Guide to the Tokyo Subway 1-3 Day Pass (2019 Update)

A how-to guide for the Tokyo subway pass that saves you money and time. There is a 24, 48, and 72-hour pass, which covers the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines that cover over 200 stations throughout the city. This is effectively a Tokyo Tourist Pass, as a foreign passport is required to purchase it. This pass is like an all-access subway pass for the NYC subway, Toronto TTC, and (hypothetically) London’s Tube. This pass covers Tokyo’s subway lines, but not the JR Trains. Please read below for further details. Updated 15 Feb 2019.

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Tokyo Subway day tickets come with 24-48-72 hour options — Image courtesy of Tokyo Metro

Tokyo Metro Pass Overview

Quick overview for the Tokyo Subway Pass

Tokyo Metro Pass Overview

How does it work?

This is like a day-pass subway ticket (with 24/48/72 hour options) for Tokyo visitors. This pass covers Tokyo’s major subway lines, runn by the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway, but not the JR train and JR Yamanote Line. The pass can be purchased at the airport in advance and is activated only when you insert the ticket into the turnstyle.

What’s so great about it?

  • Great value for unlimited rides! An average ride in Tokyo is about ¥200 and can cost up to ¥400 for a single trip if you switch from the Tokyo Metro to the Toei Subway lines.
  • Can go into any subway station. The central Tokyo subway has 2 major companies: the Tokyo Metro and the Toei Subway. To transfer between the companies is confusing and costly (my commute costed me ¥450 one-way even though I’m in only travelling in my own district). Reading the map is already confusing enough, don’t waste your time figuring out which line you can use!
  • Saves you lots of time. Many popular spots such as Shibuya, Shinjuku, Asakusa, Tsukiji Fish Market, and Roppongi are not walkable from each other.
  • It costs locals ¥1000 to get a Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway pass for just 24-hours. In contrast, travellers get the same pass for ¥800. If you are there for 3 days, just taking 7 round-trips (so 2 subway rides) a day will make your pass worthwhile. It’s much cheaper than getting a Suica or Pasmo top up card.
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Tokyo Subway Map including Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway Lines

Available to:

  • International travellers in Japan (bring your passport, which will be checked)
  • Domestic visitors residing outside of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Yamanashi.

Valid Routes: Unlimited ride pass on all Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway Lines

Ticket Design Price Valid for unlimited rides within

Adult: ¥800
Child: ¥400
24 hours from the time of activation (from 8pm to 8pm the next day)

Use if you take 4+ rides over within 24 hours

Adult: ¥1,200
Child: ¥600
48 hours from the time of activation

Use if you take 6+ rides over 2 days

Adult: ¥1,500
Child: ¥750
72 hours from the time of activation

Use if you take 8+ rides over 3 days

Places to buy Tokyo Subway Day Passes

**Note: The Tokyo Subway Pass / Tokyo Metro Pass is sold at specific locations. In Tokyo, passes can be purchased from Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, at designated hotels, or the list of vendors below. Tickets can be purchased prior to travel with designated travel agencies. Tokyo Metro has a list of companies that sell this pass outside of Japan.

I suggest buying the pass after arriving at the airport. *Passports will be checked.*


Haneda Airport (International Terminal Visitor Information Center)*1, Narita Airport*. Only sold to overseas visitors on tourist visas. (Passports will be checked)

Update: Haneda Airpot now has a “Welcome Tokyo Subway Ticket” covers your train travel from the airport into Tokyo city. Please check my “Haneda Airport” section below.

Images are courtesy of Tokyo Metro.

1. BIC CAMERA and Sofmap (Electronics department store)

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BIC Camera is in major shopping areas like Ginza, Shinjuku, and Shibuya — Image via Flickr cc Jun560his

BIC CAMERA Yurakucho Store, BICQLO BIC CAMERA Shinjuku East Store, BIC CAMERA Akasaka-mitsuke Station Store, BIC CAMERA Ikebukuro Main Store, BIC CAMERA Shibuya East Store, BIC CAMERA Shibuya Hachiko Store, BIC CAMERA Shinjuku East Store, BIC CAMERA Shinjuku West Store, Bic Drug SHIDAX Shinjuku Central road shop, The Ikebukuro east exit. Camera building and Sofmap Akihabara Main Store

  • *Passports will be checked.

2. Laox (Electronics department store)

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Laox electronics departmnet store is in areas like Akihabara, Shinjuku, and Ginza. — Image via Flickr cc tomcensani

Laox Akihabara Main Store, Laox AsoBitCity Store, Laox Shinjuku Main Store, Laox WATCH, Laox Ginza Main Store and Laox EXITMELSA Store

  • *Passports will be checked.

3. HIS Tourist Information Center

Only select HIS Tourist information centres sell this ticket so make sure you are going to one of the branches below! (Personally, I would suggest oyu go to a BIC Camera instead since most of their branches sell the pass.)

Shinjuku Head Office, Shinjuku 3-chome, Ginza Head Office, Ginza Core and Harajuku

*Passports will be checked.

How to use the pass:

Insert a Tokyo Subway Pass into the ticket gate
  1. If you pre-ordered, exchange your voucher for the ticket at designated shops.
  2. If purchasing in Tokyo, purchase from the stores above (show your passport).
  3. Once you get the ticket, insert it into the gate at the subway.
  4. Check the time stamp at the back of the ticket. It should be 24 / 48 / 72 hours from the time you inserted it.
  5. Enjoy your rides!
  6. If you take the subway that turns into a train (i.e. to Kichijoji or Mitaka for the Studio Ghibli Museum), don’t worry. Just show the pass to the station attendant and pay the additional fare for the non-covered portion.
  7. You can insert your ticket up until the expiry time and exit another station after the expiry time.

Can the Tokyo Subway Pass be used for Narita and Haneda Airports?

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Tokyo Subway Pass Coverage does not include Narita or Haneda Airports

One of the most common questions I’ve had since I first made this post was how the Tokyo Subway Pass can be used to and from Tokyo’s two main airports of Haneda near Kawasaki City and Narita, which is in another prefecture altogether. Here’s a summary of the answers I’ve provided:

Narita Airport:

Keisei Narita Trains
The Keisei trains to and from Narita Airport to Tokyo (Ueno Station) are not part of the Tokyo Metro Subway.

Generally, the pass cannot be used to get to and from Narita Airport.

You can still buy the pass at Narita Airport because you do not need to activate it right away. You can choose to activate the pass whenever you like just by inserting it into the ticket gate.

The reason the Tokyo Subway Pass does not work to go to Narita Airport is because Narita Airport is in Chiba Prefecture, way outside of Tokyo. There are various trains that can conveniently take you to and from Narita Airport into Tokyo (please Google as there are many guides), but all of those trains are not the same company as the Tokyo Metro OR the Toei Subway in Tokyo. For Americans, it is reasonable that the New York Subway pass does not cover Amtrak trains to Boston. For Canadians, the Go Train and TTC are different companies. For the Brits, the London Tube and multiple train companies are different entities.

What the Tokyo Subway Pass can do for people going to Narita Airport is get you to a main station, such as Ueno Station for the Narita Sky Access, or Oshiage (A01) for the Keisei trains. You will need to exit the subway system and buy a separate ticket to the correct train to Narita Airport.

Haneda Airport

Update! Haneda Aiport has introduced a Welcome Tokyo Subway Ticket” which includes the Tokyo Subway 24-48-72 hour pass and the train travel from the airport into Tokyo. This is a steal of a price, so just buy it. It saves you time purchasing a special train ticket from the airport and saves money. You can see the prices below:

[Keikyu Line one-way into the city + Metro PassPass]

24 hours Adults ¥1,200 yen Children ¥600 (Metro Pass is ¥800/¥400)
48 hours Adults ¥1,600 yen Children ¥800 (Metro Pass is ¥1200/¥600)
72 hours Adults ¥1,900 yen Children ¥950 (Metro Pass is ¥1500/¥750)

This is good for longer trips. People arriving in Tokyo and staying for a few days can do a one-way train into the city, use the pass, then travel elsewhere in Japan.

[Keikyu Line round trip + Metro Pass]

24 hours Adults ¥1,500 Children ¥750
48 hours Adults ¥1,900 Children ¥950
72 hours Adults ¥2,200 Children ¥1,100

This is good for short trips or a stopover in Tokyo and need to travel to/from the airport within a 1-3 day period.

[Metro Pass Only]

The Tokyo metro pass can be used to get part-way from Tokyo to Haneda Airport, but it does not cover the whole distance. The pass only covers the part of the train that is part of the Toei Asakusa Line and NOT the Keikyu Haneda Airport Line (same train, so you don’t get off, but you need to pay the extra distance). Below is a picture of all the stations NOT covered by the Tokyo Metro Pass ticket (again, why it’s better to just get the Welcome Tokyo Subway Ticket above).

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Keikyu private train from Haneda Airport to Tokyo goes to Sengakuji Station, then becomes the Toei Asakusa Line. Full map here.


Haneda Airport is much more convenient than Narita Airport because the Keikyu train from Haneda Airport goes directly into Tokyo’s city centre with no transfers required. The Keikyu train is part of the Tokyo Toei Subway’s Asakusa Line (red, with the letter A). Major stations that people usually enter include Oshiage (A20) at the Tokyo Skytree, Asakusa (A18) were Sensoji and the red lanterns are, Nihombashi (A13) which is within walking distance to Tokyo Station, and Higashi Ginza (A11)

If you are going to the city from Haneda Airport, I suggest you use the Welcome Tokyo Subway Pass instead of trying to buy an extra train ticket. You cannot use the Tokyo Subway Pass alone to enter the gates at Haneda Airport Station because that station is not a part of the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines. The Haneda Airport Keikyu train becomes part of the Toei Asakusa line at Sengakuji Station (A07). You do not need to exit the train at that station. The train will continue into Tokyo as the Toei Asakusa Line. Personally, I recommend that you just pay for a 1-way direct ticket from Haneda Airport and just activate the pass later.

If you are going to Haneda Airport from Tokyo, you can use the Tokyo Subway Pass to enter the Toei Asakusa Line Stations. The Tokyo Subway Pass will cover your ride until Sengakuji Station where you can stay on the train after. For example, what I used to do is use the Tokyo Subway Pass to enter Toei Nihonbashi Station (A13), where it is valid, and take the train directly to Haneda Airport without transferring. When you exit at Haneda Airport, you will need to pay the additional fair from Sengakuji Station to Haneda Airport because that part of the train is serviced by Keikyu and not Toei Subway. It is not a hassle, as Tokyo has been using the fare adjustment system for decades (I was using it 20 years ago as a kid). Note that if you do enter a station like Nihonbashi, which has the Tokyo Metro’s Ginza Line as well as the Toei Subway’s Asakusa Line, that you get into the right station. As the two companies are officially separate, walking between the two lines also takes some time.

Bonus Trivia Info between Haneda and Narita Airports

This last piece of info is more trivia and doesn’t work well with the Tokyo Subway Pass. There is a Keikyu-Kuko Line that directly connects Narita Airport to Haneda Airport. The travel time is 1.5 hours (assuming you use the Keisei Narita Sky Access, which is an express train). The ride between the two airports is an economical ¥1760 (approx US$20), and I mean it given the distance travelled.

The Tokyo Subway Pass covers the Toei Asakusa Line, which covers 7 stops along this route. This means that in theory, you get those 7 stops free and you would be able to pay the difference. In reality, if you were to break up the fares, it will probably save you ¥300, which honestly is not worth the delays.

Other Tokyo Subway Pass FAQs:

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Do I need to use my pass right way?
No, you don’t. You can buy your pass(es) and keep them for later use. They become active the moment you insert them into a valid ticket gate. For example, you can choose not to use them until the end of your trip.

Is this the same as the JR Pass?
No. The JR Passes are provided by the various Japan Rail (JR) companies. This means that you cannot use the JR Yamanote Line for Tokyo, which is run by the JR East company. I personally don’t care about that and never used the JR Yamanote Line when I lived in Tokyo. The JR Yamanote Line is convenient for many major sightseeing places, but almost every JR Yamanote stop you would want to get off at has a Tokyo Metro or Toei Subway Station.

Can I use this in conjunction with the JR Pass?
Since the JR Pass and your Tokyo Subway Pass are separate passes, you can use them both at the same time, but I think it’s a bit of a waste. It means that you’re using up a day for both, but not maximizing either. Generally, I would recommend you start using one after the other is done.

How is this different from the SUICA and PASMO cards I hear about?
SUICA and PASMO are cash cards. You charge them with money, swipe them at a ticket gate and your fare is automatically deducted. This system is convenient for commuters who don’t have to purchase tickets for every trip, but has no discounts. Going around Tokyo in a day could easily cost you more than ¥1500 if you hop on and off frequently. The Tokyo Subway Pass is also an easy insert into the ticket gate to get in and out.

Can I take all the trains in Tokyo with this?
The short answer is no, but you can take most of them to about 200 stations throughout Tokyo. The Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway make up most of Tokyo’s transit system, so the lines will reach all the popular travel spots. (Note: Tokyo Disney Sea is officially located in Chiba and the Studio Ghibli Museum is officially located in Musashino City. Both are very accessible from Tokyo and your subway pass will cover you until the end of the Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway lines).

Why do you say Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway? Are they different?
Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway are the two largest subway companies in Tokyo. Combined, they have close to 200 stations throughout the city and have access to virtually all of Tokyo’s main attractions.

Why don’t you say 1-day instead of 24-hours for the pass?
Your pass is valid for 24-hours from the time of activation. If you activate at 12:00 noon, you can use the pass until 12:00 noon the next day.

How is this different from the Tokyo Metro 24-hour pass?
The Tokyo Metro Day Pass (¥600) is not valid on Toei Subway Lines.  The Tokyo Metro 24-hour pass can be bought at automated ticketing machines at Tokyo Metro Stations and they are valid for only Tokyo Metro lines. This means, for example, that you cannot take the Toei Subway Mita, Shinjuku, Oedo, Asakusa lines. The pass is available to locals and also of great value if you plan to take 3 or more rides within a 24-hour period.

How is this different from the Common One-day Ticket for Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway?
It’s the same, except that the Common One-day Ticket for Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway costs ¥1000 for one day only. 

Can I buy multiple passes?
Yes. For example, if you are staying in Tokyo for a week, then buy two 72-hour ones and a 24-hour one if you want.

Can I break up the days I use my pass for?
No. The 24, 48, 72-hours are continuous and are counted the moment you first insert your pass. You can see the expiry date and time at the back of the pass. It will be printed. This means that if you are in Tokyo at the beginning and end of your trip, and you want to have two days with a pass, I suggest you buy 2 x 24-hour passes.


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Athena Lam

A content marketing strategist and consultant.

99 thoughts on “Guide to the Tokyo Subway 1-3 Day Pass (2019 Update)

    1. Yes, it is! 🙂 I’m not sure that they’ll sell it to you all in one go, but you can just pop into another BiC camera to get another one. You’ll inevitably find one in most of the popular places. Have a great time.


  1. Can you purchase the 72 hour pass at Narita airport but not use it until a few days later? I am considering getting the 7 day JR pass and then using the 72 hour metro pass towards the end of my 12 day trip.

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      1. Thank you so much for the quick reply! I am getting overwhelmed with how complicated the train system works so I’m very thankful for tips like this!

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  2. Not sure if I’ll get a response, but I’m an American with resident status living in Iwate. I can still get this pass at a BIC camera, right? I plan to get to Tokyo on the night bus from my town. Thanks!


    1. Hi Diana, if you have a residence card you cannot. Only travellers showing passports with a valid travel visa can purchase. If you are meeting a friend who’s travelling then they could get an extra one for you.


      1. Aweeee boo! Yes, I do have a residence card. However, I thought it said on the website that those living outside the Tokyo metro could still get one. I’m meeting a friend, but she’s in the military. Not sure if she can get me one. Thank you for the reply!

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      2. Ah, sorry about that you asked a detail that I as a former Tokyo resident forgot. That piece of information should be available on the Tokyo metro site for you to confirm. Also the pass is valid for about half a year, so you don’t have to stress if you don’t use it all. Your residence card will prove you’re out of province anyway. Give it a go and please let me know!!


      3. Ok, I will! I already made the mistake of paying for every train ride last time I was in Tokyo, so this time I want to be savvy and get it hahahaha! I will give it a go and for sure let you know if it worked ^-^

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  3. Hi, i am going to stay at komae station area which is the odakyu line, i’m wondering if i can use this pass taking the odakyu line? to travel to shinjuku and then other places


  4. Hey how will it work when on a subway that turns into a train? I am beside kachidoki station and am going to the Ghibli museum and it says that one of my trains is turning into the JR line. I don’t speak much Japanese so I don’t know if the attendants will be of help. Is it possible to pay the difference with a credit card or with a 1000 yen bill(do they give change) and would I need to indicate that my destination is kichijoji station or is it a flat rate?


    1. Hi Andy,

      No. Once your subway becomes a train, you will need to pay for the remaining portion. This means that if you get to Shibuya, for example, and continue on the Denentoshi line, when you exit, you will have to go to the station attendant and pay the difference. Show them your metro pass, and they will ask you which station you came from (and usually they know anyway, so don’t worry) and tell you the amount. If you’re at a small station and the attendant isn’t right beside the turnstyle, then press a button for a station attendant and they’ll let you out. It’s not a flat rate as prices are calculated by distance, but you don’t have to calculate it.

      You can pay the difference with a SUICA or Pasmo card, but not a credit card. You can also pay with bills and they will give you the difference. 🙂

      The summary point is: use your pass to get into the station. When you exit beyond the subway network, go to a station attendant, show your pass, tell them the last metro station you came from (in your case probably Nakano), and they will tell you the amount. Pay them in cash / Pasmo / SUICA and they will give you the difference. When you return from Kichijoji, you will need to buy a ticket to enter the station, so buy the ticket to Nakano at the ticket vending machine, enter your current station, and don’t bother getting off the train at Nakano (just continue directly to the stop you want) and use your pass to get out of your destination metro station.

      Happy travels!


  5. Hi,
    just wondering if you could give us a quick advice.
    we are arriving in Tokyo next week, we’ll spend there 5/6 days and we are based in KICHIJOJI. Am i correct to assume the easiest (cheapest) way for us to move around is to dayly pay the ride on the JR train to SHINJUKU and abck…and then use a 72H pass to move around the City?
    thank you very much

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      1. Thank you very much for the super quick response.
        forgot to ask about how to get from HANEDA airport to KICHIJOJI is the 1 day JR pass a good option or better pay the single fares? google maps seems to be indecisive…


  6. Do you know which shop open the earliest in order to buy this 3days pass? I will be in Yotsuya sanchome and will be heading to Shinjuku Station. I noted that LAOX Shinjuku open at 9am. Seems to be late for me


      1. Thank you Athena for the reply.

        It seems i need to buy 1day pass thru the ticket machine.
        The problem is that i will arrive late about 1030pm and all the tourist counter close and open late the next day.


      2. May i know whether this Metro pass can be use for Odakyu Line?

        and there are 3types of train for Odakyu, 1-Romance Limited Express,2-Express Service 3-Local Train. What are the differences?


  7. hi, amazing post very informative, but i have a question, im staying at tokyo for 6 days, can i buy two tickets for 72 hours?, thank you in advance


  8. Some routes require taking the bus and train. Is there an “unlimited pass” for buses, or do people just pay for that separately? thank you!


  9. Hi there, can this pass get you on the Tokyo-Monorail to get to Shimbashi Station from Haneda Airport International Terminal?


  10. I m still confused.
    I am staying in fkexstay inn in kitashinagawa station area.
    I.wonder whether should i get thev3 days subway pass or just the jr train pass so.that i take the train using the yamamote line.
    I m in tokyo for 4 full days n i m visiting places like sibuya n shinjuku.also visiting places like the Ginza n tokyo.towers.
    I m.on a budget.
    So i dont knoe whivh is more economical. WE are elderly couple and we walk alot.
    Please advise us. A big thanks if can help


    1. Hi Winnie, the JR Yamanote line isn’t covered by this pass. I’m not sure if Kitashinagawa is a metro or toei subway station. If it’s not, then it won’t be covered either. If you are only in Tokyo, you shouldn’t get the JR pass. If you’re not going to that many places, buying single journey tickets is alright too.


  11. Hello !

    Quick question (or maybe not so quick ;))

    I will be visiting Tokyo in September. To get to the place where I will be staying Keisei Main Line is needed. I already know, that I can’t use the tickets you described to drive Keisei (I will buy 3-day pass) so I will purchase a Suica as well. But !

    I enter the Keisei Main Line train on Keisei-Takasago station. Let’s say that I want to reach Shinjuku. According to Hyperdia, this is the case:

    – I enter the Keisei at Takasago station, but this Keisei changes into Toei Subway Asakusa Line at the Oshiage station. I should stay in this train till Higashi-Nihombashi station
    – On Higashi I have a transfer and I take another Toei Metro at Bakuro-Yokoyama till I reach Shinjuku (new line/Toei)

    My observation:
    I can’t enter the Keisei using 3-day pass but technicaly it will be valid at the moment when Keisei changes into Toei Asakusa, right ?

    So when starting my trip at Keisei-Takasago, should I but a single ticket to Oshiage only ? Because if I choose to pay with Suica at the entrance of Takasago, I will be charged for the Takasago-Higashi trip (as Higashi is the first station when I will go outside the train and where I will go through the gates).

    On the other hand – if I use a single ticket to Oshiage when entering the Keisei-Takasago station, I can’t leave the Higashi-Nohombashi station using it, as the gates will show that I need to pay for the Oshiage-Higashi part 😀 (cause I bought a ticket covering only Takasago-Oshiage part).
    And I also can’t leave the station using 3-day pass, beacuse I did not enter Keisei-Takasago using it… ;D (or can I?)

    I am sorry if I caused a confusion. It’s a complicated case and I am really trying to find out where to buy which ticket and which ticket to use to enter/exit the stations 😀



    1. Hi Klaudia,

      Your pass is valid for the stretch that is covered by the pass. This means that it is valid from the first stop in the Asakusa line. In order to enter the Keisei Line, you must first purchase a one-way ticket. You can purchase the ticket to the stop where the Asakusa line begins. This means you’re just paying for the part that is not covered by the pass. When you exit, just use the pass. If your other exit is also not covered by the pass, just go to a station attendant and show them your Tokyo Metro pass as well. They will tell you what remainder fee you need to pay. I suggest you purchase a single journey ticket rather than swipe your Suica – the price is virtually the same and not tapping out of your Suica has more problems.

      To be honest, don’t be too worried about whether you can or cannot leave or even what ticket you purchase. If you have a problem, just got to a station attendant, show them your pass, and they will calculate the difference for you. Even if you purchase the wrong ticket (i.e. you paid too little) they will just tell you the remainder you need to pay. 🙂 Tokyo’s pretty ticket-mistake friendly.


      1. Hello again 🙂 Thank you for your answer ! So just to clarify:

        Let’s say that my 3day metro pass is already active because I will do it anyway on the first day. And then, when traveling from Keisei-Takasago to Shibuya:
        1) I buy a single ticket for Keisei that covers my trip to Oshiage
        and I use it on the Keisei-Takasago gate
        2) I don’t leave the train at Oshiage when it changes into Toei Asakusa line, I stay in it till Shimbashi
        3) I go out of the ntrain at Shimbashi station, as I need to change to Ginza Line

        Do I use 3Day metro pass to get out via Toei Asakusa gates at this point? And then enter Ginza Line gates using 3day pass again.

        Is that so?
        Thanks for help !


    2. General approach: If combining your Tokyo metro pass with another portion of the trip not covered by the pass, buy a one way ticket upon entry / exit. If your entire ride is covered by the pass, use the pass. If the entire ride is not covered by the pass, get a Suica just for convenience…


      1. just wanted to mention i appreciate this insight (wrt combining fares with the free use ticket). would be nice if we could do it automatically at the ticket gates, they have support for multiple tickets per person already…


      2. Thanks for the feedback! Well, they generally have designed it for people who usually a stay only until 3 days. They actually don’t encounter people who use multiple passes much, so they let it happen. If too many abuse it they may start restricting.


  12. Why if I want to go from 1 Chome-5-5 Asakusabashi, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0053, Japan to Narita International Airport, 1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba Prefecture 282-0004, Japan? I noticed that they switch from Asakusa to Narita Sky Access, but it’s still the same vehicle (we supposedly don’t exit from the vehicle??). Would this pass still work? Normally, it would cost around 1300 yen. Also, with the 72 hours, if we start on say Sept 10 at 11am, are we able to ride till Sep 13th 11am (even if we exit after that time) or do we have the exit from the station by 11am? Thank you!!


    1. If Google Maps tells you to continue on the same train, then yes, you continue on the same train. In Tokyo, it is entirely possible to ride a single train through tracks owned by 3 different companies at three different parts.

      Your pass only works for the leg that is covered along the Asakusa Line, which means you will need to pay the remaining portion for all the stations that are covered in the Narita Sky Access that is outside the Asakusa Line. But you can just show your Tokyo metro pass to the station attendant and they’ll calculate the difference you owe later upon exit.

      Your pass is valid for 72 hours meaning that you can enter until the 72th hour, not that you have to exit. So you could enter the station at 10:59 am (not sure about 11:00am).


  13. Hi Athena,

    Thanks so much for this informative post. I’m wondering, would it be convenient to get this Tokyo Subway Pass + a Suica/Pasmo pass (for single journeys on JR lines within and a little out of Tokyo)?


    1. There are ticket machines in every station or a station attendant. Card vending machines are marked. Shouldn’t be a problem? But can’t guarantee.


  14. Hi there. Thanks for all the helpful info in your blog. We are travelling to Tokyo soon and your guide to the Tokyo subway is very informative. We are planning to buy the 72 hours unlimited pass tickets, does it include the Narita express N’EX or do we need to buy a separate ticket for this?


  15. Hi Athena, when I travel to certain destination that requires me to board Tokyo Metro / Toei, but also other company’s line. From the Q&A I read in this post, I concluded that I can use the Tokyo Metro Pass for Tokyo Metro / Toei lines, and use the Passmo/Suica for the other company’s line. Correct?


  16. Before buying a subway pass, be sure you can use it. I was in Tokyo for 5 days. As it happened ALL the places I wanted to go were easily accessible by TRAIN and not by the subway. As I discovered to my sorrow, there is a difference between the train and the subway. The pass was useless on the train and I wasted my money.


  17. Hello, thanks for this article, it’s really useful !
    I’m getting in Tokyo in two weeks, first I saw on the tokyo metro’s website that the 72 hours ticket can be purchased in some metro station (here’s the link : ), where do we have to go in the station to buy the tickets?
    Second, I saw a combined ticket from Haneda airport (here’s the link :, you didn’t talk about it so I don’t know if it’s still possible to buy it…? Do you think this combined ticket is useful?

    Thank for your answer 🙂


    1. The combined ticket just helps you access the Haneda Airport more conveniently as well. When I wrote the article, this wasn’t yet introduced. I don’t think it makes much of a difference whether you do or don’t get the pass. It just bundles that extra ride for you.


  18. Great article and very informative!! We are arriving in NRT and departing Haneda 3 days later. We are staying very close to Shinagawa (The String Intercontinental). Which would be better for us? The 72 hour subway pass or the 3 day JR pass? Subway pass looks like it is much cheaper.


    1. From Narita into Tokyo you still need a separate ticket. But once in Tokyo personally I prefer the metro as it goes far more places. People like the JR Pass more because it’s a simple loop that takes you to most of the highlight areas but not beyond.


  19. If the ticket is scanned at the start of the destination and the end of the destination, how does it track what lines you took to get to your destination? For example, I would have to take multiple subway lines to get from Ikebukuro to Ueno using the Tokyo Metro Pass, but I could also take the Yamamote Line so, how does it figure out which line I used?


    1. It doesn’t track the lines. You need to insert the ticket to exit the gates. If a line is not operated by the same company, there will be a gate even at an interchange station. You will not be able to enter the JR Yamanote line gates.


  20. Hi,

    i’m looking to buy a 3 day pass but how do i know the line that i’m taking is a tokyo metro or toei line? for example, i’m staying at the APA Hotel Higashi Nihonbashi Ekimae, and i enter tsujiki market, and it tells me to take the asakusa line. how do i know that the asakusa line is valid for the 3 day pass? or to odaiba which i need to transfer from the asakusa line and then to the yurikamone (according to google maps) what about the hibiya line etc.? the point is, none of them states if its tokyo metro or toei. i don’t want to buy the pass and find out that most of the places i’m going to in tokyo wont be valid.


  21. Hi Athena, you mentioned that when using the Tokyo Subway Pass, it is possible to pay a fare adjustment when riding beyond the coverage of the pass. I’m wondering how you go about paying the fare adjustment when exiting a non-Tokyo Metro/Toei station. Do you insert the pass into the fare adjustment machine and pay the balance fare or do you have to pay in person at the station control?

    I’ve always exited at the last Metro/Toei station and re-entered using my Pasmo but this would result in having to wait for the next train.


    1. You can just go to the station attendant at your exit station. Show them your pass and tell them where you got on. They will calculate the remaining balance for you. You don’t need to insert the pass into the fare adjustment machine.


  22. Hello, can we still use the fare adjustment machine if we have the 72 hours pass? Or is it a must to go to the station attendant.

    Thank you


    1. If you were able to enter the station by inserting the ticket then you can go to the station attendant. Your last ride must start by 72 hours, but it does not need to be completed by then.


  23. hi there, if i buy the metro 3days pass, can i from tokyo get to mt fuji? or any closest station to mt fuji?


  24. Can i use the fare adjustment machine to pay for the extra distance? Or do i have to pay it at the station officer?


  25. Hi. I’ll go to Mita Station from Haneda Airport. Hyperdia shows that I don’t need to change the train even the rough change from Keikyu into Toei Asakusa Line. I wonder do I need to pay extra as some part of the route not run by Keikyu. And if I buy Welcome Tokyo Subway Pass (Keikyu Line one-way and 72 hr subway ticket), does the 72 hr start counting when I enter the Keikyu Line or I can start using it some other day later. Thank you very much in advance. Your blog is very useful.


  26. Hi: Would these work with the buses? If not, is there an equivalent pass for buses? Thank you.


  27. Hello,my kids 5 years old and another is 8 years old.Do they need to own this card to take a ride? As i know kids below 6 is FOC. So if my 5 yrs old kid is FOC, how she gonna go through the entrace and exit gate of each station?tq very much.


  28. Hi Athena, I am looking at your updated list of using the tokyo subway ticket from Haneda airport to the city. Just to be absolutely clear, you updated it saying it covers the entire trip from airport to tokyo CBD and we should just buy it. Please correct me if any assumptions are wrong. Thanks!


    1. There’s a specific pass for that not just the 72-hour ticket. The welcome Tokyo ticket that has a link is the one that covers the whole trip.


      1. Thank you, just looked into the link. Shame I won’t be able to use the subway pass as I come into Tokyo at 10.30pm and the counter closes at 10pm. Appreciate the effort


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