How to travel between Okayama and Tokyo
Tokyo and Okayama are two major stations along the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. The one way trip costs around 17,000 yen and takes approximately 3.5 hours by Nozomi train or 4 hours by Hikari train. The trip is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass if done by Hikari, but it is not covered if done by Nozomi.
JAL and ANA operate multiple flights per day between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Okayama Airport. Flight duration is 75 minutes. The regular one way fare is around 36,000 yen, but discount tickets are usually available for between 10,000 and 18,000 yen. With an air pass you can fly for even less. Buses connect Okayama Airport to Okayama Station (30 minutes, 780 yen, frequent departures).
By overnight bus
Several bus companies, including Ryobi, Odakyu and JR Bus operate night buses between Tokyo (Tokyo and Shinjuku Station) and Okayama (Okayama Station). The trip takes 10 hours and costs around 10,000 yen one way. Discount bus operators, such as Willer Express, offer one way fares from around 6500 yen. If used effectively, the Japan Bus Pass can reduce the cost for the bus trip to around 3000 yen. Online reservations can be made through Willer and Japan Bus Online.
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There are two tram lines in Okayama, the Higashiyama Line and the Sekibashi Line, which both depart frequently from in front of Okayama Station. The most useful stop for travelers is Shiroshita (5 minutes, 100 yen) on the Higashiyama Line, from where all of Okayama's attractions can be reached on foot.
Inside central Okayama, there is a flat fare of 100 yen per tram ride, but the fare increases outside of the city center. Take a ticket when boarding through the rear door, and pay the fare when getting off through the front door. Fares can also be paid by the local Hareka smart card or by Suica, Icoca and the other major IC cards. In addition, a one day pass is available for 400 yen for unlimited tram rides on one calendar day.
Okayama also has a number of bus companies operating within the city. By far the most convenient bus line for the average tourist is the Korakuen Bus which connects Okayama Station with Korakuen Garden and also stops at the Prefectural Museum of Art along the way. Buses operate every 30 minutes, and the fare is 100 yen per ride.