You can see the difference when you see car roads of Tokyo, bit narrow size of car roads and not so many cars compared to other cities. It can be weird when we consider that Tokyo is one of the biggest cities in Asia, more than 10 million people living in. The number get larger by 40 million when we include people who live near Tokyo and come to Tokyo for work. Because of diverse public transportation, people of Tokyo usually use those transportation systems when they need to go somewhere. It can be not familiar to be adjusted to the circumstance of using public transportation but using public transportation is necessary and significant in Tokyo.Here we are introducing several options for transportation and tips.
Subway is the most common transportation people in Tokyo use in their daily life. However there are more than 100 lines in total, so it may be difficult to find which one is the important and possible option to reach your destination. Mainly noticeable subway lines are following :
● Yamanote Line (green) : passes most of main region of Tokyo. It goes to main main street of Tokyo; Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku, Ikebukuro, Takadanobaba Akihabara and Tokyo. It also goes to several good place to go; Ebisu, Ueno and Shinagawa, necessary to visit for your immigrant status, visa and ID card(Zan-ryu Card)
● Fukutosin line (brown) : it goes Shinjuku(it does not written as Shinjuku, but Shinjuku sanchome station will take you right in front of Kabukicho area of Shinjuku), Ikebukuro, and Harajuku. With its connected line, it is good to approach Saitama and Yokohama region easily since you don’t have to get off from train; auto transfer(transfer without getting off from the train) will guarantee the comfortable access to Yokohama and Saitama region. Good places such as Daikanyama, Nakameguro and Jiyugaoka on the road to Yokohama are bonus.
● Tozai line (blue) : several stations in Tozai Line can be helpful in your Tokyo life; Otemachi station is connected to Tokyo station, so it is easy to approach without an transfer. You can take 1,000-yen bus near the Nihonbashi station of Tozai line. One of the most noticeable station is Nishi-Funahashi, the last station, which will lead to IKEA Tokyo bay.
For using metro and subway, here are some tips to notice…
① Make sure you head to the right exit
Different from subways/trains of other countries, exits of a subway station are not always connected to each other. Especially if you get off at big station(e.g : Shinjuku / Shibuya station), there are high chance of getting lost if you missed the exit since the way to approach certain exit is designated, not diverse. Before you take an elevator/escalator, check the exist you want to go out again, and follow.
② Check out the express/ semi-express or local
Many subways have option of express, semi-express and local trains. If the train is express or semi-express train, there is possibility that the train will pass your destination. So it is important to check your destination and find what kind of train stop at your destination. If an express train or semi-express train stops at your destination, it can be better to take the express/semi-express train since it will take you to the destination much faster.
Bus is not popular option as Subway/train is, but it is comparable option to consider. It is useful when your destination is between two subway stations, or move around suburban era of Tokyo (E.x Saitama, Setagaya ku). Unfortunately there is no discount for transfer between train and buses.
Taxi is not the recommendable choice because of its extremely high price. However, it is recommended when you missed last train since it is the only option. However, when there are group of people and the distance is short, it is competitive option since the divided price is not that higher from subway fare and taxi is the fastest and the most comfortable option. However, there are also several important facts to consider while you ride.
● Do not throw up in taxi – if you missed the last train due to heavy drinking or party, it is likely to get a taxi to get safe ride home. However, vomiting in taxi is strictly forbidden – if you throw up at the taxi, usually you will be asked for charge of exchanging car sheets.
● Do not force to open or close taxi doors – because they are designed to be open/closed automatically, drivers may be sensitive when you try to open/close doors manually.