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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Since Au­gust, Qan­tas has been fly­ing 747 daily overnight ser­vices from Sydney to Tokyo’s Haneda, the orig­i­nal in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal that was su­per­seded by the then con­tro­ver­sial Narita in 1978. Haneda is still a busy do­mes­tic and re­gional hub and is just 14km south of Tokyo Sta­tion. Narita is about 60km away, in Chiba pre­fec­ture. Hop on the zippy mono­rail into Tokyo Sta­tion from Haneda via Ha­ma­mat­su­cho; car­riages have plenty of space for bag­gage stor­age and there are sky­line views. The mono­rail is cov­ered by the Ja­pan Rail Pass, which can be ac­ti­vated at the Haneda ter­mi­nal; trains ar­rive about ev­ery five min­utes. There are Ya­man­ote Line con­nec­tions from Ha­ma­mat­su­cho to precincts such as Shin­juku and Rop­pongi or use Tokyo Sta­tion as your base to con­nect to the CBD. The beau­ti­fully re­stored 1915-built Tokyo Sta­tion Ho­tel, a mem­ber of Small Lux­ury Ho­tels of the World, is within the fab­ric of this main rail hub and guests can ar­range for valets to take lug­gage straight to the lobby. All up, by plane and train, it’s a civilised way to ar­rive in one of the great cap­i­tals. More: qan­tas.com.au; railplus.com.au; slh.com.

SUSAN KURO­SAWA

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