Transport of Japan


Japan is an important global business, technology, food, pop culture and shopping center. In recent years, the Japanese tourism industry has gradually emerged and developed rapidly. What is the cost of traveling in Japan? Everyone will answer in unison - the cost of transportation. Yes, not only do we feel expensive, but even the Japanese themselves feel that the transportation costs are too expensive. In spite of this, nearly 90% of people in Tokyo still choose to travel by rail.

Transportation, as one of the six elements of tourism, is an important part of travel. If you want to travel to Japan, knowing that Japan's transportation can help you travel to Japan better. Japan's traffic is divided into international traffic and public traffic.


Transport in Japan facts

tram in japan

The mode of transportation between Japan and other countries is mainly airplane. There are more than 20 airports in Japan. The local Japanese transportation methods are mainly divided into Shinkansen, public transportation, trams and subways.


►International transport in Japan

The mode of transportation between Japan and other countries is mainly airplane. Narita International Airport is the portal to Tokyo. Kansai International Airport is the portal to cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe. Central Airport is the portal to Nagoya. Fukuoka Airport, Naha International Airport and New Chitose International Airport are the portal to Kyushu, Okinawa and Hokkaido.


►Public transport in Japan

  • No.1 Shinkansen

Japan’s Shinkansen is similar to a “train”. It is fast and mainly used between cities that are far away.

  • No.2 Bus, taxi

Tran are actually used relatively less for tourists unless you go to some rural cities. The taxis in Japan are very convenient, very clean, can be reserved in advance, and the service is first-class. The switch of the taxi door in Japan is automatic. Customers don’t need to switch the door. Unless you have to take a taxi, don't take a taxi in general, because it's too expensive.

  • No.3 Tram

Trams are rail-riding trains that travel on the ground and are used between cities or between cities that are close together.

Tram ticket type: Separate ticket/Suica card (or other company's magnetic card, such as PASMO, ICOCA, etc.).

  • No.4 Subway

The subway, called "underground subway" in Japanese, is a rail train that travels under the ground and is used between the interior of the city.

  • No.5 Japan Railways

JR, is called Japan Railways. It is a national railway network owned by six local passenger railway companies (JR Hokkaido, JR East Japan, JR Japan, JR West Japan, JR Shijo and JR Kyushu) and a national freight railway company (JR Cargo). The JR line is spread all over Japan. Some JR trains are fast and some JR trains are slow.

  • No.6 Japanese private railway

Private railways, as the name suggests, are privately operated railway lines. For example, Odakyu Electric Railway to Hakone Onsen, and Kansai Electric Railway (connected to Kyoto and Osaka) in Kansai are private railways.


Tickets of transport  in Japan

  • No.1 Japan Railway Pass (JR PASS) ticket

The "Japan Railway Pass" is jointly issued by all JR branches and is only available for foreigners who stay in Japan for a short period of time. The applicable route ranges from JR Railway (including some trains of Shinkansen) to JR bus and JR Ferry ( Coming to Miyajimaguchi and Miyajima).

Generally speaking, the pass needs to first purchase the exchange ticket from the overseas ANA, JAL office or travel website. After entering Japan, the green window of the JR station will be replaced with a qualified pass and the effective date will be generated. Then, this ticket can be used later. Tickets are divided into 3 types: 7 days available tickets, 14 days available tickets, 21 days available tickets.

  • No.2 One-day ticket

There are daily vouchers in many places in Japan. If you travel around a city in one day, using a one-day ticket will not only save money, but also save time for buying tickets, which is very convenient.

Transport in Japan cost for tickets

Tokyo Metro One-Day Ticket: JYP 710

Tokyo Metro + Toei Subway One Day Ticket: JYP 1000

Tokyo Metro + Toei Subway + JR: JYP 1500

Kyoto Bus One-Day Ticket: JYP 500

Kyoto Metro One-Day Ticket: JYP 600

Osaka One-Day Ticket: JYP 2300

Osaka Two-Day Ticket: JYP 3000

  • No.3 Other ticket

There is also a ticket, the wholesale price of which is lower than the retail price, and some are directly discounted from money - the bus often adopts this method.

For example,

Tokyo Metropolitan Bus Co., Ltd., a card of JYP 1000 can be used for JYP 1100, and JYP 5000 can be used for JYP 5850. For Hankyu bus in Osaka, JYP 5000 can be used for JYP 5600.

In the Kyoto 220 area, you can use JYP 1000 to buy 5 tickets.


Tips for transport in Japan

When you go to different places, you can't just see them on the map. It depends on whether the station belongs to the same company.

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