Shin-Osaka Station

Shin-Osaka Station


Shin-Osaka Station is one of several major train stations servicing Osaka. Not to be mistaken with Osaka Station, Shin-Osaka Station is the terminus for both the Tokaido Shinkansen – running east to Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo – and the San’yo Shinkansen – running west to Okayama, Hiroshima and onto Hakata. On this page you will find the following information:

Shinkansen Services to / from Shin-Osaka

Other Train Lines / Services to Central Japan

Getting to / from Kansai Airport

Reaching Nagano from Shin-Osaka

Rail Passes Covering Travel to Osaka

Purchasing & Activating a JR Pass

Shin-Osaka Tourist Information

Accommodation In & Around the Station

Where to Stay When Visiting Osaka

40 Things to Do in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka

How to Get to Osaka

Plan Your Visit to Japan

Private Charters & Tours in Central Japan

It is important to note that the following information is intended for visitors coming through Shin-Osaka enroute to Nagano and Central Japan. It only touches the surface of everything we could cover about the station and does not include information about train lines running to other regions, but for visitors heading to and from our home region of Central Japan, we hope it assists in making your transfer there, as easy and smooth as possible.

The station is a stop on the Limited Express Thunderbird service which connects the city to Tsuruga near the Sea of Japan coast. As the northern terminus of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line – running from Tsuruga to Tokyo via Nagano and Kanazawa – Tsuruga has become an important stop when heading to Nagano and Central Japan. Similarly, Nagoya Station acts as another hub, directly accessible from Shin-Osaka and from where you can head into Central Japan.



Shin-Osaka is the terminus of two shinkansen lines – the Tokaido Shinkansen and the San’yo Shinkansen. Running from Shin-Osaka Station to Tokyo Station, the Tokaido Shinkansen runs east toward Central Japan, connecting with the Hokuirku Shinkansen – bound for Tsuruga via Nagano – at Tokyo; while the San’yo Shinkansen runs from Shin-Osaka to Hakata (Fukuoka) via major stops including Shin-Kobe, Okayama and Hiroshima:



Running from Shin-Osaka Station to Tokyo Station via Kyoto and Nagoya, the Tokaido Shinkansen includes the following stops:

Shin-Osaka / Kyoto / Maibara / Gifu-Hachiman / Nagoya / Mikawa-Anjo / Toyohashi / Hamamatsu / Kakegawa / Shizuoka / Shin-Fuji / Mishima / Atami / Odawara / Shin-Yokohama / Shinagawa / Tokyo


There are three services on the Tokaido Shinkansen – the ‘Nozomi’, ‘Hikari’ and ‘Kodama’. Nozomi is the fastest but is not covered by the Japan Rail (JR) Pass. The Hikari service is and is substantially faster than Kodama services, meaning that when using the Tokaido Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka, we recommend using the Hikari service. From Shin-Osaka, you can reach the following stations: Kyoto in 15 to 20 minutes, Nagoya 50 to 70 minutes and Tokyo 150 to 175 minutes (depending on which service you choose). Refer to our ‘Tokaido Shinkansen Timetable’ page for the daily schedule. The Japan Rail (JR) Pass covers services on the Tokaido Shinkansen – other than the Nozomi.



Running from Shin-Osaka Station to Hakata Station (Fukuoka), the San’yo Shinkansen includes the following stops:

Shin-Osaka / Shin-Kobe / Nishi-Akashi / Himeji / Aioi / Okayama / Shin-Kurashiki / Fukuyama / Shin-Onomichi / Mihara / Higashi-Hiroshima / Hiroshima / Shin-Iwakuni / Tokyuama / Shin-Yamaguchi / Asa / Shin-Shimonoseki / Kokura / Hakata (Fukuoka)


There are five services on the San’yo Shinkansen line – the ‘Nozomi’, ‘Mizuho’, ‘Hikari’, ‘Sakura’ and ‘Kodama’. The Nozomi and Mizuho services are the fastest but are not completely covered by the JR Pass. The other three services are however covered with the Hikari and Sakura services being notably faster than the Kodama. From Shin-Osaka, you can reach the following stations: Shin-Kobe  in only 12 minutes, Himeji in around 30 minutes, Okayama in around 45 minutes, Hiroshima in 85 minutes and Hakata in as little as 150 minutes (depending on the service you choose). The Japan Rail (JR) Pass covers services on the San’yo Shinkansen – other than the Nozomi and Mizuho.



Running from Osaka Station followed by Shin-Osaka Station and onto Tsuruga Station – via Kyoto – the Limited Express Thunderbird is a rapid service which connects the city to Japan’s north coast. While this isn’t a shinkansen service, it is a fast, convenient and comfortable way to access the Hokuriku Shinkansen, which can take you further to Kanazawa and Nagano. The Thunderbird service includes the following stops:

Osaka / Shin-Osaka / Takatsuki / Kyoto / Katata / Omi-Imazu / Tsuruga


*Please note, stations marked in bold/red on the map are stops on all services. Those not marked in bold are only serviced by certain services throughout the day.

The Thunderbird is covered by the full Japan Rail (JR) Pass and Japan Rail (JR) Hokuriku Arch Pass. From Shin-Osaka Station to Tsuruga Station takes approximately 80 minutes and costs JPY5,100. Refer to our ‘Limited Express Thunderbird Timetable’ page for the daily schedule.



For visitors flying in or out of Kansai International Airport, Shin-Osaka Station can be reached directly using the Limited Express Haruka. The line runs from the airport to Shin-Osaka and onto Kyoto Station. The service includes both reserved and non-reserved seating. From the airport to Shin-Osaka Station takes around 50 minutes and costs JPY3,120 for a reserved seat and JPY2,590 for a non-reserved seat. If you are headed to Nagano / Central Japan from the airport, this will be the most convenient airport service to use to reach Shin-Osaka and then proceed with your onward travel to Nagano.



From Shin-Osaka Station, visitors have three options for reaching Nagano. All options take around 4 to 4.5 hours:



The Limited Express Thunderbird connects Shin-Osaka Station to Tsuruga, the terminus of the Hokuriku Shinkansen. From Tsuruga, the Hokuriku Shinkansen Service can be used to reach Kanazawa, Nagano, and Tokyo, as well as many other stops along the way. While Nagano can be reached directly from Tsuruga, a stop at historic Kanazawa along the way is highly recommended. Frequent services run between Shin-Osaka and Tsuruga, with the journey costing JPY5,100 and taking around 80 minutes. Once in Tsuruga, switch to the Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Nagano (and passing Kanazawa on the way). There are four services on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line – the Kagayaki, Hakutaka, Asama and Tsurugi – however only the Kagayaki and Hakuata services connect Tsuruga and Nagano. Using the Kagayaki, the journey from Tsuruga to Nagano takes 2.5 Hours / JPY13,320 (for free seating) or 2 Hours / JPY14,250 (for reserved seating) using the Hakutaka.



The Tokaido Shinkansen connects Shin-Osaka, Kyoto and many other stops including Nagoya before terminating in Tokyo. To access Nagano and Central Japan via Nagoya, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Nagoya Station – 50 min / JPY6,870 from Shin-Osaka Station. Once in Nagoya, switch to the Limited Express Shinano bound for Nagano – a journey of around 3 hours / JPY7,460.



The final option is to take the Tokaido Shinkansen all the way to Tokyo Station from Shin-Osaka – 150 to 175 min / JPY15,120 (time taken depends on which service you choose). Once in Tokyo, switch to the Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Nagano – 90 to 110 minutes / JPY8,000-9,000 (depending on which service you choose) All listed services are covered by the Japan Rail (JR) Pass. The Japan Rail (JR) Hokuriku Arch Pass will cover the first option including the Hokuriku Shinakansen– via Kanazawa – but does not cover the Tokaido Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Tokyo – included in the second and third options.



There is no escaping the fact that travel using the shinkansen is expensive. Given the speed and distances covered by these trains, travelers should think of them much like taking a flight, with tickets accordingly priced. International visitors to Japan have the option of purchasing one of several passes which allow for unlimited use on many services, starting with the full pass:



Covering all 9 shinkansen lines in Japan and many other train services, the JR Pass is a great option for visitors planning to use the shinkansen more than a handful of times and/or travel large distances. Travelers have the option of 7, 14 and 21-day passes covering either Ordinary or Ordinary and Green Cars. The JR Pass includes use of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line – other than Nozomi services – at no additional cost but noting that should holders wish to have a reserved seat, they are still required to book a seat at the ticket office (at no additional cost).



Valid for 7 consecutive days from date of activation, the Hokuriku Arch Pass covers train services from Tokyo – including trains from both Narita and Haneda Airports – to Nagano and Kanazawa and then onto Kyoto, Osaka and Kansai Airport. For many international visitors, this pass covers the majority of their intended destinations as the they follow the most popular tourist route from Tokyo to Kanazawa and onto Kyoto and Osaka. Notably cheaper than the full JR Pass, the Hokuriku Arch Pass offers fantastic convenience and savings. Please note, this pass does not cover the Tokaido Shinkansen running from Shin-Osaka Station to Tokyo Station.



Passes can be purchased via the official website or via a JR-affiliated overseas sales office. Once you have completed payment, you will receive an exchange order. This is a proof of payment and looks almost like a flight ticket with your personal details, type of pass, and validity (three months from the date of issue). It is important to note that the exchange order is not your actual pass and will need to be exchanged for your pass once in Japan. Whatever you do, do not lose the exchange order and prioritise exchanging it for your pass when you arrive.

Prior to using your pass, you must actually get your hands on it by exchanging the order/proof of purchase you received online. This can be done a numerous JR Pass Exchange Offices found at any major train station or airport, including Kansai International Airport serving Osaka, Chubu Centrair International Airport serving Nagoya, along with Narita Airport and Haneda Airport serving Tokyo. While at Shin-Osaka Station, passes can also be exchanged/activated at these offices:

— Travel Service Center Shin-Osaka: 08:00 to 22:00

— Ticket Office JR West: 05:30 to 23:30

— Ticket Office JR Central: 05:30 to 23:00

— Nippon Travel Agency TiS Shin-Osaka Branch: 0900 to 20:30 (20:00 on weekends & holidays)

— JR Tokai Tours Shin-Osaka Office: 06:00 to 20:30 (19:00 on weekends & holidays)

To exchange/activate your pass you will need your exchange order and passport. Make sure you allow adequate time to exchange and activate your pass if you are intending to use it on the same day or do so a day or two before you plan to start using it (you can always nominate a later activation date). Once you have your activated pass you are free to ride however you can’t insert your pass into the ticket gates. Simply walk through the side booth (permanently attended by station staff) and show your pass. You will be waved through and you can make your way to the platform.


The Shin-Osaka Tourist Information Center is located in front of the Central Exit and attached to the Travel Service Center Shin-Osaka. Open daily from 08:00 to 22:00, full-time English, Chinese and Korean-speaking staff are on-hand to assist with general any tourism, accommodation and transport-related enquiries.


Visitors coming through Shin-Osaka Station might want to consider staying in or nearby the station. As one of Japan’s major train stations, there are many options surrounding the station including hotels directly accessible from inside the station – a great option to avoid having to carry luggage with you and when using the shinkansen to move to and from Osaka including Kansai International Airport. For hotel bookings in and around the station, see our ‘Shin-Osaka Station Area’ hotel page.



Osaka offers travellers a huge range of accommodation dotted throughout the city. To make your time there as easy as possible, we recommend choosing a hotel or guesthouse nearby a major train station, allowing you to move around the city and beyond with ease. Our ‘Where To Stay In Osaka & Kansai International Airport?’ page listed the best areas including accommodation listings.



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Shin-Osaka Station is just one part of Japan’s fantastic rail network. Unfathomable in its size and efficiency, moving around the country by train is easy and comfortable opening-up all regions of Japan for exploration. Our ‘Plan Your Visit’ page has everything you need to know about visiting Japan – from tips on the best time to travel, times to avoid, entering and exiting the country, money matters, staying connected, accommodation, staying safe and healthy and plenty more to ensure that you get the most out of your time here.


As Japan’s second largest city – first in the size of its personality – Osaka is packed with sights to see and things to do. From eating delicious Takoyaki to gazing in awe at Osaka Castle, our locally based guides are ready to give you an experience you won’t soon forget in a city teeming with life.

Our main tour in Osaka is this great walking tour which includes visits to several historical places, including Osaka Castle and some beautiful temples. You will also have the chance to try your hand at making ukiyo-e (woodblock art), just like the print masters of old once did. While Osaka is famous for its nightlife, this tour will show you how much more Osaka has to offer.

We are also glad to offer personalized tours, with an itinerary designed just for your group. If you are interested in discussing a private tour, please inquire through the button at the bottom of the page and we will get in contact with you as soon as possible!


Our fleet of private charter vehicles is ready and waiting to bring you to Osaka from the Central Japan region! While the drive may be long, for groups with lots of luggage, large numbers, or who are staying off the beaten path, it is often easier to charter a private vehicle and make use of the door-to-door convenience that brings. For information about booking a private charter, please look HERE.

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