Getting to Disneyland Tokyo is relatively easy regardless of the direction you're coming from. The most important thing is to decide where your starting point will be. Are you going straight from either Haneda or Narita airport? Or will you be travelling from the centre of Tokyo? Work this bit out and then choose from one of the options below.
The first way of getting to Disneyland Tokyo from either of the two airports that serve Tokyo, is on one of the best services available in Japan for visitors. The airport limousine bus.
If you're travelling with children or senior passengers, this option is by far the easiest and least hassle way. Why? Your bags will all be stored underneath the bus, so once you're on your way you can forget about them and concentrate on enjoying your trip to Tokyo Disney.
For people staying at one of the official Tokyo Disneyland hotels, the airport limousine bus is a door-to-door service. You will be dropped off right outside your hotel where the concierge or other staff will help you the last few steps to the hotel itself. If, instead, you're staying at one of the nearby non-official Disney hotels, it's a simple case of getting dropped off with everyone else and getting a taxi for the rest of your journey.
Once you get to your official Disney hotel, there's a free shuttle bus that will take you to Disneyland itself. Of course you can't make a decision until you know how much the bus costs...
Budgets and Timing
So how much does the airport limousine bus cost and how long does it take to get to Disneyland Tokyo?
From Narita Airport, the cost is approximately ¥2,400 (approx. 30 USD) for an adult fare and ¥1,200 for children. We did our most recent exchange rate check in June 2011, but please always check this as currencies seem to have a mind of their own! From Narita airport your journey will take between approximately 50 - 80 minutes depending on where your hotel is on the route.
From Haneda Airport, the cost is approximately ¥810 (approx. 10 USD) for an adult fare and ¥410 for children. From Haneda the journey will take between approx. 25 - 50 minutes depending on where your hotel is on the route.
For more information see our airport limousine bus page.
The train is also an option for getting to Disneyland Tokyo, although it's a little more complicated than the airport limousine bus. The reason is quite simple. Unlike the bus that takes you door-to-door, with the train you're first going to have to get your party and your luggage to the platform. Then you'll need to manage your bags on the train (this can be tough, especially during rush hours) and negotiate the process of changing trains if necessary.
If none of that puts you off and you've still got your heart set on getting to Disneyland Tokyo by train, these are the routes you need to follow:
Catching the train from Narita Airport
From Narita Airport you need to catch the Narita Express to Tokyo station. Then from Tokyo station you need the Keiyo Line to Maihama Station which will take around 15 minutes once you're on board. From the station you need to take the South Exit to get to Disneyland Tokyo. It's not far but, again, it depending on who you're travelling with and the weight of your bags, it can take 5 minutes, 20 minutes, or more.
Be warned that there's quite a trek at Tokyo station to get from one platform to the other. Depending how small the legs are that need to make this connection, the walk could take up to 20 minutes or more. There are moving walkways to help which make it a little easier.
Catching the train from Haneda Airport
From Haneda Airport you need to take the Tokyo Monorail to Hamamatsucho station which will take around 20 minutes. From Hamamatsucho you can catch either the Keihin-Tohoku Line or the Yamanote Line to Tokyo Station.
As with the directions above for the Narita route, from Tokyo Station take the Keiyo Line to Maihama Station. Disneyland Tokyo is straight out of the South Exit.
If you're going to be making your way to Tokyo Disney from Tokyo city centre, then you also need to make your way to Tokyo station. The easiest way to do this is using the Yamanote Line that circles the city. From there you take the Keiyo Line to Maihama Station and follow signs for Disneyland Tokyo from the South Exit.
If you're coming in from Shinjuku or the Western side of Tokyo, you have another option to catch the Highway Bus to Disneyland Tokyo. This is also a direct route without the hassle of changing trains. Check here for more information and the timetable.
If you want to take the train, the most direct route is to catch the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku to Tokyo station. From there take the Keiyo Line to Maihama Station as above.
And once you've arrived at Tokyo Disney, you need to know how you'll get around inside the amusement park.
Once you get to Disneyland there are a couple of ways for you to get around inside the ground. Both are typically Disney and a great way to keep the kids occupied while you figure out where you're going!
When you arrive at Maihama station and walk to Disneyland Tokyo you'll see the Disney Resort Line. It's a Mickey Mouse train that goes all the way round connecting Disneyland and Disneysea for easy access. Remember though that you need to check your Tokyo Disney tickets status as many only allow you to enter one or the other of the two areas in one day, not both.
Alternatively, if you're staying at one of the Disney official hotels, you can use the Disney Resort Cruiser bus for getting around.
Now you know how to get to Disney Tokyo, it's time to start thinking about where you're going to stay. See what's on offer on these official Tokyo Disneyland hotels.
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