Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
Transportation Expenses In Japan - Cost Of Trains, Buses, And Taxis
Written by Mayu
Transportation costs are a large part of the budget when traveling around Japan. Learn the transportation fares for Shinkansen, trains, subways, and buses, and how to budget for seeing the major sights.
Traveling and Transportation Costs in Japan
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When traveling around Japan, most visitors use public transportation, such as trains, the Shinkansen (bullet train), and buses.
If you don't want to worry about transportation expenses during your trip, we recommend getting the Japan Rail Pass, but it's also convenient to know how much transportation fares are in Japan.
Let's have a look at some transportation fares needed for a day of travel.
Cost of Transportation in the Tokyo Area
When traveling from Narita Airport to the Tokyo city area, the Narita Express or Keisei Skyliner are convenient.
Fares for the Narita Express from Narita Airport to major stations in Tokyo are as follows:
・Tokyo Station: 3,070 yen (standard seat)
・Shinjuku Station: 3,250 yen (standard seat)
・Shinagawa Station: 3,250 yen (standard seat)
The Narita Express is included in the Japan Rail Pass as well, so pass holders can make use of this.
Another option for traveling from Narita to Tokyo is the Keisei Skyliner. This train arrives at either Ueno or Nippo station in less than one hour. It is especially convenient for those heading to eastern Tokyo. A one-way ticket costs 2,520 yen.
Tokyo Sightseeing Transportation Costs
If you're staying the night in Tokyo to sightsee, you will need about 1,000-2,000 yen a day for transportation. There are multiple helpful discount tickets that you can make use of to save yen on traveling, however.
One example is the Tokyo Subway Ticket, offered exclusively for those with a non-Japanese passport. Available in 24-, 48-, and 72-hour increments, this ticket allows holders unlimited rides on all Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines. It costs between 800 and 1,500 yen (depending on the length) and can be purchased at major train stations. It is also convenient to reserve online via Klook.
If you're traveling by JR, the Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass (Tokunai Pass) offers unlimited rides within the 23 wards of Tokyo for one day. It costs 760 yen for adults and 380 yen for children. Purchase it at major JR train stations, Midori no Madoguchi stores, and JR EAST Travel Service Centers.
Kyoto Sightseeing Transportation Costs
Picture from Shinkansen - How To Buy Bullet Train Tickets
If you're traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto, the Shinkansen is convenient. A one-way ticket costs 14,170 yen (reserved seat) departing from Tokyo and Shinagawa stations. You can purchase bullet train tickets in advance online.
When you're traveling around Kyoto, you'll be using about 1,000-2,000 yen per day on traveling via bus, train, and subway. There are also discount transit passes that allow you to save yen, like the Kyoto One-Day pass (900 yen adults, 450 yen children).
Tokyo Bus Fares
Picture from A Guide To Using Tokyo's Local Buses
Buses in the 23 wards of Tokyo have a flat fare of 210 yen for adults and 110 yen for children. In areas other than the 23 wards of Tokyo, such as Kyoto, Osaka, and other regions, bus fares will change depending on how far you're riding, but you will usually end up paying around 200 yen.
Taxi Fares in Japan
Picture from How To Take A Taxi In Japan
The base fare for taxis in the 23 wards of Tokyo around 710 yen (up to 1 kilometer). In other regions, the base fare is usually around 700 yen (up to 2 kilometers).
For example, if you ride a taxi from Shibuya Station to Shinjuku Station, it will cost you about 1,500 yen.