It costs a bomb to travel by cab from the airport to Shinjuku so don't terrorize your pocket. Take the airport limousine bus or express train . I took the bus and it cost only 3000Y and takes about 2 hours to get to the city. The counter folks understood English and accepted VISA .
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The best and cheapest way to reach Shinjuku and Ginza is to take the Tokyo sub-way station and stop at the Shinjuku and Ginza station (or the nearby Tokyo station with a bit of walking) respectively. The sub-way system in Tokyo is very complicated so you have to be very careful to find your way around, especially at the Shinjuku station which is really huge with many different lines. However, there are signages in English which will provide some help. If you are at Tokyo sub-way station, do admire the beautiful architecture of this historical station as shown in the photos.
You can get to Atami from Shinjuku by using either Odoriko Express or Odakyu Express via Odawara. While Odoriko Express is faster than Odakyu Expess and Tokaido Line, Using Odakyu Line and change trains at Odawara to take Tokaido Line to Atami is a lot cheaper than using either Odoriko Express and Using Shinkansen Kodama Express.
1 Odakyu Line and Tokaido Main Line (two and a half hours)
Shinjuku --- Odawara(Taking Express Train not Romance Car Super Express)...850yen
Odawara---Atami (Tokaido Main Line bound either for Atami, Mishima or Numazu. )...400 yen
The train fee is only 1,250 yen and frequent Atami visitors often use this route. If you are Tokyo residents use this way.
2 Odoriko Express(No Need to change trains)
Odoriko Express Departs from Shinjuku. If you can use JR Pass then it is the train you may use.
Shinjuku....Atami 3870 yen, One and a half hours.
The easiest way to get to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is from the south exit of Yamanote Line Shinjuku Station. In a huge station like Shinjuku Station it is not easy to find the south exit in the first place. Take careful look around when you get off from the train and find the direction board for the south exit. When you get out from the south exit turn left and walk along the wide pedestrian pathway. After walking about five or six minutes you will see the lush green space. Then don't rush into the place. You must walk two pedestrian's crossings to get to the entrance. If possible drop by the information center at the left of the entrance. After going inside there's nothing to give you guiding other than English guidebook.
Odakyu Line is the transportation system often recognized as the train services linking Shinjuku and Hakone. To be more exact there is a super-express Odakyu Romance Car from Shinjuku to Hakone Yumoto. This tip deals with general line between Shinjuku and Odawara and local, express, limited express trains. Odakyu Line is often picked as an alternative train route to get to the western part of Japan because the train fee between Odawara and Tokyo used to be about half of that of JR line. And Odakyu Line between Odawara and Shinjiku is one of the major commuter services to the central part of Tokyo and back to suburban areas. Popular stops used for tourists include:
GOTOKUJI: (only section semi-express and local trains stop): Nearby station of Gotokuji Temple known for fortune cat temple)
SHIMOKITAZAWA: Popular shopping areas in Setagaya
ATSUGI: One of the gateways to East part of Tanzawa Mountains
ISEHARA: Gateway to Mount Oyama
HADANO: Known as a spa town. One of the gateways to Tanzawa Mountains.
ODAWARA: Castle town. A place to change trains for JR line.
In Shinjuku there is a sightseeing information center.
It takes about one and half hours from Shinjuku to Odawara by usuing express trains.
Day Trip in Tokyo 23-Ward Tip: Nezu Shrine is well known for azaleas during early April to early May. From Shinjuku there are a number of ways to get there.
1 Take Yamanote Line and change trains at SHIBUYA. From SHIBUYA take GINZA or HANZOMON line to OMOTESANDO and then change trains to TOKYO METRO CHIYODA line. And get off at NEZU station.
2 Take Yamanote Line bound for Ikebukuro or Sugamo and change trains at NISHINIPPORI then take TOKYO METRO CHIYODA line then get off at NEZU station.
If you go to Imperial Outer Gardens, Nihonbashi, Ueno, Akihabara, taking Chuo Line is the most comprehensive and easiest and maybe the fastest way. From Shinjuku take trains bound for Tokyo. That's it. From Tokyo you can either change trains to Metro lines or Yamanote Line to get to destinations you want. It takes about 15 minutes from Shinjuku to Tokyo by taking rapid train.
Ghibli Museum is located at the southwestern corner of Inokashira Park and the closest station is Mitaka station where rapid trains stop. To get to Mitaka Station, take Chuo Line at either #11 and #12 platform of JR Shinjuku Station. From there only rapid trains depart. You can take trains bound both for Takao and Ome. It takes about 15 minutes walk along Tamagawa Aqueduct from Mitaka station. From the south exit of Mitaka station, there is also a community bus service for the museum. Some trains such as Commuter Super Express Trains do not stop at Mitaka but all the other rapids stop at Mitaka.
Visiting Places Outside of Tokyo Tip: From Shinjuku, Kawagoe known as Little Edo is closer than you think. First take Yamanote Line bound for Ikebukuro and change trains at Ikebukuro to take Tobu Tojo Line. It takes about 30 to 35 minutes from Ikebukuro to Kawagoe.
Although Meiji (Jingu) Shrine is within walking distance from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, the easiest and comprehensive ways to get there is by using Yamanote Line train bound for either Shibuya or Shinagawa. The closest station to Meiji Jingu shrine is either Yoyogi or Harajuku but for starters Harajuku is a lot closer. Meiji Shrine is the huge green area stretching west of both Harajuku and Yoyogi. Harajuku is the second station from Shinjuku. Exit from the Omote Sando gate and go over the bridge nearby to get to the other side leading to both Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine. Then you will see the Huge wooden Torii Gate which is the entrance of Meiji Shrine.
To get to Edo-Tokyo Museum or Ryogoku Kokugikan from Shinjuku station, first take Chuo Express Line bound for Yotsuya or Tokyo and change trains at Ochanomizu to Sobu Line bound for Funabashi or Chiba. Ryogoku Station is the third stop from Ochanomizu station. At Ryogoku station, get off at West Exit. Near the barrier, huge portrait of sumo wrestlers await you.
There is a bus line to Ikaho Onsen available from South Exit of Shinjuku Station. The early buses start from 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and takes about two and a half hours to reach Ikaho onsen at the eastern flank of Mount Haruna. Ikaho Onsen is one of the most popular spa resorts in Gumma prefecture known by the slope with 365 stone stairs. It is very difficult to find seats for earlier buses unless you book in advance.
Thank-You so much for the help. Once I am there your directions will get me to my destination easily. I am retired from communications and started in computers in 1971. My daughter who cannot make it to Japan thanks you as well.
(last date took the train - June 3 - 16, 2007)
Shinjuku Station - anywhere in Tokyo
Definitely, one of the busiest stations in Tokyo.
Suppose you are staying at hotels in Shinjuku and want to explore nearby places, then what? Using trains is the best way to tour around Tokyo. Shinjuku has so many train lines interconnected,...