Making the most of the free shuttle buses and the recommended route for seniors

There are ‘free shuttle buses’ which go round the main sightseeing spots in Japan. This time we’ll be introducing the types and operating times of the free buses within Tokyo, as well as recommended routes for using the free buses.
You can go where you want for free! The appeal of free shuttle buses
Unlike the usual buses in Japan where you pay when you get on or off, with ‘free shuttle buses’ you don’t have to pay to go to your destination. Generally, the free shuttle buses operate within a specific area.

Double check your destination when you first get on the bus.
If you’re unsure just looking at the route map, double check with the driver directly, asking ‘OO ni tomarimasuka?’( ‘Do you stop at OO?’).

Although the free shuttle buses run according to a set schedule, they may not depart on time depending on road conditions. When using the free shuttle buses, leave time to spare when you arrive at your bus stop.
Free shuttle buses within Tokyo
We’ll be introducing the free shuttle buses you can use within Tokyo, and the main sightseeing spots we recommend for foreign visitors to Japan.
Tokyo Bay Shuttle
The ‘Tokyo Bay Shuttle’ runs daily, departing every 20 minutes, and goes through 10 places in Odaiba. It has a ramp to get on and off the bus, so even wheelchair users can safely use it.
Although the Tokyo Bay Shuttle stops at many sightseeing spots – such as the popular shopping areas Venus Fort and DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, or Fuji TV – if you want to take your time sightseeing indoors, we recommend the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

In addition to the permanent exhibitions on the world and Earth, they now have fun activities and events you can take part in, and you can also take a break at the museum’s restaurant or cafe.
Shuttle bus name: Tokyo Bay Shuttle
Operating times and schedule: 11:30~19:30 / every 20 minutes
Route: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation → Fuji Television Wangan Studio → Venus Fort → Tokyo Teleport Station → DiverCity Tokyo Plaza → Hilton Tokyo Odaiba → AQUA CiTY Odaiba → Fuji TV → Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba → Aomi Daini Temporary Parking Lot
Metrolink Nihonbashi
Operating from Tokyo Station around the Nihonbashi area, the ‘Metrolink Nihonbashi’ is a stylish bus characterized by its design featuring the ‘Edo meisho zubyoubu’ (folding screen depicting famous places in Edo).
Running small community buses and hybrid buses, it prevents both noise and environmental pollution. The ten-minute intervals between the frequent buses are another characteristic of this bus. (No service on January 1st)

If you’re riding the Metrolink Nihonbashi, definitely check out the Mitsui Memorial Museum. The lofty Mitsui Main Building stands out remarkably, even within the city.
The building is a National Important Cultural Property, and the Mitsui Memorial Museum uses its 7th floor. The museum collections and special exhibition displays have irregular holidays, so it’s best to double check before going for peace of mind.
■ Mitsui Memorial Museum
Opening hours: 10: 00-17: 00 (entrance until 16:30)
Closed: Monday (Other temporary closed)
Admission fee: Adults 1,000 yen
High school and College Students 500 yen
*Extra admission fee will be charged for special exhibition
For inquiries: 03-5777-8600 (Hello dial)
Shuttle bus name: Metrolink Nihonbashi
Operating hours and schedule: 10:00~20:00 / every 10 minutes (No service January 1st)
Route: Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit → Gofukubashi → Subway Nihonbashi Station → Subway Mitsukoshi-mae Station → Mitsui Memorial Museum → JR Shin-Nihonbashi Station → Nihonbashi Muromachi 1-chome → Nihonbashi South → Nihonbashi 2-chome → Nihonbashi 3-chome → Subway Takara-cho Station → Kyobashi 2-chome → Kyobashi 1-chome → Yaesu Underground Mall
Marunouchi Shuttle
The ‘Marunouchi Shuttle’ is a free shuttle bus with a low floor design which runs through the business district, making it easy to use when commuting as well. The normal route makes 14 stops, and buses depart every 12~15 minutes.
However, on weekdays for two hours between 08:00 and 10:00, a second bus following a different ‘Otemachi route’ runs as well.
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Our recommended sightseeing spot on the Marunouchi Shuttle is the ‘Mitsubishi Building’. ‘INTERMEDIATHEQUE’, a free museum, has been opened on the 2nd and 3rd floors. See their valuable exhibits for free, which mostly include stuffed animals, skeletons and more.
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© インターメディアテク 空間・展示デザイン © UMUT works
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00 (Open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
* Opening hours may change.
Closed on Mondays (if Monday is a National Holiday, the museum is closed the following Tuesday) and Year-end holidays. May close irregularly.
Admission: Free of charge
Contact: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
Shuttle bus name: Marunouchi Shuttle
Operating hours and schedule: Weekdays 08:00~20:00, Weekends and holidays 10:00~20:00 / every 12~15 minutes (No service January 1st)
Route: Shin-Marunouchi Building → Otemachi Tower → Tokyo Sankei Building → NIKKEI Building → Keidanren Kaikan and JA Building → Yomiuri Building → Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation → Yusen Building → Marunouchi My Plaza → Tokyo Kaikan → Dai-ichi Life → Hibiya → Shin-Kokusai Building → Mitsubishi Building
*The ‘Tokyo Kaikan’ is currently under reconstruction as of September 2018, so the buses will not stop there.
Recommended routes for the free shuttle buses
We’ll be introducing the recommended route for seniors when using the Marunouchi Shuttle.
10:00~ Learn about weather at the ‘Meteorological Science Museum’
Take the Marunouchi Shuttle and get off at ‘NIKKEI Building’, where you will immediately see the nearby Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) Headquarters. On the 1st floor of the JMA you will find the ‘Meteorological Science Museum’.
With Japanese weather and meteorological observations, and commentaries and exhibitions on the frequent earthquakes and tsunamis in recent years, you can learn all about the JMA’s work at the mini theatre.
国土交通省 気象庁 気象科学館
国土交通省 気象庁 気象科学館
■ Meteorological Science Museum
Address: Japan Meteorological Agency 1F, 1-3-4 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3212-8341
Opening hours: 10:00~16:00
Closed: New Year’s period
国土交通省 気象庁 気象科学館
11:00~ Japan’s first National Important Cultural Property, ‘Meiji Seimei Kan’
‘Meiji Seimei Kan’, a National Important Cultural Property, can be found near the ‘Marunouchi My Plaza’ bus stop. Although there are various Important Cultural Properties dotted around Japan, Meiji Seimei Kan is the first building erected in the Showa Era to be designated a National Important Cultural Property.
Conference rooms, reception rooms, and more can be seen when the building opens to the public from 11:00 at the weekend and from 16:30 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
■ Meiji Seimei Kan
Address: 2-chome 1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3283-9252
Public opening hours: Wednesday~Friday 16:30~19:30 (1F lounge and part of the 2F only) / Weekends 11:00~17:00
11:30~ A relaxing walk through Hibiya Park
If it’s nice weather, we recommend getting off at ‘Dai-ichi Life’ and taking a stroll through ‘Hibiya Park’. Having celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2014, Hibiya Park is a historical park complete with various facilities, such as a library and a musical hall.

Why not take a walk through the park, rest on a bench while admiring the scenery, and enjoy a luxuriously relaxing time in the heart of the city?
■ Hibiya Park
Address: 1-6 Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3501-6428
Opening hours: Always open
Park entry fee: Free (Fee required in some areas)