|Above, inside a Narita Express car. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Now that Haneda Airport in Tokyo has expanded international flights, people now have that as an option instead of arriving and departing from Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture.
Narita is Japan's biggest air travel hub, but its disadvantage is that it is about an hour away from Tokyo.
In each of my eight visits to Japan, all my flights were into and out of Narita. Only once did that present a major problem as one of the biggest snowstorms to hit the Tokyo area (and beyond) at the same time as my 2014 arrival at Narita.
|Above, the Keisei Skyliner at Narita Airport Terminal One. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
I got out of the airport okay, but midway between the airport and Tokyo, the snowstorm forced all train service to come to a stop. I had to sit inside the Keisei Line train for hours. I didn't get to my hotel in Tokyo until almost 24 hours after arriving in Japan.
But that was a fluke occurrence.
There are different means of getting to Tokyo from Narita Airport and City-Cost.com has an article on them and how much they cost. My favorite is the Narita Express.
They begin with:
We should probably kick off by cautioning travellers to avoid the same mistake that we've just committed here - specifying only the name "Narita" in searches. Narita is in fact the name of the city next to which sits the airport. Narita has its own train station which it is not practical to walk to from the airport. No, in your searches be sure to enter, "Narita Airport" (you can probably skip the "international" bit).
Narita Airport is serviced by two train operators - JR and Keisei. Both of these services can be accessed from the B1 floor of terminals 1 and 2 (not terminal 3).
To read more, go here.