Discover Tokyo on a budget! The Toei One-day Pass

【 CONTENTS 】Getting around Tokyo on a budgetTips for using the economical Toei ticket!A One-day tour of Tokyo; briefly see the city and have fun!More places to go!Tokyo has colorful areas raging from very modern to old historical. You may want to get around to see such places in one day. If so, a one-day ticket for public transportation is a very useful and economical option. This article introduces the Toei One-day Pass and a recommended route plan. The pass is applicable for both the Toei subway and Toei bus. This route plan includes popular Asakusa, Ryogoku (Sumo stadium), and Odaiba. Before talking about the economical ticket, I will briefly […]

2016-10-25   Destinations, Tokyo,


【 CONTENTS 】

Tokyo has colorful areas raging from very modern to old historical. You may want to get around to see such places in one day. If so, a one-day ticket for public transportation is a very useful and economical option. This article introduces the Toei One-day Pass and a recommended route plan. The pass is applicable for both the Toei subway and Toei bus. This route plan includes popular Asakusa, Ryogoku (Sumo stadium), and Odaiba. Before talking about the economical ticket, I will briefly explain the Tokyo public transportation system.

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 travel time, but you may find yourself spending a lot of money by paying the minimum fare to change from one rail company to another.

The Yamanote Railway Loop Line
The Yamanote Railway Loop Line

How can you save money on transportation in Tokyo? I recommend an unlimited ride pass offered by Toei Kotsu, called the Toei One-day Pass ( www.kotsu.metro.tokyo.jp/eng/tickets/value.html). Traveling with this pass is challenging, because you need to understand the difference between the Toei subway line and other rail lines. Its worth the challenge, because you can see many attractions in Tokyo and save money at the same time.

Toei One-day Pass

  • Adults: 700 yen Children: 350 yen
  • Available routes:Toei Subway, Toei Bus, Toei Streetcar, and Nippori-Toneri Liner.
  • Where to buy:Ticket machines at all Toei Subway stations and on Toei buses/streetcars

Tips for using the economical Toei ticket!

Before recommending my route plan, I will give you tips on the Toei Subway stations.

First, the Toei Log is important to know because two rail companies operate trains in underground Tokyo. You are only able to go through the electric gates that belong to the Tokyo Metro with the ticket.

The Toei subway Logo, a gingko leaf
The Toei subway Logo, a gingko leaf

Second, each underground Tokyo train station has a combination of a letter and number that is identical to a line. For example, the Oedo line/ Kuramae Station is E11 and the Asakusa line/Kuramae Station is A17. See the Tokyo Subway Map here: www.kotsu.metro.tokyo.jp/eng/services/pdf/sub_map_eng.pdf, and plan your route using the map before your trip.
Note: The two underground rail companies, Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway, appear on the same map.

A One-day tour of Tokyo; briefly see the city and have fun!

Let’s see how you can travel around using a Toei One-day Pass. You can see historical Eastern Tokyo areas and the fashionable reclaimed land of Odaiba on this route. To get to Odaiba, you will take a Toei BUS and cross the rainbow bridge to get there.

For my recommended route plan (below), blue means a departure station and red means an arrival station. The station that appears in blue will be linked to an informational website for that location

Oshiage: the Tokyo Sky Tree tower and Edo: Old Tokyo downtown【A20】

the tokyo skytree tower
 

【A18】 Asakusa : the famous Sensoji temple and Nakamise shopping street【A17】
Asakusa
【A17】transfer of trains at Kuramae Station【E11】
【E12】 Ryogoku : the Edo Tokyo Museum and the Ryogoku Sumo Stadium【E12】
Ryogoku
【E15】Monzen-nakacho (Take Toei Bus)【海01】

Example image of a Toei bus
Example image of a Toei bus

【海01】 Odaiba 【海01】

Odaiba seaside
Odaiba seaside

【海01】Monzen-nakacho【E15】
【E16】 Tsukishima : Monjayaki restaurants【E16】
Tsukishima
【E20】 Daimon :the Tokyo Tower and Zojo-ji Temple【E20】

daimon
 

【E23】 Roppongi : Gourmet restaurants and night clubs
Roppongi Hills
 

More places to go!

This is just one plan for exploring Tokyo. You can visit more places by using a Toei One-day Pass. Find more attractions near Toei Subway stations at www.kotsu.metro.tokyo.jp/eng/guides/guidebook.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 Toei One-day 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 travel destinations!

The Tokyo Metro 24-hour ticket
The Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass (Japan Railway)

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