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 :)
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.
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.