Tokyo Transport – Getting Around

While Japan’s capital is huge, it’s easy to get around, with Tokyo transport one of the best public transport systems in the world.

The trains in Japan run right on time. You’ll find Tokyo’s main suburbs on the JR Yamanote Line (Loop Line), with Roppongi and Asakusa the only exceptions. This is no issue, however, as Roppongi and Asakusa are only a few subway stops from Ebisu and Ueno respectively.

Catching buses is another viable option for you in Tokyo, though trains are still preferable. If you need to get somewhere specific very quickly, or late at night and early in the morning, catching a taxi is the most convenient option.

Tokyo Taxis

In Tokyo, you can hail a cab on the street or catch taxis from the stands located in front of train stations. Taxis have GPS systems installed, but many drivers don’t speak English. Catching taxis in general in the city is not cost-effective, unless you’re travelling in a group. Because traffic can be heavy, fares can increase quickly too.

Tokyo Public Transport

It’s well worth making trains your primary mode of transport in the city, as they are reliable and economical. For unlimited use of the train system, purchase a Japan Rail Pass. Train lines include kakueki-teisha or futsu-densha (local), kaisoku (rapid), kyuko (express) and shinkansen (super express). If a train isn’t available where you are in Tokyo, the area will more than likely be served by a bus or ferry.

Tokyo Bike Hire

While there aren’t many bike lanes in the city, it’s still a great way to get around and gain an understanding of Tokyo’s layout. Some Japanese retail companies and many guesthouses provide bike hire services.

Walking Tokyo

Tokyo is a safe city, so it’s a great place to explore on foot. Put on a pair of good shoes and take a stroll along the capital’s streets and through its many beautiful parks. Some trails have even been specially mapped out for visitors. These are worth looking into, as they’ll allow you to discover poignant moments in the city’s history. 

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