Tokyo Metro Subway Ticket

Ticket tips for trains and subways in Tokyo

I love taking trains and subways in Tokyo but I initially had trouble with tickets. Buying them, finding discounts and discovering what happens when a train is delayed have been part of my experiences. Buying Tickets – help! The first train ticket I bought was on a stopover in Tokyo. It took me ages to figure out…

walking towards Hakata City Station

The Japan Rail Pass is nice but I want something different

arriving at Hakata City Station, Fukuoka If you have a tight budget and/or don’t have a firm itinerary, there are several alternatives to the Japan Rail Pass. In fact, many passes are available in Japan and are valid on most trains including the shinkansen (bullet train), express and local trains. JR East, JR Hokkaido, JR West and JR Kyushu offer passes for…

boarding a train in Choshi

Online transportation planner – Hyperdia!

I love the tiny details when planning a trip. This includes looking at different routes, considering alternate forms of transport and figuring out how much it will cost. When I lived in Japan, Hyperdia was my best friend. This fantastic online transportation database helped me check travel times and routes from my apartment to anywhere in…

pass holder

Convenient features of refillable fare cards

Updated April 2014 Suica and Pasmo are refillable fare cards that can help make Tokyo’s transportation options less confusing and more convenient. This second post covers neat features using the cards. Green Cars on trains and the cool pass feature Green Cars cost extra and require an additional ticket. The extra ticket can be bought at JR ticket counters,…

capsules in a capsule hotel, Japan

Capsule Hotels – try them before they disappear!

According to my trusty husband, capsule hotels are losing out to internet cafés (manga kissa) and becoming less common. Even so, they are another possibility if you miss the last train or if you want to try something new… and certainly before they are gone for good. Most capsule hotels are only for men but some…

discount ticket centre sign

Discount shinkansen (bullet train) tickets

Updated May 2014 I met Hitoshi, my hubby, while I was living in Akita. Hitoshi lived in Tokyo. These two cities are far apart. In fact, the shinkansen (bullet train) takes about four hours. Flying takes about the same once you count the bus to the airport and the airport nonsense. I took the night bus…

Senso-ji Temple - New Year's Eve

Sleeping in a box: Manga Café as accommodation

I don’t understand, yet accepted long ago, why Tokyo’s trains and subways shut at midnight. I heard somewhere that it was because of a disagreement (or agreement?) between taxi companies and the rail companies but perhaps this is a rumour. Hitoshi isn’t sure. If you know the real reason, please comment below! Staying at an Internet…