Getting Around Tokyo
Tokyo’s transport network can be overwhelming at first, especially if you’re not from a big city. Luckily, Genki Japanese School Tokyo branch is here to help! This page explains how to get from Narita and Haneda airports to school, and how to get around the city thereafter.
Narita Airport is inconveniently located about 70km east of Tokyo. Luckily, it’s not too hard to get to the city from there. We recommend the Narita Express. This train runs from Narita Airport terminals 1 and 2 all the way to Shinjuku in just an hour, and departs every 30 minutes. The only downside is the cost, roughly 3,000 yen one way. From Shinjuku Station, it’s about a 10-minute walk to Genki Japanese School Tokyo.
We can arrange for someone to meet you up at Narita airport and take you to either our Tokyo Japanese school or your accommodation, via public tansport, for 25,000 yen.
Haneda Airport to GenkiJACS Tokyo
Haneda Airport is a little more convenient than Narita Airport. There are two main methods of getting to Shinjuku:
- By bus
Limousine buses depart every 15 minutes throughout the day, and will take you to Shinjuku Station in about 40 minutes. If you have heavy suitcases, we recommend this as a simple method that doesn’t involve changing trains. The bus costs roughly 1,200 yen one way.
- By train
Getting to Shinjuku by train is a little more inconvenient, because you will have to change trains midway. Generally people will travel by Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho station (the last stop), then switch to the JR Yamanote line to travel to Shinjuku Station. This only costs about 600 yen, but can be difficult with heavy suitcases.
We can arrange for someone to meet you up at Haneda airport and take you to either our Tokyo Japanese school or your accommodation, via public tansport or private car if available, for 25,000 yen.
Tokyo is rightly famous for its extensive train network. Trains are the most common way of getting around the city, and most Japanese school students in Tokyo will travel to and from their accommodation by train.
There are multiple train companies operating in Tokyo. Luckily, prepaid IC cards can be used across all networks, so we recommend getting one of these as soon as you arrive. The two most common IC cards are called Pasmo and Suica. Either is fine. They can be bought at almost all stations, either from vending machines or from staff. The price includes travel credit and a 500 yen deposit, that can be refunded when you finish using the card. Each time you use the card (by tapping it on the gates as you enter and leave a station), the cost of your travel is deducted from the card. You can add more funds to the card at any station, using the machines.
If you have a smartphone, we recommend installing a route search app that can be used even without Internet access, such as Navitime.
Uber is available in Tokyo. However, only “livery cabs” are allowed, so prices are basically the same as a normal taxi.