Skyliner – the fastest and most suitable transportation means for sightseeing in Tokyo

*Fastest scheduled run, from Narita Airport Terminal 2 Station to Nippori Station on a Skyliner.

36 minutes at the fastest from Narita International Airport to downtown Tokyo!

Skyliner airport access route map

Good traffic accessibility is one of the key factors that makes a sightseeing trip comfortable and enjoyable. A means of transportation that is recommended for those considering sightseeing in Tokyo via a flight to Narita International Airport is “Skyliner,” a limited express train for exclusive access between Narita International Airport and downtown Tokyo. It is the fastest limited express train in Japan, excluding the bullet train, with a maximum speed of 160 kilometers per hour. Taking advantage of its speed and the Narita SKY ACCESS Line that opened in 2010, it arrives at Nippori Station, the first stop in downtown Tokyo, in just 36 minutes, and at its last stop, Ueno, in 41 minutes. If you arrive at Narita International Airport in the morning, you can start sightseeing in Tokyo in the afternoon with time to spare.

Skyliner also features a reasonable fee of 2,470 yen each way (1,240 yen for carriage charge + 1,230 yen for Skyliner charge). Another advantage of Skyliner is that it operates every 20 to 40 minutes, and that there is one train every 20 minutes between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on both weekdays and weekends.

Although tickets to Skyliner can be purchased after arriving at Narita International Airport, if you use “Skyliner e-ticket” which allows you to purchase the tickets in advance on the Internet, you can purchase each ticket at 2,200 yen, which is 270 yen cheaper than the price you would pay if you purchase it after arriving in Japan. Once you have determined your itinerary, purchase your tickets through “Skyliner e-ticket” before you leave to prepare for your trip!

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Comfortable interior of Skyliner
Relaxing atmosphere inside the train. Equipped with various facilities and multilingual displays.

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A new ticket, limited to foreign visitors to Japan, is now available that combines a Skyliner ticket and a ticket for unlimited rides on the subway in downtown Tokyo. It is perfect for sightseeing in Tokyo!

Skyliner and subway

This summer, there was more good news about the popular Skyliner: the launch of the “Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket.” The “Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket” is a new service combining a ticket for Skyliner from Narita International Airport to Ueno and a subway pass for unlimited rides. You can choose a one-way or round-trip Skyliner ticket, and either a one-day, two-day, or three-day subway pass.

The combination of a one-way Skyliner ticket and one-day subway pass is 2,800 yen, which is 670 yen cheaper than the total price when they are bought separately. The combination of a round-trip Skyliner ticket and 3-day subway pass is 5,400 yen, which saves you 2,700 yen. *The prices are for adults.

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Subway route map
The “Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket” can be used for all the subway lines listed in boldface. Each subway line is identified by its own unique color, and a number is assigned to each station. The identifying colors or numbers are displayed in the platforms and information maps, which makes it easy for those who have never used the subway lines before. The subway operates for long hours between 5:00 am and 12:00 midnight, and many lines operate at 3- to 5-minute intervals, which allows visitors to go sightseeing without being worried about the train time schedule.

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Another appeal of the “Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket” is that you can get unlimited rides on the subway in downtown Tokyo. The subway system in Tokyo is extremely advanced, it can take you to almost any sightseeing spot in downtown Tokyo, including major downtown areas such as Shinjuku or Shibuya. Moreover, this ticket spares you the trouble of purchasing a ticket each time. The comfort of smooth transportation will make your sightseeing in Tokyo even more enjoyable!

How to purchase and use the “Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket”

Narita International Airport Skyliner Ticket Counter

The “Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket” can be purchased at the “Skyliner Ticket Counters” located in Narita Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. There are staff members available near the ticket counter who will provide guidance in English.

How to use an automatic ticket gate

The usage period is calculated using the first day of use as the start date. For example, if you are going to stay overnight in Ueno and start sightseeing in Tokyo from the following day, it is best to use the pass from the second day. To use the pass, just insert the pass into the slot of an automatic ticket gate at each station. Since the pass will come out of the exit slot of the machine, be sure not to forget to take your ticket!

Use the discounted ticket to make your sightseeing in Tokyo even more enjoyable.

Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket

Sightseeing in Tokyo can be even more convenient and smooth if Skyliner and subway lines are combined. The following are some tips for doing so.

Make Ueno the base of your sightseeing in Tokyo

If you are going to use Skyliner, it is convenient to stay in Ueno. There are many accommodation facilities in Ueno, as well as various sightseeing spots. In addition, since major sights in downtown Tokyo can be accessed by subway from Ueno Station, you can leave your luggage in your hotel while you go sightseeing. Skyliner trains departing from Ueno directly connect to Narita International Airport, which allows you to estimate the correct amount of traveling time required and to make effective use of your time for sightseeing even on the last day of your trip.

Cherry blossoms in Ueno Park
Ueno Park is known for its magnificent cherry blossoms.

Ueno is a town filled with various attractions; the leafy area called “Ueno no Mori (The Forest of Ueno)” contains sights such as the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, and Tokyo University of the Arts, and it is a nice area to walk around. There are also historic sights to see, including the Ueno Toshogu Shrine and Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden, which is famous for its modern Japanese architecture and garden.

A lively scene of Ameya-Yokochō

If you walk southward after exiting Ueno Park, you’ll continue on through a busy shopping street with the atmosphere of an old working-class neighborhood. In Ameya-Yokocho (commonly known as Ame-yoko) in particular, all sorts of goods including food items such as crab, tuna, and snacks, clothes, and cosmetic products are lined up in the stores, and store staff call out loudly, “It’s on sale!” or “Now we’re giving a free gift with purchase!” It is the Ame-yoko-style to haggle to get the price discounted from the displayed price. Why don’t you try haggling?

The subway allows you to visit popular spots in downtown Tokyo effectively.

Asakusa, where you can enjoy a downtown atmosphere, a new sight in Tokyo, “Tokyo Skytree,” or Ginza, where the shops of the world’s most prestigious brands stand side by side — in order to effectively visit all these popular sights, which you must visit at least once during your trip in Tokyo, the subway is the best means of transportation due to its accessibility.

Kaminarimon of the Senso-ji Temple
Kaminarimon, with its big red lantern, and Senso-ji Temple are landmarks of Asakusa. Nakamise, which continues from Kaminarimon to Senso-ji Temple, is one of the oldest shopping streets in Tokyo. The street is lined with souvenir shops and other stores and is crowded with tourists.
Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree is the world’s highest self-standing broadcasting tower, with a height of 634 m. On a sunny day, you can see Mt. Fuji from the observation deck located at a height of 350 m above the ground. In the adjacent commercial facility “Tokyo Soramachi,” there are over 300 shops and facilities including a planetarium and an aquarium.
Ginza is a shopping street that represents Japan. Department stores, shops from the world’s top brands, and well-established stores stand side by side, which allows you to enjoy shopping for sophisticated products. It is also recommended that you enjoy gourmet food in this area, as there are top-rated Japanese restaurants and restaurants that always rank highly in the Michelin Guide.
Akihabara has developed into one of the world’s biggest electronic quarters. In recent years, the town has also attracted popularity as a “Mecca” of animation, comic books, and idol goods from Japan, with many fans visiting from all over the world.

How to visit the popular spots

Ueno — ‹Tokyo Metro Ginza Line› — Asakusa[Senso-ji Temple] — ‹Toei Asakusa Line› — Oshiage[Tokyo Skytree] — [Transfer at Asakusa] — ‹Tokyo Metro Ginza Line› — Ginza[Ginza] — ‹Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line› — Akihabara[Akihabara] — ‹Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line› — Ueno

Information board in Ueno Station
The platform and transfer guides are shown at the bottom, and the exits to major facilities are described on the right.

Tourist spots such as Senso-ji Temple or Tokyo Skytree are located within a 5 minutes’ walk from the subway station exits. Information boards are provided in the subway stations, on which platform or transfer guides or exits leading to major facilities are described. You can get to your destinations smoothly if you follow the directions on the information boards. The photo above is an example of information boards in Ueno Station.

Sightseeing with your favorite themes

The subway lines in Tokyo cover the metropolitan area in a net-like fashion. Each area has distinct characteristics, such as an area filled with the atmosphere of an old working-class neighborhood, or an area with many popular commercial facilities, which allows for sightseeing in the area that interests you or with a theme that you would like to experience. For example, if you are interested in shopping, you can look for souvenirs in Nihonbashi where there are many well-established shops, and you can get the latest fashions in Shibuya, the town for young people. In the evening, you can enjoy a meal in Roppongi, while looking at beautiful city lights.

In Nihonbashi, where well-established shops that have been in business for several hundred years stand side by side, you can observe the traditional culture of Japan that blossomed during the Edo Period (1603-1868), such as Ukiyo-e or craftwork. Nihonbashi is also the birthplace of popular gourmet food, such as freshwater eels and sushi.
Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble
Shibuya is a transmission base of youth culture. Many facilities including department stores, shops, and music venues are concentrated in this town, which is always filled with the enthusiasm of young people. If you would like to obtain Japanese “Kawaii” items, Shibuya is the place to go. The pedestrian scramble in front of the station is also a popular spot.
Illumination in midtown
Roppongi is a stylish town for adults, where the embassies of various countries are scattered. There are large-scale complex facilities such as Roppongi Hills or Tokyo Midtown, in which you can enjoy shopping or gourmet food. From late November through Christmas, a beautiful illumination will decorate the town. The photo shows Tokyo Midtown (2013).

How to visit shopping and illumination sites

Ueno — ‹Tokyo Metro Ginza Line› — Nihonbashi[Nihonbashi] — ‹Tokyo Metro Ginza Line› — Shibuya[Shibuya] — ‹Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line› — [Transfer at Aoyama Icchome] — ‹Toei Oedo Line› — Roppongi[Roppongi] — ‹Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line› — Ueno

Skyliner is my favorite means of transportation for traveling between Narita International Airport and Tokyo.

I came to Japan from the United States for business. Since I was planning to see the sights in Tokyo, I purchased a one-day “Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket” pass at Narita International Airport. I was able to visit the spots I wanted to visit, including Tokyo Tower, Skytree, Ginza, and Akihabara, and I really enjoyed Tokyo. I used Skyliner to access downtown Tokyo from Narita International Airport; I liked it because it was comfortable, and also because it was fast. I am going to use Skyliner on my way back as well, of course.

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