Travel to Tokyo

Flying to Tokyo

Japan's national airline is Japan Airlines; other airlines include All Nippon Airways, Jetstar Japan and Peach Aviation.

The airports serving the city are Tokyo Narita International Airport and Tokyo Haneda Airport. Both airports provide quick bus or train access to the city centre.

Flight times

From London - 12 hours; New York - 14 hours; Los Angeles - 12 hours; Toronto - 13 hours 20 minutes; Sydney - 9 hours 30 minutes.

City Airports: 
Telephone: +81 3 5757 8111.

Tokyo Haneda Airport is located around 18km (11 miles) south of central Tokyo.


ATMs are available both airside and in public areas of the terminals. Banks with currency exchange facilities can be found in each terminal. Additional bureaux de change can be found throughout the International Terminal.


Luggage lockers are available, as is porter assistance and a luggage delivery service. A lost luggage service operates from a desk on the ground floor of Terminal 1. For items lost or found in the International Terminal, contact the terminal information line (tel: +81 3 6428 0888).

Telephone:+81 4 7634 8000

Tokyo Narita International Airport is located 65km (40 miles) east of Tokyo.


Banks, ATMs, and bureaux de change services are available throughout Terminals 1 and 2.


Luggage storage services and luggage lockers are available in Terminals 1 and 2. For inquiries about lost items, contact the relevant airline or report to the airport’s Lost Property Office (tel: +81 4 7632 6049 [Terminal 1]; +81 4 7634 2157 [Terminals 2]; + 81 4 7634 2157 [Terminal 3].

Travel by road


Driving in Japan is not as daunting as might be expected - drivers are generally disciplined and courteous and major signs are in both Japanese and English. Expressways are toll roads that link the main cities, although the tolls themselves are pricey.

Traffic in Tokyo drives on the left and the legal driving age is 18 years for a car and 16 years for a motorbike. The speed limit is usually 100kph (62mph) on expressways and 40kph (25mph) in built-up areas. An International Driving Permit and valid national licence are required, along with at least six months' driving experience and insurance. Driving after drinking any alcohol is illegal and penalties are severe.

The Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) (tel: +81 570 008 139; provides an English-language 'Rules of the Road' booklet. JAF Road Service offers 24-hour breakdown assistance for both members and non-members. In the case of an accident, you must inform the police by calling 110.

Emergency breakdown service:

JAF (tel: #8139, in Japan only).


Shuto Expressway is a network of 24 routes connecting Tokyo and the surrounding areas.

Driving times:

From Nagano - 3 hours 30 minutes; Sendai - 4 hours 30 minutes; Nagoya - 4 hours; Osaka - 6 hours 30 minutes.


A number of companies offer a comprehensive network of long-distance bus services, although few have websites or telephone lines in English.

Comfortable overnight coaches with reclining seats serve destinations such as Kyoto, Osaka and the cities of northern Honshu. Coaches leave from terminals outside Shinjuku Station and Tokyo Station.

Willer Express ( can help you organise tickets for highway and night buses.

Travel by rail


Tokyo is the railway hub in Japan, meaning you can get to Tokyo from just about every city on the islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Hokkaido by train.

Highspeed Shinkansen (bullet train) connects Tokyo with major cities like Kyoto and Osaka and all Shinkansen trains stop at Tokyo Station. You can also ride a Shinkansen train to Tokyo from Niigata on the Japan Sea, Nagano in the central Alps, as well as Fukuoka on the southern island of Kyushu.

There are also normal train services connecting Tokyo with many cities and towns across Japan. Normal trains usually stop at Shibuya or Shinjuku.

Valid for seven, 14 or 21 days, the Japan Railways Pass ( offers travellers unlimited access to national trains and most of the shinkansen lines.


A consortium of six companies, Japan Railways (JR) operates most services (including Shinkansen) to and from Tokyo. For more information, see this JR page on the official Japan tourism site.

Journey times:

From Hiroshima - 4 to 5 hours; Kyoto - 2 hours 15 minutes; Nagano - 1 to 2 hours; Fukuoka - 5 hours.

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