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Arrival & Information: By Air

TOKYO has two important Airports:

Narita Airport:

Practically every international traveler arrives at Narita Airport; it's located 40 miles east of central Tokyo. There are many ways to get to and from Narita, and contrary to what some travel agents will tell you, you do not need a reservation for most of them.

Tokyo Narita Airport is considered as the most popular among international travelers. It has splendid facilities for travelers; however its position 60 km from the Tokyo metropolis adds a full hour to any international trip. Long waiting times in the immigration is the norm for people on a tourist visa. If you have a re-entry you can integrate with Japanese nationals. Maybe, some Japanese person tells you that the line is for Japanese only.

Haneda Airport:

Haneda is considered as the second largest airport of Tokyo, it is used principally for domestic flights but there are also some international flights which depart from there. Some persons tell that Haneda is more suitable than Narita and can easily reached from Shinbashi station in approximately 20 minutes. International flights such as Taipei, Honolulu and Seoul.

Note: Maybe you can rent a car at Narita and go to Tokyo. But it's no good. If you want to get a taxi, be advised that the tariff will be more than 25 000, and that this may really be the slowest way to go. The JR Narita Express train operates to Tokyo, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Yokohama stations. This kind of transport is the best to arrive to town, about an hour, and it also costs approximately 3 000. Maybe you need a reservation for this train, particularly if you wish to take if from Tokyo to Narita. The cheappest option is the Keisei limited express train, operating to Ueno station in 70 minutes for 1,000. Keisei also runs a more plush Skyliner train that's 15 minutes faster to Ueno for twice the tariff.
If your hotel offers limousine bus service, this will be the suitable option, especially if you bring heavy baggage. Most buses take approximately 90 minutes and it cost almost 3,000. Verify with the limousine bus ticket counter in the Narita arrival lobby to see if your hotel is on the route.

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