Travelling by bus in Japan is an affordable way to cover the distance between the major cities and reach the popular tourist destinations out of the railway network. Bus tickets are considerably inexpensive compared to train or airplane, while most bus operators in Japan use modern buses that guarantee a comfortable journey.
We support advance ticket booking for more than 10 bus stations and bus stops across Japan, including the major destinations such as Tokyo, Sendai, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka.
Types of buses in Japan
Road transportation in Japan is carried out by highway buses. The major local transport providers operate modern fleets of vehicles equipped with air-conditioning.
Buses cover long distances between two or more cities in different prefectures during daytime and overnight. Note that there are no sleeper buses in Japan.
The most common models of buses in Japan are single-deck coaches equipped with reclining seats arranged in 3 or 4 seats per row and capacity for 30 to 40 passengers.
Most seated buses have air-conditioning and some provide a complimentary bottle of water.
Getting around Japan by bus
With over 55,000 km of national highways and 8,050 km of expressways, the road network in Japan covers all the regions in the country. Most highways consist of two-lane and four-lane roads in excellent condition that guarantee a safe driving.
Tohoku region comprises Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures.
Bus routes to Sendai
Kanto region comprises Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures.
Chubu region comprises Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu, Fukui, Ishikawa, Toyama and Nagano prefectures.
Kansai region comprises Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Shiga prefectures.
How to book your bus tickets in Japan
Booking your bus tickets in Japan is very quick and simple. Search for bus routes between any two cities for your travel dates.
Select your route
After search, we will display the results for your itinerary.
Find the services operated by different bus companies and select the most convenient option.
Click to expand the details of the route, you will find the available fares. The bus companies in Japan offer various types of fares, depending on the vehicle.
Fill in the passenger and contact details
Next, provide the passenger(s) information and select your seats.
Baolau supports seat selection on certain buses in Japan. In case that seat selection is available, you can choose your preferred seats during the reservation process and the seat numbers will be guaranteed when the booking is confirmed. In other cases, we will carefully select the best seats for you and your travel company.
Don't forget to provide the contact details of the person responsible for booking. We will send the ticket confirmation by email.
Complete your payment
Select your payment method. We accept international credit or debit cards.
Check your itinerary and price breakdown. Confirm that the booking information is correct. Before you proceed to payment, you must read and accept the terms and conditions of booking.
Receive your tickets by email
Once your payment is complete, your reservation will be processed.
In the following 24 hours you will receive the itinerary and booking confirmation by email with the electronic ticket in PDF format.
You can also access to Manage your booking via web and download the electronic ticket to your device.
How to use the bus e-ticket
The electronic tickets are valid boarding passes and can be used to board the bus at the departure point. Passengers must follow the instructions contained in the e-ticket and print a physical copy in advance or carry a digital copy in the mobile phone or tablet to present it before boarding.
RECEIVE YOUR E-TICKET BY EMAIL
Receive your electronic ticket by email in PDF format, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone.
ARRIVE AT THE STATION ON TIME
Arrive at the bus station 60 minutes before the scheduled departure time. If required, present your electronic ticket at the authorized ticket office and collect your bus ticket.
BOARD THE BUS
Locate the bus departure point and present your ticket to the driver before boarding. Arrive on time, make sure you don’t miss your bus.