Japan Transportation

  • Local Train to Uwajima
    Local Train to Uwajima
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  • Kochi Electric Railway Tram
    Kochi Electric Railway Tram
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  • Entrance gate is a couple minutes walk from there
    Entrance gate is a couple minutes walk...
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Japan Transportation

  • From to the Airport

    Tokyo Transportation

    There is a special going on right now from Narita Airport to the stops in central Tokyo on the Narita Express …. basically 50% off …. you must buy your tickets from the JR East location at the airport and you must present your foreign passport in order to receive the discounted fare. The discounted fare is ONLY for INBOUND Tokyo locations, it cost...

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  • City Buses

    Kyoto Transportation

    We used local buses to travel to some of the temples and sights in Kyoto. We found the buses from the Central Bus Station (right opposite the railway station) to be very convenient, and the terminal itself well-organised and signposted. We took a 73 from there to Arashiyama - the journey lasted about 45 minutes and cost 240¥ per person. You take a...

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  • train

    Osaka Transportation

    Kansai Thru Pass (Suruttu Kansai magnetic card) is a exzellent Pass if you travel between Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan, Kobe, Himeji... 2 or 3 day's (don't have to Be consecutive), 4000 and 5200 Yen, private trainlines, subway's, buses and cablecars (not Japan Rail). Get it at the airport (next to Information Center) and at information and transport...

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  • Getting To Hiroshima

    Hiroshima Transportation

    We travelled to Hiroshima by bullet train on a day trip from Osaka. There are several trains an hour from Shin-Osaka station, and the journey takes about 90 minutes. The trip was covered by our JR passes. As this was an independent day out, rather than part of our tour, we had no pre-booked seat reservations. We could have queued for some at the...

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  • Getting To Okayama

    Okayama Transportation

    Many people use the Shinkansen to get to Okayama. It's certain fast and convenient, and for many travellers, the Shinkansen itself is on their list of things to experience in Japan. If however, you are on a budget, the Shinkansen can be pricey. If you want to go to Okayama for less money, consider taking the Highway Bus! The Highway Bus from Osaka...

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  • Rail - In and out of Tokyo by Train

    Tokyo Transportation

    Japan has one of the most extensive and advanced rail systems in the world with numerous private and municipal companies providing service local and long distance, usually at reasonable prices compared to other forms of transportation. One of the most outstanding examples of Japan's trains is the Shinkansen, which literally means "new trunk line."...

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  • Shinkansen

    Kyoto Transportation

    We arrived in Kyoto on a bullet train from Osaka, a journey of just 15 minutes - but around an hour by regular train! The station is on the southern edge of the main downtown area and is very modern and very large. It is also very busy. It can therefore be a challenge to negotiate when carrying bags and newly arrived, but is impressive enough to...

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  • subway & busses

    Osaka Transportation

    These vending mashines let you select you ticket only after you put your money in, subway allows you to switch to english, Train only in japanese, but you need only to put in the fare price (somewhere on the Wall is usualy a map witch showes fares from that station). Single tickets from 200 Yen, One Day Pass 850 Yen (600 on fridays).

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  • Travel Within Hiroshima

    Hiroshima Transportation

    To get to the Peace Memorial Park from Hiroshima station we took the trolley bus. You can catch either number 2 or 6. The fare is a flat 150¥ and you pay on leaving the bus. We weren’t totally sure about this system when we first boarded but this friendly local man showed us what to do, using mime and sign language, and also kindly let me take...

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  • Travel Within Okayama

    Okayama Transportation

    The trams in Okayama start just outside of Okayama Station (across the street at the start of Momotaro Odori, the main street). There are two lines, one which ends at Higashiyama and the other ends at Sekibashi. For tourists, the trams bound for Higashiyama will probably be the most useful. To travel from the first to last station is no more than...

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  • Rail - Metro - Subway

    Tokyo Transportation

    The Narita Express, operated by East Japan Railway Company (aka JR East), has direct trains from central Tokyo to the airport for just 2,940 Yen ($40 USD)... similar to the cost of a taxi to the airport in many other cities. You can purchase your tickets at Narita, and just jump on the train that conveniently stops right under the terminal. The...

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  • Trains

    Kyoto Transportation

    The easiest way to get from Kyoto Station to Arashiyama is to take the JR Sagano Line to Saga-Arashiyama. This is a direct train taking only about 15 minutes, so it is easy, but the station is not centrally located in Arashiyama. It is on the northern side of Arashiyama, close to the bamboo forest and many temples, but a 10 minute walk to the...

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  • airport to city

    Osaka Transportation

    The Haruka is an express train that will take you to Kansai international airport in 50 minutes. It's fast, comfortable and relatively inexpensive, and there is dedicated space for baggage. Last time I caught it, I didn't get a reserved seat and so had to stand all the way there. The train stops at Shin-Osaka and generally Tennoji on the way to...

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  • Waterbus & Ferry

    Tokyo Transportation

    Sumida River Line (隅田川ライン) is a water bus that runs from Asakusa near Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo SkyTree south to Hinode, and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to Odaiba. On the southern route, some water buses stop at Hama Rikyu Gardens during its business hours (requiring an extra 300 Yen per person to embark or...

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  • Taxis

    Kyoto Transportation

    Taxis are a good option for some journeys at least if like us you're trying to pack a lot of sights into a too-brief visit to Kyoto. We used them to get around on our first day in order to visit two temples in rather limited time. You should find taxi ranks outside all the main sights and can easily grab a cab to take you to your next...

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  • taxi / car

    Osaka Transportation

    I found the Cartrafic in Osaka and other places of Japan not extremely bad and I also dont remember any trafic-jam. Something that is quite confusing for any tourists are the inscriptions mostly beeing just in japanese and the fact that many of the roads are going on stilts in different levels and once that you get into the wrong lane you might be...

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  • Rail - Yamanote (Loop) Line

    Tokyo Transportation

    the JR Yamanote line is the main loop of tokyo and you would not get lost here so I would suggest you master it before taking the other JR and other train lines to other areas but remember that tickets are generic here with a base of 130 yen regardless of what JR train you will be using. the JR Yamanote Line is running as a circle and it connects...

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  • Subway

    Kyoto Transportation

    The Randen Streetcars, also known as the Keifuku train, has two lines, the Arashiyama line and the Kitano line, which intersect at Katabiranotsuji. The streetcar primarily serves the western area of Arashiyama, as well as some of the northern areas around popular temples. The streetcar charges a flat fare of 200 Yen per passenger, and you pay when...

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  • airplanes & airports

    Osaka Transportation

    the "West" region of Japan known as Kansai is the alta-ego of its Eastern counterpart : Tokyo . and a Japan being an isLand w/ Limited LandMass they have conjured the technology 2 build artificiaL islands off-shore . (now it is found 2 sink a centimeter a year but hey, that's another story) 3 of these distinct "isLands" exist now in the sea-bed of...

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  • Rail - Rail Passes

    Tokyo Transportation

    JR Pass is a special arrangement for tourists visiting Japan. With JR Pass you will be able to use Japan Rail ordinary trains as well as Shinkansen. Shinkansen also known as bullet trains provide comfortable and fast journeys (upto 300 km per hour), but it comes with an expensive price. The fastest of Shinkansen is Nozomi which only travels...

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  • Highway Bus

    Kyoto Transportation

    Shinkansen costs too much? Do consider taking the overnight Highway bus! Cheap and convenient way to get to and from Kyoto via Tokyo., saving you 1 night's accomodation cost. Willer Bus company offers online booking in English. There are various price tiers depending on the seat types (3000yen to 11000yen), but the seats are wide and very...

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  • public transport maps

    Osaka Transportation

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  • Road - Taxi & Bus

    Tokyo Transportation

    Taxis are expensive, yet easy and reliable in Tokyo. The first 2km of the taxi ride will typically run you 710 Yen (almost USD 10), then you will pay about 80 Yen for each additional 274m ( about USD 1 for each 1/6 of a mile). If the taxi sits stationary in traffic, it will cost another 80 Yen for each two minutes. At night, between 11pm and 5am,...

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  • Rickshaws

    Kyoto Transportation

    Riksha's are available in some places but not that common, maybe more in the torist area's temples and small streets I saw those which can be somehow nice adventure for a short ride. However, it was over 30°c while we were there, two European size people and we felt pity for the "driver" if we would use it, so we skipped it ;-)

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  • Getting Around the City - General Info

    Tokyo Transportation

    As you can see on photo #1 the info board in Tokyo station is misleading. Surest way to get on the local train for Sendagaya is to change trains at Ochanomizu or Yotsuya. Then pick a yellow train bound for Mitaka. Sendagaya station is the station with a drinking fountain with shogi-piece shaped monument. After getting off from the station, go up...

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  • Bicycle

    Kyoto Transportation

    Kyoto offers so much to see and explore that you have to find the best way of transportation not to hurt your budget. Bicycle is a cheap and convenient way to travel around Kyoto. You can rent bicycles fro shops and some hotels also have bicycle services. Hearton Hotel where we stayed during our trip to Kyoto, offered bicycles for free as long as...

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  • Tokyo Station

    Tokyo Transportation

    For the most part, the crowds were not bad but during the busy times of the day - there were a lot of people! The underground subway stations are clean and had kiosks selling candy, ties, and magazines. Every station have helpful information desks where you could go to ask questions about getting to your destination. Depending in your...

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  • Air Travel

    Kyoto Transportation

    Itami (ITM) is closer to Kyoto based on the experiences of myself and my fellow tour group members this past November. Until Kansai (KIX) opened it was the main airport in the region. Most flights to the Osaka region do go to KIX now, but there are a few flights from Narita to ITM [the route I took]. If you are taking a limo the time difference...

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  • Road - Bicycle

    Tokyo Transportation

    Although we're now reusing railway rights-of-way as bicycle paths, much of the USA is behind the times when it comes to the commuting use of bicycles. I was absolutely enchanted to see that the Japanese have embraced it with a passion. You'd expect to see young(er) people pedaling, but how lovely to see an elegant lady of mature years, dressed to...

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  • Map - Atras

    Tokyo Transportation

    You can pick a free metro network map on many bigger metro stations. Either in Japanese (big or very tiny) or in English (a folded pamphlet). The best bet is to take care of it already at Narita airport. Go to the Tourist Info desk and get your free stuff (along with some free maps of Tokyo itself).

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  • Shinjuku Station

    Tokyo Transportation

    Shinjuku station is the busiest station in the world with more than 2 million people passing through it and quite accordingly it is rather complex. If you come to Tokyo from the western Kantô area or generally from the west on other trains than the Shinkansen then your might be bound for Shinjuku. From here do also the trains to the...

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  • Station tips - Ueno

    Tokyo Transportation

    Taxis from Narita to Tokyo are frightfully expensive and a much better solution is to take the train. There are several choices depending on where you want to go, how fast you want to get there, and how much you want to pay. As my hotel was situated in Asakusa, I took a train to Ueno Station, a short taxi ride away from my hotel. At Narita...

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  • Narita New Tokyo International Airport

    Most intercontinental and international flights arrive at Narita New Tokyo International Airport (NRT), 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Tokyo. It is advisable to take a bus or train into the city, as taxis can cost up to $100 or more.Airlines serving Narita New Tokyo International Airport: Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air...

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  • Haneda Airport

    Haneda is Tokyo's busiest airport, handling well over 60 million passengers per year compared to Narita's 35 million passengers each year. Haneda has the advantage over Narita of being just 9 miles from central Tokyo, so it is much more convenient for travelers to Tokyo. Haneda is served by the private Keikyu trains the and Tokyo Monorail. Narita...

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  • London to Tokyo

    We flew to Tokyo with British Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow to Narita. The flight took 11.5 hours. That's a long while to be shut up in a tin box! I'm useless at sleeping on planes and inevitably the time dragged, but the in-flight service was fine and the food served (dinner soon after boarding, breakfast before landing) also...

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  • Get a JR pass

    If like us you are planning to do a lot of travel by train in Japan, the JR Pass is a must. Not only will it save you money, it will also save you the bother of queuing and buying tickets for individual journeys. But do your maths, or consult an agent, as if you are only making a few journeys it may not be cost-effective. There is a useful table of...

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  • Riding the bullet train

    We were all excited that our tour included several journeys by bullet train, or Shinkansen as it is more properly known. The first of these was a short one, from Tokyo to Odawara en route to Hakone, and the train didn’t reach full speed, but it was still a very good experience as the trains are so clean, comfortable and quiet. And quick! The...

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  • Kintetsu Trains

    Kintetsu, or Kinki Nippon Railway Co., Ltd., is Japan's largest and oldest non-JR railway company. Primarily serving Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, Tsu, Ise, and areas in between, with 595 kilometers of track. Kintetsu carries over two million passengers each day.During our visits to Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto, we chose the Kintetsu trains for our travels...

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  • Riding the Bullet - Shinkansen across...

    Japan has one of the most extensive and advanced rail systems in the world with numerous private and municipal companies providing service local and long distance, usually at reasonable prices compared to other forms of transportation. One of the most outstanding examples of Japan's trains is the Shinkansen, which literally means "new trunk line."...

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  • Driving in Japan without speaking...

    One of the best ways (and maybe cheaper) to get to off beaten track areas in Japan is by car. (City travel is done best by public transport though)~A cheap and convenient way to rent a car (with possible option of English GPS/Sat-nav) is via Tocoo Travel. http://www2.tocoo.jp/?file=rentcar_inbound/mainBooking is done online and you pay at the car...

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  • Toll Roads in Japan

    Toll roads in Japan are both extensive and expensive. As an example, a trip to Narita Airport from the western side of Tokyo might cost as much as 3,000 Yen (US $36) for the short 120 km (75 mile) trip. Trains covering the same distance, for one passenger, would cost significantly less, about 2,000 Yen (US $24).Most toll roads use the automatically...

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  • JR Pass

    If you're planning to be in both Tokyo and Kyoto, I advise arriving at one city and leaving from the other. You can buy a JR rail pass but it's only worth the expense for the long trips. So, depending on your total holiday time, I'd recommend getting a 7 day pass and using it in the middle of your holiday, to travel between Tokyo and Kyoto and...

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  • WILLER TRAVEL overnight bus in Japan

    http://willerexpress.com/bus/pc/3/top/WILLER TRAVEL operates the comfortable high end of overnight bus transportation. They recently added a new line of luxury buses that still cost far less than taking a flight or the train.

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  • Hakone Free Pass

    Suggest you read my post before you make a decision whether to go for the Hakone Free Pass on the Odakyu railway or take the shinkansen to Odawara:-http://forum.virtualtourist.com/discussion-575647-1-1-Travel-0-977041-Hakone-discussion.html

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  • Regional Rail Passes

    The main JR pass covering the whole country is well covered on VT, and I won't go into further detail here, but it is less well known that there are a number of regional rail passes.Depending on where you plan to visit in Japan, a regional rail pass could present a better deal. Here are the various links to the various rail passes...

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