1. I arrive 4 hours before my friend is there somewhere to ditch your case and go get some pictures from the terraces ? ( I will be arriving BA my friend on JAL )
2. Whilst stopping at NRT would like to visit some of the other locations around NRT........will be stopping in the Hotel Marroad.........are many of these walkable etc.
3. Are there many easy ways to get from NRT to HND.
4. Any info on the new Nagoya airport great, already seen a couple of pics from there showing the observation terrace.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4402 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4353 times:
Transportation NRT-HND is easy by Bus for about JPY3000, which is quite expensive when you compare it to the local trains.
NRT-Ueno station by local train (all-stop on Keisei-lines) can be obtained for JPY820 single trip. Train takes exactly 1 hr 7 minutes for this journey.
From Ueno station you can easily transfer on the Yamanote-line (green circle line) to Hamamatsucho station. This costs you about JPY300. Then transfer to the lightrail for HND airport for about JPY480. Total journey about 1hr 45 minutes, including some sights of Tokyo when you're on the trains.
The bus which I mentioned above will take about 1 hour. But you can save a lot of money.
Keisei lines also provide the faster 'Skyliner' trains, which are about JPY1500 for a single NRT-Ueno station. Then you can transfer further on the other lines.
Please note trains stop all around midnight/1am so don't miss the last services!
At NRT you can go to Terminal 1 observation deck, which is clearly signed all over the terminal. BA will arrive at T1. Your friend on JAL will for sure arrive on the other terminal (T2) and also you can go there for the 2 observation decks on each end of the terminal. To go there from T1, take the free yellow buses which go between the terminals. In T2, go to departure floor and from there up 1 more floor (all shops/restaurants located here). From there, you can follow easy all signs!
Enjoy your trip!
btw, the season you go is quite reasonable. Best is OCT-NOV or APR-MAY in Japan.
[Edited 2005-05-31 00:08:28]
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Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 3046 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4313 times:
If your budget allows, take one day at Osaka Itami and Kansai each.
Spending 4 days at Haneda is overkill. One or two entire days is enough. Even two days at NRT will get you most of large aircraft for NH, JL, & lots of NW.
Airfares booked outside of Japan tend to be reasonable. Also the JR rail pass allows unlimited travel on JR for the period of one or two weeks. It's a good bargain, if you plan on going around Japan, but from the looks of your plans, you aren't so it will probably be not worth it.
Petty theft is extremely uncommon in Japan. I have left luggage unattended for few minutes and it will still be there (even such as camera equipment). You can lug your bags around or give it to the baggage storage service just after exiting the customs area.
Other than it will be sweltering hot, you may have to dodge a typhoon or too.
Roots From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4280 times:
I can add some info about NGO. I went through there last April.
As you can see in the database, all of my photos were taken from the Observation Deck. From the departure level, take the escalator to the Observation Deck. You can easily spot the sign.
From there you can see the runway, international, and domestic aprons. They put up steel wire barriers along the deck. The wires are a few inches apart and fortunately you can easily spread them out and you can stick your lens out in between them. I could even use my lens hood on my Canon 100-400IS. I saw a Japanese photographer with a homemade "wire spreader". That would give you more freedom to maneuver your lens and not worry about the wires touching your lens (which happened to me but it didn't scratch my lens).
The view toward the runway is facing west and thus lighting is good only until late morning. Ligthing towards the terminal buildings and aprons will be good in the afternoon (when the sun is lower in the west).
The domestic apron is much more busy than the international one. ANA seems to be the dominant carrier there.
Email me if you have any other questions. I took the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to NGO last time so I can answer train questions if you have any.
Stu1978 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 125 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4275 times:
Thanks for the info so far very helpful.
It seems that the train option will be the quickest and cheapest form of transport whilst over in Japan. From reading reports they seem very reasonable and on time but also seems a few of them to chose from.
If 4 days is overkill in HND then I'll have to persuade my fellow traveling companion to explore the country a bit more....I Don't want to solidly spend me entire time watch and photographing aircraft...........more things in life and for what's its costing me best to make the most of it.
Carpethead.....''Other than it will be sweltering hot, you may have to dodge a typhoon or too.''............so I guess by that its a case of bring a mixture of clothing from waterproofs to summer clothes. ?
Boeing764.........''From the Marroad Hotel Sakura Noyama park is only about a 15 minute walk west. It`s located at the north end of 16R/34L. I took these photos from the park.''....................is it possible to get runway turn on shots form this park if the winds are in your favor..........nice pics by the way.
Kaddyuk.......'' Trip Reports.......excellant reports''...........another main aim of the trip is visit Toyko its self and the night life that it has to offer.....is it easy to find clubs etc ?
Roots........ Thanks for the info on NGO........I will email up closer to my time of departure if we do visit NGO depending on cheapness of airfare from HND to NGO.
Kaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 4263 times:
Quoting Stu1978 (Reply 6): another main aim of the trip is visit Toyko its self and the night life that it has to offer.....is it easy to find clubs etc ?
Yeah, the night life in Shinjuku is very easy to find. there is a whole area dedicated to bars, resturaunts and pole dance clubs. I'd skip the dance clubs as they are a bit pricey and head straight for a club called "The Loose Bar" where me and chris went. If you can go on a thursday all the better because its cheap as chips on a thursday!
I have heard that Ginza also has a vivid night life, but i never went there in the evening so I cant really comment...
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Boeing764 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4248 times:
Quoting Stu1978 (Reply 6): is it possible to get runway turn on shots form this park if the winds are in your favor..........nice pics by the way.
Yes Stu, you can get nice photos of aircraft taxiing onto runway 16R from the park, although a small step ladder would be a great help. Otherwise you can stand on a bench, but you still get some of the fence in the shot as you can see from thses photos.