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getting from Tokyo to Nagoya

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How do I get from Narita airport to the bullet train to Nagoya? How long is the trip to the train station and how can I get the train schedule and make a reservation?

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    There used to be a reservation system for JR East online, but it has been discontinued. You will be able to make a reservation once you get to Narita and you buy your ticket or activate your JR pass, whichever you are doing.

    Non-smoking cars are often completely sold out for reservations, but that just means you can't reserve a seat. You can ride the train in the non-reserved seat cars, if you are lucky, you get a seat, if not, you stand. Passengers can ride as long as they can fit in the door. It's sometimes possible to get single seats reserved even after pairs are sold out. Often, smoking cars have reserved seats available even when non-smoking is sold out. Smoking cars are very smokey...very.

    To find schedules and prices, use http://grace.hyperdia.com The ticket price is the total they show. Completely ignore the seperate categories of "fare" and "charge"...the rail system has a pricing system which has a base fare for the distance, then add on charge for faster and better trains. There is really no reason to take a local train for a long distance trip as anything you save in terms of money will be lost in terms of time and comfort.

    From Tokyo Station to Nagoya on Nozomi shinkansen, it is 102 minutes (103 minutes post sometimes too). Hikari shinkansen takes 106 minutes and is less frequent. You can ride Hikari with a JR Pass, but you can't ride the Nozomi with a pass -you'd need to purchase a ticket. There are several ways to get to Tokyo station from Narita...all take more than an hour. Some require change of train. There are also limousine buses from the airport you could take Tokyo station.

    Why don't you fly directly into Nagoya? It would save a lot of time, effort and money. One way from Narita Airport to Nagoya Station using the Narita Express train to Tokyo station and Nozomi to Nagaya costs ¥13,490. You can get the price down to ¥12,330 if you change trains twice and take 4 hours.

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    The JR Narita Airport station is very convenient and you can reach it in just a couple of minutes after entering the arrival hall.

    At the station office you can exchange your voucher for a JR Pass. At that point, the JR agent will give you reserved seat tickets on the next Narita Express and on a connecting Hikari shinkansen for Nagoya (check the ticket to make sure it is a Hikari train and not a Kodama train). The shinkansen connection might be at Tokyo or Shinagawa station.

    Or you can buy a ticket at the station office. hyperdia shows that it is 13090 for a ticket from Narita Airport to Nagoya (add 200 yen for high season). This would use the Narita Express and Nozomi shinkansen. You would get one fare ticket for the trip plus the two reserved seat tickets for the two trains.

    As KimJapan mentioned, there are less expensive ways to make the trip but it would sacrifice time. Also, the connection from the Narita Express to shinkansen would be the most convenient (maybe just cross the platform or go one track down instead of a 10 min walk thru the station). Also, I think that the Nozomi tracks are the most convenient, street-side, at Nagoya station.

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