- 4 years ago
Bee, I would personally book whatever you can get the cheapest in terms of flights. Your closest hub is probably San Francisco, they have more flights than LA and I believe there are more convenient hours to choose from. Honestly if you can do it, book Haneda instead of Narita. Narita going into town is 1hr by Narita Express (NEX). Haneda into town is 30 minutes by local train, probably 10 mins if you want to make it easy on yourselves and hire a cab (note, its atleast 50 dollars).
The reason I say book whatever is cheapest is because if you buy the JR Pass (buy online for tourists before you enter the country) you can use the JR trains free of charge. You can use local trains and certain Shinkansen trains to Tokyo/Osaka/Kyoto, and further south or north if you want.
I’ve lived in Japan for over 5 years. Maybe you can tell us more about what kind of trip you’re looking for? If you want chill mojitos by the beach relaxing, you probably won’t get that in Japan since it’s all about the hustle and bustle and things are VERY face paced compared to Cali. What time of the year are you going and what would you like to do?
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka are all reccomended places if it’s your first time.