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Japan’s largest international airline is Japan Airlines (JL).

Several international airlines fly to Japan including the following:: Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, Air New Zealand, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, IBERIA, Korean Air, KLM, , Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airways, SAS, SWISS, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

Approximate flight times

From Tokyo to:

 London: 13 hours

 New York: 12 hours 30 minutes

 Los Angeles: 9 hours 30 minutes

 Hong Kong: 5 hours

 Sydney: 9 hours 30 minutes

International airports

New Tokyo International Airport

New Tokyo International Airport (NRT) (Narita City) (also web site: www.tokyo-nrt.com) is located 65 kilometres (40 miles) northeast of Tokyo (travel time – 1 hour 10 minutes).

Airport facilities include duty-free shops, car hire, bank/bureau de change, restaurants and a tourist information centre with multilingual staff situated in both terminals.

There are Luxury coaches which depart regularly from the airport to city-centre hotels. A bus runs to the Tokyo City Air Terminal (TCAT). A shuttle bus connects the airport with major hotels in the city centre. Tickets for all services can be purchased in the terminals. Japan Railways Narita Express line operates from Narita station terminal situated beneath the airport to Tokyo station (the travel time is 60 minutes), Shinjuku (travel time – 90 minutes) and Yokohama (the travel time is 105 minutes) every 1/2 hour from 07:45-21:45.

JR also operates a slower, cheaper service that departs every 45 minutes (the travel time is 1 hour 20 minutes). 1st-class and private compartments are offered. JR Passes can be used on these trains; see under Rail below for additional information. Keisei ‘Skyliner Train’ also runs from the airport terminal to Keisei Ueno Station in Tokyo (the travel time is 60 minutes) from 09:20-22:00.

There are taxis to the city, with an added charge after 22:00 (travel time – 60-70 minutes). Travellers should be aware that these are five times more expensive than the trains.

A second terminal opened in 1992, with its own Japan Railways and Keisei Line station located in the basement. There is also a free shuttle bus linking both terminals every 10 to 15 minutes (travel time – 10 minutes).

Kansai International (KIX) (Kansai)

Kansai International (KIX) (Kansai) is located 50 kilometres (31 miles) southwest of Osaka.

Airport facilities include duty-free shops, car rental, banks/bureaux de change, tourist information and bar/restaurant.

A bus runs to the city every 30 minutes from 08:00-21:20 (the travel time is 60 minutes). The Nankai RR service goes to Namba station every 15 minutes (the travel time is 30 minutes). The JR West service goes to JR Osaka station every 30 minutes (the travel time is 70 minutes). Taxis are available to the city (the travel time is 60 minutes) however a surcharge may be imposed after 22:00. It is also possible to ride the jetfoil from Kansai Airport to Kobe’s Port Island (the travel time is 32 minutes).

Fukuoka International

Fukuoka International (FUK) is situated 20 minutes’ travel time from Fukuoka City.

Airport facilities include an outgoing duty-free shop, car rental, bank/bureau de change and bar/restaurant.

Nagoya International

Nagoya International (NGO) is located 10 kilometres (6 miles) north of the city and operates flights to 29 international destinations including: Bangkok, Brisbane, Frankfurt/M, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Paris, Singapore, Seoul, Sydney and Taipei.

Departure tax

¥2650. Children younger than 12 are charged half price; children under 2 are exempt. Departure tax is normally paid when purchasing tickets and not at the airport.


Japan is easily accessible by sea, and passenger ships stop at the major ports. Ferries run daily from Osaka and Kobe to Shanghai (China) and weekly from Kobe to Tanggu (near Tianjin, China).

For Taiwan, ferries operate from Okinawa. The Shimonoseki-Busan ferry runs every night across the Sea of Japan to Korea (Rep).

Connections to the Russian Federation include weekly services between Yokohama and Nakhoda (near Vladivostok). Alternatively, there is a service twice a week to Wakkanai in Hokkaido from Korsakov in the Russian Federation.

Cruises operate between the Japanese islands en route to Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Cruise lines that call at Japan include Clipper Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises.


The Trans-Siberian route to Japan a very interesting and well organised, although lengthy, trip. Connections are possible daily from London (Liverpool Street) via Harwich or London (Victoria) via Dover through Europe to Moscow. Sleeping cars are available 4 times a week from Hook of Holland to Moscow, and 2 times a week from Ostend to Moscow. The Trans-Siberian railway departs regularly from Moscow.