How To Get Around in Japan
Japan is known for it's efficiency of its public transit system, and being able to people from point A to point B very fast.
So when we finally got off the airplane from Hong Kong, we had to find our way to the hotel. We were staying in Fu-Ten Shibamata. The Narita airport is really easy to navigate, just look at your feet and it shows you where to go. So we made our way to the train station at the airport, which was not hard to find. We bought our train tickets and lo and behold we hit our first obstacle, put in mind that we come from Texas which has a lack of major public transportation. So we get to the station and see this map that looks like a spider web. Train lines going every direction.
So we get on the train that we later find out is the bullet train, I was thinking this is a really fast train. There was a ticket checker who charged us for getting on the wrong train but pointed us in the right direction. This was an amazing start to our Japan adventure. ended up taking us 30 more minutes to get back to the hotel. That was our first brush with the craziness that is the train system of Japan.
To get around in Japan you either go by bus, train taxi or bullet train.
You can get on one of these at any of the multitude of stations they have all over the cities. But to use Japans railways system you should probably get a pass, its the easiest way to go back and fourth during your travels in Japan. From Tokyo to the airport is about 3000 yen.
There are a few rules to be aware of don’t take up extra seat space leave room for people to sit your things have a place,Priority seating let children the elderly and pregnant women have first choice, Remain quiet or even better, silent people don't want to hear you so be quiet, don’t eat or drink and no smoking.
To hail a taxi on the street all you need to do is raise your hand. The taxis are very clean , the driver will be wearing white gloves. The car also has an automatic door run by the driver.
The price includes a fee of about 700 yen for the first two kilometers (410 yen for the first kilometer in Tokyo), which then adds a per kilometer (about 400 yen). Remember do not bargain with them, tip them or smoke inside the cab.
Only had one experience with the bullet train, and it was a costly one. One suggestion ill giv you is to look at the train name before you enter, common sense i know but stil put it into account. You can take the bullet train from tokyo to kyoto if you so desire in under three hours, it is quite fast it will cost about 13,080 yen .
For the budget traveler, a bus ride is perfect. It is 3000 yen for a trip from Tokyo to Hiroshima (a regular train ticket costs around 18,000 yen). To use the bus you enter through the door located at the rear of the bus. When you enter the bus, take a ticket from the machine located just inside. Find your seat they are assigned. You will pay the bus fare as you depart. If using the JR Pass on a JR bus line, simply show the driver your pass. On some buses, you will touch your pass to a sensor when you pick up your ticket and when you exit through the front door.
Like many other aspects of Japanese culture, those riding the buses are expected to observe courteous etiquette.so be quiet and do not disturb others around you. Turn off your cell phone or place it on silent mode, talking on the phone is not allowed. And last but not least speak quietly to your traveling companions.