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
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
- 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) 1590 yen
Tokyo Metro 東京メトロ
Toei Subway 都営
Please refer to the information of Tokyo 1-Day Ticket on the website of JR.
Tokyo Subway Ticket FOR TOURISTS ONLY
This 1-day (24 hours) ticket is 100 yen cheaper than the ticket above.
About other train companies
TOKYO MONORAIL 東京モノレール
Tobu Railway 東武鉄道
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.
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)
Smartphone App (Android and iOS)
NAVITIME for Japan Travel
I like this app because it covers main buses and cable cars.
Have a nice trip!
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