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There are many discount tickets in Tokyo that allow riders to use public transit in the city efficiently to see Asakusa, Shibuya, and other major attractions. Use them to save yen on getting around Tokyo with one-day and multi-day passes for trains, Tokyo subway and metro lines, and buses.

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How To Use Discount Transit Passes in Tokyo

The biggest impediment to traveling in Tokyo can be the expensive cost of public transportation. The smart way to save yen is to use one-day passes and discount passes for multiple days! In this article, we’ve compiled info about transit 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, Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway Ticket

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Tokyo Metro 24-Hour Ticket

Price: Adults - 600 yen, children 300 yen

The ticket 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!

Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway Pass

Price: Adults - 900 yen, children 450 yen

This is another convenient ticket to have. As the Toei Subway is another major underground railway system in Tokyo, it is very convenient to make use of.

Recommended for: Those traveling to Roppongi, Asakusa, Ryogoku, and all travel in Tokyo. When making train transfers, having use of both the metro and subway is very convenient. Having access to both alleviates the chance you will have to buy an extra ticket and flexibility for trains.

2. Tokunai Pass (JR Free Ticket)

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

This pass gives you unlimited use of Japan Rail (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 multiple JR lines, including the Yamanote.

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

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Tokyo Subway 24-hour Ticket
Price: Adults 800 yen, children 400 yen *48 hour pass for adults is 1,200 yen, 72 hour pass is 1,500yen

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 ticket online or 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. If you buy regular tickets, your travel expenses will quickly exceed 1,000 yen, so this ticket is an incredible value.

Recommended for: It is very convenient and hassle-free to make use of both the subway and metro. Use this for any area in Tokyo, like Asakusa, Roppongi, Shinjuku, Ryogoku, and Kiyosumi Shirakawa.

More information and purchase: Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway Ticket

4. Toden One-Day Pass (Arakawa Line)

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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.

5. Triangle Ticket (Tokyu Railway)

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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'en Toshi 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 small, local stores, and experiencing the unusual.

6. Setagaya Sansaku Ticket (Tokyu Railway)

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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

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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 in 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 to Shimokitazawa and Kichijoji, or go shopping at Sanrio Puroland or Mitsui Outlet Park Tama Minami-Osawa.

8. Enoden One-Day Pass

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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 allows you to visit famous shopping areas, eat fluffy pancakes 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 from "Slam Dunk."

Discount Tickets in and Around Tokyo

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.

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