Kintetsu, etc) - you can omit what you don't need, see exactly what platform you get off from and go to for a transfer, I can see what trains are JR and which are not, check fares for unreserved, reserved and green seats all at once, and customize everything - so many things Jorudan can't. I get everything I want, and can omit everything I don't want. And not have to scroll down endlessly like Jorudan.
    My only real gripe with Hyperdia is that it lumps in Hayabusa trains with Mizuho ones, so going through Tokyo northwards is more trouble with a pass. This doesn't impact most people though.

    If you are happy with Jorudan, that's your preference. Use which you like.
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