Getting around in Tokyo
It’s easier than you think! Tokyo has an extensive transportation network, and it is fastest, most economical and convenient to utilize public transportation to get around the city. All stations have English signs and instructions on how to purchase tickets from the automated machines in multiple languages, and most stations also have Chinese and Korean language indications.
- Trains and subway lines
(1) Railway System
Tokyo has an extensive over-ground rail system, comprised of both JR (Japan Railways) and other private railway company lines. For details, please refer to the following site:
(2) Subway System
There are 2 major subway companies serving the Tokyo area. Connections between lines are easy and generally through tickets to your destination can be used on both companies’ lines. You will find it easy and convenient to travel around by subway. English, Chinese and Korean signage is prevalent. All lines are color-coded and all stations are numbered.
For routes, fares and more information, please check the following websites:
Tokyo Metro Lines subway information: http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo Toei Lines subway information: http://www.kotsu.metro.tokyo.jp/eng/index.html
(3) Japan Rail Pass
The Japan Rail Pass is an economical pass if you plan to visit other regions in Japan besides Tokyo. It is a special discount train pass (7-day, 14-day or 21-day) sold only to tourists outside Japan and is good for Shinkansen (bullet trains) and other JR (Japan Railways) express and local trains. Please note that Japan Rail Passes must be purchased in your home country prior to arriving in Japan.
For details, please visit the following link:
There are thousands of taxis operating in Tokyo, at virtually any hour. The maximum number of passengers per one small- or medium-sized taxi is four persons. Taxi stands can be found at the airports, most train stations, hotels and major department stores. On the street, you may hail a cruising taxi by raising your hand when a vacant car approaches. To tell whether the car is vacant or not, look for the red sign on the car's windshield or see if the lamp on top of the car is on. The left rear door is opened and closed automatically by the driver for a customer. When your car arrives at the destination, pay your driver the amount indicated on the fare meter. Credit cards are accepted by some taxis and the types of acceptable credit cards are posted inside the car. Remember that not all taxis accept credit cards, and even when they do, it may require certain conditions such as minimum charge, etc. Please check before departing.
Please note that in Japan, Uber is not operating widely as in other major countries. Using a taxi is a reasonable method of moving around.