JWLLP-28 (2019/12): Recommended Hotels, Touristic Tips and Logistic Information for International Visitors
Recommended Hotels and Logistic Information for International Visitors
- Important Note: This page was prepared two years ago for JWLLP-23 and some or most pieces of the information are slightly or vastly outdated. Specifically, most subway stations in Tokyo are undergoing various renovation works and escalators and elevators mentioned in this document may be unavailable.
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- Recommended Hotels
- Prospective participants who need accommodation are advised to make necessary arrangements and reservations early on, either directly with the hotel or through hotel and/or travel reservation sites of their choice.
- Hotel rates in Japan are usually but not necessarily always quoted as per person per night and not as per room per night.
- Do not forget to specify "non-smoking" if that is your preference.
- We have recommended the following hotels in the past. They are relatively conveniently located, from/to the airports and from/to the university.
- Single Occupancy
- Double Occupancy and/or Family
- Logistic Information for International Visitors
- weather in Tokyo: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/week/319.html
- Tokyo Metro
- Keikyu Haneda Airport Access Guide with Route/Fare Search
- Keisei with Transfer Planner & Fare Calculation
- touristic tips on wifi access:
- brief and unofficial logistic instructions
- from Haneda Airort International Terminal to Waseda STEP 21
@@From Haneda Airort International Terminal Keikyu Station (KK16), get to Toei Asakusa Line Nihombashi Station (A13) and change to Tokyo Metro Tozai Nihombashi Station (T10), following the instructions below. After you reach Tozai Line platform, take a train that goes in the direction of Nakano (T01) and get off at Waseda Station (T04), which would take 11 to 13 minutes. If you are traveling light, go out of the automated exit gate machine located toward the front of the train (left in the yard map) and walk up the stairs to exit no 2 in the station yard map, as depicted by a red line in the lower left hand corner. If you have heavy luggage, there is a different exit around where car No. 4 is and use the elevator. You can consult the following google maps for STEP 21.
- from Haneda Airort International Terminal to Hotel Villa Fontaine: Tokyo-Kayabacho
@@In the following instruction, station names are annotaed with aphanumeric numbers. See Keikyu Guide and Tokyo Metro Subway map with alphanumeric code below.
@@International passengers arriving at Haneda (Tokyo International) Airport will get through immigration, luggage pickup and customs declaratin and inspection at the International Terminal. This can be crowded around 22:00 but my guess is that the process would not take you too long during daytime and evening. After customs declaration and inspection, you will get to the Arrival Lobby area and Keikyu Line is where you want to go next. The first thing you do is to purchase a PASSMO card if you do not have one of those Japanese railroad fare cards that can also be used at most convenient stores. Then check your train connections and get through an automated entrance machine, go to the plat form and hop on a train that goes to Shinagawa (KK01), Sengakuji (A07), Nihombashi (A13) etc. and get off at Nihombashi (A13). During the evening rushhour, namely 17:00-21:00 it is wise to get seated near the exit on the left side of the train facing the direction where the train is going in a car relatively toward the rear of the train, if time allows. The train starts at Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal Station (KK17), so the seats near those exits may be occupied at Haneda Airport International Terminal Station (KK16) but many people get off at Shinagawa (KK01), where you have a good chance of moving to those areas. The train may not be that crowded when you board, but it would be after Sengakuji (A07) during the rush hour and if you have big and heavy luggage, it may be difficult for you to get off at Nihombashi (A13).
@@If you get to Keikyu Line station by 22:00, you do not have to worry too much about which train to take, as long as it goes to Shinagawa (KK01), Sengakuji (A07), Nihombashi (A13) but things get rather confusing after around that time. Until around 22:00, any train on Keikyu that comes at the platform, express, limited express, airport express, airport limited express, going in the direction to Shinagawa (KK01), Sengakuji (A07), Nihombashi (A13) is what you should hop on because that's the one that gets you to your destination first. You should take care that you do not get on trains that goes to Keiky Kawasaki (KK20), Yokohama (KK37)and Shin-Zushi (KK53). If you did so accidentally and realize your choice after the doos have been closed, however, you can get off at Keikyu-Kamata and change trains to Shinagawa (KK01), Sengakuji (A07), Nihombashi (A13), but do not take local (stop) trains at Kamata and take express or limited express trains.
@@These train goes up all the way from the Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal Station (KK17) to Sengakuji (A07), where Keikyu Line ends but you stay on the car. This is what we call "direct" service in Tokyo and other cities in Japan. You are getting connected to different services on different railroad companies but you don't have to change physical trains, which is quite convenient if you are used to the entire train systems in the area but quite confusing and rather scary if you are not familiar with it. From Sengakuji (A07), the train (car) that you are on will go into Toei Subway Asakusa Line.
@@In Tokyo, there are many railroad companies and services and Keikyu is one of the "private" railroad companies while JR is a former national railroad company. Toei means "run by the Tokyo metropolitan government" and it is what it says. Anyway you stay on the train until you get to Nihombash.
@@If you access Keikyu Haneda Airport Access Guide with Route/Fare Search below, there is a route search window on the right top side and you can search for the next train connection if you have a smart phone. Please note that the route suggested may or may not optimal.
@@At Nihombashi you have to physically change from Toei Asakusa Line Nihombashi Station (A13) to Tokyo Metro Tozai Line Nihombashi Station (T10), which is easy. The only thing which you should remember is that after you go out from the automated exit gate machine of Asakusa Line, it is better to use the elevator and go down one level before you enter the entry gate of Tozai Line if you have substantial luggage. Before you can reach the elevator, there is a short stairway but to your right there is a slop passage. You will see and automated entrance gate machine, which may be tempting, but ignore them and use the elevator to go one level down and you see another set of automated entrance gate machines. See the Nihombashi Station Yardmap below.
@@Stay relatively close to where you entered from at the Tozai Line platform, which is toward the front of the train you will be getting on. Get on a train that goes to Kayabacho (T-11), Toyocho (T-14) and Nishi-Funabashi (T23), Kayabacho (T11) is the next station, if you are on the right train. If you are following my directions to the words, it should be on your right as you get to the platform, but you may have taken some other routes so please consult the platform signs. At Kayabacho (T-11), you go out from exit number 3 (or take a nearby elevator on the opposite side if you have substantial luggage) and try to locate your hotel, which is Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo - Kayabacho, within three minutes from the exit.
@@In summary, you will be traveling from Haneda Airport Internatinal Terminal (KK16) to Sengakuji (A07) onto Nihombashi Station on Toei Asakusa Line (A13) and change to Nihombashi Station on Tokyo Metro Tozai Line (T10) and finally arrive at Kayabacho Station(T11). The entire trip from Haneda Airport International Terminal (KK16) to Kayabacho Station will take 35 to 45 minutes and will cost you 690 yen.
- from Hotel Villa Fontaine: Tokyo-Kayabacho to Building 8 of Waseda University
@@From Tokyo Metro Tozai Line Kayabacho Station (T11) you take a train going in the direction of Nakano (T01) and get off at Waseda Station (T04), which would take 13 to 15 minutes. Between Kayabacho Station (T11) and Waseda Station (T04), no change of trains.It is better to get on into the 1st or front-most car or once inside the train, try to move on to that direction within the train if you can do so without bothering other passengers too much. In the morning, try to do so after you have passed Iidabashi Station (T06), when the train gets relatively not so crowded. Once you get off at Waseda Station (T04), the exit gate is just around that area. You go out of the exit gate and turn to your right, go down the stairs, walk a bit and go up and at the end of the small entrance hall to your right at the end of a small passage, you find an elevator. Go up, exit, and take right, walk three minutes and turn left where you can and follow the crowd and you will probably get to the south gate. Enter the campus through the South Gate and the building on your left is building 8. When you walk through an automatic sliding glass doors, you are at B1 level. Find the elevators and get to the third floor. You don't have to follow my instructions to the words once you get to Waseda Station, Try to locate Waseda University building 8 just near the South Gate. Here are some relevant maps.
- from Building 8 of Waseda University to Hotel Villa Fontaine: Tokyo - Kayabacho
@@From the conference venue, you would follow other participants to Waseda Station and this would take less than five minutes. You take the elevator down and go through the entrance gate with your PASSMO card. From Tokyo Metro Tozai Line Waseda Station (T04) you take a train and get to Kayabacho Station (T11), which would take 13 to 15 minutes. Then you go out from exit number 3 and try to locate yor hotel, which is Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo - Kayabacho, within three minutes from the exit.
- from Hotel Villa Fontaine: Tokyo-Kayabacho to Haneda Airort International Terminal
@@Get to Kayabacho Station (T11), get on a train going in the direction of Nihombashi(T10), Waseda (T04) and Nakano (T01) and get off at the next station, which is Nihombashi Station (T10). Change to Nihombashi Station on Toei Asakusa Line (A13) and get on any train going to Haneda Airport. Use the automated exit machine on the same level with the Tozai Line platform in the direction toward the rear of the train you took. Once out of the exit machine, keep walking on the same level in the same direction until the end and you will get to an elevator that leads you to Keikyu Line entrance in the right direction. Do not use the other elevator that you used when you arrived or stairways. Please note that Haneda Airport International Terminal (KK16) is not the final destination of your train, which is Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal (KK17). The trip will take about an hour or a little less and the fair would be something like 690 yen.
- Local Points of Potential Interest for International Visitors
- The Tsubouchi MemorialTheatre Museum: 3 minutes on foot from Building 8
- Aizu Museum: 2 minutes on foot from Building 8
- Okuma Garden: 5 minutes on foot from Building 8
- Kansen-en Park: 10 minutes on foot from Building 8
- Sekiguchi Basho An: 10 minutes on foot from Building 8
- Yayoi Kusama Museum: 10 minutes on foot from Waseda Station
- Some Local Restaurants near STEP 21 and Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Kayabacho
- Thali Ya [Indian Restaurant]: 10 minutes on foot from STEP 21
- Iles des Pain [Italian Restaurant: not non-smoking / open until 22:30 but last call at 21:30]: 5 minutes on foot from STEP 21
- Daio Ramen [not non-smoking / open until 3 AM]: 10 minutes on foot from STEP 21
- Mori-no Kaze: 15th floor of building 26
- Thali Ya [Indian Restaurant]: 1 minute from Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Kayabacho
- Generic Touristic Information: I do not particularly like or endorse and have not checked in detail accuracy of information in any of the following.
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- First drafted September 8th, 2015. Last revised December 7th, 2019.
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