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bill937ca

As of April 1, 2022, the popular timetable search service Hyperdia has ceased offering timetable details on its route search service, which comes as a big shock to the many people who have relied on the free web service to plan their train journeys since the early 2000s. Hyperdia has been particularly liked by overseas tourists for its option to exclude Nozomi trains from its search results, allowing them to look up connections that are fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass (which does not cover Nozomi trains).

 

https://www.japan-guide.com/news/0057.html?fbclid=IwAR143EPJxpgk5sIz-fF7ndYVMARkCiGcl8WxlGkxg_cYb2Gqd6-FmZbmewo

 

April 1st is the start of the new fiscal year in Japan.

 

As the article says Jorudan is an alternative.   https://world.jorudan.co.jp/mln/en/

 

Another alternative is Navitime (aka Japan Travel by Navitime)   https://japantravel.navitime.com/en/area/jp/route/

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JR East
31 minutes ago, bill937ca said:

As of April 1, 2022, the popular timetable search service Hyperdia has ceased offering timetable details on its route search service, which comes as a big shock to the many people who have relied on the free web service to plan their train journeys since the early 2000s. Hyperdia has been particularly liked by overseas tourists for its option to exclude Nozomi trains from its search results, allowing them to look up connections that are fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass (which does not cover Nozomi trains).

 

https://www.japan-guide.com/news/0057.html?fbclid=IwAR143EPJxpgk5sIz-fF7ndYVMARkCiGcl8WxlGkxg_cYb2Gqd6-FmZbmewo

 

April 1st is the start of the new fiscal year in Japan.

 

As the article says Jorudan is an alternative.   https://world.jorudan.co.jp/mln/en/

 

Another alternative is Navitime (aka Japan Travel by Navitime)   https://japantravel.navitime.com/en/area/jp/route/


 

is that a April 1st joke ? Unfortunately not. Sad …really. For a good serviçe like hyperdia I’m really in favor of pay option. 

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bill937ca
9 minutes ago, JR East said:


 

is that a April 1st joke ? Unfortunately not. Sad …really. For a good serviçe like hyperdia I’m really in favor of pay option. 

Probably not because the Japan Guide article is dated April 2nd.  The shutdown could be because of reduced demand with Covid and travel restrictions.

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disturbman

Sorry, I completely misread your post. Don’t know where my mind was.

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katoftw

Actually they have killed it.  I thought they just took out the interval times etc.  But I did a search and there is no times attached.  Hyperdia is now useless.

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JR 500系

Sad it is... Hyperdia has always been my go to for trip preparations... There are still options available, just need to get used to their interface since i am so used to Hyperdia....  X_X

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katoftw

navitime seems to be glitchy.  i get this message even though i have entered stations.

 

Point of Departure and  Destination are not properly selected. For each, please select a spot from the list that is presented during input.

 

It doesn't give me a said selection to choose from.

 

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Jorudan seems on the near useless side without paying money.

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HankyuDentetsu

What an absurd decision. To remove the actual timetable element of the service, but retain all the costs of running a website that only provides "average times"? What on earth are they thinking? Shut it down if you can't offer schedules.

 

Very sad, had been a staple resource of mine before the smartphone generation.

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bikkuri bahn

Free services proly lost too much revenue due to nosediving inbound tourists numbers.  Jorudan English (which is decent in the Japanese language version) is as noted above pretty useless unless you take only shinkansen.  Zairaisen schedules require the paid service.  

 

As an aside, my favorite (and a favorite of other Japanese railfans) online timetable service, Ekikara, shut down a few years back b/c the parent site, which was a restaurant info/review site, couldn't make money on that segment, and shut down Ekikara as that was pretty much a freebee addon. 

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One can always buy the JR paper format timetable, as thick as an old telephone book used to be in a large city. Then again…

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1 hour ago, Lumbago said:

One can always buy the JR paper format timetable, as thick as an old telephone book used to be in a large city. Then again…

I don't think they do those anymore.

 

But then you woud still need one of for over 100 railway companies. Then you need to buy the updated timetable every 12 months.

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