- Getting around Tokyo on a budget
- The Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass and the Japan Rail Pass
- A One-day tour of Tokyo; briefly see the city and have fun!
- More Places to go!
Tokyo has a lot of things to see and you may want to get around the city more efficiently. One option would be using an unlimited train ride pass. In this article, I will show an example for touring Tokyo using Japan East Railway. Before introducing a recommended route plan, I would like to briefly talk about the transportation system of Tokyo.
Getting around Tokyo on a budget
The rail way network in Tokyo is well developed, but very complicated. More than 15 different train companies operate trains within Tokyo.
Thanks to the network inside the Yamanote railway loop line, you can get around everywhere, including popular spots like Ueno, Tsukiji, and Shibuya, in just one day! It might save you some travel time, but you may find yourself spending a lot of money, paying the minimum fare to change from one rail company to another.
The Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass and the Japan Rail Pass
- Adults:750 yen Children:370 yen
- Available routes: The Pass may be used for unlimited rides on local and rapid JR East trains (excluding reserved seats) within the designated open seating zone in the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo.
- Where to buy:The Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass can be purchased at JR EAST stations within the designated zone (23 Special Wards of Tokyo), Reserved Seat Ticket Machines, JR Ticket Offices (Midori-no Madoguchi), and Travel Service Centers (View Plaza).
The other option is Japan Rail Pass . This pass is one of the most useful and popular for foreign visitors of Japan. It enables the ticket holder to travel throughout Japan from Hokkaido to Kagoshima using Japan Railway’s trains. Hokkaido is the northernmost prefecture and Kagoshima is the southernmost prefecture (excluding Okinawa). Please note that the pass application is only available outside of Japan.
How can Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass and the Japan Rail Pass holders enjoy their journey within central Tokyo? A recommended route plan below:
A One-day tour of Tokyo; briefly see the city and have fun!
You can visit famous shrines and shopping streets around Tokyo on this route. The highlight of this plan is the Kasai seaside aquarium. The aquarium has a large water tank that houses tons of tuna fish. Tuna are very important to us, because they are the most popular fish used for Sushi. The admission fee is relatively reasonable, 600 yen.
*A station name will appear in blue and is linked to an information website for the location
⇒ Kanda : Kanda Myojin Shrine and second hand book shops
⇒ Tokyo : The Tokyo station & The Imperial Palace
⇒ Kasai Seaside Park : The Kasai Seaside Aquarium and the large observation wheel
⇒Harajuku : Meiji Shrine and shopping streets
⇒ Akihabara : the mecca for electronics and Otaku
More Places to go!
The destinations shown in this article are just examples of the many places to see in Tokyo. You can create your own trip within the stations of valid train routes here: www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/tokunai_pass.html .
Please note that if you prefer to stay at one or two sites for a couple of hours, the ticket is not very economical. I hope you can take a brief tour of Tokyo with this ticket and find your favorite town to stroll around in.
I introduced the Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass in this article. The following articles show different unlimited ride tickets offered by other train companies. Each ticket covers different areas. Please find a ticket that best suits your destinations!