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Narita Airport T1 to Kuramae at 8+am 2018/2/27 04:07
Hi all,

My flight will arrive at Narita Airport T1 in the morning 8+am.

Q1: Is there direct train from airport to Kuramae in the morning? If not, which station should I change?
Q2: Which train line should I take?
Q3: Will the train normally be super crowded during morning 9+am from airport to kuramae?
Q4: I am planning to get a sim card to use whatsapp in japan for 5 days. Any good recommendation which sim card I should purchase and where?

Thank you.
by Andrew (guest)  

Re: Narita Airport T1 to Kuramae at 8+am 2018/2/27 17:58
I havent done this exact journey but I can offer an opinion on the train question.

There is no direct train

Per Hyperdia you could take the Access-Tokkyu for Haneda and change at Oshiage https://goo.gl/BpkhCD I'm not sure how busy that will be at that time but I would probably get one of the express trains to Ueno, walk to Ueno-Okachimachi & get the Toei Subway Oedo Line from there see Route 4 on this link https://goo.gl/iEtJEC
by Stan Norrell rate this post as useful

Re: Narita Airport T1 to Kuramae at 8+am 2018/2/27 18:57
There is no direct train

Yes, there is. http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=NARITA%20AIRPORT%2...

But, as I have said many times here before, through services to the Toei Asakusa line are not frequent, and thus can be difficult to find on Hyperdia if you don't know the right departure time. Their timing also differ greatly between weekdays and weekends/holidays, and in the case of minor stations like Kuramae there is the further complication that not all services stop at them.

Thus we need at the very least the exact date and time of arrival at NRT.
by Firas rate this post as useful

Re: NRT T1 to Kuramae Station in the morning 2018/2/27 19:38
When will you come? On a weekday?

According to the current timetables for weekdays,
Keisei - Toei through trains leaving NRT in the morning after 8 am
mostly skip Kuramae Station;
the 8:49 Access Express train makes a stop at Kuramae,
but after that there are no direct trains during the next three hours.

[Trains to get to Kuramae Station]

In NRT Terminal 1,
there are Narita Airport Stations of JR and of Keisei.

You can take two trains
from Narita Airport Station to Kuramae Station
on the Keisei lines + Toei Subway Asakusa Line.

You cannot reserve seats in these trains.
The seats are mostly long seats, each for up to 6 to 8 adults;
in some trains there are pairs of face-to-face seats, each for 1 or 2 adults.

Keisei Access Express trains for Haneda Airport
go by the (Keisei) Narita SKY ACCESS Line until (Keisei) Takasago
and continue beyond Oshiage onto the Toei Subway Asakusa Line.

Currently four Access Express trains are scheduled to depart
during the 3 hours from 9 am on weekdays,
and they all skip Kuramae Station.
You can get off the Access Express train at Asakusa Station
and catch a train departing at the same track which makes a stop at Kuramae.

Alternatively
you can take a (Keisei) Limited Express train for (Keisei) Ueno
on the Keisei Main Line until (Keisei) Takasago Station,
where you can catch a train departing at the other track beside the same platform which makes a stop at Kuramae.

In Narita Airport Station of Keisei,
to take a train on the Narita SKY ACCESS Line,
you pass through just the entrance gate;
to take a train on the Keisei Main Line,
you pass through both the entrance gate and the intermediate gate.

Will the train normally be super crowded during morning 9+am from airport to Kuramae

Keisei and Toei Subway westbound trains
may well be crowded around Oshiage Station during weekdays' morning rush.

I suppose you can avoid the peak of the crowdedness
by getting around Oshiage Station after 9:30.

[Kuramae Station and your destination]

Toei Subway Kuramae Station is divided into two parts,
for the Asakusa Line and for the Oedo Line.
The two parts are about 180 to 450 meters apart from each other,
practically like two stations.

- Map (in Japanese) of Kuramae Station
https://www.kotsu.metro.tokyo.jp/subway/stations/kuramae/i/solid.png
- Vicinity of Kuramae Station on Google Maps
https://www.google.co.jp/maps/@35.704293,139.791367,17z?hl=en
: The sign "Kuramae Sta." is on the Asakusa Line part;
you see the Oedo Line part above it.

I recommend you check carefully the location of your first destination.
A destination to the north of the Oedo Line part
may be too far for you to walk with luggage from the Asakusa Line part.
by omotenashi rate this post as useful

Re: Narita Airport T1 to Kuramae at 8+am 2018/2/27 21:08
@Firas So there is. Every route I saw in Hyperdia had at least one change, I stand corrected.
by Stan Norrell rate this post as useful

Re: Narita Airport T1 to Kuramae at 8+am 2018/2/28 09:52
Thanks for all the useful respond. I will be arriving at narita T1 on Wednesday.
by Andrew (guest) rate this post as useful

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