Welcome to Japan! You’ve arrived in the Land of the Rising Sun. Now, time to get to your hotel in the middle of Tokyo at 9 at night from Narita airport… Getting around the city can be complicated. You can get lost, you can miss the last train, or maybe arrive at the bus terminal with 45 minutes until the next departure. Even worse, you may overpay to get somewhere because you didn’t know the alternatives. No stress. We’ve put together this quick guide of the best planning tools to make sure you avoid all of the above. Actually, we just want you to be on time to your Doot meetups with your local host and to get home safe. But also, don’t be late! Ensure you have an internet connection while you’re doing your route searches, since all these suggestions are web-based and require internet. Without further ado, here they are: 1. Hyperdia (hi-pur-dee-ah) The heavyweight champion of transport information in Japan. Everyone in Japan knows this one. It shows you everything from shinkansen, to bus, to ferry, to local train. It’ll show you the cost breakdown for each leg of the journey, which platform you need to be on at what time, and exactly when you’ll arrive. Only limitation? You need to know the exact names of your departure and arrival points. Ask your meeting partner for the name of the station that you need to arrive at, and it’s up to you to figure out where you must depart from. 2. Kousoku Bus Kousoku Bus should be your go-to resource for long-distance travel. Probably one of the most exceptional examples of luxury meeting a shoestring budget. You’ll have WiFi, a private individual seat with a privacy curtain, a charging port for your phone, a reclining seat, and the bus stops frequently for toilet breaks or snack refills. Best yet, it’s one of the cheaper day/night bus options. Try get on the “Grand Dream” buses – they’re the best and most comfortable option by far. 3. Google Maps. “Directions from … to …” It’s likely that you’re very familiar with this one. First, download the app if you haven’t already, and turn on your location. You can also access Google Maps from your desktop. Heads up, you’re going to want to play around with the various modes of transport to see what suits you and what will get you there quickest. Car, public transport, walking, taxi, and even cycling is an option. The biggest tip of all: while you’re on desktop, you can choose from three options: Leave now; Depart At; and Arrive By. If you select “arrive by” and make the time of arrival at least ten minutes before you want to arrive at your destination, you’ll be golden. Caveat, however. In many countries you can pre-download certain areas of the map, which enables you to use Google Maps offline and without internet connection. Unfortunately, Japan prohibits this, so you’ll need to do your search before leaving a WiFi zone and keep the map open until you arrive. 4. Use a Taxi (sparingly) If you’d like to take a taxi to or from your meeting, we recommend you ask your hotel or your Doot Host to help you out – they should be able (and happy) to call a taxi to pick you up or take you home. If you’re out and about, your next best bet is going into a convenience store like Lawson, 7/11 or FamilyMart. Showing them a picture of a taxi on your phone should work, but ideally, say the following to them in Japanese: “Takushii wo yonde kudasai”, which translates to “Please call me a taxi”. If you’re a bit nervous to say that, simply show them this!: タクシーを呼んでください。 If you need any help with your Japan trip, simply sign up to Doot and we’ll assign a Happiness Officer to you to take care of all your needs. Questions, requests, or any time you get stuck. Simply drop us a message and we’ll get back to you.