I’m finally going to Japan for the first time next! I was wondering how hard is it to get out of the airport and find out where you need to go (ex. buses, train for hotels)? Thanks - Tyler
A: Hi Tyler. It’s really easy! It’s probably easier than any other major airport in the world. There’s no hassle with hawkers or dodgy taxi drivers like in some places (Sydney was terrible last year!). For most places I’d recommend the buses – called “limousine busses”. There is a bus information desk right where you come out of customs in all the major airports. You just show them the name of your hotel and they’ll tell you which number bus to get. Strangely enough the guys and girls at these busses speak the best English in all of Japan!
You could get the train, but without speaking Japanese it’s easy to get lost. Or you could take a taxi, if you have far too much money to burn! And actually I just heard about a new helicopter service to downtown Tokyo which looks cool! But for us mortal folks then the bus is easily the best way – it’s easy and convenient and if it’s in the evening you get to see Tokyo in all its Blade Runner high tech exoticness!
Here’s a video I shot in Narita last year to give you a feel for things: