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How to get to Toyama from Tokyo

To give some idea how one gets to the Kamioka mine from Tokyo, the following time-table is exactly what we followed for our trip by train from Tokyo to the mine in late February 1995.
	Tokyo(Station)---> Nagaoka : bullet train (4,000 yen for the
	13:08              14:48     supplement and reservation fee)
	Nagaoka----------> Toyama  : special express (tokkyu, equivalent to
	14:56              16:49   : Inter City in Europe).
				   : (1,280 yen for the supplement and
				   :  reservation fee)
				   : ticket from Tokyo and Toyama 7,000 yen
				   : Total cost for one-way trip
				   : Tokyo--->Toyama 12,280 yen including
				   : reservation fees and supplements
				   : As you can see the connection in Nagaoka
				   : gives you only 8 minutes! You have to
				   : change the platform. The best way of
				   : figuring out which track to go is follow
				   : the crowd , or read the destination of a
				   : train (Kanazawa normally) in Japanese or
				   : departure time in the universal language!
				   : The departure time is written on your
				   : reservation ticket.
The following table shows the schedule of trains from Tokyo to Toyama as of March, 1995. It is changed frequently and there many specially arranged temporary services for the season.
	Tokyo	Nagaoka		Toyama 	!Toyama	Nagaoka		Tokyo
	 6:08    8:07	 8:18	10:20	! 6:29	 8:20	 9:12	10:52
	 7:10    9:14	10:10	12:14	! 6:58	 9:02	 9:12	10:52
	 7.36    8:57   10:10	12:14	! 8:15	10:07	10:15	11:52
	 8:17   10:00	10:10	12:14	! 8:52  11:02	11:12	12:52
         8:36   10:24	11:04	13:07	! 9:56	12:02	12:12	13:51
         8:48   10:40	11:04	13:07	!11:33	13:25 	13:33	15:08
	 9:07   10:55	11:04	13:07	!11:45	13:59	14:08	15:52
	 9:36   11:28	11:48	13:41	!13:20	15:12	15:20	16:52
	10:08   11:40	11:48	13:41	!13:38	15:41	15:49	17:32
	10:33   12:30	13:06	15:07	!15:04	17:12	17:22	19:17
	11:08   12:56	13:06	15:07	!15:56	17:58	18:12	19:56
	12:08   13:41	13:51	16:01	!16:35	18:32	18:41	20:32	
	12:40   14:38	14:56	16:49	!17:29	19:20	19:27	20:51
	13:08   14:48	14:56	16:49	!18:40	20:31	20:39	22:24
	13:40   15:38	16:04	18:07	!19:40  21:43	21:52	23:40
	14:05   15:54	16:04	18:07	!
	14:32   16:30	17:00	18:54	!
	15:24   16:52	17:00	18:54	!
	15:40   17:36	17:58	20:01	!
	16:08   17:48	17:58	20:01	!
	16:40   18:36	19:02	21:08	!
	17:08   18:52	19:02	21:08	!
	17:32   19:30	19:38	21:53	!
	18:08	19:52	20:00	22:37	!
	18:24	20:16	21:08	23:01	!
	18:40	20:32	21:08	23:01	!
	19:04	20:51	21:08	23:01	!
	19:40	21:01	21:08	23:01	!
	20:04	22:00	23:19	 1:53	!
	21:07	22:56	23:19	 1:53	!

Stay in Toyama

A stay over night in Toyama at Dai-ichi Inn Toyama right next to the station costs 8,000 yen. There are other less expensive hotels. Our favorite hotel (business hotel) is Alpha-1. There are three in Toyama but this time we stayed at the one in Aramachi for 4,800 yen per night. It's located in a convenient area; within walking distance to the station WITHOUT BAGGAGES.

How to get to Kamioka from Toyama by train

	Toyama-----------> Inotani : local train costs 3,560 yen for a round
	 6:06		    7:00   : local for Takayama  ! trip
	 7:34		    8:32   : local for Takayama
	 8:20		    8:55   : special express for Nagoya,need supplement
	 9:22		   10:10   : local for Inotani
	10:23              11:23   : local for Takayama
        12:43		   13:20   : special express for Nagoya,need supplement
	13:39		   14:32   : local for Takayama
	14:49		   15:23   : special express for Nagoya,need supplement
	15:03		   15:53   : local for Inotanai
	15:46		   16:52   : local for Takayama
	16:52		   17:27   : special express for Nagoya,need supplement
	17:50		   18:42   : local for Inotanai
	18:19		   19:10   : local for Inotanai
	19:14		   20:12   : local for Takayama
	20:40		   21:29   : local for Inotanai
	22:23		   23:16   : local for Inotanai
	Inotani----------> Mozumi  : local train (one-car train).
	 7:04               7:12   : 8 services a day.
         8:34    	    8:42   : 400 yen for a round-trip.
	10:12		   10:20   : The next station is called Kamioka-kozan
	11:27		   11:35   : but for the computer facility and the
	14:37		   14:45   : entrance to the mine (by mine train), get
	16:55		   17:03   : off at Mozumi.
	18:45              18:53
	21:32		   21:40

	Mozumi-----------> Inotani
	 6:48		    6:57
	 8:03		    8:11
	 9:58		   10:06
	11:12		   11:20
	14:22		   14:30
	16:40		   16:48
	18:31		   18:39
	21:18		   21:26
	Inotani----------> Toyama
	 6:39               7:24 local
	 7:12		    7:59 local
	 8:13		    8:57 local
	 9:07		    9:53 local
	10:21		   11:05 local
	11:21		   12:10 local
	11:48		   12:21 special express
	13:43		   14:15 special express
	15:54		   16:27 special express
	16:13		   17:03 local
	17:27		   18:12 local
	17:56		   18:30 special express
	18:52		   19:38 local
	20:16		   21:02 local
	21:29		   22:15 local

How to get to Kamioka from Toyama by car

Just take Rte.41. Osawano is on the half way

How to get to Toyama from Tokyo-Haneda airport

Between Tokyo and Toyama there are 6 flights. The airplane leaves from Haneda airport in Tokyo and arrives at Toyama airport just outside of the city.

The following is the flight schedule:

Tokyo/Haneda	Toyama		Toyama		Tokyo
 7:10		 8:10		 8:50		 9:55
 9:55		10:55		11:35		12:40
11:25		12:25		14:50		15:55
13:00		14:00		16:25		17:30
14:45		15:45		18:05		19:10
18:00		19:00		19:45		20:50
A round trip costs 27,800 yen while a one-way trip 15,359 yen. There may be a limit on the number of days for which a round trip ticket is valid.

From Tokyo station there are two ways to get to Haneda airport:

  1. Take limousine bus which directly goes to the airport. There are two or three services an hour from 6:00 to 21:45. A one way ticket costs 900 yen and it normally takes 40 minutes.
  2. Take Yamanote or Keihin-Tohoku line train and get off at Hamamatsucho ( third station). Then take mono-rail train to the airport. There are frequent services for all the lines mentioned above.
From Narita airport to Haneda airport the best way is to take limousine bus. There are two or three services an hour from 6:55 to 21:15. A one-way ticket costs 2,900 yen and it takes normally 75 minutes.

From Toyama airport to City of Toyama:

  1. There are bus services between the airport and Toyama station (25 minutes).
  2. A taxi ride costs about 1,500 yen and it takes 15-20 minutes.

How to get to Toyama by bus (cheapest)

You can take the bus either at Sunshine Prince Hotel in Ikebukuro or at Ikebukuro station (East exit). A one-way ticket costs 7,200 yen. The bus arrives at Toyama station.

The following is the time table:

Ikebukuro	Toyama		Toyama		Ikebukuro
Hotel/Station					Hotel/Station
 9:15/ 9:20	16:05		 8:30		15:20/15:15
13:30/13:35	20:20		13:30		20:20/20:15
23:00/23:05	 5:50		22:30		 5:20/ 5:15
To get to Prince Hotel from Narita airport, take limousine bus. When you purchase a ticket, make sure you get one for Sunshine City Prince Hotel because there is another Prince Hotel. A one-way ticket costs 2,900 yen and it takes normally 85 minutes but can take 120 minutes if the traffic is heavy. For the ride from the hotel, make reservation by calling (03)3665-7223 (no 03 if you are in Tokyo).
From Narita		From Prince Hotel
 6:55			 6:30
 7:50			 7:30
10:30			 9:00
12:40			10:20
13:55			11:20
14:55			12:20
15:25			13:20
15:55			14:20
16:25			15:20
16:55			16:20
17:25			17:20
17:55
18:25
18:55
19:50
20:50
21:50
(Chiaki)

Flights to Toyama from Sapporo, Fukuoka and Nagoya

Just a small addition to Chiaki's summary: ANA also has flights to Toyama from Sapporo, Fukuoka and Nagoya, so if you can get a flight from the US to one of these cities, you can make an easy connection to Toyama without having to haul your luggage on the bus/train/whatever. (But leave a couple of hours to clear customs and such, of course.)

The flight schedules for these cities:

        Toyama       -> Nagoya          Nagoya       -> Toyama
        ---------------------------     ---------------------------
        09:55 (Dep.) -> 10:50(Arr.)     08:35 (Dep.) -> 09:30 (Arr.)
        17:35 (Dep.) -> 18:30(Arr.)     16:10 (Dep.) -> 17:05 (Arr.)

        13,000 yen one-way, 23.400 yen round-trip



        Toyama       -> Sapporo         Sapporo      -> Toyama
        ---------------------------     ---------------------------
        13:10 (Dep.) -> 14:35(Arr.)     15:45 (Dep.) -> 17:20 (Arr.)

        24,700 yen one-way, 44,640 yen round-trip



        Toyama       -> Fukuoka         Fukuoka      -> Toyama
        ---------------------------     ---------------------------
        15:15 (Dep.) -> 16:55(Arr.)     13:20 (Dep.) -> 14:40 (Arr.)

        26,650 yen one-way, 48,140 yen round-trip
(John)

Flights to and from Korea

There is one flight each way between Seoul and Toyama, on Asiana Airlines. Schedule from 26 Mar 95 to 29 Oct 95:
        SEL (Dep) -> TOY (Arr)       TOY (Dep) -> SEL (Arr)
        ----------------------       ----------------------
        09:55     -> 11:40           12:40     -> 14:40

Getting to Toyama from Narita Airport

The quickest and easiest way is to take the bus to Haneda Airport and then fly to Toyama. (You can also train to Toyama. I would guess it tales about 8 hrs from Narita and costs a bit less. For the (fool)hearty there is an overnight bus from Ikebukuro...about half the train fare I hear.)

The bus from Narita to Haneda runs about evert 20 to 30 minutes and takes about 1.5 hrs if the traffic is light (it has been known to take 2 hrs plus). The first bus leaves Narita's Terminal 1 at 6:55 AM, and the last at 21:15. The cost is 2,900 Yen each way.

In Narita's Terminal 1: As you pass the custom inspectors (but are still in the customs area) you will see immediately in front of you money exchangers (rates are good). Turn right and exit customs. Immediately in front of the exit is the "Airport Limousine" ticket terminal. This is where you get the tickets for the Haneda bus. You must buy tickets on the day you travel. They will give you the bus stop number and direct you to the bus stop (it is directly outside from the ticket counter).

The flight from Haneda to Toyama takes about 1 hour and costs about $175. Here is the current schedule. (It changes occasionally so check with your friendly travel agent. He/she can book the flight from the US.) If you stay overnight in Narita you may wish to consider the 11:20 flight. To guarantee catching the 9:55 flight requires that you get the earliest bus from Narita.

Haneda to Toyama			Toyama to Haneda

Flight Number	Departs			Flight Number	Departs
881		 7:30 AM		882		8:00 AM
883		 9:55			884		9:15
885		11:20			886		1:00 PM
887		 1:20 PM		888		3:05
889		 4:00			890		6:05
891		 6:50			892		7:30
Most planes from the West Coast arrive at Narita Airport rather late in the day, making a same day flight to Toyama difficult if not impossible. So, a hotel is necessary in Narita (or Haneda).

Two known hotels are the Let's in Narita city and the Narita View (about half way between the city and the airport).

The Let's (FAX 0476-23-0220) is convenient because it is in the city, and is a nice hotel with english speaking personnel. I have stayed there several times. The cost is 8,240 Yen including a free breakfast. In the city there are many eating places including a McDonalds for folks lacking refined taste and culture. There are also many eel restaurants (a specialty of the area I can highly recommend). In some you can watch as they nail your dinner to a board and skin it alive. Freshness is guaranteed! The city has a very nice shrine (Naritasan Shinshoji) within walking distance of the Let's. Worth a visit even at night. In addition to taxi (about 2600 Yen), you can reach the hotel by train on the Keisei line (240 Yen from the Keisei machine or the ticket seller). Trains run every 20 min or so). (In Terminal 1 go to (and face) the previously mentioned Airport Limousine ticket counter, turn left and take the escalator all the way down to the Keisei station (Follow the many signs in English). Get off the train at Narita City, the second stop. (Don't take the express train.) From the station, go straight across the busy square to the street and turn left about 1 block. I can supply a map.)

Here are Bob Svoboda's comments on the Narita View:

"... Narita View has 3-4 eating places in the hotel that are quite reasonable, even poolside coffee shop where you can get "western style" food, if you like such things. There is a free bus every 30 minutes or so to downtown Narita if you want to go there to eat. Also stops at Jusco Dept. store on the way." He also comments that the price is 6,000 Yen (you must ask for these rooms) and there is free bus service between the Hotel and Narita. (Voice 0476-32-111.) I presume that it is possible for the travel agent to make reservations.)

There are many of other hotels in the Narita area. I have not checked for hotels near Haneda Airport.

It is about a 20 min drive from the Toyama Airport to Osawano where the apartments are located. Pickups are the norm, but people should try to arrive in groups to avoid lost time during the busy work time and to avoid overtaxing the hospitality of those already there! )It is possible that pressure at the mine might delay your pickup by some hours!) Let John Flanagan (AND me) know your detailed arrival plans (Flanagan's EMAIL is Johnf@uhhepj.phys.hawaii.edu, mine is wkropp@uci.edu).

In a pinch a taxi is possible. The cost to Osawano is (wild guess) about 3,000 Yen. I will try to get one of our Japanese colleges to make up a card to give the driver directing him to one of the apartments. There is a bus to Toyama station and then one to Osawano ... a grind with luggage and if you don't know the language and/or the busses, and where to go after you get off the bus.

Some phone numbers:

	UCI apartment			0764-67-3949
	Flanagan apartment		0764-67-3984
	BU Apartment			0764-67-4072
	Kenkyuto (UT Research Building) 0578-5-2116
	Soko (US Warehouse)		0578-5-2290
Happy traveling.

Bill


Travelling to Toyama via Osaka from the US rather than via Narita

Christopher Mauger (Stony Brook Grad student) has found out the following information on travelling to Toyama via Osaka from the US rather than via Narita. So far this seems to me the best way and cheepest way to get to Toyama.

Chang Kee


Travel to Toyama via Osaka from the U.S.

The best fares seem to be from Japan Budget Travel. We have been communicating with Ms. Machiko Aso. phone 1 212 686 8855 or outside the New York area 1 800 722 0797 FAX 212 696 2057
There are two US carriers which go to Osaka, Northwest and United. Northwest flies through Detroit, United flies through San Francisco or LA. Consequently, the trip on Northwest is slightly shorter. From New York, the fares are as follows from 1 June to 13 August.
                student                 other
Northwest       $840 + tax              $1115 + tax
United          $870 + tax              $1135 + tax
From 14 August until the end of August, the fares increase by about $110.

If paying by credit card, you will pay $1550 and get refunded upon completion of travel. If paying by check, you will pay just the stated fare. All dates above refer to the date of departure. Northwest arrives at Kansai airport, in Osaka at 15:25. United arrives at Kansai airport at 16:35. The fares quoted above are also valid for travel to Narita.

To get to Toyama from Kansai airport:

Take the special express train from the airport called Haruka to ShinOsaka Station (New Osaka Station). From there, take the special express called Raicho to Toyama. You can only buy tickets in Japan for these trains. The one-way fare including supplemental and reservation fees is

Below is part of the time-table for these trains from the Spring. The schedule is not expected to change much for the Summer. Schedule books are available in Japan in any bookstore and in the United States at Japanese bookstores -at a much higher price - such as Kinokuniya in New York City.

Haruka
Kansai                  ShinOsaka
15:18                   16:06
15:48                   16:36
16:18                   17:06
16:48                   17:37
17:18                   18:07
17:48                   18:37
18:18                   19:10
18:48                   19:37
19:18                   20:08
19:48                   20:36

Raicho
ShinOsaka               Toyama
15:45                   19:04
16:15                   19:33
16:45                   19:56
17:45                   21:06
18:15                   21:41
18:45                   21:56
19:15                   22:41
20:14                   23:36
(Christopher)

The following is more info about the trip.

(Chiaki)

This document was created by Chiaki, supplemented by John F., Bill K. and Christopher M. and HTML-ized by Tomasz.


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