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1 Apr 2014

Getting Around in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo [東京] • 1 APRIL 2014
Where is the world's most expensive taxi? Taxis in Tokyo can be expensive during the day. At night, traffic is lighter and when trains, subways and buses have shut down (after midnight), taxis may be the only transportation available. 

Fares are ¥810 for the first two kilometers; ¥100 for each additional 288 meters or per 110 seconds when doing under 10km/h in the heavy traffic; between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., fares increase by 20 per cent or 10 per cent if the fare totals over 10,000 yen. If the taxi takes the expressway, the passenger pays the tolls.

Taxi doors are automated and are opened and closed by the driver, so you should not try and pull them open nor push them closed. No tips are expected. Since few drivers speak English, it is best to have your destination written in Japanese, along with a map, if available. A meter box displays the amount, and you can ask for a receipt upon arrival. Drivers are always white-gloved, invariably courteous and usually take the most direct route.

Almost all stations in the city have both the Kanji and the English written at each station on signs, and the stations are usually announced. Since some station destination maps are all in Japanese, deciding the amount of ticket to buy can be confusing.

Tokyo has one of the world's most convenient and efficient train and subway systems, and you can get from just about any point to any point this way. Tokyo sightseeing is easy when you use the Tokyo underground.


  • Equipo Virtual

    Como siempre las fotos estupendas.
    Un saludito

  • Anonymous

    I will definitely visit this place someday

  • Artù

    che immagini meravigliose, sempre un piacere passare dal tuo blog

  • Andrea_TheKitchenLioness

    Candy, what a fun idea for a post - I love all your pictures - you really did a marvelous job!

  • suituapui

    More expensive than Penang? RM15 to any place within the city centre including one end of Penang Road to the other...and that was some years ago, dunno now and they would not use meter. Tsk! Tsk!

  • Sharon D

    I am excited about Tokyo just by looking at your pictures. You make me want to travel, Candy ^.^

  • Ruby

    Your photos are incredible! :)

  • ChrisAu

    Beautiful pixs and beautiful Tokyo ! You really travel well !

  • Lian

    You made me want to book a ticket to Tokyo now!

  • Nippon Nin

    I'm so jealous that you were able to go to Japan. I can't wait my turn to go Japan, hopefully this fall. Thank you for the information about taxi. I enjoyed this post very much.

  • Cheap Ethnic Eatz

    I love to travel but I always fear the first public transportation experience as it can be confusing, especially if you do not know the language. Great info here and I would avoid the expensive taxis lol. Great pics overall.

  • Zoe

    I thought it is Spring now in Tokyo... It looks cold and gloomy to me :p Love to visit Tokyo one day!

  • Juliana

    Nice photos...I have not been in Tokyo for more a decade...yes, everything is very expensive in Tokyo.
    Thanks for this nice post...hope you are enjoying your week :D

  • Bam's Kitchen

    You always make me miss Japan with your wonderful and informative posts. I have to second your remark about the prices of taxis. They are really expensive especially after the trains stop running and let me tell you I had no idea I was able to run that fast and far in heel as I can when I am on a mission to catch the last train back home. As the taxis are so expensive you can see many people sleeping in Starbucks and other coffee houses just waiting for the trains to open back up again. Take Care, BAM

  • Rurousha

    Or ... just walk. Tokyo is the safest city in the world, and you can walk anywhere at any time of the day or night. Provided you stay inside the Yamanote Line, it's not that far to walk either. :)

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