Taxi fares in Japan are way too expensive!!!

Narita — Here is my advise to first -timers in Japan.

Taxi cabs are expensive everywhere. The flag-down rate is ¥730. If you are sure that where you’d be going is just a few blocks away, then you can take the cab.

Otherwise, take the JR trains and the subways. Its much, much, very much cheaper, efficient and faster provided that you know where the nearest station to your target destination and exit gates are.

That’s the ¥20,000 costly experience we had on the last leg of our ala “Survivor” trip from Osaka (via Kansai International Airport) to Tokyo (via Narita International Airport).

That’s a whopping US$200 or about P8,000 in Philippine peso.

From Hibiya line in Tokyo, we transferred to another line and got off at a station (going to but not Narita yet). I bet we thought it was already the final train station (but actually there is another last one for Narita station).

We did not know that the way to Chiba perfecture where Narita Gateway Hotel is located would be like a 100-kilometer ride from that train station.

The driver even duped us, without saying that it would take that far (say Manila to Olongapo). He even went around the circuitous exits within the hotel areas because he claimed to have taken the wrong road.

Of course, their inability to speak English was a convenient excuse. We too do not understand Japanese.

So take the trains. Rather than take the cab, better take a walk… Those boots are made for walkin’ baby!

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About tinamen

I am news reporter, trying to veer away from the daily grind of news. I am trying to make good of the experiences and opportunities that life bring me, and enjoy them. I will try to share in this blog some of my travels, hobbies, and the daily lessons that life would bring. I don't intend to brag, I intend to amuse, inform and touch your lives in my own little way.
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