|(1) Cheapest transportation from Narita Airport to Tokyo City
The answer is using Keisei Line Limited Express(Tokkyu), bound to Keisei Ueno. It costs 1,000yen.
Note that all trains (from/to) Narita Airport stops at the same platform, but the JR Rapid Service
is slow and expensive. (Keisei Sky Liner is the fastest and most expensive)
You can also transfer at Funabashi station to the JR sobu line, for Ryogoku(Sumo), Akihabara, and Shinjuku.
I will recommend to buy a Suica card at the Narita airport. This card is available at almost all railroads, Metro, and buses around the Tokyo.
Another idea. If you travel on group, Rent a car is an another choice. You can rent at Narita Airport, and you can drop off for free inside the Chiba prefecture.
Urayasu(Tokyo Disneyland), Funabashi, Matsudo, Makuhari, and so on. Rental Rate is almost same as U.S. and Europe.
|(2) "Seishun 18 Kippu" (Pronounciation like "say shoon jew hatch kip")
Seishun 18 Kippu is the cheapest ticket for JR railway. Price is 11,500 yen, for 5 days for one person, or 1 day for 5 persons,
or 2 days for 2 persons and 1 day for 1 person, so on... usage is flexible, but you must travel together when you use the same ticket for a group.
This ticket is available for any JR lines (only for local, rapid trains), but unavailable for express trains and Shinkansen.
You can buy the ticket on "midori no madoguchi" in Narita airport station, but open hours are from 6:30 to 21:45.
If you say "seishun jyuhachi kippu kudasai", you can buy it. (Pronounces like "say shoon jew hatch kip could dar sight")
There are some important things: available dates are limited, 1 Mar - 10 Apr and 20 Jul-10, Sep and 10 Dec-10 Jan,
sold dates are 20 Feb - 31 Mar and 1 Jul - 31 Aug, 1 Dec to 31 Dec.
|(3) Toyoko inn, cheap but relatively confort to stay
I often use this hotel chain when I travel in Japan.
They have free internet including printer, free domestic telephone, free breakfast...
|(4) Two Metro companies in Tokyo City
There are two metro companies in the Tokyo City, Tokyo Metro and Toei Chikatetsu.
If you transfer between these two companies, you must pay for the both initial fee,
(even though there are some discounts, but relatively expensive than using same company)
Toei Chikatetsu lines are these lines,
: Asakusa Line, Mita Line, Shinjuku Line, Oedo Line.
Metro lines are these lines,
: Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line, Tozai Line, Chiyoda Line, Yurakucho Line, Hanzomon Line, Namboku Line, Fukutoshin Line.
|(5) Tokyo Cruise
If you travel Tokyo, I recommend this cruise.
There are some lines, but I think the best route is Asakusa - Hinode route, 760yen, takes 40 minutes.
If you want only one way cruise, you can use the trains from Asakusa to Hinode,
using Ginza Line from Asakusa to Shimbashi station, then transfer to the Yurikamome Line from Shimbashi to Hinode station.
|(6) Mountains except Mt. Takao
Mt. Takao is famous in Tokyo, but a little bit crowded, then I would show some other mountains surrounded Tokyo.
(A) Mt. Mitate: You can use Ome line from Tokyo or Shinjuku station, bound for Ome, and transfer the train to Okutama at the Ome station. Get off at Mitake station, use the bus and the cable car to the Mt Mitake. Near the Mitake, you can taste the Japanese Sake at the Sawanoi. (Just a few minutes walk from Ome line Sawai station)
(B) Mt. Tsukuba: You can use the Tsukuba Express from Akihabara to Tsukuba, and use the
Mt. Tsukuba Shuttle Bus to the Tsukubasan-Jinjya-Iriguchi or Tsutsujigaoka. http://www.kantetsu.co.jp/bus/tsukuba_shuttle/tsukuba_shuttle_index.html
|(7) Super Markets
If you travel at Tokyo, there are few supermarkets in the metropolitan area (especially inside the Yamanote line)
There are the supermarkets inside the Yamanote line, which I know.
Y's Mart and DonQuixote: both at Akihabara, located at the north of the Akihabara station, UDX Building
Niku-no-Hanamasa: at Ginza, Akihabara, Kanda, Ichigaya, Kyobashi, Akasaka, and so on.
Marusho: at Yotsuya, Edogawabashi, Higashi-Shinjuku, Ookubo
Let's try to find the local foods and groceries!
|(8) Temples and Shrines in suburb Tokyo
(A) Soji-ji (Nishiaraidaishi)
Soji-ji, the temple of the Shingon sect, located in Nishiarai 1 chome, Adachi-ku, Tokyo, widely known for Nishiaraidaishi.
Directions: First go to Nishiarai Station, using Metro Hibiya Line from Roppongi, Ginza, Akihabara, Ueno, or Metro Hanzomon Line from Shibuya, Omotesando. It takes 20 minutes from Ueno to Nishiarai Station. Transfer to Tobu Daishi Line, then go to the Daishimae Station (2 minutes).
(B) Takahata Fudo (Kongoji)
Kongoji is a temple of the Shingon sect, located in Takahata, Hino, Tokyo. Known as the Takahatafudo.
Directions: Go to Takahata Fudo Station from Shinjuku, using Keio Line. 30min. ride, 310 yen. 5 minutes walk from the station.
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