Japan Subway Systems: Tokyo Subway Tickets
Tokyo Metro Tickets 東京地下鉄
Ticket prices for the subway in Tokyo start at 170 yen with a paper ticket, but if you are spending any time in Tokyo it would be wise to invest in a Pasmo or Suica rechargeable IC card to ease connections between the two systems, save on the wait for buying tickets, and save on fares: the fare using an IC card is up to 5 yen cheaper per ride. Fares (in 2017) are 170 yen, 200 yen, 240 yen, 280 yen and 310 yen increasing with the distance traveled.
A Suica card requires a 500 yen deposit when first issued, but the 500 yen is refundable when you have finished with it. The Suica card is usable on JR East lines in Tokyo metropolitan area, all Tokyo subway lines, buses and the Tokyo Monorail that runs between Haneda Airport and Tokyo. Outside Tokyo, the Suica can be used on some transport networks in Hokkaido, Sendai, Niigata, Tokai, west Japan and Kyushu.
The Suica can be used in many station kiosks and regular convenience stores to purchase goods.
The Pasmo IC Card allows users to ride Tokyo Metro subways and many other trains and buses within Japan.
The Pasmo card can be bought at Tokyo Metro IC ticket vending machines, Tokyo Metro stations and Tokyo Metro Pass Offices.
The Pasmo can be used in many station kiosks, vending machines and regular convenience stores to purchase goods. If you purchase a Pasmo Card and no longer need it you can return it to a station office for a refund of the remaining balance and the 500 yen deposit.
Tokyo Subway App
The Tokyo Subway Navigation App can be downloaded from the Apple Store and the Android App is available on Google Play. The App provides information on routes, times and fares for Tokyo's subways. Just enter the subway station you are departing from and your destination. The time, number of transfers and the fare are displayed.
One Day Open Tickets
The Tokyo Metro 24-hour ticket is priced 600 yen for adults and 300 yen for children. It is valid on all Tokyo metro lines for 24 hours from the time the ticket is used. There are same-day tickets which must be used on the day of purchase and advance tickets which must be used within 6 months of purchase.
Common One-day Open Ticket For Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway
This one-day ticket is priced 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children and is valid on both the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway. This ticket can also be purchased in advance for use later within the period stated on the ticket. The ticket can be purchased at all ticket vending machines on the Metro and Toei network and at Tokyo Metro Pass Offices (except Nakano, Nishi-Funabashi and Fukutoshin Line Shibuya Station) and Toei Subway Station Offices (except Shinjuku, Oshiage, Shirokanedai, Shirokane-takanawa and Meguro Station)
Tokyo Combination Ticket
The Tokyo Combination Ticket is priced 1,590 yen for adults and 800 yen for children and is valid on the Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway, Toden Arakawa, Toei buses, the Nippori-Toneri Liner and JR Lines (such as the Chuo-Sobu Line and Yamanote Line). The ticket is available from ticket vending machines (with a few exceptions) at Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway, JR and Nippori-Toneri Liner stations.
Tokyo Subway Ticket For Foreign Visitors
A discount ticket for foreign visitors for the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway is available from Narita and Haneda airports, some Tokyo hotels, BIC camera stores, Laox stores and some HIS offices. A 24-hour ticket is 800 yen (400 yen for children), A 48-hour ticket is 1200 yen (600 yen for children), and a 72-hour ticket is 1500 yen (750 yen for children). See www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/travel for further details. A valid passport is necessary to purchase the ticket.
Lost & Found
Call 03 5227 5741 (9am-8pm; in Japanese) 365 days a year for lost and found inquiries.
Information desks with information in English are available at Shinjuku, Ginza, Omotesando and Shibuya stations from 9.15am-5.15pm daily and from 9.15am-7pm at Shibuya.