Travel to & around Japan
Tokyo’s Narita airport is located 65 km east of Tokyo and is about an hours drive away. There are luxury coaches and shuttle buses which depart regularly from the airport to city-center hotels, tickets for these can be bought in the terminals. There is also a train service but this needs to be pre-booked. The line runs from Narita station terminal located beneath the airport to Tokyo, Shinjuku and Yokohama stations regularly. There are taxis available but these are considerably more expensive than the train (about five times more) at around ¥ 19,000.
Osaka’s Kansai International airport is located 50 km southwest of Osaka, and is about an hour away from the city by car. The Nankai RR service takes around half an hour to Namba station and the JR West service reaches the JR Osaka station in a little over an hour. Taxis are available to the city at a cost of around ¥21,000. A cheaper alternative is the airport bus at ¥1,700. If you’re headed to Kobe’s Port Island it’s possible to get the ferry, which takes about 30 minutes.
Central Japan International Airport (Centrair)
Centrair airport is located 35 km south of Nagoya. There is a bus which operates frequent services between the airport and the city, at a cost of ¥1,000. The journey takes about an hour. Taxis are available as well and a fare to central Nagoya is approximately ¥12,000. The fastest way to get to the city is by taking the Rapid Limited Express’ service, which connects the airport to Meitetsu Nagoya Station in 28 minutes
Fukuoka International airport is very close to the city center. The airport is directly connected to the subway providing immediate access to Hakata Railway Station 5 minutes (¥250), and to Tenjin, the city center of Fukuoka, only about 10 minutes away. Taking a cab will cost around ¥2,000 and the journey takes about 20 minutes.
How to get around
Traveling to towns and cities
Japan transport is top notch, having one of the worlds most highly developed transportation systems. Japan is well serviced domestically by several airlines that maintain an extensive network covering Japan and its islands. If you want something a bit more scenic, why not jump on the train? Japan has one of the best rail networks in the world that covers almost all destinations. You can pick up a handy Japan rail pass before you travel to the country, valid for 7, 14 or 21 days. Find out more about Japan rail passes.
Getting around towns and cities
In the cities, the metro is the most efficient way to get around. While the buses are cheap it’s probably best to use them only if you’re traveling with someone who knows the system. Taxis are expensive but if you take one you should try to have your destination written in Japanese, with a local landmark also written down to help the driver find it. Go prepared and you'll find Japan transportation no problem.
*The Small Print
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