NATIRA [Guide on the Narita Airport Area]
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How to Use Buses
HOW TO USE BUS LINES
The bus lines play a vital role as a means of transportation connecting main train stations and various facillities in the cities.
In most instances buses arrive and depart from bus terminals located near train stations. Those who are not familiar with using buses are recommended to confirm the destination of the bus bufore getting aboard. It is also recommended to carry several hundred yen worth of coins to pay for the bus fare, as bills are not accepted. Getting on a bus, passengers should take a numbered reference ticket from the machine just inside the entrance door of the bus. This ticket is used to indicate what fare is due to be paid. These tickets are not issued at the bus stop that the bus departs from. At the front of the bus above the exit door is a fare display board. When getting off a bus, compare the number of the reference ticket to the numbers on the fare display board, and place the appropriate fare in the fare box together with the numbered reference ticket.
As the bus you are on preceeds to the destination along its scheduled route, the name of the next bus stop will be announced on the bus speaker system. As these announcements are spoken in Japanese, it is recommended to tell the bus driver, in advance, the name of the bus stop where you want to get off. To find the name of the bus stop, refer to this guidebook. When the name of the bus stop you want to get off is announced, push any of the buttons on the bus walls. Once pushed, these buttons light up and indicate to the driver that a passenger wants to get off at the next stop.
The bus fare varies depending on the distance you travel, so after pushing the button to get off, check your numbered reference ticket against the fare display board. Put into the appropriate fare, together with the numbered reference ticket, in the fare box by the driver as you get off. Change is not provided by the fare box, but these is usually a change machine (1,000 yen bills, 500 yen, 100 yen, 50 yen coins) connected to the fare box. The exact fare must be put into the fare box.
REFERENCE NUMBER TICKET
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The reference number ticket shows the number that indicates what fare is due for riding the bus.
The reference number ticket should be put into the fare box with appropriate fare before getting off the bus.
FARE DISPLAY BOARD
The amount of fare corresponding to the reference number ticket will be displayed, and the amount of the fare should be confirmed before arriving at the bus stop where you get off.
GETTING-OFF SIGN BUTTON
Push the getting-off button when you are coming to the stop where you want to get off.
FARE BOX
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The fare box is used to collect the bus fares and reference number tickets from passengers.
The denominations of the coins that may be put into the fare box are 500 yen, 100 yen, 50 yen, 10 yen. Bills are not acceptable.
(1) Fare box
(2) Coin slot for change
(3) 1,000 yen bill insertion slot
(4) Exchanged money dispenser
How to Use Taxis
Japanese taxi fares are the same regardless of the number of passengers, no additional charge for baggage. Taxis are convenient when you have 3~4 people with baggage.
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You can easily catch a taxi in front of Narita Airport, hotels and stations which are in this area etc.
To sign for driver, just raise your hand toward for them, and one will stop.
Please be alert to unlicensed taxi! The licensed taxis have green numberplates.
You can call if a taxi is vacant by the red sign in its front window. When there are some passengers on the taxi, the sign will be green or blue.
The best way to tell the driver where you would like to go is to show a map and say the place name in Japanese.
Taxi have meters which indicate your fare. The base rate is about 660 yen but the price will continue to rise in accordance with the distance and time you travel. From 11 pm to 5 am fares rise by 30%.
Taxi doors will open and close automatically when you get in & off.
There is no need to leave a tip as a general rule.
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