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Travelling from Tokyo International Airport to Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand Tokyo-Shiodome

9 days ago

Hi Out There,
Meant to be still travelling to Japan early March and trying to work out the best way to get to our Hotel in Shiodome, Tokyo - flight arrives approx 5am. Thinking the train (monorail perhaps) and a walk. Any other thoughts please. Also, I gather JR Pass may not cover this trip, so will purchase a Suica Card at Station ?
Thanks in Advance.

7.3 miles
10 replies
Australia
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8 days ago

Monorail to Hamamatsucho and an 800 metre walk.

If you have an active JR Pass, it will cover the monorail. In any event, you should get a Suica and use it for any local trains (JR, if not covered by the Pass, and non-JR), subways, buses, at convenience stores and some cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, vending machines, left luggage lockers. If you have an iPhone 8 or later, you can add a virtual Suica to Apple Wallet and top it up with any card you have in Apple Pay.

Australia
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8 days ago

Thanks Tony. You seem to have some great knowledge of Japan. Any thoughts on Pocket Wi-Fi vs Japanese SIM card ? staying 15 days.

Australia
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8 days ago

How many people, how many devices?

If it's you + phone, then a sim is easier... the downside being that your home sim isn't in the phone so if there's anyone important who needs to know that, you need to let them know. Japanese sims (for tourists) are data only and usually don't permit calls but messaging should work ok so you can message people so they have the number.

A pocket wi-fi works well if there's more than one of you and/or you have more than one device. In our case, it's two people and and an iPhone and a iPad each, so it's just easier to get a pocket wifi and we can both connect easily. The only potential downside to that is (apart from carrying the wifi unit around) you have to stick together!

There are lots of pocket wifi vendors. The usual routine is to book it online and then pick it up at the airport on your way in, either at the airport Post Office or a convenience store (e.g., Lawson). Alternatively, most vendors can ship it to your hotel; shipping to an AirBnB is more problematic as they get shipped to arrive the day before you do .... and obviously somebody has to be there to take delivery. For return, the vendors provide a prepaid envelope - you just package up the device, cords etc, put it in the envelope and drop it in a post box (or at the airport Post Office) on your way out. The units usually allow up to 10 (simultaneous) connections; the network name and the password are usually stuck on the back of the unit (at least the ones we've rented....).

You can find some information here -

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2279.html

Note that page has some 'sponsored' links to providers ... We've always used iVideo and are using them again next month. If you're picking up the unit at the airport, pay attention to where they can deliver it, what time your flight arrives etc., to make sure it will work for you.

https://www.ivideo.com.tw/english/

iVideo may not have the prettiest looking website but it works for us. If you want some links to other vendors, please let me know.

As for SIM cards, there are various suppliers in Australia + vending machines at the airport and, once you're in town, stores like BIC Camera and Yodabashi.

United States of America
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3 days ago

Nice

Australia
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8 days ago

.... and of course, now I look back, you already said your flight arrives at 5 am .... Convenience stores (such as Lawson) are usually open 24/7 but the Post Office is ..... the post office (so almost definitely not 24/7).

If you decide to go with a sim, the phone obviously needs to be unlocked (i.e., not locked to your home carrier's network).

Australia
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8 days ago

.... and you said "our" so I guess there's more than one of you travelling! I'm a bit slow today.... 😀

Australia
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4 days ago

Appreciate your info. Now just working out if we should still be heading over or not ??

Australia
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3 days ago

Why not? We’re currently on board about to depart from Tullamarine. Probably a much greater chance of being struck by lightning when you step out your front door tomorrow than getting the coronavirus virus from some random person in Japan. The U.S has had 10,000+ deaths from flu this winter but nobody seems to worry about that.

Wash your hands frequently, stay away from anyone coughing and spluttering .... otherwise enjoy life. You may get run over tomorrow .... who knows?

Australia
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3 days ago

Hey Tony, I hear your thoughts. Wishing you a fabulous time. Any tips would love to hear them.
Stay safe!

United States of America
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3 days ago

Hey Greunsven