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Essential information

At a glance

Mar-May
Sep-Nov
Best time to go
Spring
Autumn
Monday
HRS
22
22
MINS
10
10
Current Time
GMT +9
area code
03

Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
¥8000
  • Dorm bed: ¥3000
  • Free sights such as temples and markets
  • Bowl of noodles: ¥800
  • Happy-hour drink: ¥500
  • 24-hour subway pass: ¥600
Midrange
¥8000–20,000
  • Double room at a business hotel: ¥15,000
  • Museum entry: ¥1000
  • Dinner for two at an izakaya (Japanese pub-eatery): ¥6000
  • Live music show: ¥3000
Top end (more than)
¥20,000
  • Double room in a four-star hotel: from ¥35,000
  • Private cooking class: ¥10,000
  • Sushi-tasting menu: ¥15,000
  • Taxi ride back to the hotel: ¥3000

Visas

Visas are generally not required for stays of up to 90 days.

When to go and weather

Temperature
°C°F

Getting to Tokyo

Tokyo has two international airports. Narita Airport, in neighbouring Chiba Prefecture, is the primary gateway to Tokyo; most budget flights end up here. Haneda Airport, on Tokyo Bay and closer to the city centre, is getting an increasing number of international flights; this is also where most domestic flights arrive. Flying into Haneda means quicker and cheaper access to central Tokyo. Both airports have smooth, hassle-free entry procedures, and are connected to the city centre by public transport.

There are no international ferry routes to or from Tokyo.

Flights, tours and cars can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Tokyo

The best price found from United States to Tokyo is on January 15th, 2020, travelling with Spirit Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

DTW
Detroit Wayne County
from $454.00
NRT
Tokyo Narita

Getting around Tokyo

Efficient, clean and generally safe, Tokyo's public transport system is the envy of the world. Of most use to travellers is the train and subway system, which is easy to navigate thanks to English signage.

  • Subway The quickest and easiest way to get around central Tokyo. Runs 5am to midnight.
  • Train Japan Rail (JR) Yamanote (loop) and Chūō-Sōbu (central) lines service major stations. Runs from 5am to midnight.
  • Taxi A pricey option but the only one that runs all night; easy to hail.
  • Cycling A fun way to get around, though traffic can be intense. Rentals available; some hostels and ryokan lend bicycles.
  • Walking Subway stations are close in the city centre; save cash by walking if you only need to go one stop.

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