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been flying 747 daily overnight services from Sydney to Tokyo’s Haneda, the original international terminal that was superseded by the then controversial Narita in 1978.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.