Did you know that there's a special ticket that allows unlimited rides on all Toei Subway and Tokyo Metro lines? In this article, we'll introduce the Tokyo Subway Ticket, which allows you to explore Tokyo affordably. It's available as either a one, two, or three-day pass, ranging in price from 800 yen for 24 hours to 1,500 yen for 72 hours.
What is the Tokyo Subway Ticket?
The Tokyo Subway Ticket allows unlimited travel on all Toei Subway lines and all Tokyo Metro lines for the validity period of the ticket (24, 48, or 72 hours).
In addition, it offers discounts at more than 350 sights and attractions around the city, including the Ueno Zoological Gardens, the Sumida Aquarium, and the National Museum of Western Art. Simply present your Tokyo Subway Ticket at the entrance counter to receive the discount. To check on participating locations, please visit the Tokyo Metro website at https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/travel/index.html.
The Tokyo Subway Ticket is only available for tourists visiting Tokyo from outside of Japan or those residing beyond Tokyo’s seven prefectures (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, and Yamanashi).
Tokyo Metro Map
Where to buy?
Tokyo Subway Tickets can be purchased from local travel agencies as part of their travel packages, with details available on the official website at https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/travel/index.html.
They can also be purchased at select hotels, Haneda Airport's International Terminal Visitor Information Center and Narita International Airport's Keisei Bus Ticket Counter, as well as some Tokyo Metro commuter pass counters, which will be the most convenient option for those arriving into Tokyo by Shinkansen and transferring to Metro service. Certain Yamada Denki stores, Bic Camera stores, and tourist information centers also sell Tokyo Subway Tickets.
We recommend that you check the official website, as you can find the most convenient place to purchase the tickets based on your arrival location, the hotel you are staying at, or the places you intend on shopping.
It's also possible to buy a Common One-day Ticket (900 yen) for use on Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines. Still, they are only valid until the last train on the day of use. In contrast, the Tokyo Subway Ticket is valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours from the time of purchase, rather than just a single day. This means that the Tokyo Subway Ticket is more economical for those taking their first trip in the afternoon or evening.
Prices and types
Tokyo Subway Tickets are available for 24, 48, or 72 hours, with both adult and children's fares available. Children are classified as 6-11 years of age, with those aged 12 or over required to purchase an adult ticket.
・Tokyo Subway 24-hour Ticket: adults 800 yen/children 400 yen
・Tokyo Subway 48-hour Ticket: adults 1,200 yen/children 600 yen
・Tokyo Subway 72-hour Ticket: adults 1,500 yen/children 750 yen
A recommended sightseeing route with the Tokyo Subway Ticket
When you consider that the minimum fee for a standard ticket on the Tokyo Metro is 170 yen and 180 yen for the Toei Subway, you only have to ride five or more times to make it worth purchasing a Tokyo Subway Ticket. Also, you can take advantage of the various discounts offered at more than 350 sightseeing spots around Tokyo. For example, you'll benefit from a 200 yen discount on admission at Tokyo City View and can purchase original goods that aren’t for sale to non-ticket holders at the Ueno Zoological Gardens.
To illustrate just how much you can save when using the Tokyo Subway Ticket, we’ll introduce a 24-hour recommended course.
• Begin in Asakusa to eat your way around the Nakamise Shopping Street before heading to Asakusa Hanayashiki (where you’ll receive a 100 yen discount on entry) to ride Japan’s oldest rollercoaster.
• Once you’ve built up an appetite, explore the seafood-filled halls of the Tsukiji Fish Market, then shop for souvenirs at the tourist-oriented stores. Many offer discounts to Tokyo Subway Ticket holders, including a 5% discount on Tamagoyaki at Tsukiji Shouro and an 8% discount on all products at Akiyama Shouten.
Tsukiji Shouro also offers a 40 yen discount on purchases while Akiyama Shouten offers a 130 yen discount when purchasing 300 grams of Superb Shaving (No.10) bonito flakes.
Tsukiji Fish Market
• Continue to the landmark Tokyo Tower to enjoy the tourist attractions of Foot Town or the “One Piece” amusement theme park, with an original postcard gifted to Tokyo Subway Ticket holders.
“One Piece” amusement theme park
• In the afternoon, head to stylish Roppongi to visit the Mori Art Museum, which is renowned for its contemporary exhibitions, then soak up the sweeping views across the city from the observation deck at Tokyo City View. Both attractions offer a 200 yen discount for Tokyo Subway Ticket holders.
Tokyo City View
• End the day taking a photo of the famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing, where more than 1,000 people can be seen crossing at any one time. It's surrounded by shopping malls, such as Shibuya 109, where you can pick up any last-minute souvenirs or browse the Japanese fashions on sale.
When it's time to eat, head to the Shibuya Metro Plaza for dinner, with a 10% discount for Tokyo Subway Ticket holders at Izakaya Nijyu-Maru, which is renowned for its delicious comfort food.
The total of these discounts comes to 970 yen (and that’s not even counting the costs of transportation), which makes the 800-yen Tokyo Subway 24-hour Ticket more than worth it. Remember, you’re also entitled to original goods and gifts at select stores and attractions that are only available to ticket holders.
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