Train – Tokyo

The train is the middle of most popular public transport in Tokyo because it has a wide rail network operated by several private companies. The Yamanote line is the most important in the city and is operated by the Japan Rail company.

The Yamanote line It started activities in 1885 (four decades before the subway) and currently has 29 stations that use around 4 million people per day. Each of its trains has an average length of two hundred meters and they run with a frequency of 2 to 3 minutes.

As in other means of Tokyo transport, the price of the ticket varies according to the route. For example, it takes about 60 minutes to walk around the city (36 kilometers) and is priced at 2 euros. The average cost of a journey is 1.2 and 2.4 euros, 1.5 euros being the usual rate. If you want a more exact price you just have to find your final destination in the planes that are in the stations, there you will find the price of the ticket for each destination.

If you will visit the city for several days, we recommend you purchase Suica / Pasmo cards, rechargeable cards ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 yen (9.40 to 47 euros). Other types of high demand train are the JR (Japan Rail) and the bullet train or Shinkansen.

The JR is ideal to reach the Narita airport and to visit nearby cities like Nikko, Kamakura and Yokohama. To use this service we can purchase the Japan Rail Pass, a card that allows unlimited use of JR lines throughout Japan. With this card we can also use Yamanote trains.

Shinkansen they cover more than two thousand kilometers of Japan and go at an average speed of 300km / h. The high speed lines What has Tokyo are:

Tokaido line (linking Tokyo with Osaka), Tohoku line (linking Tokyo and Hachinoe), Joetsu line (linking Tokyo and Niigata), Nagano line (linking Tokyo and Nagano), and the Akita line (linking Tokyo and Akita).

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