Getting The Most Out Of One-Day Transport Passes In Tokyo

Getting The Most Out Of One-Day Transport Passes In Tokyo

Tokyo 2017.06.03

If you know where to buy one-day passes for various train, bus and subway lines, you can save a lot of money on fares when traveling in Tokyo.

Translated by Lester Somera

Written by miho

Pin reddit

The biggest impediment to traveling in Tokyo is definitely the expensive public transportation. The smart way to keep costs down is to use one-day passes! In this article, we’ve compiled info about one-day passes for the most commonly used public transportation lines. Use the extra money you save using the passes to have fun all over Tokyo!

1. Tokyo Metro 24-Hour Ticket (Subway)

Getting the Most Out Of One-Day Train Passes in Tokyo

Tokyo Metro 24-Hour Ticket
Price: Adults 600 yen, children 300 yen *There are advance and same-day passes.

In the past, the Tokyo Metro One-Day Ticket would only stay valid until midnight. However, the new version lasts for a full 24 hours - buy one at 10 AM and it will work for you until 10 AM the next day - which boosts its value and eliminates the need to buy a bunch of tickets.
Recommended for: People visiting stations like Asakusa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Roppongi, Omotesando and Akihabara. With this pass, you can travel around half of Tokyo’s major areas! Learn more about the pass here.

2. Tokunai Pass (JR Free Ticket)

Getting the Most Out Of One-Day Train Passes in Tokyo

Tokunai Pass (JR Free Ticket)
Price: Adults 750 yen, children 370 yen

This pass gives you unlimited use of JR trains (including rapid trains) in Tokyo’s 23 wards on the day you purchase it. It can be used to get to major sightseeing areas like Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Ueno, and Ikebukuro.
Recommended for: People traveling comparatively far, and those who will be using JR lines other than the Yamanote.

3. For Tourists Only! Tokyo Subway Ticket (24-hour to 72-hour)

Getting the Most Out Of One-Day Train Passes in Tokyo

Tokyo Subway 24-hour Ticket
Price: Adults 800 yen, children 400 yen *48 hour pass for adults is 1200 yen, 72 hour pass is 1500yen

The Tokyo Subway 24-hour Ticket gives you access to the Tokyo Metro and municipal subway for one day. Of course, it is used by international tourists, but Japanese tourists from outside Kanto, as well as business travelers, use it too. You can buy a 24-hour Ticket at Narita Airport and Haneda Airport, as well as the service counters at Nihonbashi and Tokyo Stations and the tourist information centers in the Tokyo Metro Ueno and Ginza Stations. You need to show your passport to buy one, so don’t forget to bring it along. *Japanese people cannot use the above places and need to buy them from travel agencies in advance.

With this reasonably-priced ticket, you can visit famous spots like Ueno, Asakusa, the Tokyo Skytree in Oshiage, Roppongi, Tsukiji and the Tokyo Government Office. You can also visit the musical streets of Ochanomizu and the game and anime stores of Ikebukuro, or meet some budding idols on the streets of Suehirocho. If you buy regular tickets, your travel expenses will quickly exceed 1000 yen, so this ticket is an incredible value.
Recommended for: Those who need access to stations not on the Tokyo Metro, or want to try out the hip new Blue Bottle Coffee at Kiyosumi-Shirakawa. Read more about getting this ticket here.

4. Toden One-Day Pass (Arakawa Line)

Getting the Most Out Of One-Day Train Passes in Tokyo

Toden One-Day Pass (Arakawa Line)
Price: 400 yen, children 200 yen

Limited to same-day purchases, the Toden One-Day Arakawa Line Pass gives you unlimited access to the areas located by the 30 stations on the Arakawa Line, including the riverside traditional markets and shrines in Sugamo, sometimes called the Harajuku for older women, and Asukayama Park, which rivals Ueno Park in terms of its cherry blossoms. Take a trip on the Arakawa Line and you’ll find a variety of shops with carefully curated selections.
Recommended for: People who want to get out of busy Tokyo and see what everyday life is like in the slower, low-lying areas.

Check out more information about the Arakawa Line here.

5. Triangle Ticket (Tokyu Railway)

Getting the Most Out Of One-Day Train Passes in Tokyo

Triangle Ticket (Tokyu Line)
Price: Adults 400 yen, children 200 yen

This one-day pass will give you unlimited access to the triangle linking Shibuya, Futako-Tamagawa and Jiyugaoka, via the Den'entoshi Line, Oimachi Line and Toyoko Line. With this pass, you can drop by Daikanyama and Futako Tamagawa’s Tsutaya, among other enjoyable places.
Recommended for: People who like sweets, visiting lots of small general stores, and experiencing the unusual.

Read more about Jiyugaoka here.

6. Setagaya Sansaku Ticket (Tokyu Railway)

Getting the Most Out Of One-Day Train Passes in Tokyo

Setagaya Sansaku Ticket
Price: Adults 330 yen, children 170 yen

Sold on the Tokyu Setagaya Line, this ticket gives you access to the short 40-km line connecting Sangenjaya and Shimotakaido Station over a 16-minute distance. While taking the train isn’t much faster than traveling by bike, unlimited rides are just 330 yen. Even traveling for one station costs 150 yen, so you can get your money’s worth with just three rides.
Recommended for: People who want to poke around Boroichi, one of Tokyo’s oldest flea markets, and those who want to stop by Gotokuji Temple.

7. Keio Line/Inokashira Line One-Day Pass

Getting the Most Out Of One-Day Train Passes in Tokyo

Keio Line/Inokashira Line One-Day Pass
Price: Adults 900 yen, children 450 yen

With this pass, you can enjoy the fall foliage at Mt. Takao, and gaze out at the immense majesty of Mt. Fuji. You can have soup curry at Shimokitazawa, watch plays and musical performances, and if you like old clothes, you can travel around and visit all sorts of different stores.
Recommended for: People who want to travel out of Shibuya to Shimokitazawa and Kichijoji, or go shopping at Sanrio Pureland or Mitsui Outlet Park Tama Minami-Osawa.

8. Enoden One-Day Pass

Getting the Most Out Of One-Day Train Passes in Tokyo

Enoden One-Day Pass
Price: Adults 600 yen, children 300 yen

Head an hour out of Shinjuku and you will arrive in the Kamakura area, where you can enjoy a refreshing trip alongside the ocean, beneath the great blue sky. This ticket gives you license to visit famous shopping areas, eat pancakes at Bills Shichirigahama as you look out at the ocean, and enjoy temples in the rainy season when all the hydrangeas bloom.
Recommended for: People who want to get out of the heart of the city and relax by the seaside, or visit the railroad crossing immortalized in the Slam Dunk anime.

For more information about the Enoden, check out this article about taking photos in Kamakura and this article about the railroad crossing.

In Closing

If you plan on making several train journeys, one-day passes will save you a lot of money, which you can spend on delicious food or other Tokyo trophies.

With one-day passes, you can freely step off the train and venture out into any station that catches your eye. Have a totally different travel experience from other people, and may your journey overflow with new discoveries.

This article was translated from traditional Chinese.

Related topics

Pin reddit