Where can I find information on flights and tours?
Japan is easily accessible from Australia with direct flights every day. Information on flight schedules and fares can be obtained by contacting the airlines directly, or through your travel agent or tour operator.
There are many tour operators offering a variety of travel options to help you make the most of your visit to Japan. Search directory to find the operator nearest you.
How do I plan my train trips?
Please use Hyperdia to plan your trips. Information about the timetables, prices, transfers and travel times/distances can be obtained here.
How do I reserve seats on shinkansen (bullet trains)?
If you are travelling during a busy time (E.g. 28 Dec-6 Jan New Year holiday, 27 Apr-6 May consecutive holidays, and 11-20 Aug Obon season). Seats can be reserved at the JR Travel Service Center or a Reservation Office (midori-no-madoguchi) at major JR stations, at sales offices of JR-associated travel agencies.
Only reservations for JR-East shinkansen services can be made online; JR-East Shinkansen. All other shinkansen must be reserved from Japan, or by contacting a Japan specialist travel agency with a branch in Japan.
Please do not use an automatic ticket-reading gate with a JAPAN RAIL PASS or a reserved-seat ticket. Please show the PASS at a manned ticket gate. Seat reservations are free of charge when using a JR Pass.
Which rail pass should I buy?
This depends on your itinerary. If travelling extensively utilising shinkansen (bullet-trains) within a 7, 14 or 21 day period, it may be worth the money to buy a JR Pass. If you are spending your time concentrated in one region, a regional rail pass might be your best option.
Please use Hyperdia to work out the sector fares and refer to Japan Rail Pass and Regional Rail passes information to make your own decision.
Are there any discount travel passes for exploring Tokyo?
There are several different passes available for multiple journeys within Tokyo, although you should bear in mind that given the relatively low cost of a single trip (usually less than 200 yen), you will need to make numerous trips for the pass to be economical. Refer to Useful Tickets in Tokyo for information about some of the different types of discount passes in Tokyo.
How do I get from the airport to the city?
To/From Narita Airport
• Using Japan Rail (JR) – Take the Narita Express N’EX from Narita Airport Terminals 1 or 2 into stations in Tokyo or Yokohama. As it is high-speed rail, you won’t have to worry about traffic. Free for JR Pass holders, all seats reserved. More information
• Using Keisei Electric Railway – Take the Keisei Skyliner from Narita Airport to Keisei-Ueno Station for 2,400 yen one-way. All seats are reserved. As it is a private railway, you can not use the JR pass. More information
• Airport Limousine Bus – Comfortable and economical transfers from the airport to the door of most major hotels for 3,000 yen one-way. Purchase tickets from the Airport Limousine Bus counter in the arrival hall. More information
• Tokyo Shuttle – Airport transfer offered by Keisei Bus company from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station for 900 yen one-way. Purchase tickets from the Keisei Bus Counter in the arrival hall. More information.
How do I get from Yokohama Port to Tokyo and Narita Airport?
- Walk 5 minutes from the Passenger Terminal to Nihon-Odori Station
- Take the Minato Mirai Line to Yokohama Station – 6 mins, 200 yen (as this is a private railway, you cannot use the JR Pass)
- Change to the JR Yokohama Station and take the JR Tokaido Line or the JR Yokosuka Line to Tokyo Station (approx. 30 mins, 450 yen)
To Narita Airport
• Take the Narita Express (N’EX) from Tokyo to Narita Airport Terminals 1 or 2 OR
• Take the Tokyo Shuttle (operated by Keisei Bus) from the bus stop at Tokyo Station near the Yaesu Exit
How do I get from Osaka Port to Kansai Airport?
- Walk to Osaka-ko Station
- Take the Osaka City Subway Chuo Line to Bentencho – 5 mins, 230 yen (as this is a private railway, you cannot use the JR Pass)
- Take the JR Yamatoji Rapid Service to Shin-Imamiya – 5 mins, 160 yen
- Take the Nankai Limited Express Rapit to Kansai Airport – 35 mins, 1,360 yen (as this is a private railway, you cannot use the JR Pass)
How do I get from Kobe Port to Kansai Airport?
- Walk 5-10 mins to Port Terminal Station
- Take the Port Liner monorail to Sannomiya subway station. (5 mins, 200 yen)
- Walk 5 mins to JR Sannomiya Station. Take the JR Special Rapid Service and alight at Osaka. (20 mins)
- Take the JR Kansai Airport Rapid Service to Kansai Airport (68 mins) – 1,660 yen
Is there an economical alternative to the bullet-train?
There are overnight coach services to many major cities in Japan, which can cost less than half the price of a bullet train ticket, and also save you on a night’s accommodation.
• Japan Bus Pass
• Willer Express Highway Bus Services