It will link Narita with Osaki Station in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward, the companies involved said Tuesday. The bus aims to cut out the potentially time-consuming and expensive dog leg many travelers must make via central Tokyo. It is the first time such a bus service will link Narita with the southern side of East Japan Railway Co.'s Yamanote Line, one of the nation's busiest train lines. The route is expected to improve access from the airport to Tokyo's waterfront area and Kanagawa Prefecture, because trains bound for there stop at Osaki. The station is shared by JR East and Tokyo Water Front Area Rapid Transit Inc.
The service, taking about 90 minutes, will be operated 43 times a day. It is the first low-cost bus route connecting the airport in Chiba Prefecture and a station on the southern section of the Yamanote Line. Low-priced bus services linking the airport and central Tokyo for about ¥1,000 appeared in 2012 in response to the launch of Japanese budget air carriers. But most such services depart and arrive at Tokyo Station or Ginza Station and were not convenient for all users, depending on their place of residence. The route is expected to improve access to the airport from Tokyo's waterfront area and Kanagawa Prefecture with four rail lines -- the Yamanote Line, the Shonan-Shinjuku Line, the Saikyo Line and the Rinkai Line -- using Osaki Station.
The trend is a result of collaborative efforts being made by Narita International Airport Corp., bus lines and municipalities with popular tourist resources. The plan is to encourage arriving tourists to go directly to the destinations being promoted. This spring, bus operators began offering services from Narita to the cities of Niigata, Toyama and Kanazawa by extending existing routes. These were joined on Friday by a new bus route to Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture. Nikko, north of Tokyo, is a popular tourism draw for Americans and Europeans but has recently been generating buzz among Taiwanese.
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