Osaka to Tokyo – Bullet Train
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Osaka and Tokyo is less than 3 hours apart when travelling via bullet train, which makes it a really popular option to visit both cities on one trip.
And that’s exactly what I did.
All the Shinkansen bullet trains depart from Shin-Osaka Station. You can reach here by using the subway/rail system, which is both convenient and cheap.
I already booked my ticket beforehand, and I advice you do the same to get the best price possible.
I took the Nozomi train, which is the fastest one to Tokyo. The journey time is 2 hours and 30 minutes. But the slower option is only half an hour more, and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass. (If you’re travelling to many places in Japan then I dive you get the rail pass to save a lot of money)
Not every Shinkansen route has on board dining options, and I wasn’t sure if mine had one. Which was the perfect excuse to go shop for a beautifully presented bento box at the station.
There’s a lot of stores selling various bento boxes at the main concourse area as well as after the train gates.
I got myself a green tea drink, a bento box and a pork Katsu sandwich. You can watch the video above to see what they all look like.
Arriving to Tokyo Station will present a bit of a challenge for most travellers visiting for the first time. You’ll most likely need to transfer to local rail lines to get into the part of Tokyo you want.
But the station is MASSIVE with over 20 tracks.
It can feel a bit like a maze, even with a map at hand. However Google maps will be your best bet when navigating your way around Tokyo’s subway system.