Your Cheat Sheet for Getting to & from the Airport in Japan
Traveling to and from the airport is daunting enough in your own country but it can be especially intimidating in a foreign country. Luckily, Japan offers plenty of easy and convenient options for foreign travelers arriving at one of Japan’s international airports. Whether you’re arriving with a group, as a solo traveler on business, or visiting Japan for the first time, check out these options to take you quickly and easily from the airport and on to your next destination in Japan.
Express trains are an excellent option for travelers on the go. With stops in major train stations, these rapid lines transport travelers to centrally located stations with fewer stops than other transit options. Ideal for smaller groups with moderate luggage in tow. For Narita Airport, try the Narita Express or the Keisei Skyliner for a quick 40-50 minute ride into central Tokyo. The Keikyu line and Tokyo Monorail are excellent options for getting into central Tokyo from Haneda airport and take only about 15 minutes. If your travels begin in western Japan, you can hop aboard the Kansai-Airport Express Haruka for rapid service to Osaka and Kyoto. Discount incentives are also often offered for round trip tickets or other transportation pass combinations geared towards tourists such as the ICOCA & Haruka Pass from JR West.
Limousine/Airport Shuttle Bus
Another convenient and affordable transfer option from the airport is by bus, specifically the limousine bus. These shuttle buses are perfect for travelers with oversized or multiple pieces of luggage as they can be stored easily in luggage compartments. Drop off service to many major hotels and train stations also makes it easy and convenient for travelers to go direct from the airport to their hotel or connecting train station with no added fuss or stress involved. There are many companies to choose from such as Airport Limousine which services Narita and Haneda airports or the KATE bus for Kansai International Airport, but prices range from about 1,550 – 3,000 yen depending on your destination.
With the recent dramatic increase in cruise offerings to Japan, more travelers are directing their attentions to the easiest ways to get from the airport to their cruise ship. The very convenient Kobe-Kansai Airport Bay Shuttle is a perfect option for cruise passenger departing from Kobe port and only takes about 30 minutes from Kansai Airport port terminal to Kobe Airport port. From there, a convenient port liner takes passengers direct to Kobe port station to board their cruise ship. A one-way ticket will only set you back 1,850 yen with discount incentives for purchasing a roundtrip ticket.
For More Airport Access Information: Narita/Haneda International Airport
Kansai International Airport
Central Japan International Airport
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