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Here’s our Essential 🇯🇵 Tokyo Travel Guide 🇯🇵, giving you EVERYTHING you need to know to travel better for your own Japanese adventure!

In this guide we’ll cover how to get to Tokyo from the UK, the best ways to get about the city, what to eat, how to make the most of your money and so much more!

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You’re joining me in a very special city. Let’s start with my preconceptions: I expected Japan’s capital, and home to the world’s largest urban population to be over the top and really in your face, with neon lights and anime at every turn and i certainly wasn’t disappointed. The streets are lined with towering, multi-storey buildings, each filled with mind bending department stores and arcades, offices to some of the world’s biggest brands and restaurants serving the best food you’ll ever taste.

But despite all the apparent madness and chaos, spend a few days in Tokyo and it just makes sense. Here, efficiency is an art form. Japanese attention to detail is legendary, and it runs through everything, from food to public transport and urban planning. And yes, even the toilets.

This trip was an educational and weirdly enlightening experience. I’ve been lucky to visit a lot of amazing places making these videos, but Tokyo is in a league of its own.

So Tokyo, it’s big, it’s busy and it’s brilliant. As ever, let’s start with the airports.

Flying from the UK you’ll come into one of Tokyo’s two major international airports, Haneda or Narita. Of course, you don’t need me to tell you that Tokyo is a really long way away, direct flights from Europe will take a whopping 12 hours for the nine and a half thousand kilometre journey.

So you’ve got Haneda airport which is roughly 13 miles south of the city, and then you’ve got 50 miles east. Fortunately, both are really easy to get to noisy noisy Tokyo. Here’s what you need to know.

From Haneda you have three main options, the airport limousine bus, a taxi or the monorail. The airport limousine takes between 30 and 45 minutes, stopping at most major hotels in the centre of town, with prices increasing for the night service between midnight and 5am.

A taxi should take about half and hour depending on traffic, with prices depending where you’re being dropped off. There’s also a 20% extra charge between 10pm and 5am.

However the quickest option is the airport’s dedicated monorail. It’ll get you into Hamamatsucho station in 13 minutes and from here you can connect to the circular Yamanote metro line to reach other parts of the city.

The metro runs between 9 and 7 on weekdays and then 9 to 5 on weekends and public holidays. That’s Haneda! Here’s what you need to know about Narita.

Narita is a whopping 50 miles east of Tokyo, so all of your transport options are going to take a while. The Airport Limousine bus and taxis runs from Narita but both will take anywhere between 90 minutes to 2 hours to reach central Tokyo. Instead, take the JR Narita Express. It’ll whisk into town in a little under an hour, and with this being Japan, the trains are on time and super efficient.

A word of warning about getting home; if you’re flight’s on a Sunday, make sure you check the train times because there’s a reduced service. Check your departure time, and then allow plenty of extra time to get to the airport.

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  • Holiday Extras Travel Guides 11 months ago

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  • Patrick Golladay 11 months ago

    suica or passmo are better than purchasing tickets

  • Instead of the Narita Express, use the Keisei Skyliner. It's much faster, and around the same price. If you're staying more than 14 days, you won't qualify for the Narita Express round-trip ticket, and the Skyliner will be way cheaper.

    Also, why would you use single tickets rather than an electronic travel card? SUICA and PASMO are so convenient. They also partially solve the cash-only problem, as most stores accept them as payment.

  • MADAN S 11 months ago

    So well explained and portraited content…loved it…Inspired me to travel to Tokyo.

  • Smuggler Z 11 months ago

    What is the background music at the beginning?

  • Dragon Hab 11 months ago

    Don’t forget the Japanese car culture

  • Tater Force 11 months ago


  • Korova Milkbar 11 months ago

    I want to go so bad, but am holding back because I only speak English! What do you suggest?

  • M Saiham Hossain 11 months ago

    Can't wait to come to Tokyo!

  • 飛騨zip 11 months ago

    Many tourists tend to go around Shinjuku and Shibuya, but my personal recommendation is the area around Tokyo Station and Kyobashi…..and of course Ginza.

  • 飛騨zip 11 months ago

    Shinjuku is not the largest city area. The largest city area would be around Tokyo Station.
    As a citizen in Tokyo, I really think that the area around Shinjuku/Shibuya and around Tokyo station has a very different culture.

  • 飛騨zip 11 months ago

    7:12 You are not supposed to hold them vertical and split them. It's considered as bad manner. You have to hold those chop sticks horizontally, then split them in half.

  • 飛騨zip 11 months ago

    When using a taxi, look for the black ones. Black colored taxi cars are only given to experienced and high class driver in Japan.

  • Jazz Boutell 11 months ago

    Watch my video about Tokyo!

  • I love Japan…. would like to go back anytime…