equipped with a map of Tokyo's train network, an Ipod, a guide for the transfer from Narita International Airport to the hotel, and a small Japanese book on an early flight to Japan kept me busy for the entire four-hour trip crossing the East China sea.as the plane was descending, a wide flat field with thriving trees under a humid climate came into view from the window. a first look of an archipelago with great cultural wealth and big technological industries. the Land of the Rising Sun.with all the instruction on my guide for the transfer from Narita to Tokyo, i expected a complex and busy airport. but in contrast to this, the airport was so systematic that despite being one of the largest hub, it was not difficult to move around as signs were also in English. it ain't all in Japanese after all.though Haneda Airport which is also known as Tokyo International Airport is the closest airport to the city, Narita International Airport handles the most number of international flights making it the central gateway to Tokyo from the rest of the world.
one can take a cab, a bus or a train to get to Tokyo from here. the 50minute bus as convenient which at the same time gives a nice view of a transition from wide green fields to the urban city of Tokyo. the escape Japan series begins here. a great experience of both the old and modern Japan. with the words "arigato" and "wakaranai" as the only word that i had in mind when i arrived in Tokyo.