Getting to Tokyo, Japan

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If you are a citizen of one of the over 50 countries (, with which Japan has a "general visa exemption arrangement", you need only a valid passport to enter Japan as a "temporary visitor". Otherwise, you need to obtain a visa before entering the country. Temporary visitors from most countries are allowed to stay for up to 90 days.

If you are a citizen of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, you have the possibility to extend your stay to a total of up to six months. You still initially enter Japan on a 90 day permit, but can then apply for an extension at an immigration bureau in Japan.

All foreign tourists in Japan are required to carry their passports with them at all times.

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  • 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture 100-0005 , Japan

    Tokyo is the nerve centre of railways in Japan, highspeed Shinkansen services arrives at Tokyo Station (東京駅 Tōkyō-eki) which is located in the Chiyoda ward. For all trains on the northern route, you can get off at Ueno, while trains on the western route calls at Shinagawa. Most non-Shinkansen services usually stops at Shibuya and Shinjuku stations as well. Ueno and Ikebukuro stations connect you to the northern suburbs and neighboring prefectures.


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    1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba Prefecture 282-0004, Japan

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    Tokyo's main international gateway is Narita Airport (成田空港), located in the town of Narita nearly 70 kilometers northeast of Tokyo and covered in a separate article.

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    〒144-0041 Tokyo, Ota, Hanedakuko, 3 - 3 - 2

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    Haneda Airport is located less than 30 minutes south of central Tokyo. It consists of three terminal buildings: terminal 1 which is mainly used by JAL and its subsidiary airlines, terminal 2 which is mainly used by ANA and its subsidiary airlines, and the international terminal which handles all international flights. With over 60 million passengers per year, Haneda Airport is by far Japan's busiest airport and ranks among the world's five busiest airports.

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    1601-55 Yozawa, Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture 311-3416, Japan

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    Ibaraki Airport (茨城空港IATA: IBR) in Omitama, Ibaraki, some 85 km north of Tokyo, is an upstart aimed squarely at low-cost carriers. As of 2010, services are limited to flights from Kobe, Seoul and Shanghai, but the 1.5-hour bus ride to/from Tokyo Station is only ¥500 for flight passengers. (pre-booked)

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