How to get to Tokyo

By air

There are two main airports for Tokyo, Narita Airport (NRT) and Haneda Airport (HND). Both offer cheap ways to get into Tokyo.

It’s best to compare prices online, so check our air travel guide.Some travel centers, such as the Japan Travel Centre (UK), offer cheap tickets for under 25s, so call your local travel agent specializing in Japan travel and ask for any deals.

By Train

If you are far from Tokyo and have the Japan Rail Pass, you should take the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Tokyo or Shinagawa station.  If not, it’s must cheaper to get a bus (see below).

If you are not too far away, for example on a Tokyo side trip, it’s best to take express trains or use a train pass.

By Bus

If you are traveling far from Tokyo, such as from Kyoto, Osaka or Hiroshima, and don’t have a Japan Rail Pass then it’s best to take the bus.  Prices are dramatically cheaper than the Shinkansen (bullet train).

Here are our recommendations:

Willer Express

Budget buses to/from most main cities, such as Kyoto or Osaka.

Reservation Website (click link at the top for English)

JR Bus Kanto

The biggest bus company, often with the best prices.  As the website is only in Japanese, it’s best to reserve at a main JR (national rail) station such as Kyoto or Osaka or ask you hostel/hotel to reserve it.

Reservation Website (Japanese only)

Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict