Transportation in Tokyo

Japan's Public Transport System, Bicycle Rules, Taxis in Tokyo, and more

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.

Tokyo Subway Ticket Options: Suica or PASMO?

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 you…

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Getting around in Tokyo: A guide to transportation options

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 outside you…

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Catching A Taxi in Tokyo: Everything you Need to Know

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…

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Cycling in Tokyo: Bicycle Rules & Regulations

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…

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Tokyo Chauffeurs are Your Personal Guide to the City

Book Your Own Personal Tokyo Chauffeur for Business or Pleasure 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 chauffe…

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Train running late? Get a Train Delay Certificate(Chien Shoumei)!

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 relies on public transportation, especially the railway system, any delay can impact a large number of individuals.…

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Finding a Train Route in Tokyo - Route Planners

Japan has a very modern and efficient train system that is quite easy to navigate, even if you don't speak Japanese. That said, if you have to make a couple of transfers between your apartment in Roppongi and your office near Hanzomon station, you can probably attest to the need to plan your route…

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Shibuya Station: Trendy Hub of Tokyo's Bustling Metropolis

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,…

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Tokyo Station Guide: Japan’s Landmark Transit Hub Explained

Tokyo Station reopened in 2014 after an extensive five-year renovation project in celebration of its centennial that year. 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 gove…

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