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Subway Use - Destination board
Subway Use - Helpful map
Subway Use - Warning sign on the platform
Subway Use - Train approaching
Subway Use - On the platform at Narita
Subway Use - Tokyo Subway map (2000)
Subway Use - 3 various lines: TRTA (left), TOEI (middel), SUBWAY (right) - (2000)

Subway Use Tokyo Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
512 reviews
Using the subway Oct 04, 2013
Inside Japan, our tour company, supplied us with preloaded Manaca cards which we found easy to use as the system is the same as the Oyster one we are so used to in London - you put the card flat on the reader as you go through the gate to catch your train, and do the same as you leave the station, and the fare is deducted from the total on your card. When you need to you can top up the funds via machines in every station.

If you are used to an urban transport system in another city (the London Underground, the New York subway, the Paris Metro) you will have little trouble in planning your route here nor in following it. Determine which line you need to catch (all are colour-coded) and in which direction, and follow the signs - which are helpfully in English as well as Japanese. On the train you will find that the next station is clearly announced each time, so you shouldn't miss your stop. One thing to be aware of though is that changing lines at a transfer station may involve exiting the station and walking a little way at street level to re-enter for the other line (Kuramai is one example of those we used, on the Oedo and Asakusa Lines). And even when you can connect below ground you may have to walk some distance. A useful map of the entire system ( shows several stations which straddle a lot of lines in this way.
On the platform at Narita
Train approaching
Helpful map
Warning sign on the platform
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Airportman Airportm…
230 reviews
Easy use of Tokyo's subway system May 18, 2007
The subway system of Tokyo looks like one giant maze with all the lines crossing each other and all the colours making it looking (very) difficult to see where you're going.

To make sure you don't spent a lot of money on buying the wrong tickets or having to pay extra if you missed a station and got out the next station, there are 2 different day passes.

It's important to know first, that there are 2 subway systems in Tokyo: Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway. Most lines are operated by Tokyo Metro, so an 1-day pass for the Tokyo Metro will do. The price for an adult is 710 Yen (around 8 US dollars or 5,50 euros).

However, some stations can only be reached by taking the Toei Subway, so that means having to pay extra. But there's also an 1-day pass for subway systems. The price for an dault is 1000 Yen (around 11 US dollars or 7,50 euros).

These passes are valid for whole day and you have unlimited access on the lines. It's ideal if you have to use the subway alot for 1 day.

Tickets can be bought at the vending machines at any subway stations.
Tokyo Subway map (2000)
3 various lines: TRTA (left), TOEI…
Day pass (2000)
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Airportman says:
Thank you!
Posted on: Oct 30, 2010
Glynnes says:
An informative review.
Posted on: Oct 30, 2010

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