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> Train Passes in Tokyo...help!
biala
post Jun 24 2007, 11:01 AM
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My husband and I are spending three days in Tokyo and I have a question regarding the train passes:

Is it better to purchase a T-Card OR a 2-Day Metro Open Ticket AND a TOEI One-Day Pass (twice)?

Our hostel is in Asakusa on the TOEI line and we don't have a set itinerary of what we will be doing/seeing...basically, we will be all over the place. We plan to ask at the airport, but I thought maybe a travelpodder would know.

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post Jun 25 2007, 04:10 PM
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When I was in Tokyo I stayed in Asakusa and just bought tickets when necessary. Most tickets cost 160-180yen for a single journey. I'm sure someone will know something about passes.


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post Jul 1 2007, 05:10 AM
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BTW - we just left Tokyo and ended up NOT getting the unlimited tickets. We just paid per train ride...ended up being cheaper because we walked a lot.

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post May 15 2008, 07:06 PM
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When I was in tokyo for the first day we walked a lot so we got bought per train journey, but on the 2nd day there I bought a "free" pass I think it was called. It depends on whether you want to walk or use the trains more on what ends up being cheaper. having a rough idea of where you wanna go might help that too, for example if they're all places close together it may be easier to walk than you trains.

edit* forgot to menition - not EVERY train station sells the free tickets anyway.
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post Jun 11 2008, 12:36 AM
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You can buy either a Pasmo or Suica card - the difference between them is that Suica is run by JR rail company and Pasmo is run by the Metro subway company.

The card costs 500 and you use it like a charge card. It is the same shape as a credit card and is hard plastic so you can keep it in your wallet or purse. You then charge the card with however much cash you want at one of the ticket machines - you can do this in English - just find the button to the top right and the screen will take you through the menu in English. If you get stuck go to the ticket office in the station.

I like these cards because once you've charged them there's no waiting at ticket machines - you just swipe the card at the ticket gates and it deducts the amount of your journey from your card. Easy : )


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