Destination Japan: From the airport to…

Did you guys, chose how to go to Japan? In the previous article we were talking about the ways to land in Japan and about the international airports. Actually, there is one thing that I forgot to tell you – you can mix the flight. There is a trick for a cheap flight – even though you live in a city, from which you can take a direct flight to Japan, you can mix and make a flight with transfer. For example: take a flight from Vienna to Moscow and use the Russian Aeroflot. It comes cheaper.

However, we are now successfully landed in Japan, right? Did you already planned your trip? If it was me, I was definitely going to go firstly in Tokyo, so for me this requires to land in Haneda or Narita. My advice for you about this moment of the flight is to check the website of the airport. Check where exactly you’ll land and how to get to the checking point. All of the airports are very big and if you’re alone and don’t know where to go – it comes harder. The best idea, if you don’t know the airport, is just to follow the other passengers from your flight. At least some of them will know where to go.

After you’re in front of the checking point, be sure that you have all of your documents with you. Never ever put your personal documents in the suitcase. Your passport is the most important document here, so put it in your handbag. Prepare yourself to remove anything from your face and head, especially if you have a hat – put it down. If you don’t do it, they’ll ask you to do it. Same here is with the glasses. I wear glasses with diopter, but in every flight they ask me to put them down too.

After we go through this, it comes the moment to take your suitcase. It will be very good if you write your name, address or phone in it. There is place for this in every suitcase. First, people will know where to send it, if something goes wrong, and second – it will be easier for you to find it through all other. There is many similar suitcases, I can say, so for sure somebody else will have exactly the same as yours.

haneda-airport-profileAnd so, we decided to land in Haneda Airport and here we are. There is 2 way to go out from the airport – using rail or buses. Of course, it is more easy if there is somebody, who awaits you, but if you’re alone – better read further.
There is 2 companies that serves Haneda Airport – Keikyu and Tokyo Monorail. Both lines stop at the International Terminal Station. With Keikyu you can go to Yokohama Station and Shinagawa Station. From this stations you can find your way to the hotel, hostel or the place, where you’ll stay. Tokyo Monorail trains run between the airport and Hamamatsuchou Station, from which you can connect to several lines – Yamanote Line to reach other points in Tokyo, or Keihin Tohoku Line to Saitama. Express trains make the nonstop run from Haneda Airport to Hamamatsuchou in 16 minutes. Hamamatsuchou Station is also located adjacent to the Toei Oedo Line Daimon station.
The airport is bisected by the Bayshore Route of the Shuto Expressway and is also accessible from Route 1. Scheduled bus service to various points in the Kanto region is provided by Airport Transport Service and Keihin Express Bus.

narita-airport-terminalAs the largest airport, Narita is served with more and more ways to go out of there than Haneda. You can choose between rail, bus, taxi and even helicopter.
There is 2 operators, who serve the rail from Narita Airport – JR trains & Keisei trains. Trains to and from the airport stop at Narita Airport Station in Terminal 1 and Airport Terminal 2 Station in Terminal 2.
The most easiest way is to take Narita Express to Tokyo station. There is several stop as Narita Express runs via Narita and Soubu lines. Airport Narita is the suburban JR service, which follows the same route to Tokyo Station but makes 15 intermediate stops en route, taking 80 min as opposed to the non-stop 55-min Narita Express.
Keisei operates two lines between Narita Airport and central Tokyo. The newer Keisei Narita Airport Line follows an almost straight path across northern Chiba Prefecture, while the older Keisei Main Line passes through the cities of Narita, Sakura and Funabashi. The lines converge at Keisei-Takasago Station in northeast Tokyo and then follow a common right-of-way to Nippori Station and Keisei Ueno Station, both located on the northeast side of the Yamanote Line that loops around central Tokyo.

There are regular bus services to the Tokyo City Air Terminal in 55 minutes, and major hotels and railway stations in the Greater Tokyo Area in 35–120 minutes, but these are often slower than the trains because of traffic jams. The chief operator of these services is Airport Transport Service. If you have enough money for a taxi –  there is fixed rate taxi service to Tokyo, Kawasaki, Yokohama, Yokosuka and Miura, operated by Narita International Airport Taxi Council Members. The main road link to Narita Airport is the Higashi-Kanto Expressway, which connects to the Shuto Expressway network at Ichikawa, Chiba.
And as I mentioned it before, Mori Building City Air Service offers a helicopter charter service between Narita and the Ark Hills complex in Roppongi, taking 35 minute and costing 280,000 yen each way for up to five passengers.

Kansai-International-Airport-Osaka-JapanKansai International Airport is accessible by rail and bus. Only 2 rail lines operate from and to the airport. JR West operates Haruka, the limited express train services for Kansai Airport Station from Tennouji, Shin-Osaka, and Kyoto Station. JR West also offers “Kansai Airport Rapid” services for Kansai Airport Station from Osaka, Kyoubashi Station, and several stations on the way. Various connections, such as buses, subways, trams, and other railroads, are available at each station. Nankai operates rapi:t, a limited express train service to Namba Station on the southern edge of downtown Osaka. Subway connections are available at Namba and Tengachaya Station.
Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise and other bus operators offer scheduled express bus services, called “Airport Limousines”, for Kansai International Airport.
In July 2007, high-speed ferry service (run by Kaijo Access Co.) began operating between Kobe Airport and KIX. The journey takes about thirty minutes.

Chubu_International_AirportThere is 4 way to access Centrair – by rail, bus, ferry and car.
Central Japan International Airport Station is located on the Meitetsu Airport Line operated by Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu). The fastest “μSky Limited Express” service connects the airport to Meitetsu-Nagoya Station in 28 minutes. Meitetsu Nagoya is adjacent to JR Nagoya Station, allowing transfers to Shinkansen high-speed trains bound for Kyoto and Shizuoka, as well as JR, Meitetsu, and Kintetsu local trains, and the Nagoya Municipal Subway.
Centrair Limousine provides direct bus service to and from central Nagoya, Sakae, and major hotels. Travel time is around 1 hour, and the charge is 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children. Reservations are not required.
Three high-speed ferry services link Centrair to the west side of Ise Bay. One ferry connects to the passenger terminal in Tsu – a 40-minute trip. Another ferry links Matsusaka to Tokoname, taking 45 minutes.
And the last way through car – a toll road links Centrair and the mainland.

We are now in Japan, in the desired country and city. Let’s prepare ourselves for exploring them.

To be continued….

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