How to get to Tokyo

By air There are two main airports for Tokyo, Narita Airport (NRT) and Haneda Airport (HND). Both offer cheap ways to get into Tokyo. It’s best to compare prices online, so check our air travel guide.Some travel centers, such as the Japan Travel Centre (UK), offer cheap tickets for under 25s, so call your localContinue reading “How to get to Tokyo”

Haneda Airport (HND)

How to get into Tokyo Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) is not that far from central Tokyo, so the journey doesn’t cost much. To Shinjuku, take the Keikyu line (private line) to Shinagawa station, then take the Yamanote Line (green JR line) to Shinjuku station (590 yen, 45 mins) To Shibuya, take the Keikyu line (private line) to ShinagawaContinue reading “Haneda Airport (HND)”

Narita Airport (NRT)

How to get into Tokyo (without a Japan Rail Pass) Don’t take the expensive Narita Express from JR (national rail).  Instead use Keisei Railways. Take the Keisei line (private blue coloured line) to Keisei-Ueno (1200 yen, 69 mins).  From  Keisei-Ueno, you can easily access anywhere in Tokyo.  Check Jorusan.com for the latest train times. HowContinue reading “Narita Airport (NRT)”

Mount Takao

The cheapest and easiest to access mountain in Tokyo.  It really is a  great deal, as the 1 hour train ride only costs 380 yen.  Mount Takao is a truly beautiful mountain to visit anytime of the year. There are various trails to take, depending on how much time you want to spend and how muchContinue reading “Mount Takao”

Tokyo City Walk: East Tokyo Historical Walk

A nice route through the quiet, but traditional side of Tokyo.  This route takes you from Kiyosumi Garden and Fukugawa Edo Museum, via traditional neighborhoods, to Sumida river and the Edo-Tokyo museum. Can be used as a cycling route as well. Walking time: 3-4 hours Go to Monzen-nakacho Station on the Oedo Line (purple Metro line)Continue reading “Tokyo City Walk: East Tokyo Historical Walk”

Top Capsule Hotels In Tokyo

Want to try out a capsule hotel while on holiday in Japan? We have some great recommendations. Also, check out our capsule hotel first experience post. Most people don’t book a capsule, as there are usually many available.  But if you are worried, just go to the capsule hotels with an English booking system. Oriental PassageContinue reading “Top Capsule Hotels In Tokyo”

Tokyo City Walk: Imperial Palace to Shibuya

A nice city walk from the political heart of Tokyo, via the swish neighbourhoods of Akasaka and Roppongi, then ending up in the hip areas of Harajuku and Shibuya. Can be used as a cycling route as well. Walking time: 3-4 hours Go to Sakuradamon station on the Yurakucho line (yellow Metro line) and leave from exit 2.Continue reading “Tokyo City Walk: Imperial Palace to Shibuya”

Odaiba

Odaiba is a man-made island built during the boom economy years.  While the economic slowdown left much of it empty and derelict, it has been re-born as an seaside entertainment area. The main site of the 2012 Olympics Village, Odaiba is becoming more and more of a tourist hot spot. Budget travel tips The trainsContinue reading “Odaiba”

Yoyogi Park

A nice open park, great for playing games and sunbathing. One of Tokyo’s most popular cherry blossom viewing areas. Budget travel tips Check out the dog park for some cute dogs! Come on Sunday for the Elvis dancers! Cultural events and markets often take place here on the weekends in the summer. How to getContinue reading “Yoyogi Park”

Akihabara

Akihabara (あきはばら/秋葉原) is the geek capital of Japan. Actually, it seems like the geek capital of the world.  Anything a geek or nerd (or Otaku as they say here) needs is available here.  For other people, Akihabara is a fascinatingly crazy place with lots of surprises. Budget travel tips Follow our recommended route on theContinue reading “Akihabara”