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Old 04-24-08, 08:00 AM   #1
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Narita to Shinjuku

Kensei skyliner to Ueno? (1700 yen)

Or Shinjuku Express? (3200 yen)

How long would each one take?

And which is the best bike shop near Shinjuku?

I've got about 60 hours to hang out in Tokyo next week...Golden Week! Never been anywhere near Asia before. Should be fun...
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Old 04-24-08, 08:06 AM   #2
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If you go to Ueno, you'll still need to catch the subway to Shinjuku. It'll be about the same price on either route. You can also consider the local express trains to Shinjuku which will be twice as long (2 hours vs1 hour), but will also be on 1,100 yen vs dropping 3,000 for the other 2 options.
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take the Nex, it's worth it

wbase, carnival and blue lug best shops near there but will they be open?
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Thanks for the answers. If it will save me time to take the n'ex, I will definitely spend the yizzen. I'll have been traveling for 24 hours and carrying a backpack and a small carry on. Need to get that crap to the hotel so I can get my nanpa on.
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Old 04-24-08, 08:38 PM   #6
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if you have never been and like looking at city-scapes, take the airport 'limousine' busses! they run about 3,000 yen to shinjuku or wherever you'd want to go, and they take the elevated highways back into town. I really like the view out the window, and they are generally not too crowded. they are usually as fast as the trains sometimes faster and only rarely slower (rush hour isnt usually that bad in my experience)

NEX is also fast and comfy though.

for cheap: take the Keisei line from the airport to Yawata. then it is an easy walk to Motoyawata, the last station on the Shinjuku Line (a subway line that crosses the city to...Shinjuku). 840+ 360 yen. another cheaper one is the non-skyliner keisei mentioned above to the yamanote line for shinjuku.

most of those shops should be open over GW, but check the sites. Blue Lug, WBase/Carnival, Protech Aoyama and Ebisu, Sexon...all are in pretty easy striking distance. check the site to see if theya re open, but Kalavinka is also a nice place to visit, and has cheaper prices on many things than the others.
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Just saw a new deal that NEX is running which is definitely worth it.

3500 yen for a NEX ticket to Tokyo/Shinjuku, and a Suica card with a 1000 yen on it (valid on all metro and JR line trains plus some other private lines) AND the 500 yen deposit for the actual card.

Comes out very cheap in the end.
Just show your foreign passport at the Narita ticket counter to get it.
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if you have never been and like looking at city-scapes, take the airport 'limousine' busses! they run about 3,000 yen to shinjuku or wherever you'd want to go, and they take the elevated highways back into town. I really like the view out the window, and they are generally not too crowded. they are usually as fast as the trains sometimes faster and only rarely slower (rush hour isnt usually that bad in my experience)

NEX is also fast and comfy though.

for cheap: take the Keisei line from the airport to Yawata. then it is an easy walk to Motoyawata, the last station on the Shinjuku Line (a subway line that crosses the city to...Shinjuku). 840+ 360 yen. another cheaper one is the non-skyliner keisei mentioned above to the yamanote line for shinjuku.

most of those shops should be open over GW, but check the sites. Blue Lug, WBase/Carnival, Protech Aoyama and Ebisu, Sexon...all are in pretty easy striking distance. check the site to see if theya re open, but Kalavinka is also a nice place to visit, and has cheaper prices on many things than the others.
I second Limosine buses. Fast, cheap and easy. Straight out of the airport doors and onto the bus.
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Wow...the responses in this thread have FAR superseded my expectations. Thanks to all!!!

Not sure if it makes any difference, but now I'm told I have to get to Nakano station. I'm sure the answers are basically the same, but from what I understand, I have to take JR to Nakano once I get to Shinjuku.
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And which is the best bike shop near Shinjuku?

I've got about 60 hours to hang out in Tokyo next week...Golden Week! Never been anywhere near Asia before. Should be fun...

Oh, and the best bike shop IN Shinjuku is Joker Maniac (great names in Japan). From Shinjuku Station get yourself onto Yasukuni Dori, go past KFC, past Starbucks and it's on your right. OR, easier still, catch a subway to Shinjuku Sanchome, in the station building at the Yasukuni Dori end is a big bike shop - it's the sister shop of the far better Joker Maniac - ask for directions, it's about 3 minutes away.

They stock Sugino, Dura Ace, Mavic track wheels, and a load of rare European stuff.
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