Tips for Traveling in Tokyo: Useful 1-day, 48, 72-hours Train / Subway Pass 都営地下鉄・東京メトロ共通一日乗車券

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If you go to many shopping and sightseeing places around downtown Tokyo only for a day, it is a good idea to buy 1-day train pass.

Recommended 1-day Train Tickets in Tokyo

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There are several train companies in Tokyo and each company sells their own type of pass specifically for their train / subway.

Some companies sell combination passes since they are associated with one another.

Each pass has differences and restrictions. If you would like to buy one, please read for more information on their official websites below

I recommend 3 types of 1-day tickets
  • Tokyo Metro 24-hour Ticket 600 yen
  • Common One-day Ticket for Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway 900 yen
  • Tokyo Combination Ticket (Tokyo 1-Day Ticket) 1600 yen
Please read the 3 websites below about the 1-day tickets.

Tokyo Metro 東京メトロ

Tokyo Metro | 1-Day Open Tickets
Tokyo Metro's ticket information. You can search for fares and transfer routes as well as detailed information on tickets and passes.
Probably, Tokyo Metro's 24-hour ticket (pass) is the most reasonable and useful for walking around downtown Tokyo, because it covers many stations from downtown and many sightseeing areas.
You can use the ticket the next day until the time that you first used it.

Toei Subway 都営

Tickets recommended for touring | TOEI TRANSPORTATION


JR-EAST - East Japan Railway Company

Please refer to the information of Tokyo 1-Day Ticket on the website of JR.

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Tokyo Subway Ticket FOR TOURISTS ONLY

This 1-day (24 hours) ticket is 100 yen cheaper than the ticket above.

Tokyo Subway Ticket for tourists only

Not only 1-day but also 48 and 72 hours passes are available for only foreign tourists and Japanese people who are not from in and around Tokyo.

Tokyo Subway Ticket for tourists only
Tickets recommended for touring | TOEI TRANSPORTATION

About other train companies

Other train companies and their useful tickets in and around Tokyo


Tokyo Monorail : Ticket / Suica Information > Recommended Tickets and Passes
Information on discount tickets such as Monorail and Yamanote Line Discount Tickets.

Tobu Railway 東武鉄道

Tobu Railway Global Website
Welcome to the Tobu Railway global website. Our transportation services are convenient for tourists visiting Japan, connecting between Asakusa, TOKYO SKYTREE, Nikko, KINUGAWA ONSEN, Ikebukuro and Kawagoe. This site provides an overview of sightseeing desti...

Keikyu 京急

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Haneda Airport Access Guide supports comfortable journeys for travelers from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) to central Tokyo and Yokohama. Please use convenient Keikyu trains and buses for your business and sightseeing travels.

Avoid the rush hour in Tokyo

You should try to avoid taking a train or subway during the morning rush hour while staying in Tokyo.
The rush hours are usually between 7:30 am and 9:30 am on weekdays.

Almost all the trains are extremely crowded during this time so you won't be able to enjoy your trip. Many commuters are crushed in the train, especially near the doors. Some people appear to be near death.
If you have to take the train, the least you should try to go empty-handed. It is often impossible to fit bulky luggage or even a backpack inside the train.

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We often check the train time tables and where and how to transfer using the Internet. The information is usually correct, unless there is an accident or delay.
However, you shouldn't believe the timetable during rush hour when you are in Tokyo, because even if the timetable says a certain time, there are big queues of commuters at the platforms.
Additionally, you have to wait when you are at platform to take your next train. Maybe the online information doesn't include the waiting times during rush hour.

Please try to plan around the train timetable and give yourself plenty of time to take the train.

Train time table tools (English edition)


HyperDia | Route Search in Japan.
HyperDia is a service which offers the route of the railway and the aviation within Japan. The route search corresponds to not only Japanese but also English and Chinese.

Smartphone App (Android and iOS)
NAVITIME for Japan Travel
I like this app because it covers main buses and cable cars.

Japan Travel by NAVITIME[iPhone/Android]
The No.1 multi-modal door-to-door travel app for navigation is available for iPhone and Android.

Have a nice trip!

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