Tokyo International Cruise Terminal
In 2020, Japan’s new Tokyo International Cruise Terminal opened boasting a 430-metre-long berth.
The Cruise Terminal is built outside of Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge to make it possible to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships.
Larger ships do not have sufficient clearance to pass under the bridge and needed to dock in Yokohama. This requires cruise visitors to take a longer trip to reach the Japanese capital city.
Harumi Passenger Cruise Terminal – Pier
Only smaller luxury ships from companies such as Oceania Cruises, Silversea Cruises, and Seabourn, that can fit under the Rainbow Bridge can dock at the Harumi Passenger pier in Tokyo.
The nearest metro station from Harumi is Kachidoki Station, located on the Toei Oedo Subway Line. It’s about 20 min on foot or 5 minutes by bus or taxi.
Distance to the city is approximately 3 miles, or a 20-minute taxi drive.
Pier Terminal Address : Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal, 7-1 Harumi 5-Chome Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0053 Japan
Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal
Large cruise ships dock at the Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger pier, designed by Mr. Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Ms. Farshid Moussavi. The terminal is located between Minato Mirai and Yamashita Park.
It’s the main cruise port for larger ocean liners to access Tokyo, which is about 40 miles away from Yokohama.
It can take 2-3 hours to get to the Tokyo Narita International Airport from the cruise terminal in Yokohama. You can also take the train from Yokohama to Narita, which only takes 90 minutes.
The Osanbashi Pier is a five minute walk from Nihon-Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Line and a 15 minute walk from Kannai Station along the JR Negishi Line.
More information : Osanbashi Passenger Terminal
Impressive and Ancient Temples in Tokyo Japan
Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is a huge metropolis and one of the most frenetic and futuristic cities in the world. Tokyo is located at the very center of the Japanese archipelago, and offers some impressive architecture, amazing temples and imperial gardens. The amazing Mt. Fuji towers over the city.
In downtown Tokyo walk down one of the crowded streets with endless buzzing neon signs. Try a fresh sushi or sashimi or stop at one of the stylish shops selling the best of Japanese Goods.
In the center of Tokyo stands the Imperial Palace, the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family. Stroll around in some Japanese gardens such as the Sankeien Gardens or Kyu Iwaskai-tei. To take in the entire spectacle, ascend the Tokyo World Trade Centre near the watefront for panoramic views of the city and Tokyo Tower, which is taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris France.
Ginza is the primary shopping district, while Shibuya is famous for its nightlife, shopping and dining. Hibiya, located in Chiyoda Ward, is surrounded by the Imperial Palace grounds and Tokyo Station. Shinjuku district offers great dining and shopping. Nearby Shinjuku Station is the city’s busiest train station.
Head to one of Tokyo’s impressive and ancient temples to savour some traditional Japanese culture. Visit Tokyo’s oldest temple, Sensoji Buddhist Temple in Asakusa Kannon, built in the early 7th century to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Other famous temples worth a visit are the Nedujinja Shrine and Meiji Shrine.
Staying a couple days in a pre or post cruise hotel gives you the opportunity to discover the inland of Japan. Take a trip Kamakura, Japan’s ancient capital, with its many shrines and famous temples. Don’t miss a visit to the Kotoku-in temple, home of a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha. Nature lovers can explore Hakone and Mount Fuji National Park.
Tokyo’s two airports are Narita Airport, which is used for international flights, and Haneda Airport (or Tokyo International Airport) where mostly domestic flights arrive, but also some international flights. The city of Yokohama does not have its own airport. Yokohama can be reached by plane from Tokyo’s two main airports.
Narita Airport is located approximately 70km or 43miles from downtown Tokyo. Haneda is situated 14km or less than 9 miles from the city.
Several establishments offer a complimentary shuttle service to/from Narita airport, swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. JR Narita Train Station, AEON Shopping Mall and Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple are all a 15-minute taxi ride away.
Free shuttles are offered by some hotels within close distance of Haneda Airport as well. Modern accommodation and spacious guestrooms can be found right at terminal 2, or a short drive away from the airport. Free Wi-Fi access is provided by many.
Travel between Narita and Tokyo
You can travel by Limousine bus direct to major hotels. Other options are the Skyliner (Keisei Electric Railway) to Nippori and Ueno Stations and the Narita Express (East Japan Railway Company) to Tokyo Station, Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Yokohama.
The Keisei Limited Express/Access Tokkyu train travels to Nippori/Ueno. The Super Shuttle Bus goes to Ueno and Asakusa.
You can also catch a cab to the city centre, but this is the most expensive option.
Travel between Haneda and Tokyo
The Tokyo Monorail runs to Hamamatsucho. From here you can connect to almost anywhere in Tokyo on the JR Yamanote line.
An alternative is taking the private Keikyu line. Keikyu trains are running to Shinagawa and Yokohama. Some Keikyu trains from Haneda continue on to the Toei Asakusa Line to Nihonbashi and Asakusa.
Taxi is another option.
Travel between Narita and Yokohama
You can catch the Narita Express train to reach Yokohama, which takes about 90 minutes. You can also take a limousine bus to Yokohama City Air Station which takes about 2 hours. Buses run more frequent than the Narita Express but are being subject to traffic conditions.
Taking the Keisei train to Nippori is the cheapest option. At Nippori you have to change to a JR Keihin-Tohoku Line train for Yokohama. It takes about 2 hours.
Travel between Haneda and Yokohama
From Haneda Airport you can catch the Keikyu Line’s Airport Express to Yokohama station. You will reach the station in 30-35 minutes.
Important : the Airport Express has several variants. On trains which have final destination Shin-Zushi or Kanazawa-Bunko you can stay on the train for the entire trip. If the train goes to another destination you will need to change at Keikyu-Kamata station to the next main line limited express train.
Currently sailing from the Port of Tokyo and Yokohama harbour are ships from lines of among Princess Cruises, Holland America Line HAL, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, and Silversea Cruises.
Cruise ships sail to other parts of Japan and ports all over Asia and will dock at fascinating ports such as Shanghai China, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Chan May, Ho Chi Minh City, and Laem Chabang (Port of Bangkok).