Transport

Flights - you are all on your own.

JR Rail passes are a must if you plan to do any travelling around Japan. For around Tokyo the JR train pass is not so handy but it is fantastic for when you go on the Shinkansen.  So plan what day to start your train passes. Japan Rail Pass

Getting into Tokyo from Narita

This adds about 2 hours to your journey. But if you follow these directions it will be painless. 

Train

JR has the Narita Express and there is a super cheap option for visitors with the Yokoso Japan tourist promotions. Show your passport and ask for a SUICA card.  JR East SUICA pass Cost:  ¥3,500

This special offer gets you a ticket on the Narita Express PLUS a SUICA card with ¥1,500 charge already on it.  This fare card is rechargable and is used on busses, trains and subways in Tokyo.  Super handy - we use one every day. You don’t have to worry about where you are going or buying tickets - just jump on the train and the SUICA card figures it out for you. If you get it at the airport, you get a pretty souvenir card - I just have a bog standard boring one. 

Limousine Bus

Leaves from right out the front of the airport doors so no nasty stairs or escalators. Plus they take care of the luggage.  Will drop you in major centres like Shinjuku, Shibuya or major hotels.  Super convenient.  Cost: ¥3,000 one way.  Limousines Bus

Getting Around in Tokyo

Train & Subway

Trains and subways are so abundant and efficient that a car is hardly necessary for city dwellers. The Suica card will be your train and subway ticket, which is good because fares vary depending on your line, transfer points and distance travelled. You can add fare to your card at any ticket machine that has the Suica (or Pasmo, another compatible IC card) symbol on it.

To figure out how to get from point A to point B, try Jorudan’s train route planner. The wedding venue is at Daikanyama station on the Hibiya line.

Trains run from 5 am until midnight. If you are out past last train, try a taxi.

Taxi

Base fare is ¥710. There is a late night surcharge from 10 pm to 6 am. Taxis are clean, no smoking and require seat belt use. Drivers are honest and safe drivers.

Bus

Tokyo buses are safe and clean transport. There are many bus companies (some owned by the train companies) so fares and routes vary. Route maps are generally in Japanese only. This can be a bit bewildering, but if you are feeling adventurous try one.