Orignally inspired by London’s Walking Tube Map showing the walking time in minutes between London Underground stations, Tokyo Cheapo has produced (and revised) a walking map of the Tokyo subway system to both save you money and help you to walk off that 1,000-calorie bowl of lunchtime ramen.

View the map in its glorious entirety here.

While we would love to impress you by telling you we walked the entire 304 km (189 mi) of the Tokyo subway system, we got the walking times from good old Google Maps, so they’re not exact! Actual times may vary by a few minutes, especially as some stations are huge.

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Of the 286 stations on the Tokyo Metro and the Toei Subway, the shortest walks between two stations on the same line are the 4-minute trot between Nijubashimae Station and Otemachi Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, and the 4-minute stroll from Hibiya Station to Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. Meanwhile, the longest is the 56-minute slog between Shinozaki Station and Motoyawata Station at the terminus of the Toei Shinjuku Line.

The shortest to walk from end to end is the Ginza Line at 3 hours and 10 minutes while if you feel the need to walk the lasso shaped Toei Oedo Line, you’ll be on your feet for 9 hours and 45 minutes. But just think of that 319 yen you now have to spend on yourself!

This article was first published in June, 2016 and was last updated in April, 2022.

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