Translated by Hilary Keyes
Writer, translator, designer, weirdo.
Starting from March 26th 2016, by using the Tokyo Metro 24 Hour Ride Ticket you can travel all around the greater Tokyo area for 24 hours for only 600 yen!
The Tokyo Metro 24-Hour Ticket officially went on sale on March 26th, 2016. A 24-Hour Ticket means that, for the 24 hours following your purchase, you can use the Tokyo Metro lines all you want! This ticket is a more efficient, more reasonable way to travel around the greater Tokyo area.
But, just how do you get one? Where? Here we've gathered all the relevant information for you, so please read on!
The 24H Ticket is a companion to the previously sold Tokyo Metro 1-Day Ticket (1 Day Ticket), which was discontinued from March 25th, 2016. Those who have a previously purchased a 1 Day Ticket but have not used it may take their ticket to any ticket window (*1) from March 26th 2016 to September 30th 2016 and have it exchanged for a 24-Hour Ticket.
*1: May not be exchanged at Nakano station, Nishifunabashi station, Fukutoshin line Shibuya station.
Now, let's take a look at what the differences are between the 24-Hour Ticket and the old 1-Day Ticket.
The price remains the same: 600 yen for adults, 300 yen for children.
With this ticket there are still only 2 varieties: advance purchase tickets and same-day tickets.
The ticket was formerly called the Tokyo Metro 1-Day Ticket, but has been replaced with the Tokyo Metro 24-Hour Ticket.
The biggest change is that this new ticket lasts for 24 hours. The old 1-Day Ticket became invalid at midnight on the day of use. On the other hand, the 24-Hour Ticket may be used for 24 hours; for example, if you start using it at 10 am, you may continue to use it until 10 am the next day. If you want to add a new ticket, you do not need to pay any extra fees in order to do so.
For both advance purchase and same-day, the ticket's function and return destination do not have to be the same. Now this ticket can be checked in advance and matched to your schedule.
May be purchased at any Tokyo Metro ticket window (*2).
*2: May not be exchanged at Nakano station, Nishifunabashi station, Fukutoshin line Shibuya station.
You may purchase advance 24-Hour Tickets to be used within 6 months and you can choose when you want to use the ticket. These tickets are valid for 24 hours from their first use within the 6 month validity period so you don't need to choose a date on which to activate the card, it is already active.
These may be directly bought from the automatic ticket machines at the station. These tickets are valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase, if you do not use them during this time the ticket will expire and become invalid, even if it has not been used. Please be very careful!
Now let's take a look at how to buy a 24-Hour Ticket at the machine.
First, find the ticket machine at the station.
On the ticket machine screen, touch the third button down on the left-hand side that says 'Discount Tickets' (おトクなきっぷ).
While there are other tickets listed, we are interested in the first one, the Tōkyō Metro 24-Hour Ride Ticket (東京メトロの24時間券).
It costs 600 yen. The machine accepts small change or bills. If you have a Suica or Pasmo card, you can also insert your card and charge the 600 yen to your IC card instead.
If you would like a refund for your unused advance purchase ticket, you may get one if you go to the Tokyo Metro ticket window before the expiry date printed on the ticket. The handling fee for your refund is 220 yen.
You don't need to show your passport to buy a 24-Hour Ticket as these are available to anyone and everyone in Japan. For more details, please visit the Tōkyō Metro English information page for details.