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.
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:
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:
Passengers will be dropped off at a shelter near Tokyo Station:
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
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:
Left: Expressway Bus office
Right: Expressway Bus to Narita airport
From here, bus will depart to Narita Airport.
Okay guys … happy trying.