Hello, I am heading to Osaka on March 7th for a week and then to Tokyo for a week and I was wondering what the best way to get around is? I have heard the subway system is wonderful once you understand it so I will be studying this before I go but would you guys be able to give any suggestions to get the best value out of transportation and also suggestions on what to see while I am there :)
The metro is fast, clean and efficient. especially in tokyo. also in tokyo you can rent bikes from several places (nearest one i can think of is near the Asakusa station) for around 200yen a day -- easy and cheap way to explore all the back streets! If you're travelling Japan and have time, then you can buy a Seishun 18 Kippu which gives you cheap off-peak travel on trains around Japan for 5 non-consecutive days (always a plus!) almost 7 years ago
Hi, I live in Osaka.
Yes, the trains/ subway is the best way to get around. Osaka has a wide network of trains and subway system. These are mainly of 3 kinds - Subway, JR trains (govt. owned Japan Railways) and at least half a dozen other private train lines.
There is no one single day/ weekly pass that covers all train lines. I'm aware the subway has a day pass. Not sure about others.
I would suggest getting the 'ICOCA Card' at a JR station (perhaps Kansai Airport?). It is the rechargeable card that you tap at ticket gates. It can be used all over Osaka including subways and other private lines. ICOCA card can be recharged with cash at ticket machines at any station. FIrst time you'll pay ¥500 for the card which will be refunded when you return the card (to the ticket machine). This card cannot be used in Tokyo, so return it to the machine and get your money back before leaving Osaka.
Tokyo's transportation is not any different than Osaka's. You can find similar tap cards to use there.
Good luck and enjoy your time in Japan!!! almost 7 years agoAnswered by Max via WorldNomads.com