Tokyo, Japan, is a megacity that over 32.5 million people call home. Add to that the millions of guests who visit each year, and it's clear that Tokyo is an incredibly popular destination. Wondering why? The city hosts virtually countless attractions, restaurants, and things to do that more than justify the careful planning that goes into a visit to this seaside metropolis (or at least to one of its 47 prefectures). To get started planning, travellers can download Skyscanner's app for great deals on car rentals, hotels, and flights to Tokyo.
Car Rentals in Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport
International passengers usually land at either Haneda Airport, overlooking Tokyo Bay, or Narita International Airport, which is farther away from the downtown area. The car rental counters at Haneda Airport are in the arrival lobby on the second floor, and their hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. At Narita International Airport, there are car rental agencies available in Terminals 1 and 2 (note that no rental companies operate out of Terminal 3). Nippon, Orix, Nissan, Toyota, and Times Car Rental operate out of both terminals, and each company keeps its own hours of operation.
When returning to Narita International Airport, guests will pass several gas stations along the Shin-Kuko Expressway. This road goes straight to the airport, so refuelling before returning a rental is easy. Approaching Haneda Airport, drivers will pass some stations on Route 131. Drivers travelling via the Metropolitan Expressway Bayshore Route will want to plan ahead and stop for gas at the Tokyo Gate Bridge Wakasu Usappy station. This is one of the more accessible stops along this route.
Tips for Driving in Tokyo
Tokyo has an intricate toll road system, and the city is currently expanding this network. The system was revisited in 2011, and tolls are now based on distance travelled rather than a flat rate for entry. The toll system includes the Tokyo Expressway, Tokyo Gaikan Expressway, Bayshore Route, Japan National Route 1, and many other roads.
The expressways are one of the best ways to travel by car, but drivers should plot their routes carefully and be prepared to quickly change lanes to make exits. Cars drive on the left side of the road in Tokyo, and an International Driving Permit is needed in addition to a national driver's licence to rent a car. Rush hour peaks on the weekdays from 8 to 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
Unique Attractions in Tokyo
From Hello Kitty theme parks to Tokyo Tower, national gardens, and a restaurant featuring a robot cabaret, there's no shortage of unique and exciting things to do in Tokyo. The Alice in Wonderland–themed restaurant in Ginza is a thrilling experience for fans of Lewis Carroll, and the Vampire Café (also in Ginza) is another unique dining option. The Imperial Palace is a must-visit for Tokyo travellers.
Tokyo — the most populated city in the world — is brimming with fun activities, gorgeous gardens, and numerous other activities. A visit here practically guarantees a good time, as there's something that every visitor will enjoy.