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Use this page to find information on access to and from Minamiboso. It also includes links for airport limousine buses, the express bus (高速バス), and night bus (夜行バス) to and from Tokyo.
While not all of these links are in English, memorizing a few kanji and learning to read timetables will save you a lot of headaches.
NARITA AIRPORT -> MINAMIBOSO
I recommend taking two highway buses (this is especially helpful when carrying lots of luggage.)
- At Narita Airport buy a JR bus ticket toward Tokyo Station (東京八重洲 Tokyo Yaesu）. There is a bus that stops at the north exit and one that stops at the south exit. Either is fine, but the south exit will be closer to your next bus departure. My ticket cost ￥1900 after a discount for being under 25-years-old. When you get on the bus they will put your luggage in the storage compartment under the bus and give you a stub to hold onto until you collect your luggage.
- At Tokyo Station, go to the south exit (南口). (If you’re at the north exit, you’ll have to walk a little while down your left toward the buses. If you see McDonald’s inside the station you’re there.) The bus departure area is outside of the south exit. Buy a ticket at the ticket office located near bus platform 9 or 10 for ￥2470. You can get off at Highway Oasis Furari or Tomiura Biwa Club. The bus leaves from platform 8. You can put your luggage in the compartment underneath, then give the driver your ticket when you get on. He’ll give it back to you, but hold onto it and return it to him when you get off. Make sure you PRESS THE RED BUTTON when you want to get off at the next stop.
MINAMIBOSO -> NARITA
It’s best to buy your ticket beforehand so you can ensure you have a seat. The ticket can be bought at Highway Oasis Furari or Tomiura Biwa Club for ￥2470. If you buy a ticket when you get on it will cost ￥2500 and the driver will likely ask you to get off and let others with a ticket board first. (It’s happened to me both times I didn’t pre-buy a ticket.) You’ll arrive at Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Bus Arrival Terminal.
Go to the south exit and buy a ticket for a bus to Narita. It will stop at each terminal, so be sure to know which you want to be dropped off at ahead of time. Make sure you PRESS THE RED BUTTON when you want to get off at the next stop.
HANEDA AIRPORT <-> MINAMIBOSO
There are buses that go directly from Haneda to Minamiboso (Highway Oasis Furari, Tomiura Biwa Club), as well as Tateyama Station in neighboring Tateyama City. A Google map search can give you specific times. Or, check out the links below to look up airport limousine buses for your desired destination.
AIRPORT LIMOUSINE BUS
You can use this site to look up routes to and from Haneda and Narita airports.
Look up routes to and from Haneda Airport
TOKYO -> MINAMIBOSO (about 1 hr 40 min)
At Tokyo Station Yaesu, go to the south exit (南口). (If you’re at the north exit, you’ll have to walk a little while down your left toward the buses. If you see McDonald’s inside the station you’re there.) The bus departure area is outside of the south exit. Buy a ticket at the ticket office located near bus platform 9 or 10 for ￥2470. The bus leaves from platform 8. You can put your luggage in the compartment underneath, then give the driver your ticket when you get on. He’ll give it back to you, but hold onto it and return it to him when you get off. To get to Minamiboso you can get off at Highway Oasis Furari or Tomiura Biwa Club. Make sure you PRESS THE RED BUTTON when you want to get off at the next stop.
MINAMIBOSO -> TOKYO (about 1 hr 40 min)
When you depart from Minamiboso, it’s best to buy your ticket beforehand. The ticket can be bought at Highway Oasis Furari or Tomiura Biwa Club (富浦枇杷俱楽部) for ￥2470. If you buy a ticket when you get on it will cost ￥2500 and the driver will likely ask you to get off and let others with a ticket board first. (It’s happened to me both times I didn’t pre-buy a ticket.) Show your ticket to the driver when you get on and return it to the driver before you get off. You’ll arrive at Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Guchi (Bus arrival terminal) (日本橋口（バス到着ターミナル）.
CHIBA CITY -> MINAMIBOSO (about 1 hr 20 min)
From Chiba City Station, take the Nansou Satomi-go (南総里見号) highway bus toward Tateyama (館山). Pay before you get on. (￥1,650 as of May 2018.)
MINAMIBOSO -> CHIBA CITY (about 1 hr 20 min)
From Minamiboso, take the Nansou Satomi-go (南総里見号) highway bus toward Chiba (千葉). Pay when you get off. (￥1,650 as of May 2018.)
GENERAL TRANSPORTATION INFO
The JR Uchibo Line stops at the Iwai (岩井), Tomiura (富浦), Chikura (千倉), Chitose (千歳), Minamihara (南三原), and Wadaura (和田浦) stations.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find this same page on the English version of the website, so here are steps to finding the timetables in Japanese:
- On this page (of the link above), click the name of the place you want to depart from. You have to know the kanji, but it should be easy to look up on Google. For example, to leave from Tomiura Station, click 富浦（とみうら）.
- You’ll be taken to a page with a chart that has two options: Down (下り) or Up (上り) depending on which direction you want to go on the line. Once you decide which, look on the right-hand side under 時刻表 (timetable) and you will see two options: 平日 (weekdays) and 土曜・休日 (weekends/holidays). Click the one you want and it will take you to that timetable.
- From that screen, click on the time you want to depart, and it will bring you to a timetable that shows when the train arrives and departs from each station. 着 means arrive, and 発 means depart. You can also choose the day you will go from the calendar above.
HIGHWAY BUS (高速バス)
How to read the timetables from the links below:
The first 3 tables are for going up the line (上り) and the last 3 are for going down the line (下り). Pick which direction you want to go, then find the location you want to depart from (you need to know the name in kanji). 発 means departure and 着 means arrival. Then, move your eyes to the right to find the time you want to leave. When you pick the time, move your eyes down to the place you want to stop at. Look for the 着 symbol. The titles at the top of the columns tell you the bus company （日東、JR、館日、シティ） and/or number (2号、24号、etc.)
*Remember that time schedules might change on Saturday/Sunday and holidays.
From Minamiboso <-> Chiba City
- For this bus, when you go up toward Chiba (上り 千葉方面行), pay before you get on. When you go down toward Tateyama (下り 館山方面行), pay before you get off.
From Minamiboso <-> Tokyo
*Keep in mind that in Tokyo, the departures and arrivals area for this bus are different. It’s about a 5-minute walk inside the station to get from the arrival area, Nihonbashi Guchi (Bus arrival terminal) (日本橋口（バス到着ターミナル）), to the departure area, Yaesu South Exit (八重洲南口).
NIGHT BUS (夜行バス)
Night buses are much cheaper than bullet trains and can take you across Japan while you sleep on the bus. They’re about as cozy as airport seats, but it certainly saves you (day)time and money. Book early for a cheaper seat.
Keisei Bus website (includes an express bus and night bus)
Keisei Bus website *English
Night bus from Tokyo to other cities
https://www.bushikaku.net/ *Japanese only
This site lets you compare prices between different night buses.
For night buses leaving from Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit Kaji-bashi Parking Lot (東京駅八重洲口鍜治橋駐車場):
- From Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit (八重洲南口) you will see buses departing outside. This is NOT the night bus departure area. Exit the station and turn right. The departure for the night bus leaving from 東京駅八重洲口鍜治橋駐車場 (Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit Kaji-bashi Parking Lot) is about a 5-minute straight walk from there. It will be on your right after a crosswalk. The night bus lot is a little crazy. When you get there, go to the waiting area outside where you can see the board that says which buses have arrived. They will call your bus when it arrives. If you’re not sure, ask one of the workers.
For more general transportation information in Chiba Prefecture, please visit: http://thousandleaves.wikispaces.com/Transportation
*Note that this website is aimed for those on the JET Program (a program that sends English-speakers and Japanese-speakers to Japan to teach English or translate). However, the section about transportation is not specific to JETs.
*And lastly I might add that Google maps has never steered me wrong (as long as I enter the right location).