While getting around Tokyo may not be intuitive at first, once you get used to it you may wonder how you ever got around without trains and buses. While it might seem that a car would be more convenient at first, you will soon learn that due to parking and traffic, public transportation is by far cheaper, easier and more convenient. The public transport system, including trains, subways, and buses, in Japan, is highly developed and offers timely and reliable transportation within the major cities.
Below are guides with useful information about getting around Tokyo, long distance travel, prepaid fare system, catching taxis and more.
Finding your way in Tokyo can seem overwhelming at first. It's an enormous city with a language that you may not understand or be able to read. But, like any large city, it has plenty of transportation options available to help you get wherever you need to go. Whether it's hailing a taxi, switching…Read more
As convenient as the train system is, there are still times when you will need to take a taxi in Tokyo. While taking a cab long distances will still cost you a lot more than other forms of public transport, you can almost be assured of a comfortable and safe experience with a smartly dressed driver…Read more
While public transport in Tokyo is convenient and affordable, there are times when you need the personal space and time for composure before arriving at your destination. One way to arrive fresh and fully prepared is by using a chauffeur. There are many expat-friendly chauffeur services available…Read more
Narita International Airport is in many ways the gateway to Japan. With three terminals including one low cost terminal, it was originally built in 1978 to help relieve Haneda Airport from the volume of passengers coming to Japan in the wake of the economic boom. Despite its recognition among inter…Read more
Haneda is Tokyo’s closest airport and covers almost all domestic flights as well as an increasing number of international flights from the United States and Southeast Asia. Despite its often higher ticket fees, it is still the destination of choice due to its convenience and proximity to Tokyo. Bu…Read more
Tokyo station has been restored to the former red bricked glory of the Meiji Era, this rail gateway to the capital city of Japan is the largest station in Tokyo. In 2003, it was recognized by the government as an Important Cultural Property. Elegant architectural details aside, there are so many s…Read more
Shibuya Station has to be one of the most well-known stations amongst tourists for its two main landmarks - the Hachiko statue, and the Shibuya “scramble crossing” that has appeared in countless movies and commercials over the years. The station first opened in 1885 as a stop on the Shinagawa Line,…Read more
In Japan–historically–companies, governments, and schools have been very strict about employees, staff, and students arriving on time for work or school. When so much of the population—in large cities such as Tokyo—relies on public transportation, especially the railway system, any delay can impact…Read more
Cycling in Tokyo reveals a side of the city most never see. Unchanged neighborhoods, hidden temples, quaint family run stores, and parks and museums galore can be visited far easier on two wheels than by train or even car. So, whether you are riding a top of the range imported model or a single-gea…Read more
If you live in Tokyo, you know that the public transportation system is second to none. Subways, trains, and buses run on time from very early in the morning to late in the evening. And where a congested highway can take two or more hours to get from point A to B, the public system can often get yo…Read more
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