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    Other Options For Planning Your Train Trip

    By thomas | October 31, 2007

    I received a lot of great comments from readers on the jr-odekake.net post.

    Reader Jethro writes about an English train-scheduling service, hyperdia:

    While I was in Japan studying abroad, I used a very similar website to plan out trips– http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi-english/hyperWeb.cgi

    I’ll have to try out this one too, though!

    ~ Jethro.

    Reader Deas of Rocking in Hakata fame adds:

    Hey there, Thomas. I also use Hyperdia for my train scheduling stuff. It works wonders – and has an English page, which Jethro pointed out. (Though it requires further clarification for some stops since their are homophone names involved and in English you don’t input kanji. I obviously prefer the Japanese end of the site to circumvent that problem.)

    Reader Lee from Tokyo Times sends a tip about another English-language train-schedule site, Train Route Finder:

    There’s also this one too: http://www.jorudan.co.jp/english/norikae/e-norikeyin.html

    Finally, reader/hiker Chris offers another option, good ol’ Yahoo! Japan:

    I’ve always used http://yahoo.co.jp – under 調べる|路線 – it has an option to include plane travel as well, and links to weather and lodging along the way.

    It looks like the jr-odekake site allows you to book online as well. JR had the most brain-damaged online booking system imaginable for a while, which they thankfully decomissioned. Has anyone used this new system yet?

    Thanks for the tips guys!

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    3 Responses to “Other Options For Planning Your Train Trip”

    1. Deas (RockingInHakata.com) Says:
      November 1st, 2007 at 12:38 am

      I guess the one other way I’ve looked up train times is by purchasing the actual bound copy in mini-book form. It’s called the JR時刻表 (JR Jikokuhyou / Timetable). It’s unbelievably helpful to take a hard copy with you, highlighting your estimated timing along the route you’ll take. Take 20 minutes to figure out how to read it, buy a 青春18切符 (Seishyun Jyuuhachi Kippu / Young 18 Ticket) and rock along, improvising as you go. Makes a killer holiday.

    2. thomas Says:
      November 12th, 2007 at 3:25 pm

      Deas: Thanks for the tip! I’ll be posting it up soon. Do you know if they sell copies at most JR stations?

    3. FriedBunny Says:
      November 14th, 2007 at 11:13 am

      Though I can’t wholly attest to its accuracy, Google Transit has a variety of train schedules that you can search and , overlaid on top of their (excellent, I think) maps. Sometimes the routes are a bit goofy, but that’s mostly a matter of taste.

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