A bracing pine-scented breeze blows through the forest, carrying the tang of woodsmoke on its back. Sunlight dapples through the branches of white birch, and maple trees show off their autumn finery in bursts of color. A deer picks her [...]November 2, 2014 -
When living the cheapo life, the last thing you want to do is get lost and be forced into a costly taxi ride. Building on last month’s guide to transport Japanese, in this post we’ll cover the basics of giving [...]October 27, 2014 -
New to Tokyo Cheapo? Read this. We’ve put together an introductory guide that will help you use our (invaluable) resources to get the most out of Tokyo on a budget. From reasonable ramen to inexpensive ways of getting from the [...]October 26, 2014 -
There are lots of ways to get around Tokyo. If you like to walk, central Tokyo is a lot smaller than you may realise. Cycling is another great option.
To the uninitiated, the train and subway system in Tokyo can seem incredibly complicated. There are two different subway operators (Tokyo Metro and Toei) as well as one major rail company (JR) and a multitude of private line operators. In general, these are well priced compared to other major cities. In terms of cost savings, the less you change between the different operators on a single journey, the cheaper your trip will be.
For travel within the city, the bus system can be useful for making those trips that the subway doesn’t handle well – like Roppongi to Shinbashi. Fares are cheap and you can use Pasmo/Suica contact-less payment cards. Working out which bus goes where and where you should get off however, is quite a task. We recommend asking a local and telling the driver where you’d like to go. For long distance travel out of Tokyo, highway buses are almost always the cheapest (and least comfortable) option.
Taxis have a flag-fall of 710yen, so even if you catch one for 100m, this is how much it will cost. Once your trip reaches the 710yen threshold, the figures on the meter will start to spin like the fruit on a one-arm bandit. Generally Taxis are only a good deal if there are four of you.