Combo Ticket for "Limousine Bus" Ride & Hato Bus Tour in Collaboration Catering to Foreign Visitors to Japan
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Chuo Ward, Tokyo-based Airport Transport Service Co., Ltd., which operates "limousine bus" shuttle services, and Ohta Ward, Tokyo-based Hato Bus Co., Ltd. began selling the "Best Access x Tokyo Tour" discount ticket on April 1 for foreign visitors to Japan that passengers can use on both companies' buses.
The set includes a one-way limousine bus ticket between downtown Tokyo and Haneda or Narita airport, as well as a Hato Bus tour with an English-speaking guide. The deal is a response to an expected increase in demand by foreign visitors to Japan accompanying the large addition of international landing slots at Haneda Airport that went into effect on March 30, and also has the aim of boosting the international name recognition of the two companies.
The discount ticket is valid for limousine buses connecting Haneda Airport with the Tokyo City Air Terminal (TCAT; Chuo Ward) and downtown Tokyo as well as the line between Narita Airport and downtown. Hato Bus tours available to purchasers of the set are the Tokyo Morning half-day course visiting the Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Palace and Asakusa, as well as the Dynamic Tokyo full-day course that includes a tea ceremony and a pleasure cruise on the Sumida River. Ticket set prices vary. For example, a one-way ticket worth JPY 820 between Haneda Airport and the TCAT plus the Dynamic Tokyo tour (normally JPY 12,000) sells for JPY 11,000. This effectively makes the trip from the airport free and allows travelers to enjoy a sightseeing tour at a reduced price.
Only foreigners visiting Japan are eligible to buy the ticket sets and they must show their passport at the time of purchase. The sets are sold at limousine bus ticket counters (Haneda Airport International Terminal, Narita International Airport Terminals 1 and 2, Shinjuku Station, Hakozaki Foreign Tourist Information Center) and Hat Bus offices (Hamamatsucho General Center, Tokyo office, Shinjuku office, Ikebukuro office) and elsewhere. They are also sold through contracted non-Japanese travel agencies and other businesses.
The two companies have a target of selling a combined total of 5,000 tickets a year for both airports.