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From Taiwan(Kelong,Gaoshung) (基隆,高雄) or China(Shang-hai,Tian-Jin,Qingdao)(上海,天津,青島) also useful.
Also from Russia(continental, Sakhalin island) are available, although they are not scheduled regularly or seasonally.
The most busy international air ports are TOKYO NRITA AIRPORT(成田空港(新東京国際空港)) about 70km east from the center of Tokyo and KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT(関西国際空港) about 40km south west of Osaka.
There are also many international flights to other cities.
See more detail informations;
How to carry your bike
Any air transport company may accepts bicycle as checked baggage. The policies about a bike varies according to each company. Some companies accepts as it is, in this case you don't need to disassemble a bike. Other companies may demand to disassemble it like Rinko.
Baggage clerks tend to handle it roughly. Perhaps they couldn't aware of what they were carrying. So it's well worth not covering a bike even if the company demand to disassemble it.
Take care of weigh limit for checked baggage. I heard that additional charge for overweight is very expensive.
From an airport to a city
Taking an airport limousine(rimujin basu,リムジンバス) is the best good idea, since they accept your bike without asking you to take all to pieces.
If you choose a train, private train company other than JR is cheaper, in case you don't have any JR rail pass.
From Narita airport, take a Keisei railway(京成電鉄)limited express, which is the cheapest. Sky liner(special express) can save only 15 minutes by 1000 Yen.
You can search the route by train, air and/or bus. It's very convenience.
Special discount fares for overseas travelers!
JAL offers discount fares to overseas traveller. This service is for domestic flights and they allow you to fly anywhere within Japan, 42 cities, in Y12.000. ANA also offers the same service named "Visit JAPAN Fare", but it seems that they don't provide it for all countries.
To take advantage of these fares, it must be purchased before entering Japan.
Purchase tickets within Japan
It is better to seek for discount tickets at discount stores near the station, because domestic air tickets are normally very very expensive.
Some newly established air lines are alternative way to save your money. As they still don't have English web site, it is more convenient to ask travel agencies for tickets.
Ferry boats(ferii, フェリー)
Many domestic ferries are available from one island to another island in Japan. Taking ferry boats are the easiest, the most relaxed and cheapest transportation for cyclist.
How to carry your bike
You can carry your bike as it is. They charge around 20% of passenger fee for your bike.
Many cyclists love traveling by train. It is good idea to escape from busy city area by train, using plenty different kinds of passes. Fortunately Japan Railway company has good multilingual web site. So, please check them.
Japan Rail Pass
Many foreign tourists buy this ticket.
This is a wonderful seasonally ticket.
Spring(from 1st March to 10th April)
The period is not same each year. Please check in advance.
The ticket is invalid for Shinkansen, Limited Express, Express and sleeping car even if you could pay for additional charge. So it's supposed to make local line connection one after another. To save timetable reading headaches, access Hyperdia and uncheck the boxes of Shinkansen, JR-Ltd.Exp and JR-Exp before search. Then you can get the most efficient route and timetable.
How to carry your bike
Japanese trains don't have any cargo cars with passengers' cars. So you have to take all to pieces.
Rinko page for more information.
Short distance bus is called Noriai bus （乗り合いバス） Rosen bus （路線バス）in Japan. The buses don't have a trunk for passenger's baggage and don't have external bike rack. So, you are supposed to do Rinko and bring it into the inside of a bus. Most of bus companies charge for the bike. It costs about a half or one times as much as normal fare.
Long distance bus is called Kosoku bus （高速バス）. It's just the cheapest way to get around Japan! They have trunks differently from short distance bus. You can drop the bike into the trunk by Rinko style. In that case, you don't have to pay additional charges.
But their trunks are not so large. If you have to bring the bike into cabin, because the trunks are filled with other passenger's baggage, you might have to pay additional charges for the bike as is the case with short distance bus. At this moment, it's difficult to say that long distance bus is the cheapest.
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uploaded:19, 11, 2005
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