Travelers advice for travelers vol. 1: Switzerland


Hello dear readers

Today we are starting a new series – travelers advice for travelers. This first post will cover advice and tricks to come around in Switzerland, the country of chocolate, cheese, mountains, clocks, and, of course, Heidi.

The first thing anyone who wants to come to Switzerland has to be aware of is that Switzerland currently is the most expensive country in the world. Therefore, planning with a rather large budget is highly advised. I will try to give you tricks to survive on a smaller budget.


1) Travel during summer. I know Switzerland is famous for it’s snowy mountains and fairytale-like landscapes, but if you are not intending to do winter sports, then traveling during the summer period is a great way on saving money, as you can enjoy a couple of free activities such as swimming in the closest lake (my favorite lake in Switzerland is Lake Gauma in Graubuenden), hiking in the mountains, wandering through the forests, going on a treasure hunt or having a barbeque outside. Furthermore, Swiss restaurants are way too expensive(even for Swiss!), so by traveling during summer, you can enjoy a great variety of delicious Swiss fruits, which are quite cheap compared to Japan. Swiss apples, Grapes, Apricots, Cherries and plums are very famous and delicious, so be sure to try it.

2) Buy your food in the big supermarkets rather than in restaurants. The biggest supermarkets are called Coop and Migros and they offer everything from low-budget food (which has still a really good quality) to the gourmet line, so it is a great chance to try a variety of typical Swiss food.

3)Places to go: Switzerland has a lot of little cute villages and towns, so I highly advise you to inform yourself beforehand on what seems to appeal the most to you. My favorite towns are Lucerne, Zuerich, the Graubuenden – area as well as Basel and Bern, but there are many more to explore. If you want to travel around inside Switzerland, I recommend to get yourself a Swiss-pass because it is definitely going to pay off as Swiss trains are really expensive. There are a lot of amazing places to visit, such as an underground lake in Vallais (you can rent a boat and watch the fishes under you), an ice sculpture exhibition inside of a glacier and a hiking way full of friendly (and sometimes very cheeky) squirrels who will come to you and say hello during your trip through the forest.

Favourite Restaurants  and local specialties and where to get them:

1) Swiss chocolate: A must try and an ideal souvenier from Switzerland. If you are willing to spend a little more money, I recommend you to go to Spruengli, that is a Chocolatier chain based in Zuerich, and buy the “Truffes du jour”, daily fresh made pralines, which are heavenly. Don’t go and buy your chocolate in tourist shops, the prices will be twice as high as usual. The best chocolate makers include Lindt, Ovomaltine, Frey and Toblerone.

2) Swiss sausages: There is a really famous barbeque – restaurant in Switzerland called “Sternengrill”. You definitely should try a “Cervelat” or a “Sankt-Galler Bratwurst” if you are into sausages, especially since they offer the best bread in town and housemade mustard free with it.

3)Liquors and local specialties: If you like alcohol, we have a lots of typical Swiss liquors, for example Roeteli and Kirsch, both made from Cherries, Kraeuterschnaps which is made from Swiss mountain herbs, and may others. The best is to inform you on-site about local specialties as they will vary from place to place, even though Switzerland is very small!;)

4) Coffee and tea: Don’t go to Starbucks, try to find small, individual coffee shops and tea saloons, those will mostly have local specialities and a special atmosphere. In Zuerich, I recommend “Herzbaracke”, a Restaurant, Cafe and Theater on a ship. The owner built it himself and put a lot of love inside – you will feel like in a different world. Another of my favourite Cafes is called “Peclard” in Zuerichs down town, “Niederdoerfli”. With their special interior atmosphere, you will feel like a King or Queen and they have the best Cakes and Sweets.

Some general advice: A lot of tourists, especially Japanese, want to climb the Swiss mountains. If you don’t want to get laughed at, I beg you, please bring good shoes with you ( you often see tourists going up the mountains with sandals, flip flops or even high heels ). They do not have to be mountaineers climbing shoes, but at least wear gym shoes with good foothold.

I hope this was helpful for you and wish you a fun and save trip to Switzerland!:D



























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De l’aéroport de Narita à Takadanobaba

A propos des trains à Tokyo

Tokyo dispose principalement de 3 compagnies de chemin de fer, la ligne JR (Japan Rail) ainsi que deux métros (Tokyo métro et Toei, 13 lignes au total).

La ligne JR Yamanote line est la plus utilisée pour aller dans les grandes villes tel que Shinjuku, Shibuya, ou Ikebukuro. Si vous dites métro” à Tokyo, cela signifie seulement le métro de Tokyo. Pas les trains JR.

A propos de la station Takadanobaba

La station Takadanobaba relie la ligne JR Yamanote et la ligne de métro de Tozaie. Ces deux lignes sont connectées à la sortie de métro Waseda. Les autres sorties (comme par exemple la sortie JR Toyama ou la sortie de métro n°6, ou n 7) ne sont pas en mesure de permettre un transfert sur une autre ligne. Il existe aussi la ligne Seibu mais je suppose que la plupart des touristes ne l’utilise pas.


Takadanobaba station
English map of Takadanobaba station


[De Narita à Takadanobaba]

Vous pouvez utiliser le bus ou le train.


Si vous n’avez pas un passeport japonais, vous pourrez prendre un train nommé le “NEX” (JR Narita express) pour 1,500 yen. Mais ç’est seulement de Narita à Shinjuku. De Shinjuku à l’ aéroport de Narita cela coutera 3,190 yen.

(Si vous avez un passe valable (le Japan Rail Pass), alors le Narita Express est inclus dans le prix).

Aéroport de Narita (Narita express 90min) > la gare de Shinjuku (ligne JR Yamanote 5min) > Takadanobaba


Le moins cher est une navette nommée “Tokyo shuttle” 1190 yen.

L’aéroport de Narita (navette Tokyo  60min) > la gare de Tokyo (3min à pied) > station de Nihonbashi (ligne de métro Tozai 15min) > Takadanobaba

[Comptoir de ticket de bus Keisei, et arrêt de bus à l’aéroport de Narita]

Un bus passe toutes les 20 min.

Acheter un billet au comptoir de b
us Keisei. De Tokyo à Narita, acheter un billet directement dans le bus.

keisei1 keisei2

Voici le plan de la station d’arrêt de bus Tokyo”.

La sortie de la gare Nihonbashi est la A3 pour la ligne de métro Tozai. (Mais vous devrez utiliser les escaliers.)

Si vous ne voulez pas utiliser les escaliers, marchez jusqu’à Yaesu” sortie nord de la gare de Tokyo, puis prendre la ligne JR Yamanote. Takadanobaba est à environ 30 min direction Ueno et Ikebukuro.



How to get to Takadanobaba from Narita airport?

[About train in Tokyo]

Tokyo has mainly 3 railway companies. JR (Japan Rail) and two subways (Tokyo Metro & Toei, total 13 lines).

JR Yamanote line is the most useful one. Go through big towns like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro. If you say “metro” in Tokyo, it means the subway “Tokyo Metro”. not JR trains.


[About Takadanobaba station]

Takadanobaba station is linking the JR Yamanote line and metro Tozai line, and this two line is connected at Waseda exit. Other exits (like JR Toyama exit or metro exit #6, exit #7) are not able to transfer to another line. Also there is Seibu line but I guess most tourists never use this one.

Takadanobaba station
English map of Takadanobaba station


[From Narita to Takadanobaba]

You can use a bus or train. If you have a valid JR rail pass, you should take JR NEX. if not, other ways are cheaper and faster.


If you have a non-Japanese passport, you can take a train named  NEX (JR Narita express), round ticket with 4000yen. But if you buy only one way, 3,190yen.

(If you have a valid Japan Rail Pass, NEX is included in the price.)

Narita airport –(Narita express 90min)-> Shinjuku station –(JR Yamanote line 5min)-> Takadanobaba

[Keisei TRAIN]

The fastest way from Narita to Tokyo is taking Keisei Skyliner. If you have a non-Japanese passport, you can get a discount of 2200yen/one way by purchasing online.  (Normaly 2470yen.)
Change to JR Yamanote line at Nippori station, 170yen to Takadanobaba.

Narita airport –(Keisei Skyliner 40min)-> Nippori station –(JR Yamanote line 17min)-> Takadanobaba


The cheapest way is by bus, you can take the Tokyo shuttle for 1200yen.

Narita airport –(Tokyo shuttle 60min)-> Tokyo station –(walk 2min)-> Nihonbashi station –(metro Tozai line 15min)-> Takadanobaba

[Keisei bus ticket counter, and bus stop at Narita airport]

Buy a ticket at the Keisei Bus counter (See the map below). A bus comes every 20 min.

(There is another bus named “Access Narita”, which leaves from the same bus stop. You can buy this bus ticket directly from the bus driver, but it arrives in a different bus stop of Tokyo station. Tokyo shuttle bus is easier if you head to Takadanobaba.)

keisei1 keisei2



[Map of Tokyo station bus stop.]

From Tokyo station bus stop, walk to the Metro Tozai line Nihombashi station exit A3. It’s just 2 minutes from the bus stop. If you want to use an elevator, enter the building behind the exit. It’s connected to the station underground. (If you take an  Access Narita bus, you will get off  just in front of Tokyo station Yaesu exit. It takes 8 minutes to the Nihombashi station exit A3.)

Tokyo shuttle (Access Narita) bus stop at Tokyo station
Tokyo shuttle (Access Narita) bus stop at Tokyo station

If you don’t want to use steps at all, walk to Yaesu north exit of Tokyo station, then take JR Yamanote line. Takadanobaba is about 30 min in the Ueno & Ikebukuro direction.