How to get from place to place in Japan / Tokyo

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Hi. I am traveling to Japan/Tokyo with my daughter in April for the first ever time. We have ideas to visit as much as we can in 7 days. Does anyone have any tips for airport to hotel transfer and best train travel tickets to purchase for the duration of our stay and any handy tips for getting about? Thank you in advance :)
Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

Answered 10 months ago

You don't write where you are going to in Japan - you might save a lot of money on a Japan Rail Pass if you are doing a lot of long-distance traveling, but if you don't, you could lose a lot of money on a rail pass too. If you are only staying in one area like Tokyo, then you would probably save more money on one of the regional passes.
Before you buy anything, make your itinerary, and then run it through this rail pass calculator to make sure you are not losing money.
Taking a highway bus is also a very inexpensive way to travel, but it is also very time consuming, and if you only have 7 days, it is probably better to take a fast train or fly.
As far as getting from the airport, you don't specify which airport - either Narita or Haneda. Haneda is much closer to Tokyo. The cheapest way in from Narita is the 1000 yen bus to Tokyo Station or Ginza. But if you are getting a rail pass, you can use the Narita Express train and get into the city that way, if you wish.
April is one of the most beautiful times to be in Japan - the cherry blossoms are there at the start of the month, but there are also the azaleas, peonies, nemophila, shibazakura, tulips, and many more. Tokyo also has around a dozen beautiful traditional gardens, some with a history going back centuries.
For some good tips on Japan travel, you could read this.
Good luck.
Peter

Commented 10 months ago

Hi. Thank you for your answer. Yes apologies for being a bit vague with my question. We are staying for 7 days in Tokyo. We plan to visit the Ghibli Museum, Tokyo Disneyland, Akihabara, Mount Fuji, Cherry Blossom Parks, Possibly Jigokudani Monkey Park. Have you got any other sight seeing favorites? I have done a bit more research on getting about and thinking of just purchasing Tokyo Metro ticket and buying other train tickets just when required at the stations. Do you think that might be best? Kind Regards

Peter

Commented 10 months ago

Oh and the airport is Haneda :)

Toraneko

Commented 10 months ago

Well then, the full JR Pass is probably a bad idea. If going to the Jigokudani Monkey Park, then a JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass might be a very good idea. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_nagano_niigata.html You also didn't say when in April, but you could be too late for the cherry blossoms. There is always the shibazakura by the Fuji 5 Lakes. The Hitachi Seaside Park might be very good as well, plus there is the Showa Kinen Park. For "Mt Fuji", there is either Hakone or the Fuji 5 Lakes area - seeing both in just one day is simply impossible. If you go to the Ghiblia Museum, you'd better get your tickets asap. Another good day trip would be Nikko. Within Tokyo, if you want something mind blowing, try the TeamLab museum on Odaiba - https://borderless.teamlab.art

Peter

Commented 10 months ago

Thank you :) I've hopefully got it sorted for Ghibli and TeamLab borderless. We are there from the 10th to the 17th of April

Nobu Nobu, Living in Japan

Answered 10 months ago

I suggest Japan Rail Pass to you.
It is available everywhere in Japan.
Public transportation is well developed in Japan. It is a good way to travel around the country. 
Japanese rail network might be complicated. But no worries!  You can ask the station attendants with easy English.
Have a great trip.

Peter

Commented 10 months ago

Thank you very much for your quick reply. I'm quite good getting about in London and Paris but just a bit nervous about Japan. Especially further out places like

Peter

Commented 10 months ago

Thank you very much for your quick reply. I'm quite good getting about in London and Paris but just a bit nervous about Japan. Especially further out places like Ghibli Museum or the Nanganos snow monkey park

Nobu

Commented 10 months ago

Ghibli Museum(http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/) and Nagano snow monkey park (http://en.jigokudani-yaenkoen.co.jp/access) are famous. You can go there by train and bus. Have fun!

Peter

Commented 10 months ago

Thank you very much :)

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