Tokyo’s benchmarked public-transport system is the best way of moving and around the thriving metropolis. In most cases, you will find that the places worth visiting are located within comfortable walking distances from a Japan Railways (JR) station or subway. If at all you find that a rail network does not ferry to your desired location, then head for a bus terminal or stop-however, using this means of transport can prove to be challenging if you cannot read kanji.
Read on for deeper insights into the affordable and easy ways of moving around Tokyo.
The idea pertaining to avoiding Tokyo’s rush traffic hours is definitely good, but then the same might be a difficult proposal if you happen to be on a tight schedule. On most days, commuter congestion eases between 10am and 4pm– especially on the overcrowded JR Yamanote Line. Traveling around Tokyo, seeing its many attractions, shopping in the heart of the city or reaching your convention can be actually quite pleasant during these times. However, before 9.30am and from 4.30pm onwards, you may expect bumper-to-bumper traffic on streets and onward cheek-to-jowl crowds jostling on all major trains and bus lines.(image by ykanazawa)
Most visitors as well as the local populace use the railway system which is far more convenient than other means of commuting from Point A to Point B. Frequent and reasonably priced (with five minutes separating most trains on major lines in the heart of central Tokyo), trains provide the convenience of left-luggage lockers for easy baggage storage too. The drawback of this system is that the entire system starts up at 5am or 6am and shuts down about 1 am. Subway trains also have a tendency to stop half way on their route–especially when closing time arrives. This leaves passengers stranded and forces them to face expensive taxi rides home or wait to board the first morning train-plan your trip timings accordingly.
In general, taxis are pretty expensive in Tokyo and are advised to be use only in the event of an emergency or when no other alternative is on your cards. So ,if you are planning to return to your hotel/ apartment late at night or take an early morning flight out, you may consider hiring a taxi. The vacancy in a taxi is indicated by a red light flashing in the corner of the front window. The a green light states that there is a night-time surcharge while a yellow one indicates that the cab is on call. Taxies used on Friday or Saturday nights attract delays and higher prices. This also applies for weekdays after the last trains run. During these times, you may find long queues of people looking for an urgent ride to their destinations. As the taxi drivers rarely speak English, it is advisable to have your destination inscribed on a piece of paper down Japanese-especially if you happen to know no Japanese.(image by Andrey Ivanov)
Buses and car rentals are other ways of checking out Tokyo-the right way!
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