Today we started our seven-hour jet star flight from Cairns in Australia to Tokyo in Japan at noon.
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The flight route from Cairns to Tokyo
The airport in Cairns is just the seventh largest airport in Australia and therefore relatively clear. The check in went very fast. When we booked this flight just over nine months ago, there was a cheap offer that made it possible to upgrade to Business Class for only 80 euros more. For such a long flight and in a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner we found this a very good offer. And so we once gave ourselves a Business Class flight for 408,- € 🙂
Our flight in the Business Class of Jetstar’s 787 Dreamliner
Luckily we sat on the “right” side of the plane, so after take-off in Cairns we had a great view of the Great Barrier Reef and the many individual atolls. The flight lasted a total of 7 hours.
Arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport
There are 2 major airports in Tokyo: one is Haneda Airport, which is mainly used for domestic flights and is the 5th largest airport in the world. We are loaded at Tokyo Narita Airport, which is mainly used for international flights. It is located about 60 kilometers northeast of Tokyo and is the second largest airport in Japan with about 36 million passengers in 2014. Above all, the airport is also super modern. Funny we found the blue tracks on the ground, which many Japanese really stick to 1 to 1. Entry into Japan is easily possible for Germans without a visa for 90 days and went super fast.
The Narita Express to the city centre
From the airport we took the Narita Express train (NEX) directly to Shinjuku Station, which takes about 1.5 hours. Shinjuku Station is considered one of the busiest stations in the world. Up to 3 million people travel here every day.
Our Hotel in the city
In the early evening we arrived at our Hotel Nishi Shinjuku Hotel Mystays, which is very centrally located just a five-minute walk from Shinjuku Railway Station.
We spent five nights in a twin room of the higher room category and were really very satisfied. The room is very small compared to other hotel rooms, but it’s all you need. And: It was really quiet. We didn’t hear any noise at night or during the day. The staff at the reception was very nice and helpful. The location of the hotel is well located, within 5 min of the Shinjuku Railway Station. From there, you can get anywhere quickly by metro. The internet was free and worked fine. The next time we’re in Tokyo, we’d stay here again. Great value for money!
All travelogues from JapanAfter spending 4 days in Japan we can say, that we really liked Tokyo! The Japanese are incredibly polite and friendly and despite such a huge city there is no hectic rush. There's something to see on every corner, the city seems very modern and is nevertheless down-to-earth. Even the taxi drivers all wear suits and ties. In Tokyo we would have definitely wanted to spend a few more days.
Tokyo – Our flight from Australia to Japan
Tokyo – The Pandas & Sea Lions at Ueno Zoo
Tokyo – Ameyoko Street & the district Shibuya
Tokyo – Metropolitan Government Building & Tokyo Tower
Tokyo – Imperial Palace & Sensoji Temple in Asakusa
Arakurayama Sengen Park, Chureito Pagoda & Mount Fuji
Shibazakura Festival – Beautiful flower carpet at Mount Fuji
Tokyo – Shinjuku District & Hibiya Oktoberfest