The Subway In Tokyo: Map, Tickets And Directions
Grab a copy of the Tokyo subway map for free right on this page and learn How to buy the Cheapest subway tickets and why buying Japan rail pass offers Great savings (on your Subway rides too).
The subway is the easiest and fastest way to get around the city, and it’s very safe.
Any point in the center of the city is hardly five minutes walk from the nearest subway station.
A free Tokyo Subway Map in English is available at most subway stations and also posted on the wall of every station.
How To Buy A Tokyo Subway Pass
Subway tickets are sold from automated vending machines. The ticket vending machines have an English language option.
The prepaid cards are rechargeable ‘smart cards’. Prepaid fare cards are convenient and I highly recommend them, although they don’t give you any discounts.
If you don’t buy a Prepaid Subway Pass you will be spending a lot of time trying to figure out the subway fares which are based on distance, without much assistance in English.
There are two major Tokyo subway prepaid cards: Suica, and Pasmo. They can be used on just about every subway, train and bus line (with the exception of the Shinkansen and some express trains). There is an initial ¥500 deposit that you pay when buying the subway card, this fee is refundable when you leave.
See More: Japan Rail Pass
How To Use The Subway
Swipe the Pasmo/Suica card over the card reader on the gate.
When you swipe your ticket, it will display the amount of cash left on your card.
On the platform – line up behind the white line which indicates where the doors will open.
At the exit you swipe your card again.
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How To Find Your Way In The Japanese Subway
It’s really very Easy…
Don’t go out of the station without knowing the right exit number for your destination. The passageways are endless.
You can find your exit number easily on the vicinity maps which are located on the platforms and after exiting the fare gate.
Subway workers are also very willing to help.
- Signs on stations include the station names in English. Each line has a letter (example: the Ginza line has a line symbol of G) and a color.
- When you arrive at the platform you have to decide between the two sides – each side takes you to the opposite direction of the line.
- There are two ways of recognizing your preferred station / direction-
- * Using the station name as your guide – they appear in English.
- * Using the letter and number code of the station to identify it. The letter stands for the line, the number reflects where on the line the station is.
See More: The Subway Map
What Is The Japan Rail Pass?
In MOST cases, the Japan Rail Pass discounts can offer Great savings.
The Japan Rail Pass is a Pass Discount good for a set number of days (7, 14 or 21 Days) with access to 20,000 km of train network.
You can get practically to any of Japan Tourism spots with the Rail Pass.
See More: How To Buy Japan Rail Pass (hint: better take care of this before you arrive)
Fun Facts About The Subway In Japan
The subway serves around 35 million people, 8 million of those people commute into the city every morning!
In spite of the amount of commuters, the subway system operates so efficiently and punctually that it would put most other cities of the world to shame.
See More: Grab A Free, Printable Subway Map
The average Japanese office worker spends an hour and a half every morning and evening on the Subway.
Rush hours extend from 7.30am to 9am and from 5pm to 7pm.
Rush hours are not for those who value their personal space. The benches on board fold up to maximize capacity, platform attendants wearing white gloves push passengers through the doors.
Some lines have women-only cars during the morning rush hours, so women and young kids can avoid the pushing.
The subway in Japan is probably the cleanest on earth. Maintenance people clean it non-stop: wiping the railway, disinfecting the ticket vending machines… No wonder it smells good.