Asakusa is located easy and straight access from both airports. Narita Airport has both Keisei Line (direct) and JR Line (non-direct). Haneda Airport has both Keikyu Line (direct) and MonoRail (non-direct). Direction from/to Tokyo Station, Ueno Station, Asakusa Station, Tawaramachi Station is piece of cake in peace (^^). For more useful information, you may please click HERE which would support your direction easy and comfort.
Narita Airport --- Ueno station (last stop)
45 min. on Keisei Skyliner (all reserved, direct train), 2,470yen.
Ueno station --- Tawaramachi station
2 stops 3 min. on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G18), 170yen.
(Taxi : Ueno station - Tokyo Ryokan : less than 1,000yen per cab / 5 min.)
(Airport Limousine Bus : NRT - Asakusa View Hotel, 2,900yen / only 4 buses a day)
Are you a Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) holder? Since it is only 1,030yen to
get to Keisei Ueno station, it is not wise to exchange your voucher to
actual JR Pass at Narita Airport. If you intend to pass through Tokyo without
staying in downtown, and continue train-riding to another cities, say Nagano,
Nikko, Takayama, Kyoto and more, then of course, please go ahead and activate
the JR Pass at Narita Airport JR station (both terminal 1 station and terminal
2-3 station) which has the exchange office. Sometimes, you may find long
queue with more than 1 hour waiting line (no kidding) in which case, it
is wise to pay the 1,030yen on not JR but Keisei railway line to downtown
Tokyo. On your landing day or later days, you may be able to exchange/activate
the pass easier at major JR downtown stations like Tokyo, Ueno, Ikebukuro,
Shinjuku, Shibuya, Shinagawa and more. Please be noticed that each station
has different opening hour for their counter. This page has the available office and its service hours.
Do you need to sleep several hours at the airport? Regardless how many hours you need, we always recommend a capsule hotel called Nine Hours, which is similar to First Class of international flight (judging by how much space it has!).
Narita Airport ( www.narita-airport.jp ) is about 75km train ride from downtown Tokyo. It is located in eastern part of Tokyo (geographically, not in Tokyo but in Chiba, another state or prefecture), perhaps this page would explain without words at single glance. Precisely, it is 69.3km from Keisei Ueno Station on Keisei Railway Line, or 79.2km from JR Tokyo Station on JR East Railway Line. Each lines have two stations, one for Terminal 1 (end of the lines, real terminal of the lines), and the other for Terminal 2 & 3 (next stop from the end of the lines, not the real terminal stations so you may not get your seat if you don't have reserved one before boarding). Terminal 3 is "short" walking distance from Terminal 2 & 3 station. Most of the LCC companies are at Terminal 3. Regardless you arrived at either terminal, 1 or 2 or 3, once you cleared the customs and immigration area with best smile (and finger prints!), you are entering officially into Japan (^_^) Welcome and Yokoso.
Many people take Airport Limousine Bus for getting into city center of Tokyo. Although, asier and faster and less expensive (especially for Asakusa and Ueno) is Keisei Railway Line . Some others may be interested in riding on JR East Railway Line . A certain percentage is well-off enough to get cab/taxi with spending around US$250 - US$300 including toll fee. If you were planning ahead to be picked up, we highly recommend that you'd contact with Japan Dream Tour which would cost actually less than cab/taxi, and very convenient if you had heavy luggage. Ready to roll your baggage by yourself? Highway buses are departing from the same leveled floor of custom and immigration, so just walk out of another exit door to inhale true Japan Air (outside of terminal building), and you shall find buses line up there.
They are for destinations of T-CAT (Tokyo City Air Terminal), Tokyo station, Nihonbashi, Ikebukuro, Mejiro, Kudan, Korakuen, Hibiya, Akasaka (not Asakusa by highway bus), Shibuya, Takeshiba and Rinkai Fukutoshin, Minami Osawa, Keio Tama Center, Seiseki Sakuragaoka, Tachikawa, Y-CAT (Yokohama City Air Terminal), Shin-Yokohama, Fujimino, Niiza, Shiki, Asakadai, Tokyo Disney Resort Hotels, Haneda Airport, Shinjuku, Kinshicho, Toyocho, Shinkiba, Ginza, Shiodome, Roppongi, Shiba, Ebisu, Shinagawa, Kichijoji, Chofu, Hachioji, Minatomirai, Shin-Koshigaya, Soka, Yashio, Fukaya, Kagohara, Kumagaya, Shinrin Koen, Shin-Urayasu, Chigasaki, Tsujido, Fujisawa, Totsuka, Nakayama, Hashimoto, Sagami-Ono, Machida, Honatsugi, Shin-Yurigaoka, Tama-Plaza, Chiba, Kimitsu, Kisarazu, Matsudo, Kashiwa, Omiya, Sakado, Kawagoe, Oizumi-Gakuen, Wako, Tokorozawa, Hitachi, Utsunomiya, Tsuchiura, Tsukuba Center, Takasaki, Maebashi, Shizuoka, Kofu, Isawa, Katsunuma, Ota, Oizumi, Tatebayashi, Kiryu, Ashikaga, Fukushima, Koriyama, Odawara, Numazu, Gotenba and more!
Cheapest way to get into downtown Tokyo? Keisei railway line is the route with only 1,030yen one way. Better and full explanation can be referred at this page, but here's brief information as well. KEISEI railway company has three types of trains from Narita Airport to city center ....... Skyliner is the fastest and most comfortable with two seaters (2-aisle-2) reclined at 2,470 yen one way (via Access Line) ....... Access Express is communal type of seat, long bench style seat, cost 1,280yen one way ....... Limited Express (via Main Line) is also communal type of seat, long bench style seat, cost 1,030yen one way (the cheapest). Skyliner stops at Nippori, then terminate at Keisei Ueno Station, at both of which stations, you may transfer to JR trains. Access Express and Limited Express goes also to Keisei Ueno station, but some trains bound for Asakusa, Shinagawa and Haneda Airport (via Toei Asakusa Line and Keikyu Line) direct.
Best deal in terms of discount are you looking for? Options are.......N'EX Tokyo Round Trip Tickdet and Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket and JR TOKYO Wide Pass. If your initial destination (first night) is in Ueno/Asakusa area, Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket is always highly recommended. There are six options.......one way + 24-hour or 48-hour or 72-hour, round-trip + 24-hour or 48-hour or 72-hour.......tickets are valid for 6 months from date of purchase......but if you were planning to fly back home from another airport (HND, NGO, KIX) or ferry to South Korea and China, One way plus the Tokyo Subway Ticket shall do. N'EX Tokyo Direct Ticket is NOT recommended for Ueno/Asakusa area, but for other area yes highly recommended, say, Tokyo central station, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro shall do. For those who would like to receive few yen discount each time you ride, both ic cards, Suica and PASMO are useful. Technically they are the same, just name difference because different company named different name. For your downtown travel routing, Tokyo Metro Transfer Planner is very useful.
New bus service, nick-named as LCC Bus, is yes cheap, nice and "kool" via Tokyo Shuttle operated by Keisei Bus. It is as low as 900yen. Again, It is not so recommended if your destination is Asakusa or Ueno, since there is much easier way (and as cheap as 1,030yen) as mentioned above. The Access Narita and Willer Express are the rival companies.
36 min. on Keikyu Line and Toei Asakusa Line (direct through-train), 620yen (from international).
Direct train runs every 10-15 minutes, otherwise, please transfer at Shinagawa station or Sengakuji station.
(Airport Limousine Bus : HND - Asakusa View Hotel, 930yen / every 2 hours, almost)
Always within top 5 of the best world airports according to www.worldairportawards.com/ . Haneda Airport (both domestic terminal international terminal) is located in very near to city center, south of downtown Tokyo, actually
southern most tip of Tokyo metropolitan city (crossing the river is Kawasaki
city). Compare to Narita Airport in Chiba (not in Tokyo), Haneda Airport
has better access, faster access, cheaper access, newer facilities, once
the international terminal awarded as cleanest airport of the world.
Access to/from Asakusa is as easy as ABC.
A : Airport Limited Express (Keihin Kyuko = Keikyu Train)
There are frequent direct train service to/from Asakusa, 36 minutes JPY620 for international terminal, 39 minutes JPY660 for domestic terminal. Let's not be stingy to ride free-shuttle-bus between international terminal and domestic terminal because it does not worth JPY40 (^^); but for airplane fan, it is worth trying.
There is another rail method for city center (Hamamatsucho on JR Yamanote line), but this Tokyo Monorail is not highly recommended for Asakusa simply because above Airport Express is much faster, cheaper, easier, but of course if you were a monorail fan, and with JR Pass, you may try changing at Hamamatsucho station (JR <=> Monorail). Maybe not with big luggage.
B : Bus via Highway
Since there is above mentioned direct train service, it is not advisable to take this highway bus for Asakusa. Although, it is worth riding on Shuto Expressway for the Tokyo scenery, the same vision as you may see on Shutoko Battle on PS3 (or PSP). There are only two in the morning and other two in the afternoon, takes double time (more than 60 minutes, and you know the jam of Tokyo sometime as bad as your city) also costs double.
C : Cab or Taxi or Uber
It is relatively expensive, but easy and reliable, smooth and flexible, direct and "reservable". Limo style nice car is available at this site, reasonable one is here, and Japan Dream Tour is recommended together with your accommodation/transportation/itinerary planned together.
Let's find and track your flight on www.flightradar24.com/.
Interested in flying cheap in Japan? Please find LCC tickets at this page.
Because downtown Tokyo has no 24-hour public transportation yet, you may consider crashing down on couch either at the terminal, well, international terminal is comfortable, actually much better than cheapo-ish hostel :D or how about FIRST CABIN (new type of capsule hotel) at domestic terminal 1? And here's newly opened Royal Park Hotel at international terminal. Onsen Hot Spring lovers must visit Heiwajima. Let's watch sunrise reflecting on Mt.Fuji, and move onto your destination with smile (^_^)
Not a JR Pass holder? No problem at all ....... here's several useful town crusing tickets.
Tokyo station --- Ueno station
7 min. on JR Yamanote Line, 160yen
Ueno station --- Tawaramachi station
2 stops 3 min. on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, 170yen
(Taxi : Tokyo station - Tokyo Ryokan, 2,500yen per cab / about 20 min.)
Tokyo Ryokan is between Asakusa and Ueno, most nearest station is Tawaramachi, all within walk distance.
Tawaramachi station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Asakusa station on Tobu Line
Asakusa station on Toei Subway Line
Asakusa station on Tsukuba Express (TX Line)
Ueno station on JR Lines
Ueno station on Keisei Line