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Old 04-24-2018, 10:07 PM
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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How good is google at providing directions for public transit in Japan? I'm arriving in Narita airport on May 3rd at around 1:30pm and I want to take the Shinkansen to Iwakuni. Here is route that I'm planning on taking.


How doable will this route be and how does the transfers work from going from one shinkansen train to the next? Will I need two separate tickets? Also I'm not getting the JR pass since it doesn't work for nazomi trains. Also I'm aware this is during the golden week, will the trains be supper full?
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Old 04-25-2018, 02:45 AM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I couldn't even figure out how to buy a ticket and ride the train from Marlyand into central Washington, and I speak perfect English.

Narita town is very friendly, and enough people speak English that you'll have no trouble finding someone willing to help you. Once you've seen how ticketing works at Narita, you'll feel like an old hand at it.

By the way, there is a way to get from the Airport to Narita Town free. Just take the free shuttle from the airport to the Narita View Hotel, and wait outside the lobby for the free shuttle every half hour to Narita town, which stops at the train station. Same thing back the other way.
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Old 04-25-2018, 10:20 PM
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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Originally Posted by Ian_Lee View Post
It can be easy and it can also be confusing.

I have some knowledge of Japanese and I can read all the signs. But couple of time I still made mistake.

It is because the trains are so frequent especially during the rush hours. For example, one platform can hold trains for different routes. And the trains come in 2-3 minutes interval. After the train departs, locals quickly line up on the platform for the coming train. There are so many platforms, up to two dozens, in large stations like Tokyo.

And there are many train and subway lines owned by private, i.e. Odakyu, that you have to buy separate tickets for the ride.
I would recommend getting the stored charge cards, either the Suica or PASMO cards, which can be used between the different transportation lines, whether bus, JR, Tokyo Metro subway, or other lines such as Odakyu. They can also be used in many stores, vending machines and restaurants as well.
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