- With Tokyo being home to so many people, there are a large variety of ways to get around the city – and unsurprisingly, Tokyo boasts one of the most efficient and expansive public transportation networks including a famed train and subway system, a variety of bus lines, and more taxis than just about every other city in the world.Owning a car is not a necessity, although most expats have at least one family vehicle, primarily for non-work related travel, although some do drive to work. It’s relatively easy to obtain a Japanese license and motoring around the city, while complicated at first, is something that most expats get used to after a few months of life in Tokyo. With that being said, even the most seasoned drivers occasionally get lost, and thus including a GPS system with a car purchase is certainly recommended.
In regard to air travel, Tokyo makes use of two airports – Haneda Airport (located just 30 minutes from the center of the city), and Narita Airport which is situated on the outskirts of metro Tokyo. Haneda, despite it being the fourth busiest in the world, is almost entirely a domestic airport, although in October 2010 it will add a fourth runway and will begin to serve a larger variety of international routes. Narita Airport serves all other international air travel for the Tokyo area