Enjoy Tokyo with the “Tokyo Subway Ticket”! Recommended routes to go with this special-deal ticket exclusively for visitors

The Tokyo Subway network is an extremely convenient and efficient way to enjoy sightseeing around the Tokyo area. Here we will introduce where and how to buy tickets and some recommended routes to go.
1.Where can we buy Tokyo Subway tickets?
1-1.Airport
* Haneda Airport International Terminal (2nd floor Arrival Lobby, International Tourist Information Center)
* Narita Airport (1st and 2nd Terminal of the 1st floor Keisei Bus ticket counter)
1-2.Station
* Tokyo Metro Tourist Information (Opening hours: 09:00 – 17:00)
Available at:
- Ueno Station
- Ginza Station
- Shinjuku Station
- Omotesando Station
- Tokyo Station

* Tokyo Metro Pass Offices (Opening hours: 07:40 - 20:00)
Available at:
- Ueno Station
- Ginza Station
- Shinjuku Station
- Omotesando Station
- Tokyo Station
- Nihombashi Station
- Ikebukuro Station
- Shimbashi Station
- Ebisu Station
- IIdabashi Station
- Takadanobaba Station
- Meiji-Jingumae<Harajuku> Station
- Akasaka-mitsuke Station
- Shin-ochanomizu Station
- Otemachi Station

1-3. Tourist Information Center
* Tourist Information Office
Available at:
- Tokyo City i
- JNTO Tourist Information Center (Japanese Culture Experience Corner)
- Central Honshu Information Plaza in Keio
- Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
- Tokyo Chuo City Tourist Infromation Center
- TIC TOKYO
- Seibu Tourist Information Center Ikebukuro
- Tokyo City Air Terminal (1st floor tourist information desk)
- Shibuya Chikamichi General Information ( Shibuya station B1F, underground walkway close to Dogenzaka area)
- Ueno Okachimachi Station Tourist Information Center
- Nihombashi Tourism Information
- Ueno Information Center
- Tokyo Tourist Information Center Myogadani
- Toei Transportation Information Center - Minowabashi OMOIDEKAN
1-4. Others
* H.I.S: Harajuku, Shinagawa, Roppongi

* BIC Camera:
- BIC CAMERA Shibuya Hachiko Exit
- BIC CAMERA Ikebukuro Main Store
- BIC CAMERA Shibuya East Exit
- BIC CAMERA Yurakucho
- BIC CAMERA Shinjuku West Exit
- BIC CAMERA Shinjuku Station East Exit
- BIC CAMERA BICQLO Shinjuku East Exit
- BIC CAMERA Akasaka-mitsuke Station
- BIC DRUG SHIDAX Shinjuku Central Road
- BIC CAMERA AKIBA
- BIC CAMERA Ikebukuro East Exit Camera Hall
- BIC CAMERA Ikebukuro West Exit
- BIC CAMERA SELECT Harajuku

* Sofmap:
Sofmap AKIBA 1 Subculture and Mobile
Sofmap AKIBA 2 Computing
Sofmap AKIBA 3 Mac Collection
Sofmap AKIBA 4 Amusement
Sofmap AKIBA 5 Second-hand Digital Store and Trade-in Center

* LAOX:
- Laox Akihabara Main Store
- Laox Shinjuku Main Store
- Laox Shinjuku East-exit Store
- Laox Decks Tokyo Beach Daiba Store
- Laox Ginza EXITMELSA Store
- Laox VenusFort store
- Laox Narita Airport Terminal 1 store
- Laox Haneda Airport store

* Yamada Denki :
- LABI Shinjyuku Higashi-guchi-kan
- LABI1 Nihon Souhonten(Head Office) Ikebukuro
- YAMADA IKEBUKURO OUTLET・REUSE&TAXFREE

*Hotels: Some hotels sell tickets to guests under certain conditions. Please contact the hotel prior to your stay for details.
2.How to Buy
Before purchasing tickets, you will need to have your passport and fare ready. Prices are as follows:
* Tokyo Subway 24 Hour Ticket Adult 800 yen Child 400 yen
* Tokyo Subway 48 Hour Ticket Adult 1,200 yen Child 600 yen
* Tokyo Subway 72 Hour Ticket Adult 1,500 yen Child 750 yen
Important things to note when purchasing:
* Tickets can only be purchased at the airport by foreign customers who can confirm that they are travellers (Japanese customers cannot purchase these tickets at the airport regardless of residence)
* Travellers coming to Tokyo from outside of Tokyo's seven prefectures (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Yamanashi) can purchase tickets at a travel agency before departure
* Those living within any of Tokyo's seven prefectures (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba,Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Yamanashi) cannot purchase these tickets
3.Extent of Use
The Tokyo Metro consists of nine lines and the Toei Subway offers a further four lines. As mentioned above, there are three main types of tickets:
* Tokyo Subway 24-Hour Ticket (800 yen)
* Tokyo Subway 48-Hour Ticket (1,200 yen)
* Tokyo Subway 72-Hour Ticket (1,500 yen)

The 24-hour ticket ends exactly 24 hours after its start time. For example, a 24-hour ticket purchased on 4th February that starts at 5:00 PM is valid until 5th February 5:00 PM. The date, time and station that the ticket is first used on will be recorded at the ticket gate and written on the back of the ticket. The Chikatoku service offers discounts, gifts, and upgrades at museums, restaurants, and other locations in Tokyo. Simply present your Tokyo Subway ticket at approximately 400 locations to receive these benefits.
Reference: https://chikatoku.enjoytokyo.jp
4.Recommended Routes (24 Hour course, 48 Hour course, 72 Hour course)
4-1.24-Hour Course
The Tokyo Subway 24-hour Ticket is valid for 24 hours from when it is first used until the expiration date stated on the back of the ticket. As it is only valid for 24 hours from purchase, it is better to buy it right before travelling and plan the next 24 hours of sightseeing (if the ticket was purchased at 10:00AM, the ticket is valid until the next day at 10:00 AM). First, make a list of the places you want to go and then plan the most efficient route there.

Recommended Route Using the Tokyo Subway 24-hour Ticket:
From Ueno → Ryogoku → Kiyosumi Shirakawa → Oshiage → Asakusa → Higashi Ginza → (short walk) → Ginza → Roppongi → Tochomae
* Ueno
In addition to Ueno Zoo, there are historical museums, art museums and more concentrated near Ueno Park.
* Ryogoku
Ryogoku is known for its Edo-Tokyo Museum and Kyu Yasuda Garden, a beautiful garden with a central pond. Also near the museum and garden is a small shopping center modelled after traditional Edo architecture that houses a full size sumo ring and is full of history, complete with traditional Japanese food to try and buy.

Edo-Tokyo Museum Official Website: http://edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/english/index.html
Sumida tourist site: http://visit-sumida.jp/spot/6085/
Ryogoku - Edo NOREN: http://www.jrtk.jp/edonoren/
* Kiyosumi Shirakawa
Fountains, carved monument stones, green and wild birds can be found in the beautiful garden known as Kiyosumi Garden. There are also fashionable coffee shops such as Blue Bottle Coffee and other adorable boutiques.
* Oshiage
Tokyo Skytree has replaced Tokyo Tower to become the tallest tower in the world at a height of 634 meters. In addition to the observatory, there are a wide range of shops, restaurants, and even an aquarium.
* Asakusa
In addition to sightseeing at the famous Asakusa Temple and rickshaw rides, there are plenty to do in Asakusa, with goldfish scooping, replica food sample making, and Traditional Japanese candy art crafting.
* Higashi Ginza / Ginza
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, GINZA SIX, Tokyu Plaza Ginza, and Kirarito Ginza are just some of the high-class shoppinng
complexes found in Ginza.
* Roppongi
This modern part of town not only is home to Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown, which have the latest in fashion and dining as well as a movie theatre, but also Azabu Juban shopping street, with stylish cafes and grocery stores within walking distance from the station. Many unique stores can be found here, from long-established stores keeping Japanese tradition and culture to fashionable up-and-coming shops.
* Tochomae
Standing at 202 meters above the ground, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatory offers clear views of the entire city of Tokyo. Opening hours are from 9:30 AM to 11:00 PM, letting you enjoy a spectacular night view, and best of all, admission is free.
4-2.48-Hour Course
The Tokyo Subway 48-hour Ticket is valid for 48 hours from when it is first used until the expiration date stated on the back of the ticket. Since it is valid for two days, you could experience east side of Tokyo on the first day and the west side on the second.
Recommended Route using the Tokyo Subway 48-hour Ticket;
Day 1: Ueno → Ryogoku → Kiyosumi Shirakawa → Oshiage → Asakusa → Higashi Ginza
Day 2: Kasumigaseki → Omotesando → Meiji Jingumae → Ushigome-kagurazaka
1. First Day
* Ueno – Higashi Ginza (Refer to the 24-Hour course guide)

2. Second Day
* Kasumigaseki
Visit the National Diet Building and experience the iconic front garden.
* Omotesando
Omotesando is where state of the art shops come together, from high brand fashion to sundries and dining. The beautiful architecture of Omotesando Hills designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando is well worth a visit.
Source:Omotesando Hills
* Meiji Jingumae
Representing Tokyo as a three-star Michelin sightseeing spot, this is one of Japan's most popular shrines to visit. This is where the famous Meiji Emperor and Empress are enshrined.
* Ushigome Kagurazaka
From streets lined with traditional stores to beautiful temples with vermillion lacquer, Kagurazaka is a beautiful historic part of the town. Despite the modern touches in the form of bistros, French and Italian dining, and fashionable cafes, this area retains its historical atmosphere.
4-3.72-Hour Course
The Tokyo Subway 72-hour Ticket is valid only for 72 hours from when it is first used until the expiration date stated on the back of the ticket. Split up where you want to go into three broader areas and visit one of those areas each day.
72 Hour Recommended Tourist Spots
First Day
* Ueno – Higashi Ginza (Refer to the 24-Hour course guide)
Second Day
* Ginza – Kasumigaseki – Roppongi (Refer to the 48-our course guide)
Third Day
* Meiji Jingumae – Omotesando - Shinjuku - Kagurazaka (Refer to the 48-Hour course guide)
* Shinjuku
The famed Shinjuku Park, large enough to house around 10,000 trees, is also visible from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Observatory. Kabukicho is nearby as well, including Shinjuku Toho Building with its famous Godzilla. This place has plenty to offer, not only for lunch and dinner for night-time entertainment as well.