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Travel card around Tokyo 2012/12/22 08:44
Hi there everyone,
I am travelling to Japan next March and will be in Tokyo for about a week arriving at Narita airport.

I just plan to do some sightseeing within the city probably using the Yamanote Line line a fair bit. For travel around the city is it best to buy a Suica card?

Also what the best (and reasonable inexpensive way) to get from the Nartia airport to downtown Tokyo? I have heard the JR kaisoku (rapid express) is a good option.


Thanking you

by endicott  

... 2012/12/22 12:11
Suica is usually the best option.

Depending on where you stay in Tokyo the Suica + NEX package is often good value:-
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2359_suica_nex.html
The package makes the NEX effectively 1500 yen if you take the one way package.

There are cheaper options like you mentioned, but it depends a little on where you stay as to what is best. They are all explained here:-
www.japan-guide.com/e/e2027.html

Enjoy your trip!

by GC3 rate this post as useful

... 2012/12/22 12:11
Narita access with link:-
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2027.html
by GC3 rate this post as useful

Re: Travel card around Tokyo 2012/12/22 13:27
Thanks so much. WOW! That information is great. i will be staying in Ikebukuro, so pretty much on the big loop.
by endicott rate this post as useful

... 2012/12/22 13:50
No worries!

There are a few Narita Express trains that go all the way to Ikebukuro, so I'd try one of those using the NEX + Suica package depending on what date/time you land.

Even if there isn't a direct one you should be able to get one to Shinjuku and then transfer there. If you don't exit at Shinjuku, and just transfer, then you can make the whole journey to Ikebukuro just using your NEX ticket so it won't cost you any extra even if you ride the Yamanote line the last section from Shinjuku to Ikebukuro. The staff at the JR Ticket Office where you buy the Suica + NEX will advise the best way or you can look up timetables on hyperdia:-
http://www.hyperdia.com/

Untick "Private Railway" and it will show you more of the NEX options, and if you untick Express, and Ordinary Train it should show you the direct NEX trains.

by GC3 rate this post as useful

... 2012/12/22 13:51
Transportation in Tokyo:-
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2017.html

If you haven't seen it already. Heaps of other useful information if you keep searching through japan-guide of course.

by GC3 rate this post as useful

Re: Travel card around Tokyo 2012/12/23 11:03
Thanks GC3,
much appreciated. Great info!
looking forward to riding Japanese trains again!

that hyperdia site is very useful
Is there one like that for highway buses in Japan?

by the way i found this:
How to Get a Suica Card
http://youtu.be/JC6lwNq4XDk


thanks for all the help

by endicott rate this post as useful

... 2012/12/24 12:04
Thanks GC3, much appreciated. Great info!

No worries!

that hyperdia site is very useful
Is there one like that for highway buses in Japan?

Unfortunately not.

by the way i found this:
How to Get a Suica Card
http://youtu.be/JC6lwNq4XDk

Pretty useless video for tourists. If you buy the NEX + Suica package at the ticket office they give you a Suica anyway so there's no need to go to a machine or personalise it etc.

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