All posts tagged: trains

How to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo

There are two main airports servicing Tokyo, Haneda and Narita. In general Haneda handles the internal flights and Narita handles the international flights. This is definitely a generalisation as Haneda does do international flights as well, but if you’re coming from the UK, America or Europe, you’re most likely to land at Narita. The other difference between the two airports is that Haneda is much closer to the centre of Tokyo. If your flight to Japan was a long one, then I’m sorry to tell you that arriving at Narita is by no means the end of your already-long journey. Narita by train By train is by far the easiest way to get from Narita Airport. Although deciding which train to use is a bit tricky. Here are your options… Narita Express (JR) – This one is a direct, non-stop train to Tokyo Station. It’s a great option if you’ve got the JR Pass as it covers the Narita Express. On the map it looks like it takes a fairly long route as it passes through Chiba, …

How to Use the Trains and Metro in Japan

The rumours are true. Japanese trains always run on time. But that’s not all there is to know… What you need There are 2 things that will make train travel in Japan so much easier, 3 if you want to count your smartphone. Number 1 is a portable wifi box. For info on how to get one and how they work see this article right here. With access to wifi you will be able to use the wonderful app that is Google Maps. Train travel becomes a lot less scary when you have a full breakdown of train times, train numbers and changes. One thing I like to do on a route I’m unfamiliar with is to search for a journey but not start the navigation, because then you can follow yourself as you travel along the highlighted route. Number 2 is a Pasmo or Suica card. Similar to London’s Oyster card, they let you add credit on to them and you simply swipe in and out at the barriers in the train stations. The …