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Travelling through Japan - roads, airports, railway, bus transportation

Osaka Castle Japan has a highly developed transport infrastructure. Here, there is a high-quality road network, railway junction, and air transportation service. Popular public transport in Japan is buses, and the fare here is much lower than on trains. As a rule, you pay for the ride in the bus itself when boarding. In cities such as Nagasaki and Kumamoto tram tracks have been laid, so you can use this mode of transport. In the largest cities of Japan, there are underground as well as a surface metros. In the capital city, with the help of this type of transport you can reach any area, including the suburbs. Tickets are sold at the vending machines.
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The main means of transportation for the Japanese is railway networks. The total length of the railways is 29,000 kilometers. Here, trains are considered the most popular and fastest means of transport, which runs not only within one city, but also between different cities and even islands. Japanese trains are always punctual and come in exact accordance with the schedule. The largest stations serve more than 2 million people per day. Special attention should be paid to JR trains; these are special trains that run within a particular region or city at intervals of 5-10 minutes. In order to find your way around, it is best to purchase a special guide with the routes of trains of this type. It costs from 120 yen.
A specific mode of transport in Japan is a monorail, which is designed for intracity travel. The trains are fully automated and operate without drivers. Such trains operate in the largest cities of the country, including Tokyo. Tickets for them must be purchased separately from that of the railway trains. The length of roads is more than 1,000,000 kilometers, while those with a hard surface in the country are about 810,000 kilometers. The express road is about 6,000 kilometers. It is possible to use the service of a taxi or rent a car. Air transportation has become the most popular means of transportation in Japan. The main center is Haneda Airport. Due to the territorial location of Japan, sea transport is also popular. Tourists can use ferries, ships, liners and catamarans.

Main airports and avia transportation

Japan has a very well developed transport infrastructure, including international air traffic. Today, there are about a hundred different airports in the country and one third of them are considered to be of international standards. Haneda Airport is one of the largest in Japan. It is located in the capital of the country and conducts both domestic and international flights. As of last year, the airport served more than 70 million passengers. Such statistics allows the airport of Haneda to be considered the busiest in all of Asia. There are three terminals at the airport, and special buses move between them. The airport’s infrastructure is very developed. In the spacious waiting rooms there is free Wi-Fi access, you can buy literature, have a snack, drink, visit the nursery room, stroll around the souvenir shops, buy goods in the duty-free shops, as well as stay in a hotel. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Narita is considered to be the next important airport in Japan. It is located in the eponymous city of Narita, which is near Tokyo. In addition to the fact that the airport conducts both domestic and international transportation, it is also a transit area for passengers who are flying from Asia to America or vice versa. After a grand reconstruction in 2004, the airport began to be considered as a first class air harbor. Today, Narita is the fifth largest passenger traffic airport in the world. The terminals of this airport are extremely spacious, despite the heavy workload. At the airport you can find inexpensive cafes and bars, respectable restaurants, shops with branded clothing, original souvenir shops, food stores, newsstands, a bank, ATMs, a currency exchange office, and much more.
Kansai Airport is located on an island that was artificially built. It cannot boast of spacious terminals, however, its design has repeatedly withstood various natural challenges, including earthquakes and typhoons. Chubu Airport is located near Tokoname. On its territory, there is a chic 4-storey shopping center where you can relax in local bars, hold a conference in business halls, relax in VIP rooms, as well as rent a car or familiarize yourself with the offers of travel agencies. From the airport, the city can be reached using a high-speed train or bus.

Railway, bus, water and other transport

Tokyo Tourists in Japan will have absolutely no problems with movement around the city. The most popular form of public transport in the country is trains. The railway network reaches absolutely all regions of the country. The cost of ticket depends on the specific class of train, the direction, as well as on the time of day. It is worth mentioning such mode of transport as JR electric trains. They run every 5-10 minutes within a particular city or district. When you purchase a train ticket, it is necessary to keep it with you until the end of the trip, since you will need to re-punch the ticket at the exit. In large cities, you can move around using monorails.
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Bus service is also well developed in the country, although the speed of movement on this mode of transport is inferior to that the train. Buses in the country are always clean and comfortable. The fare is paid to the driver when boarding. In some cities, trolley buses and trams operate. In the largest cities of the country, including the capital Tokyo, underground and surface subways are operational. It is worth noting that the metro in Tokyo is the first metro in all of Asia and so far, it is one of the most congested in the world. If you want to independently regulate your movement around the country, you can rent a car. Although, it should be pointed out that this method of transportation is the least popular here. You will need to have a driver’s license and purchase Japanese insurance. It is worth noting that road signs in Japan are different from European ones, so many tourists find it very difficult to navigate in the left-hand traffic. Moreover, it is very difficult to find parking in large places.
A taxi can be an alternative to renting a car. Billing here is not per kilometer, but per every 280 meters. The minimum cost of this lap is 82 cents. Furthermore, for every additional 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the journey, you will need to pay another 80 cents. If you need to get from one region of the country to another in the shortest possible time, you can take advantage of domestic air travel, represented by airplanes, as well as helicopters. Sea transport is used to travel between the islands of Japan, which are located in the southern part of the country. You can also get to the neighboring states on ferries and on cruise liners to undertake an unforgettable adventure.
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Kyoto
3. Going to restaurants, take into account that in most of them the menu is only in Japanese. However, staff of prestigious establishments is fluent in English, so you can ask any questions. 4. While walking around the city and visiting various excursions travelers should be very quiet. The thing is that the locals don’t like the noise and are very restrained emotionally. The rapid display of emotion or loud speech is considered a sign of mauvais ton. 5. In addition to public transport, … Read more
Osaka
3. Tourists looking to make intercity and international calls should better use street call boxes. One can easily find them in the streets as they are commonly bright green. The street call boxes accept special phone cards as payment means which can be bought in all day shops, hotels and tourist information centers. 4. The best place to profitable exchange any currency is an airport. Cash machines charge a rather high transaction fees meanwhile banks feature a rather formal procedure which will … Read more
Sapporo
3. The most popular type of public transport in the city of Sapporo is considered to be a tram running to almost all landmark and district of the city. Another way to cruise the city is by underground. However this way of travelling through the city is a bit more expensive. 4. Sparing tourists and those guests planning to travel much by public transport should buy a travel pass for a day or a couple of days being a perfect way to save costs. It should be noted that on weekends and holidays the … Read more
Fukuoka
3. Travelers aren’t recommended to rent a car, since the left-hand traffic is adopted in the city and it can be quite unusual for drivers from other countries. In addition, virtually all traffic signs are written by characters and mayn’t be clear to foreigners. 4. Despite the fact that the crime rate in the city is relatively low, tourists have to observe basic cautionary measures. Don’t take valuables with you and in no case left bags and outerwear unattended. In crowded areas monitor … Read more
Hiroshima
3. Mains voltage is 100 V; electric appliances may need special adapters. Many large hotels provide them on request; adapters can be purchased in any household store. 4. Those who hope to bring a lot of photos from the trip have to remember that a free photo and video isn’t allowed everywhere. On the territory of some of attractions it can be performed only at an additional cost; in some temples making pictures is prohibited. You can shoot locals only with their prior consent. 5. Going … Read more
Kobe
3. The most luxurious and expensive hotels are located on the waterfront. Budget travelers should look for suitable hotels at some distance from the coast. 4. Apart from classic hotels, the so-called "ryokans" are common in the city. Such traditional inns are distinguished by special room equipment. Instead of regular beds, the rooms feature tatami mats. Some ryokans have their own thermal baths. 5. Kobe has a modern airport, but it only accepts domestic flights. The easiest way to get … Read more
Nagasaki
3. The city has a large selection of hotels at various levels. Some of the most attractive hotels with affordable prices are located near the train station. 4. Thrifty tourists should pay attention to restaurants serving traditional Japanese cuisine. Most of them have attractive prices, while hotel restaurants are the most expensive. 5. Active tourists should take a pair of comfortable shoes with them on a trip. Nagasaki, they conduct many exciting excursions to nature reserves and … Read more

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