Travelling Made Easy: Why the Japan Airport Limousine is a Must-Try

Written by Katherine

January 16, 2013
Last Updated on March 5, 2024

It was our first trip to Japan, and it was for our honeymoon! Based on what we found out, taking a cab in Japan to most places is usually quite costly. So the next best thing that we found was to take the Japan Airport Limousine bus to our accommodation. Read on to find out about our experience~! ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ

✨ BEFORE YOU GO ✨

Our Previous Experience with an Airport Bus Trasport

Finding out that the alternative to not taking a cab to our hotel was taking the Japan Airport Limousine, I was reminded of the time when we had a negative experience taking an airport bus transport in Taiwan. That was back in 2008 when we tried out Freego, an airport transport that sets off from Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport to our hotel.

Ridiculous System, Waiting Time and Experience

Taking Freego was ridiculous, to be honest. The queue system was horrible and the waiting time for the bus that goes to our hotel was also ridiculously long. Even if the right bus arrived, we would not even board them as they were all full! So we ended up waiting for a really long time before we were able to board a slightly emptier bus. And this was not even the worst part.

We thought that we could relax on the bus until we got somewhere near our hotel. But apparently, the bus that we were on did not even go anywhere near our hotel! ( ` ω ´ ) We had to change to another bus, which would eventually take us to a stop nearer to our hotel. And on this bus, there is no luggage compartment so we had to bring our luggage onto the bus! OMG. It was TERRIBLE. ٩(× ×)۶

I honestly thought taking Freego was going to be convenient, but I was so disappointed by the whole experience. Since we were staying in Ximending, vehicles could not enter the zone during certain hours, so the bus stop was some distance away. And we ended up having to drag our luggage all the way to our hotel. Talk about a bad first experience. Since taking a cab is rather affordable in Taiwan, I would recommend that than taking this airport transport. (#`Д´)

Our Experience with the Japan Airport Limousine Bus

As mentioned, since taking a cab in Japan is too expensive, there were two choices that we could consider: the Japan Airport Limousine Bus or the Narita Express. We thought that the Narita Express was less convenient for us as compared to the Japan Airport Limousine Bus, so we opted for the latter instead. Our hotel was one of the drop-off points for the Japan Airport Limousine bus that we were taking, so we were hoping and praying that this time, it would not lie to us like Freego. (*/ω\)

A Much Better System with Less Confusion

After clearing the customs and collecting our luggage, we headed over to the Japan Airport Limousine bus counter to buy our tickets. The staff there understand English, so the whole process was rather simple. We just have to tell them our destination, and they will print the tickets for us. They also pointed us in the direction of the bus stop. ( ´ ω ` )

Since it was not time for us to take the bus yet, we were initially confused as to where to queue. But after some observing of what the locals were doing, we kind of understand how the queuing works. Basically, everything was very systematic. The first queue would be for the upcoming bus, while the second queue behind the first queue is for the subsequent bus. It might sound confusing here, but everything was rather easy once you were there. The service staff would also announce when you should start queuing, and there is an LED board showing you when the next bus is coming. With everything so clearly displayed, you would kind of get it after a while. It was good that we opted to take a slightly later bus so we could observe a bit without rushing. Haha! (´ ∀ ` *)

Journey to Our Hotel in Shinjuku

Everything was fuss-free. The staff put our luggage into the luggage compartment and gave us a numbered ticket for our luggage retrieval. The whole journey was smooth sailing, though we were busy setting up our rented iPhone. Both Feng and I were so excited about our first trip here. \(★ω★)/

With that bad experience with Freego, we kept thinking that the Japan Airport Limousine bus was going to throw us somewhere near our hotel instead of right outside our hotel. Talk about one bad experience ruining all. (´・ᴗ・ ` ) Anyway, we were really happy when the bus started to enter Shinjuku when all the lights and people came into view after a long ride on the road. Announcements were made on the bus before every stop, giving passengers time to get ready to alight at the next stop. The English language is included as part of the announcement, so it is very tourist-friendly! (´ ω `♡)

I have to say I was elated when I saw the Japan Airport Limousine bus pulling up right outside our hotel entrance. Like LITERALLY outside our hotel. We did not even need to walk any further! The driver came down to help us unload our luggage, and we were all ready to check into our hotel. This was what I was expecting for the airport transport in Taiwan, but obviously, there is more for them to learn from Japan’s system.

Overall Experience with the Japan Airport Limousine Bus

I highly recommend everyone use the Japan Airport Limousine bus, especially if you have a hotel that is part of their drop-off point. In comparison to the Narita Express, the bus route would consist of a few stops along the way once it entered the city, so it would definitely be more convenient. Unless, of course, if you live near the train station, then that’s different. Otherwise, I definitely think you should explore using this service for your next trip to Japan! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

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