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To travel to Nagoya from Tokyo, you can take the bullet train, airplane, highway bus, or rental car. We have compared the cost, travel time, and convenience of these transportation methods and examined the pros and cons of using each.

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Ways To Travel From Tokyo To Nagoya! A Thorough Comparison

Nagoya, located midway between Tokyo and Osaka, is one of Japan's three major cities, following Tokyo and Osaka.

The city offers many attractions such as Nagoya Castle, renowned as one of Japan's finest castles, and the immensely popular Ghibli Park, which can be reached by public transportation from Nagoya within an hour.

To travel to Nagoya from Tokyo, you can take the bullet train, airplane, highway bus, or rental car. We have compared the cost, time, and convenience of these transportation methods and examined the pros and cons of using each.

How to Get to Nagoya From Tokyo

1. By Shinkansen: Convenient and Quick
2. By Airplane: Shortest Travel Time
3. By Highway Bus: The Cheapest Way
4. By Rental Car for More Freedom
Other Tips: Accommodation and WiFi

1. From Tokyo to Nagoya by Shinkansen: Convenient and Quick

Ways To Travel From Tokyo To Nagoya! A Thorough Comparison

The Shinkansen bullet train on the Tokaido Line operates frequently from early morning onward from Tokyo to Nagoya. A Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya Station costs between 10,000 to 15,000 yen and takes around 2 hours.

The seats are comfortable, making the journey enjoyable. Additionally, Nagoya Station serves as a convenient hub for reaching various destinations, minimizing travel time wastage. Although the cost is higher compared to other transportation options, the benefits you receive are well worth the price.

You can easily book your Tokyo - Nagoya Shinkansen tickets online. Moreover, if you're using a Japan Rail Pass for Whole Japan, the Shinkansen ride to Nagoya is covered by the pass.

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Reserved seats need to be booked in advance, so you don't have to worry about not finding a spot. If you have a set travel date and time and want to ride stress-free, this method is highly recommended. For those who want to enjoy the magnificent view of Mount Fuji, you can directly select the seats with a view of Mount Fuji when booking online through Klook, and there's no additional charge! (For more details, please check the official website)
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2. From Tokyo to Nagoya by Airplane: Shortest Travel Time

Ways To Travel From Tokyo To Nagoya! A Thorough Comparison

When traveling from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Chubu Centrair International Airport near Nagoya, the one-way fare ranges from 7,000 to 25,000 yen. Surprisingly, if booked in advance, the airfare can be cheaper than the Shinkansen, which is quite appealing.

Moreover, with a flight duration of about one hour, it's a delight for those who find sitting for long periods challenging.

However, from Chubu Centrair International Airport to Nagoya Station, it takes at least around 30 minutes to reach central Nagoya. Considering waiting times at the airport, transfers between the airport and the station, the total travel time ends up being longer than the Shinkansen, involving more effort and cost.

Furthermore, with only three flights per day from Haneda Airport to Chubu Centrair International Airport, the limited flight frequency means that convenience is lacking, so caution is necessary.

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3. Tokyo to Nagoya by Highway Bus: The Cheapest Way

Ways To Travel From Tokyo To Nagoya! A Thorough Comparison

The highway bus from Tokyo to Nagoya costs between 2,200 and 13,500 yen, with its affordability being its main allure. Additionally, since the bus arrives at Nagoya Station, access after disembarking is convenient.

Highway buses typically operate during the night. By turning travel time into sleep time, one can save on accommodation costs and avoid wasting time. The travel time is usually between 5 to 7 hours.

While there used to be a perception of highway buses being cramped, some bus companies provide spacious seats, blankets, mini pillows, lumbar pillows, slippers, toothbrushes, and other amenities.

However, since it involves a long ride, those prone to motion sickness should prepare motion sickness remedies.

Tokyo to Nagoya by Rental Car for More Freedom

Ways To Travel From Tokyo To Nagoya! A Thorough Comparison

Using a rental car for travel via the Tomei Expressway is also an option to consider.

The toll fees for using the expressway range from 5,400 to 7,320 yen, in addition to the rental car charges. If there are many passengers, this option can be more cost-effective than any other mode of transportation. The travel time is approximately 4 hours.

Having multiple drivers can reduce both the burden and the costs, and the flexibility to make side trips as desired is also a benefit. However, there are risks such as unexpected delays due to traffic, getting lost, or accidents on unfamiliar roads, so caution is necessary.

MATCHA's readers can use a 10% discount voucher for renting a car from Nippon Rent-a-Car, one of the largest rental car services in Japan.

Enjoy your journey between Tokyo and Nagoya as you choose the best way to travel according to your preferences and schedule.

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Other Tips: Book Accommodation and WiFi

If you've already booked your train or airplane tickets for Nagoya, you'll also probably want to look for hotels.

You can find good accommodation at convenient prices by using Booking.com.

In addition, in Japan, the availability of free Wi-Fi is limited. For visitors to Japan, renting a pocket Wi-Fi during your travels can be very convenient. MATCHA offers a coupon for Ninja-Wifi, which allows you to enjoy a 20% discount. Be sure to take advantage of this offer for added savings and convenience during your trip!

Enjoy planning your trip and have a great time in Nagoya!


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