Jangan Menyerah menuju Golden Rock, Myanmar

Tepat jam 5 pagi staff Agga Youth Hotel bisik-bisik membangunkanku di dormitory….khawatir 11 turis lain ikut terbangun…hihihi.

Beberes 15 menit tanpa mandi akhirnya Saya bertolak menggunakan taxi menuju terminal Aung Mingalar di utara. Kehebatan transportasi umum (bus dan taxi) Myanmar adalah penggunaan bahan bakar gas. Sehingga jarang terlihat asap hitam di jalanan kota Yangon.

Taxi menempuh jarak 24 Km dalam 55 menit. Karena masih pagi sekali dan bus akan berangkat jam 07:30 akhirnya Saya putuskan untuk sarapan nasi goreng plus telur dadar seharga 1.000 Kyat (Rp. 10.000) di sekitaran terminal bersama para biksu, sopir dan para kondektur…..”mirip sudah Gw sama orang Myanmar”.

Gbr 1

Bus, Thanaka dan Sarapan murah

Menunggu 30 menit di dalam bus sebelum berangkat, perhatianku tertuju pada si kondektur, pipi ber-thanaka, mondar-mandir, mulut menyirih, sesekali meludahkan sirihnya ke sebuah kotak kecil tertutup di atas dashboard. Sepertinya doi peduli kebersihan daripada penyirih lain yang meludah sembarangan.

Bus berangkat tepat waktu. Dalam sekejap meninggalkan kota Yangon dan mulai memasuki jalanan pedesaan. Sering berpapasan dengan traktor mesin para petani di jalanan.

Jam 10:10 bus beristirahat di sebuah rumah makan untuk toilet break. Berhenti selama 15 menit dan kembali melanjutkan perjalanan .

Gbr 2

Intercity Bus dan rumah makan beserta artis lokalnya.

Di tengah perjalanan satu demi satu penumpang lokal mulai turun, karena Saya tidak tahu berada di daerah mana, akhirnya bertanyalah ke kondektur. Untuk memudahkan bahasa isyarat, kutunjukkan saja foto Golden Rock di HP ku….yessss, doi langsung mengacungkan jempol tanda OK dan mengerti Saya minta diturunkan disana.

Jam 11:25 Saya dibangunkan kondektur…..”udah sampai “, katanya berbahasa Myanmar sambil nunjuk-nunjuk ke sebuah truk yang mengangkut orang. Faham, aku disuruh naik truk itu…..yang kutahu memang Golden Rock itu diatas bukit.

Kinpun Station….nama terminal akhir bus yang kunaiki. Okay mulailah beli tiket truk ke kondektur yang teriak-teriak penuh semangat mencari penumpang.

“OK santai aja”, batinku….naik aja tar juga nyampai……..

Gbr 3

Menumpang truk dengan tarif 3.000 Kyat (Rp. 30.000)

10 menit truk berjalan , semua berubah….muka tegang, mulut terdiam, sering bernafas dalam-dalam….ternyata truk berlari membelah jurang diatas jalan beton tanpa pagar besi penghalang di kedua sisi….Pasrah dan banyak berdzikir (hanya saja aku tak berani berdzikir keras-keras karena saat itu sedang ada pertengkaran kaum muslim dengan kaum Buddhis di salah satu daerah Myanmar).

Kepanikan bertambah ketika Saya tahu salah satu ban truk terlihat hampir gundul. Saya melihatnya saat truk berhenti untuk beristirahat di pertengahan jalan. “Naik ke atas aja perlu istirahat, mau seberapa lama aku harus melewati ketegangan ini”….Belum lagi sore nanti saat turun….naik truk lagi…..Hadeuhhh.

Jujur saat naik ke atas, sempat ngebatin, harusnya ga perlu ke tempat ini andai tahu kondisi menuju sana mengerikan.

Setelah menempuh ketegangan selama 45 menit sampai juga diatas. Sejuk dan dingin seperti Puncak-Bogor. Sesaat terlupa ketegangan itu.

Membeli tiket masuk seharga 6.000 Kyat (Rp. 60.000) dan melewati metal detector di gerbang masuk, ternyata Saya masih harus berjalan lagi menelusuri beberapa anak tangga untuk mencapai pelataran Golden Rock.

Gbr 4Beberapa anak-anak yang tak kuat berjalan bisa naik jasa gendong anak

Ya bolehlah Golden Rock…..sebuah batu kuning emas yang telah mengalami keseimbangan selama 2.500 tahun dan tidak terjatuh ketika benar-benar terletak di bibir jurang. Konon ada rambut Buddha yang mengganjal batu ini sehingga tidak terjatuh.

Secara ilmiah Saya pun tak tahu teorinya bagaimana…..?
Gbr 5

Kiri atas: Gerbang masuk ke pelataran Golden Rock

Kanan atas : Golden Rock beserta Kyaiktiyo Pagoda diatasnya

Kanan bawah dan kiri bawah : Pelataran Utama Golden Rock

Gbr 6

Setelah melihat sekeliling dan mengambil beberapa foto akhirnya Saya putuskan untuk turun karena harus mengejar jadwal bus kembali ke Yangon. Bus terakhir jam 16:30 kata kondektur bus pagi tadi.

Menahan nafas kembali menggunakan truk menuju ke bawah bukit. Ditengah perjalanan mataku tertuju pada sebuah papan proyek yang mengatakan bahwa sedang dibangun proyek cable car menuju ke Golden Rock….Ya, perjalanan Saya kesana adalah tahun 2015, dan berdasar informasi cable car itu sudah beroperasi pada Desember 2017.

Jadi siapa yang mau kesana dan naik si Cable Car?

Bagi-bagi pengalaman ya gaes kalau sudah naik !

Wattay International Airport….Gerbang Mungil Wisata Laos

Menginjakkan kaki di Vientiane adalah sebuah anugerah tersendiri. Bagaimana tidak, trip yang sempat mengalami pembatalan sejak 2014 karena ditolaknya cuti oleh kantor tempat Saya bekerja, akhirnya membutuhkan waktu 4 tahun untuk mewujudkannya.

Penerbangan Air Asia AK 552 mendarat dengan mulus di bandara Wattay International Airport pada pukul 09:14. Melihat area bandara dari dalam pesawat yang sedang taxing menuju airport parking lot mengingatkanku pada bandara Adisumarmo (Solo) tempoe doeloe sekitar tahun 2004…..sangat mungil.

Bahkan penerbangan Air Asia ini menjadi satu-satunya penerbangan International yang landing di pagi itu.

Pic 1

airport parking lot

Dalam 7 menit setelah pesawat berhenti sempurna, Saya mulai keluar dari badan pesawat dan menelusuri garbarata. Saya menyempatkan diri untuk mengambil beberapa foto diatas.

Dari garbarata Saya berbelok ke kanan memasuki arrival corridor yang terlihat elegan dengan lantai berkarpet dan bergaya modern minimalis.

Pic 2

arrival corridor

Di ujung koridor Saya bebelok ke kiri menuju immigration processing hall. Toilet ada di sebelah kiri dari akses masuk ke hall. Ada 14 passport control service counter di bandara ini. Hanya membutuhkan waktu 17 menit dari mulai antri hingga distempelnya passport. Terlihat petugas imigrasi berbicara dalam Bahasa Inggris dengan kurang fasih tetapi cukup dimengerti.

Pic 3

passport control service counter

Keluar dari konter imigrasi, Saya langsung dihadapkan pada 2 unit conveyor belt di ruang baggage claim. Karena saya tidak membawa checked luggage maka bergegas menuju pintu keluar ke arrival hall.

Pic 4

baggage claim area

Tetapi sebelum benar-benar keluar, langkah Saya terhenti pada ruang kecil di sebelah kanan pintu. Ada sebuah money changer resmi milik BCEL (Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao). Hal ini memudahkanku untuk segera menukar USD ke Lao Kip.

Pic 5

BCEL money changer

Barulah kemudian Saya benar-benar keluar di arrival hall. Hanya ada dua konter di hall ini yaitu konter penjualan sim card lokal dan konter pembelian tiket Taxi. Walaupun ada logo airport bus di konter ini tetapi tiket airport bus tidak dijual di konter ini, melainkan akan langsung dibayar ke kondektur di dalam bus.

Pic 6

arrival hall

Keluar dari arrival hall, dengan menyeberang jalan akan langsung dihadapkan pada area parkir mobil. Keunikan dari area parkir ini adalah pada atap area parkir yang berupa lembaran-lembaran solar cell sebagai sumber listrik untuk penerangan bandara yang merupakan kerjasama pemerintah Jepang dan Laos. Saya bisa menemukan dengan mudah prasasti kerjasamanya di area parkir ini.

Sedangkan belok ke kanan dari pintu keluar sekitar 25m akan ditemui shelter airport bus menuju ke pusat kota.

Pic 7

area parkir dan pintu keluar bandara

So…Ketika tiba di Laos jangan buru-buru meninggalkan bandara ini ya….Jadikan bandara sebagai salah satu dari sekian banyak destinasi wisata kamu.

Selamat mendarat di “Si Mungil” Wattay International Airport.

Perjalanan Darat Vientiane (Laos) ke Siem Reap (Kamboja)

Perjalanan darat dari Viantiane (Laos) ke Siem Reap (Kamboja) merupakan sesuatu yang menarik. Waktu tempuh perjalanan selama 26 jam menghadirkan pengalaman tak terlupakan.

Susahnya mendapatkan tiket secara online dari Jakarta, mendorong Saya untuk segera mencari tiket begitu tiba di Funky Monkey Hostel –tempat saya menginap di Viantiane-. Beryukur karena hostel menjual tiket tersebut seharga 420.000 Kip. Walaupun ada agen lain yang menjual dengan harga 400.000 Kip atau 410.000 Kip, Saya lebih memilih membeli di hostel karena setelah check out keesokan harinya Saya bisa menggunakan lobby hostel yang nyaman untuk menunggu tuk-tuk penjemput.

Tiket tersebut terdiri dari 2 lembar:

Gambar 1

 

kiri : papan informasi tiket ke beberapa destinasi yang dijual di hostel

kanan : lembaran tiket 1. Digunakan untuk perjalanan sleeper bus dari Viantiane ke Pakse

kanan bawah : lembaran tiket 2. Untuk perjalanan travel dari Pakse ke Siem Reap

 

Tuk-tuk penjemput datang telat 1 jam dari waktu yang dijadwalkan yaitu 18:30. Karena sedang macet parah di jalan Rue Setthalhilath, pemilik hotel akhirnya memohon Saya untuk sedikit berjalan kaki untuk menghampiri tuk-tuk yang sedang terjebak macet di jalan protokol itu.

Tuk-tuk itu akan mengantarkan Saya di pool sleeper bus. Selama perjalanan menuju pool terhitung tuk-tuk berhenti 5 kali untuk menjemput turis-turis lain di hostel tempat mereka menginap.

Tuk-tuk tiba di pool dalam waktu 45 menit. Setibanya di pool, petugas bus lalu meminta lembaran tiket 1 (warna kuning) dan dia akan memberikan tiket pengganti yang mirip. Terkesan terburu-buru, hanya butuh 5 menit proses perpindahan penumpang ini.

Gambar 2

kiri atas : tuk-tuk penjemput

kanan atas : sleeper bus “King of Bus’.

kanan bawah : interior bus

kiri bawah : hanya diberi satu botol air minum 600 ml saat berangkat dan satu tisu basah saat tiba di Pakse

Jam 21:00 bus meninggalkan pool menuju Southern Bus Station dan tiba dalam waktu 30 menit. Disinilah bus mengambil penumpang untuk terakhir kali. Sebetulnya Saya sedikit khawatir dengan backpack yang ditaruh di bagasi karena bagasi sangat penuh dengan barang-barang milik penumpang lokal. Seharusnya backpack bisa Saya bawa ke atas saja supaya aman. Tetapi bersyukur saat tiba di Pakse, backpack masih utuh.

Berikut situasi selama perjalanan menuju Pakse:

Gambar 3

Selama perjalanan Saya tidak berani minum terlalu banyak setelah mengetahui toilet bus tidak bisa digunakan. Takut kebelet pipis….

Jam 9 pagi, bus memasuki kota Pakse.

Gambar 4

 

kiri atas dan bawah : pemandangan kota Pakse

kanan : terminal Pakse dimana bus menurunkan penumpang.

Untuk turis yang akan berwisata di Pakse bisa dilanjutkan dengan jalan kaki atau naik tuk-tuk seharga 10.000 Kip. Nah, Saya yang akan melanjutkan perjalanan menuju Siem Reap, cukup menunggu di terminal karena dalam 10 menit akan di jemput oleh minivan.

Saya dijemput oleh minivan warna biru gelap. Minivan ini mengantarkan Saya menuju Ban Nakasong untuk berganti dengan minivan lain menuju perbatasan.

Gambar 5

Minivan pertama yang berangkat dari terminal Pakse sedang berhenti di rest area.

Gambar 6

1 jam kemudian minivan menurunkan seorang turis di Don Khong

Minivan kemudian menurunkan Saya di Ban Nakasong untuk menukarkan tiket dan berpindah ke minivan ke-2 menuju perbatasan.

Gambar 7

kiri : tiket pengganti yang didapatkan di Ban Nakasong.

kanan : minivan ke-2 dari Ban Nakasong ke perbatasan Laos-Kamboja.

Jam 11:45 Saya tiba di perbatasan Laos-Kamboja. Walaupun Indonesia adalah negara free visa untuk Laos, Saya diminta membayar USD 2 untuk mendapatkan stempel departure.

Gambar 8

kiri atas : gerbang perbatasan darat Laos

kanan atas : gedung imigrasi Laos

kanan bawah : tempat mendapatkan stempel departure dan pembayaran visa 

kiri bawah : gedung imigrasi Kamboja dilihat dari gedung imigrasi Laos

Setelah proses imigrasi di Laos selama 15 menit, Saya berjalan kaki menuju perbatasan Kamboja. Jaraknya sangat dekat.

Gambar 9

Gedung imigrasi Kamboja (Stung Treng Border Crossing Station)

Di imigrasi Kamboja, Saya juga harus membayar lembar karantina sebesar USD 1 dan stempel departure sebesar USD 1.

Dari gedung imigrasi Kamboja, Saya berpindah menggunakan minivan ke-3 yang akan mengantarkan turis menuju dropping point berikutnya sejauh 1 jam perjalanan.

Gambar 10

minivan ke-3

minivan ke-3 ini akan menurunkan penumpang di sebuah dropping point berupa rumah makan yang sekaligus merupakan agen travel. Saya menyempatkan makan nasi putih dan sebutih telur rebus seharga USD 1,5 disini. Disinilah Saya akan berpindah menggunakan minivan ke-4

Setelah menunggu 45 menit akhirnya minivan ke-4 tiba dan inilah minivan terakhir yang akan mengantarkan Saya ke Siem Reap.

Minivan ini akan berhenti sekali di rest area sekitar pukul 17:11Gambar 11

rest area tempat minivan ke-4 beristirahat

Kemudian minivan akan melanjutkan perjalanan menuju Siem Reap. Jam 20:50 akhirnya Saya memasuki kota Siem Reap dan minivan menurunkan turis disini untuk berganti dengan tuk-tuk ke pusat kota:Gambar 12

dropping point di kota Siem Reap

Dari dropping point ini Saya menggunakan tuk-tuk, sharing bertiga dengan turis lain ke pusat kota harus membayar USD 2 per orang.

Gambar 13

tuk-tuk hanya butuh 25 menit menuju ke Hangover Hostel tempat saya menginap

Semoga tulisan ini bisa menjadi gambaran sederhana untuk Kalian yang akan melakukan perjalanan yang sama.

Terimakasih.

 

Tokyo’s Major Stations….Nijūsanku Tourism Access

Staying two days in Tokyo gave me a chance to felt a hustle and bustle of the city. I got some good morality from interaction with Japanese. I had proved some good stories about Japanese characters that I heard and read from media.

I could approved their good attitudes when suddenly a middle-aged man ran up to me around Nakano station, he gave my wallet that lost there. Also their disciple in using every second was reflected in the regularity of their train network which actually very massive and complicated but seems very easy for them. 

My step for visiting Nijusanku (another name of Tokyo) tourist attractions had delivered me into some main stations in Tokyo as tourism access.

I will tell to you who haven’t visit there yet to become first images before you see it by yourself someday.

1. Tokyo Station

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first moment when I came in Tokyo

The luxurious station in Tokyo I had ever seen. It was “Shinkansen” main hub. It was very strategic because being crossing point of Tokyo Metro (regular subway) and regular JR-East Line (operating above the ground).

Except trains, Tokyo Station is also connected to city and intercity bus network.

Konektivitas Stasiun Tokyo

 

Left: Shinkansen connectivity in Tokyo station
Top Right: Shinkansen Track Gate
Bottom Right: JR Expressway Bus Office

2. Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station2

 

Left: Shibuya Station front view
Top Right: One of Shibuya Station gates
Bottom Right: Yamanote Line track in Shibuya Station

Located about 9 km southwest of Tokyo Station. It is one of the busiest commuter stations in Tokyo. Being vital because mobilization towards and from surrounding cities very dependent on its existence.

Shibuya Tourism

 

Left: Hachiko Statue

Right: One side of Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya itself presents some free tourist spots i.e Hachiko statue –dog that waiting for its owner until dies in the front of station– and Shibuya Crossing as the busiest crossing in the world that able to cross 50,000 pedestrians for 30 minutes.

3. Ueno Station

Ueno Station2

 

Left: Ueno station front view
Top Right: One of Ueno Station gates
Bottom Right: Yamanote Line Track in Ueno Station

Located about 6 Km north of Tokyo Station, the station which in its heyday is a Japan’s long-distance train major station.

Ueno Tourism

You must go to Ameyoko Market if you stop at Ueno Station. It is a market with low price and more discount. Backpackers must visit it if they want to eat cheaply. Even moslem  traveler, they will find halal food here. I saw many kebab sellers there. The first impression when entering this market is fishy smell….. Yes, many trader sell fresh seafood and spices to cook it.

4. Akihabara Station

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after getting off from a train

Located about 3 Km north of Tokyo Station, the Station is centrally located in Akihabara’s electronics shopping area.

Akibahara Tourism

night situation around Akihabara electronics store

Akihabara is a haven for electronic lovers. This shopping area provides famous brands with cheap prices following fantastic promos and discounts.

5. Harajuku Station

Harajuku Station

frontview and Harajuku Station platform

Located about 12 Km west of Tokyo Station. Harajuku is a region name in east of this station. Harajuku became the sixth busiest station in Tokyo.

Harajuku Station Tourism

 

Left: Takeshita Street
Right: Meiji-Jingu Shrine

Harajuku Station is access to Takeshita Street tourist spot. It’s 350 meters road that becomes young Japanese representative with a uniqueness and interesting clothes. It is also spoiling tourists with culinary and fashion shops.

Then about 700 m north of this station, you can visit Meiji-Jingu Shrine. A magnificent temple to remembering Emperor Meiji. Green and fresh situation of this temple is reflected by environments around temple which is a very clean and well maintained forest.

So. .. .what are you waiting, guys? …. Visit Japan.

 

Tokunai Pass….Traveler Pass in Tokyo, Japan

I successfully moved from Narita International Airport to downtown by cheapest mode of transportation i.e Keisei Expressway Bus for 1,000 Yen (USD 10).

Didn’t happy, because next question appeared i.e “How did I frugally explore city? “

The answer was easy. I must immediately get Tokunai Pass (Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass).

After I got off from airport bus, I rushed into Tokyo station to got it. Of course, I had to went to Automatic Ticketing Machine. Initially, I was confused to looked for Tokunai Pass menu on the machine. After all buttons were punched. Evidently, Tokunai Pass menu was located in “Discount Card” directory. Easy to used it because there were multi language choice that could be used (of course I used English).

Ticketing Tokyo n Shibuya Gate

 

Left: Automatic ticketing machine in Tokyo Station where I bought Tokunai Pass

Right: Gate in Shibuya Station, one of many stations where Tokunai Pass could be used as entry access to train platform.

Tokunai Pass fare was 750 Yen and could be used until 24:00. So to maximize its benefits, You better buy it on the morning and use it to visit Tokyo’s attractions fullday. In fact, I bought it at 13:00 and used it until 21:00.

Tokunai Pass

 

Left: Tokunai Pass
Right: Tokunai Pass receipt

How did I frugally use Tokunai Pass? It was the calculation:

 

If I bought regular tickets towards several attractions below:

  1. Towards Yadoya Guesthouse in Nakano. From Station Tokyo – Nakano Station for 220 Yen
  2. Towards Hachiko Statue and Shibuya Crossing. From Yadoya Guesthouse in Nakano Station to Shibuya Station for 200 Yen
  3. Towards Ameyoko Market. From Shibuya Station to Ueno Station for 190 Yen
  4. Toward Akihabara electronic market. From Ueno Station to Akihabara Station for 160 Yen
  5. Towards Harajuku Street. From Akihabara Station to Harajuku Station for 170 Yen
  6. Back to guesthouse. From Harajuku Station to Nakano Station for 220 Yen 
    Total Overall were 1160 Yen 

Because I bought a Tokunai Pass for 750 Yen so I had saved for 410 Yen.

It was only  an 8 hours journey, If you arrive on early morning, it will be able to visit many attractions and can save budget more.

While using Tokunai Pass, I used only two lines of JR-East Train i.e Yamanote Line (Tokyo Circle Line) which is the busiest line in Tokyo and Chuo Line that connects downtown and Otsuki about 90 km west of Tokyo.

Tokunai Pass can be purchased at automated ticketing machines at all JR-East Line stations in Tokyo. And it can be used for all local JR-East Train Line (in Tokyo) whose rail is located above ground. The train is similar to Jakarta’s Commuter (in Jakarta-Indonesia).

Good luck for using Tokunai Pass when you visit Tokyo…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheap Food for Backpacker at Japan.

Japan had been set by me to be my top destination in East Asia after visited Hong Kong, Macao and Shenzen a year earlier.

For a backpacker who concerns with a budget like me, Japan becomes an expensive place that needs some tricks to spend minimal budget for 4 days exploring its magnetism. Japan magnetism has made every traveler are impressed to Japan.

For minimizing hotel budget, I got a free overnight stay at Kansai International Airport and also got a cheap dormitory at Yadoya Guesthouse (in Nakano area) and Kaga Hotel (in Osaka city).

Transportation budget was also helped by Tokunai Pass in Tokyo and One Day Pass in Osaka.

Well, I will tell how I chose some ways to got cheap food in Japan for saved budget. I did it because I has to save a lot of money for visiting another countries in the world to realize my long backpacker mission.

Lunch

When arrived at Narita International Airport on 11:15 then lunch was something that couldn’t be delayed anymore. It wasn’t possible to waited for lunch in Tokyo downtown. After searched it around Narita’s Arrival Hall, I just found some expensive price at food court, I finally pushed  my steps into Lawson. Indeed many cheap onigiris, but single onigiri certainly wasn’t enough for lunch. Finally it was the best option that I took for my menu:Lunch at Narita

Two onigiris with some companion menu for 248 Yen made me enough satisfied.

Dinner 

My thinking way is simple when being backpacker. I will eat on time to avoid sickness during trip. And wherever is it and when eating time comes then I will try to find the cheapest food around me. I don’t need to go back to a certain place for eating. Just calm and eat something as soon as possible.

My dinner happened when I was enjoying Ameyoko (Ameya Yokocho) Market hubbub near Ueno station. When hungry wasn’t unstoppable I finally started to looked for food around it. A lot of Turkish was opening kebab stall, but it seemed less for my portion.

Dinner at 4 degrees Celsius weather would be better if ate hot noodles like it:

Dinner at Yokoco

Spent for 398 Yen and got a bottle of ice water …. made me could sleep so soundly

Breakfast

I had a breakfast near Yadoya Guesthouse in Nakano where I stayed during visiting Tokyo. Walking around home-based restaurant, I just found a relatively expensive menu. Finally I found Family Mart there. 10 slices of onigiri was being my dish

Breakfast Nakano

Simply paid 298 Yen

Menu in Amerikamura, Osaka

A day later, visiting Amerikamura required me to buy a lunch menu before moved towards Namba Parks.

So hard to found cheap food here, but finally I bought a menu at a home-based Japanese restaurant which selling Thai food.

Here was my choice:

Lunch Amerikamura

 

Slightly expensive to spent for 680 Yen. Because of no other options. But the portion was very much for Indonesian liked me ….. I couldn’t breathe because of satiety.

Well for you who have a minimal budget, don’t worry  for visiting Japan. There is always a solution as long as we tricky faced all condition there.

Let’s visit Japan, friends ……

Bus from Narita International Airport to Tokyo Downtown, Japan

December 29th, 2016 at 11:15 am, Vanilla Air smoothly landed at Narita International Airport terminal 3.

My first time visiting Japan made immigration officers spent a lot of time to interogated my itinerary during stayed in Tokyo and Osaka. But completeness of my itinerary made me easily passed immigration counter.

Narita Airport officers politely checked their country guests. For physical checking, they asked for permission by explaining their procedure on a file that was showed to me.

I remembered after physical checking,  a warm smile officer said to me: “Are you sure sir? Entering Tokyo just use t-shirt like it?” …. I tried kindly reply: “No sir, I will use my jacket after get out from airport “.

After ate onigiri as my lunch menu, I immediately moved to tranportation counter area. Trying to quickly understood all of information there.

The conclusion was….I certainly wouldn’t use Narita Sky Access towards downtown. It only takes 36 minutes towards downtown which is 75 km from Narita. But it certainly need more budget … about 1,400 yen for adults and 700 yen for children …. bye bye Narita Sky Access.

Thought twice also if I would use Narita Express. It need 3,020 Yen for using it towards downtown in 1 hour duration.

And although Keisei Main Line is cheaper than 2 other types of trains. Actually it only need to spend 1,190 Yen to downtown. The train is similar to Jabodetabek commuter train (Jakarta Commuter Train). Finally, I still chose the most cheapest transportation mode i.e  bus.

perbandingan harga

 

Fare:  Narita Sky Access Line Vs Keisei Main Line

A. Bus from Narita Airport to Tokyo Downtown 

The cheapest option is expressway bus. Ticket fare is 1,000 yen. I just needed to went to ticket counter in Narita airport then their staff would give it:

Tiket

After got a ticket, I immediately headed to its shelter. Easy enough to found it because direction signs are very informative at Narita airport.

Bus will reach to downtown within 1 hour and mostly pass through higway.

Here are some views during journey to downtown:

View at expressway

Passengers will be dropped off at a shelter near Tokyo Station:

Stasiun Tokyo Dropping Point

 

Left: Dropping point
Right: Front yard of Tokyo station

To continued my trip to hostel and some attractions from Tokyo Station, I bought Tokunai Pass which mostly using on ground train line. So I never used subway in Tokyo.

B. Bus from Downtown to Narita Airport

Reversely, when we will go from downtown to Narita Airport, bus will depart from Tokyo station but it start from different place with the dropping one when I travels to downtown from Narita Airport.

The expressway bus shelter can be found from following sign boards in Tokyo station

Bus Gate Stasiun Tokyo

 

Yaesu Central Side Gate at Tokyo Station

Exit from Tokyo Station through Yaesu Central Side Gate then turn right…. I found Expressway Bus office and shelter:

JR Expressway

Left: Expressway Bus office
Right: Expressway Bus to Narita airport

From here, bus will depart to Narita Airport.

Okay guys … happy trying.