Travel smart and cheap in Japan (Nihon)

I got an early morning text from my former boss asking about transportation options in Japan.  It always peaks my interest when I get travel questions and I can give advice that really helps someone.  He asked about how he could get from Narita Airport to his hotel in central Tokyo.  There are several options including car service which is expensive and can cost around $150 to $300. The more practical options include trains which are super fast, and buses which are very pleasant to ride in.  My suggestion to anyone traveling to Japan, and who plans on seeing more than one city, is getting a Japanese Rail Pass. There are several types of rail passes available, 7 and 14 day etc.  and also passes designed for specific regions or the entire country.  The passes may include Shinkansen trains (which are some of the world’s fastest), buses, and ferries.  The Japan Rail pass can be purchased online and then picked up at the airport you land at in Japan.  There are numerous web sites to find more information and purchase your pass, but I recommend the following links.

Tokyo Cheapo


Japan Guide

Japan Rail Pass