Be sure to pack light, as international flights and Japan’s Shinkansen trains have restrictions on oversized luggage. A suitcase with total dimensions of no more than 160 cm can be carried directly on the train while a luggage with total dimensions between 160 and 250 cm requires a reservation. We kindly remind you that you need to walk with luggage if traveling by public transport from your hotel to the train station or airport, which would be difficult especially on some crowded and stepped roads. If you want to check your luggage and ship it to the next or third city, please tell our guide to arrange it for you and pay the delivery fee on site
While the rail and bus ticket vending machines and most taxis in Tokyo accept credit cards, there are some places where you can only use cash. It is recommended that you exchange a proper amount of Japanese yen in your home country before you travel. If you haven’t done so and want to change money at the airport, please read this.
Automatic currency purchasing machine (24 hours) and banks (6:30-23:00) in Narita Airport:
Terminal 1: Central Bldg., 1st Floor (Arrivals); South Wing, 1st Floor (Arrivals)
Terminal 2: Main Bldg., 1st Floor (Arrivals)
Terminal3: Main Bldg., 2nd Floor; Main Bldg., 1st Floor
Currency exchange (24 hours) at Haneda Airport:
Terminal 3: Mizuho Bank on 2nd Floor (International Arrivals)
Japan Transportation in Brief
Taxis are expensive in Japan, and if you don’t mind paying extra, then a taxi or a private car is a good option. Public transportation such as rail and bus is well developed, convenient and affordable, which can save you travel costs. For getting from the airports to your hotel, there are many compromise options, such as shared shuttle and airport limousine bus, considering that you carry luggage and it is inconvenient to walk and transfer. Just choose according to your needs and budget.
If you're getting from the Tokyo airports to the hotel on your own, and if you're using a mobile map to navigate, be sure to choose the right destination.
Hilton Tokyo ★★★★★
Address: 6 Chome-6-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023
Hiyori Hotel Ginza East ★★★★
Address: 1 Chome-2-13 Shintomi, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0041
From Narita Airport to Hilton Tokyo
Airport Limousine Bus: Highly recommended, suitable for 1 to 3 people. It’s not fast, taking 2 hours, but directly from the airport to the hotel, with the least walking distance. The ticket is cheap, costing USD 24 per person. Reservations can be made in advance through the official website, by phone 03-3665-7220, or at the ticket machines on site. There are boarding points outside all the three terminals.
Rail Transit: The cheapest way, suitable for 1 to 3 people. It takes 1.5 hours, but requires a transfer and a 10-minute walk, not very friendly for travelers with large luggage. It costs USD 24 per person. From Narita Airport Station, take the JR train line Narita Express directly to Tokyo Station. Walk 5 minutes to the platform of the metro Marunouchi Line and board the train heading for Ogikubo. Ride for 21 minutes (10 stops) to Nishi-shinjuku Station. Get out of the station and walk 5 minutes south to the Hilton Tokyo.
Taxi: Expensive but convenient, with private service. It takes about 70 minutes and costs USD 200 to 220 per car. A regular taxi can carry up to 4 passengers, while the airport also has large van taxis that can carry up to 6 passengers.
From Haneda Airport to Hilton Tokyo
Taxi: Recommended. Convenient, privacy ensured, with acceptable price of USD 60 to 68, taking 70 minutes. A common car can carry 4 people, while some big cars can carry 6.
Rail Transit: Cheapest, costing only USD 4 for one person. It takes 1 hour, but there is a transfer. From the Terminal 3 of the Haneda Airport, take the railway Keikyu Airport Line to Daimon Station. Find the platform for the Oedo Line, board the train heading for Roppongi/Tocho-Mae, and get off at Tochomae Station. Take a 7-minute walk north from the station to the Hilton Tokyo.
Airport Limousine Bus: Not recommended. A ticket costs USD 10. The bus runs from the Terminal 3 to Shinjuku Station in 40 minutes, but you need to walk 12 minutes west from here to the hotel.
From Narita Airport to Hiyori Hotel Ginza East
Rail Transit: Highly recommended. It takes 80 minutes and costs just USD 10 per person. It’s cheap and convenient, and you don't have to change lines. From Narita Airport Terminal 2･3 Station, take the JR train line Keisei Narita Skyaccess directly to Takaracho Station. The hotel is 5-minute walk southeast.
Taxi: It takes 60 minutes, and the price is high, from USD 170 to 200, depending on the traffic conditions. If you are traveling with 4 or more people or are particularly concerned about private service, you may consider it.
From Haneda Airport to Hiyori Hotel Ginza East
Rail Transit: Recommended. Cheap and fast, taking 40 minutes and costing only USD 3.5. From the Terminal 3, take the railway Keikyu Airport Line for half an hour, get off at Takaracho Station. Walk 5 minutes southeast to the hotel.
Taxi: It takes about 35 minutes and costs around USD 50. If you have 4 or more people or a lot of luggage, consider it.