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.

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—in large cities such as Tokyo—relies on public transportation, especially the railway system, any delay can impact…

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What is the Yamanote Line? The history and its Origin

The JR Yamanote Line is an important railway line supporting Tokyo's huge transport networks, circling the center of the city and connecting the main transport routes. Government offices, business districts and commercial areas are concentrated inside and along the Yamanote Line. As a loop line, th…

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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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How to Share, Rent Bikes in Tokyo

This page contains affiliate links. Have you seen a lot of red electric bicycles on Tokyo's streets recently? Some are most likely shared bikes, which are becoming increasingly popular. The convenience of renting for as little as 30 minutes and returning at the destination has increased the number…

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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 yo…

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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

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…

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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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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, switching…

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How to Get from Narita Airport to Tokyo

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 int…

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