FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



Here's some useful information about travelling to Japan and getting to/from the Izu Trail Journey.


ITJ - Key dates & times to plan your trip

 

LOCATION

Racer check-in & Race start: Matsuzaki  /  Race finish: Shuzenji

 

RACE SCHEDULE

Saturday, December 10 

11:00-20:00  Gear check & racer check-in

18:00-18:30  Race briefing #3E (in English)

 

Sunday, December 11

04:00     Start area & baggage storage open

05:30     Baggage storage closed. Gather at race start line

06:00     Race start

16:00     Race finish /  Awards ceremony

20:00     Race cutoff & Closing ceremony

 

APPROXIMATE TRAVEL TIMES

From Tokyo to Matsuzaki: Aprox 4 hours

From Shuzenji to Tokyo: Approx 1.5 - 2 hours

 


Which airport should I fly into?

Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport are two major international airports in Japan. Most of you will most likely be flying in from one of these airports. 

  • Narita International Airport (about 1 hour from Tokyo) is Japan’s main international airport with flights coming in from all over the world.
  • Haneda Airport (about 40 minutes into Tokyo) is a smaller airport with convenient direct flights from Asia and Europe.

How do I get to the race start line?

The race has arranged special charter buses departing from Shinjuku Station (in Tokyo) to Matsuzaki. There will be 2 departure times on Saturday, Dec. 10th - 7:30am and 12:30pm.

Rates are 7,000 yen per person.  See "Accommodation & Transportation" for details.

If you plant to get to Matsuzaki on your own, there are various ways to get to Matsuzaki from both the Narita and Haneda Airports. The best option will vary depending on what time you arrive, travel time, and how much you're willing to spend on transportation. 

 

Here are a few options:

 

From Narita Airport:

Option #1:  By Train & Bus (Japan Railway(JR), Fuji Hakone Railway, and Tokai Bus)

                    Narita to Tokyo (Narita Express, 60min)

                    Tokyo to Mishima (Bullet Train, 60min)

                    Mishima to Matsuzaki (Tokai Bus 120min)

                      or

                    Mishima to Shuzenji (Izu Hakone, 40min)

                    Shuzenji to Matsuzaki (Tokai Bus, 80-100min)

  • Takes approx. 3.5 - 4h with 2 to 3 transits
  • Relatively frequent service available for Narita Express and bullet trains
  • Tokai bus is less frequent - make sure to check the bus schedule beforehand!

 

Option #2:  By Train & Bus

                    Narita to Shinjuku (Narita Express,  85min)

                    Shinjuku to Shuzenji (Tokai Bus, 155min)

                    Shuzenji to Matsuzaki (Tokai Bus, 80-100min)

  • Takes approx. 5.5h
  • Tokai Highway bus: 2 trips per day - make sure to check the bus schedule beforehand!

From Haneda Airport:

If you fly into Haneda Airport, you need to first take a bus into Tokyo Station or Shinjuku Station. Once you've made your way to one of these train stations, refer to the above options 1 - 3  to make your way to Matsuzaki.

 

Here are some useful train/bus websites to plan your trip.  Click here.

 


Getting back to Tokyo after the race

You can take either train and/or bus from Shuzenji (finish line).

  • Shuzenji to Shinjuku (Tokai Highway bus): 155 min
  • Shuzenji to Tokyo (Izu Hakone & JR trains): 120 min
  • Shuzenji to Tokyo (Izu Hakone & bullet train): 90 min

 

Note: There are no ITJ "Access Bus Tour" shuttle buses from Shuzenji back to Tokyo.

 


Is there a useful map that shows all the locations?

In order to be able to see the big picture, we've marked all the key places on the above Google map. Please click on the red pointers to see the area name and location. (Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station, Matsuzaki Town, Shuzenji)

 


USEFUL LINKS

Click here for other useful links (such as the local tourism offices around the Mt. Fuji area).