To reach our hotel in Asakusa from Narita Airport we took the Kasei Line
We had already been supplied with preloaded Manaca cards, and with directions on the route to take. We followed the orange signs to platform 3 where we had about a 20 minute wait for the next through train to Asakusa. It arrived bang on time!
The journey took about 55 minutes. The first part was through an agricultural landscape (mainly paddy fields) before we entered the Tokyo suburbs. We had views of the Skytree on the left at one point.
At Asakusa we decided that rather than make the 10 minute walk (with suitcases) to the hotel, we would change to the orange Ginza line and travel one stop to Tarawamachi station which was quite a bit nearer - although the extra stairs involved in the change of train may have been no less tiring than the walk as it turned out. But we got there without problems and found the train to have been an efficient way to reach our hotel, given its location.
Next tip: Using the subway
When we left Tokyo to fly home we had spent our final night in Shinjuku, so to return to Narita Airport we travelled not on the subway but using the so-called Friendly Airport Limousine service. I say "so-called" not because it isn't friendly but because it isn't really a limousine but merely a bus. However it is a good and useful service nevertheless - and probably far far cheaper than any limousine would be!
We pre-booked the bus we wanted a couple of days beforehand. It's always best to do this to be sure of a seat, although as it happened when we arrived at the stop early we were able to get on the bus before the one we'd booked. We travelled from Shinjuku Station, but there are other pick-up points. The buses run very frequently throughout the day and the journey is advertised as taking 90 minutes although we did it in about 75 (and that was in the morning rush hour period). You are dropped off right in front of the main entrance to the departures so it couldn't be more convenient. And the fare is reasonable at 3,000¥.
And as a bonus, you get some great views of Tokyo on the first part of the journey as the route follows an elevated stretch of road that loops around some of the high rise business districts. Have your camera at the ready!
This is my final tip on Tokyo; please click here to return to my intro page if you would like to leave me a comment.
A good option if there are a number of passengers or if you have a lot of luggage is to get a flat fare taxi either to or from Haneda.
This saves significant money in comparison with hailing a cab and going by the meter.
In our case, leaving Tokyo we had a lot of luggage and with a 2 year old we thought it would be easier to use this service.
You can reach a number of different areas of Tokyo for a flat fare of 6000 yen plus highway tolls if applicable.
The Narita Express is yet another way to get Narita airport .... We caught the NEX express from Shinjiku station and it took 90 minutes to get to the airport .... it's pricey ....it cost 3100 Yens ...about $38 US per person but there's no traffic to worry about .... and the train itself is comfortable and just relaxing way to get to the airport. Plenty of space for your bags and the seats are big and clean and nice .... You can get off either at Terminal 1 & 2.
From Narita Airport to Hilton Hotel in Narita:
if you arrive in terminal 1, head to south wing area, look for door S2 on your left, once outside, go to bus stop #16. they go around every 30 to 45 minutes.
if arrive on terminal 2. go outside and go to bus stop # 26.
hotel buses are free of charge.
From Narita to tokyo.
go to basement level. look for JR ticket counter and buy the JR LINE RAPID . 1280yen one way per person. it will take you to tokyo with no need to make transfers. 80 minutes or less ride.
another choice but more complicated because you will need to transfer between two different train companies.:
take kensei limited express to ueno station around 1000yen .then take a metro to tokyo station for 150 yen.
another choice will be taking the keinsei limited express to funibashi(750yen) then transfer to jr station funibashi and take the jr rapid to tokyo (580yen).
if wanna go faster and in a better train, take the jr NEX a.k.a narita express, 3200yen.
On arriving at Narita Airport we took the Limo bus into town to avoid the trains at rush hour...and we're glad we did, the bus took just 45 minutes to our hotel. It dropped us literally at the door. The cost was 2400 yen per person each way. After clearing customs there are numerous ticket counters. The employees speak enough English to make sure you get on the right bus, once on the bus, it's a boring uneventful ride into town. If you have luggage this is the way to go.
If you are on a limited budget and Narita Express is too expensive. Keisei Limited Express saves your day. The journey between Narita Airport and Ueno station takes about 75 minutes and costs 1000 JPY. There is also a fast Skyliner service which cuts 19 minutes from journey and adds 920 JPY additional cost which doesn't make any sense in my opinion. As we didn't want to pay 3000 JPY per person to reach Narita Airport by Narita Express, we travelled to Ueno station by metro and took Keisei Limited Express. The journey was comfortable, but crowded. If you get on the train after Ueno, you may need to travel standing.
From Narita airport to the centre of Tokyo there are two main trains: the limited express and the sky line.ùThe limited express is the cheaper and slower one it does a lot of stops so it gives you the chance to meet local life as soon as you enter the country.ùLimited express price is 1000 yen, about 8 euros and you can get the tickets just before the entrance of the station.
For corporate travelers, here is a great choice for transportation between down town and Narita/Haneda airports.
Nice car - Nissan CIMA, driver speaks very good English, services are first class.
3 drivers: Tsukasa, Alex, Matsumoto
Office address: 1-1-36-220, Edogawa, Seishin-Cho
Tokyo 134-0087 Japan
A very important and cost-saving way to go to/from Tokyo and Narita Airport for us was to ue the Airport Limousine Bus which should normally cost around 3,000 yen for adults one way and half price for kids under 12 y.o.
However, we saved on the fares to and from the airport to our hotel in Tokyo for more than AU$200 . How did we do this?
Before we left, in my researches about Japan and Tokyo, I discovered our Asia Miles frequent flyer memberships have been offering rides on the Airport Limousine Bus to and from Narita Airport and Tokyo using the mileage points. Hence, I know we have about 13,000 points sitting in each of our accounts from a few years' back from our trip to Hongkong and Manila so I redeemed them for those rewards.
It took just under two weeks to get the redemption letter which we showed to the bus office at NArita plus our Asia Miles cards.
The only tricky part was explaining about them at the bell services of our hotel. The staff was not very familiar with the scheme but after my polite insistence and suggestion that she ring the airport office as I have previously enquired about it and it is fine to use them from the hotel. I asked if I should redeem/book there for our trip back to the ariport but was told the bell services will book us a day before we leave.
So another tip here is, be insistent without being rude as sometimes if a hotel staff is new or young, etc, that person my not be well versed about certain rules/schemes.
I am determined as I wasn't about to pay extra as each bus trip cost us 5,000 points!
This bus is very convenient as it took us straight to the doorstep of our hotel!( Some needed to ride a taxi near their hotel after getting off at Tokyo Prince!)
In recent times a new line has been completed, meaning it is now 36 minutes from Nippori to Narita airport.
The train more or less replaces the old Skyliner.
The train can also be caught at Ueno, and is the fastest way out to Narita if you are in that part of the city.
This is the service I normally use on the way back home from trips abroad. I find after a long flight that I am tired, and don't want to take the chance of not getting a seat on the normal service.
To/from Airport, you can take the Keisei Skyliner to Ueno Station. From there, you can catch the metro subway or JR train.
**This train is different from the Narita Express!!! That one is operated by Japan Railways (JR).**
The Skyliner (reserved seating) is 1920 yen/person. Takes about 1 hr. 05 mins (advertised as 51 mins) . You need to purchase tix at the counter.
There is the Limited Speed Train. Advertised as 71 mins (probably slightly longer). To buy this ticket, you have to use the ticket machine. It is only 1000 yen (So you save about 920 yen or $9.20 USD).
Best way is to grab the English guide describing the various lines and get help.
I rode the more expensive one...had I read the guide earlier....
A.-Japan Railways(JR)Narita Express
... 53 min non-stop to Tokyo Station. ...
Some trains go to Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Yokohama.
3, 140 to JR Tokyo Station
B.Sobu Line Rapid Train
...83 min. 1, 280 to Tokyo Station....
At Tokyo, the Sobu Line becomes the Yokosuka Line for Yokohama and points beyond in the Miura peninsula.
60 min to Keisei-Ueno Station,
with a stop at Nippori Station.
80 min to Keisei-Ueno Station.
Tokyo City Air Terminal (T-CAT)
2, 900. yen
2-7 departures / hour
NOTE...30 airlines have departure check-in counters at T-CAT, near subway Suitengu-mae Stn or 8 min walk from Ningyocho Stn.
Some T-CAT services continue to Tokyo Station:
80 min (from airport), 3, 000. yen
75 min ..3, 000. yen
One to six departures per hour.
75 min, 3, 000.yen
One to six departures per hour.
60 min, 2, 400. yen
90 min 3, 500yen
160 min, 3, 700yen
170 min, 3, 500yen
Some limousine buses travel directly to more than 50 hotels in Tokyo,
but services are not frequent.
About 90 min to central Tokyo.
Fare: about 25, 000. ..
1.-Haneda is reached by monorail from JR Hamamatsucho Stn
2.-by Keihin-Kyuko Line from JR/Keihin-Kyuko Shinagawa Stn
3.- by limousine bus from JR/subway Tokyo Stn
JR/subway Shinjuku Stn
(35-65 min), major hotels,
and Narita Airport
There are several options for traveling the frustratingly long distance between Narita Airport and central Tokyo and vice versa, although not all are practical. Taxi or limo service is an option if you're a multi-millionaire, but totally unreasonable for anyone else. Package tours may provide bus transfers, but that doesn't help you if you're free traveling. Besides, with Tokyo's notorious traffic it could take you hours to reach the city/airport by vehicle. You could take a local metro train line, but it probably makes a thousand stops before reaching your destination and is quite uncomfortable.
So, if you want a relatively affordable (the key word here being "relatively"), fast, and comfortable way into the city, the best option is the Narita Express JR Line. Trains depart from Narita and major stations in the city every hour or half hour at peak times. It takes roughly an hour to cover the distance from the airport to Tokyo station and 90 minutes to Shinjuku station. The seating is assigned when you purchase your ticket, which can be done at the airport in the arrival hall after you clear customs or from the automatic vending machines in the city stations. The standard one-way fare is 2940YEN (~$29US) to/from Tokyo station, which may sound quite expensive... that is unless you've actually spent any time in Tokyo! $$$
Y3,000 or $30 one way from Narita into Tokyo. Note: a taxi from Narita is around $200 USD. Airport Limosine bus stops at major hotels and at major train stations, such as Shinjuku or Tokyo station for those catching a shinkansen. If you have alot of luggage and are coming from a long flight you may not want to deal with the Narita express train.