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Getting Around in TOKYO

Trains- Tokyo has an extensive train network connecting every part of the city. They are frequent and easily available. There are many services of which JR Yamanote Line, JR Chuo and Sobu are the major ones. Tokyo also has a good subway with the Tokyo metro running nine lines. There are also other private lines that operate across the city. Pre-paid passes are available which helps one to travel across the city for a day.

Taxis- Taxis can be hailed easily and are a good option if you miss the trains. However, they are quite expensive.

Cars- Driving around the city is recommended as one of the last options to get around Tokyo. The streets can be quite confusing and the traffic jams are frequent.

Buses- Though not very frequent, buses reach out to the areas where train don’t ply to. They run only on certain routes and are marked by a kanji (Japanese character).

Ferries- Water buses are available if one plans to visit the waterfront areas such as Asakusa, Hinode, and Harumi.

Cycles- Cycling across the city is quite common, but there are no marked biking paths in the city limits.

How to Reach TOKYO

By Air

The Narita Airport serves the international flights to Tokyo.  All major airlines from around the world, fly in and out of Tokyo. There are frequent limousine buses that connect the airport to the city. One can also take express trains from the airport to reach the city. Taxis are the other option. The Haneda Airport caters to both domestic and international flights and is known as the Tokyo international airport. It is also one of the busiest airports in Asia. Tokyo monorail connects this airport to the city centre. The private Kekiyu line is the other option to reach the city from Haneda airport.

By Road

Numerous state-run and private buses ply to and from Tokyo. The major bus service provider is JR bus group that has many buses connecting Tokyo with other Japanese cities.

By Rail

The superfast Shinkansen trains connects Tokyo to other cities in Japan.

By Water

Domestic ferry services are available from Tokyo to other cities in Japan. These are not very frequent, though.

Visa Requirements for JAPAN

UAE passport holders travelling to Japan must fill-out the Japan pre-arrival registration application form available online. The registration is valid for 3 years or till the expiration date of passport, whichever comes first. They can enjoy a visa-free stay post it. Indian, Pakistani, Filipinos, Egyptian, Bangladeshi and Iranian expats living in UAE need to apply for the Japanese tourist visa. 

It is advisable that nationals of different countries get in touch with their respectiv...

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