With so much for you to see and do, why not ride one of the free public shuttle buses to explore the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo? Running at regular intervals, they go to some of city's best tourist locations!


Hop on the cyclic Tokyo Bay Shuttle around Odaiba, a man-made island on Tokyo Bay and one of the city's main shopping and entertainment districts.

Taking a route that circles the grand Tokyo Central Station, ride the Marunouchi Shuttle through the Marunouchi commercial district and Yurakucho, highly popular for its wealth of dining and drinking options.

Go to Nihonbashi, a major business district that is regarded as the "center of Japan", on the Metrolink Nihonbashi Shuttle.

For the panda lovers out there, the Asakusa Ueno Panda Bus embarks on a route through Asakusa, the historic heart of Tokyo, all the way to the Tokyo Skytree and back again.


For travel flexibility and convenience, buy the One-day Tokyo Combination Ticket which offers unlimited travel on all of East Japan Rail (JR) and subway lines within Tokyo. The ticket is available to buy at most major JR and subway stations.

Ekiben (a railway boxed lunch)

The world has been exposed to the beauty of the Japanese bento , or boxed lunch. While in Japan, be sure to try the ekiben , literally a bento bought at the train station. Once upon a time, it was common to eat bento on even the local city trains. And then came western fast food and the powerful smells that were deemed improper for eating on public transportation. Nowadays, ekiben is only sold at stations for long-distance traveling such as on bullet trains. Sold in the station or on the train, nothing beats an ekiben and a beer while traveling at high speed.

Soraben (in-flight boxed lunch)

Now, the soraben has taken off. A combination of the character for sky (sora) added to the ben from bento.

Available at airports throughout Japan, they feature the local specialty and make any domestic flight all the more enjoyable.



Riding a crowded train in Japan is an experience not to be missed. Still, there are rules and unwritten rules that should be adhered to, otherwise the system would implode.

  • 1. Wait in line patiently because trains are rarely late.
  • 2. Don't eat unless you have enough for the other 5,000 passengers.
  • 3. Don't use your mobile. (While rarely does anyone talk on the phone on the train, everyone is staring at their Smartphone or tablet.)
  • 4. Don't put on makeup. Never understood why anyone would even try to do this on a moving train.
  • 5. Don't take up more room than a very thin Japanese person.



Taxis in Japan are safe and trustworthy, though a bit pricey. Remember the Japanese characters for occupied (賃走) and vacant (空車) and you'll avoid waving at taxis that will zip past you anyway. Doors open and close automatically, so don't even try to reach for the handle. If you want to feel like a pro, say "made" (to) after the destination. No need to tip.



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