The nearest and most convenient airport to Okazaki is Nagoya International at
Komaki just north of Nagoya City. From March 2005, the new airport built on
a manmade island off the coast in Ise Bay will become the regional gateway.
You can either use the airport bus that departs from JR Okazaki and Meitetsu
Higashi Okazaki. The airport bus is clearly marked and the trip takes 70 minutes
and costs 2000yen.
There are the JR Tokaido line, the Meitetsu Honsen, and the Aichi Kanjo
Line. The trains are clean, frequent and easy to use for inter-city travel.
The two major stations are the JR Okazaki station and the Meitetsu Higashi Okazaki
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For those living in the south of the city, it is the most useful line for travelling
to Nagoya or Toyohashi or connecting with the Shinkansen lines.
The Meitetsu Honsen passes through the middle of Okazaki and is the most useful
line for those living in the center or north of the city. The Meitetsu bus center
at Meitetsu Higashi Okazaki station is the main hub for the bus network.
This smaller line connects Okazaki with Toyota and Seto in the north. Trains
are less frequent, but it is the best way to get to locations such as the World
Expo site in Seto.
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The two major bus services are operated by Meitetsu and JR, using the respective
stations as hubs.
Japanese drive on the left side of the road. Driving in Japan is generally
very safe and the majority of drivers are careful and courteous.
Driving in Japan can be quite expensive for a number of reasons. The price of
gasoline is higher than the US and is on a par with prices in Europe. Major
road signs are in English and Japanese.
Scooters are cheap to run, and often more convenient than a car. You can buy
a second hand scooter cheaply (from 30,000-70,000 Yen) and if you already have
an International Drivers License or a Japanese Driving License then you're ready
to go. No special insurance is needed for a scooter up to 50cc.
Rules of the road
The speed limit in residential areas is 40kmh and on the expressways is
80kmh. A speeding ticket in Japan will normally result in a large fine (10-20,000
yen) or in a temporary loss of your license.
Drinking and driving in Japan is not tolerated and the drink-drive level is
To drive a car in Japan you must be 18 years or over and for a moped/scooter
or motorcycle it is 16.
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For most foreign residents of Okazaki, bicycles are the easiest and most
common form of transport.
Taxi fares are a little expensive, but are extremely useful at times. The
main taxi companies are:
Kamome Kotsu 0564-25-1234
Suzuei Taxi 0564-24-2611
Ohwa Kotsu 0564-24-2611