Guide to the Tokyo Subway 1-3 Day Pass

A how-to guide for the Tokyo subway pass that saves you money and time. The pass is valid in 24, 48, and 72-hour intervals for the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines, which reach nearly 200 stations.

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

Tokyo Metro Pass Overview

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Quick overview for the Tokyo Subway Pass

Tokyo Metro Pass Overview

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’s so great, they don’t let locals (even foreign locals like me) buy it. 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.
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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 is available only from certain vendors. 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.

Below is a list of places where you can buy the Tokyo Day Pass after arriving. *Passports will be checked.*

Airports

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

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.
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Insert a Tokyo Subway Pass into the ticket gate

How to use the pass:

  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.

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Other Tokyo Subway Pass FAQs:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 

 

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45 responses to “Guide to the Tokyo Subway 1-3 Day Pass

  1. 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!

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    • 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.

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      • 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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      • 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!!

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      • 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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  2. 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

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  3. 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?

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    • 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!

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  4. 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
    Best
    Stef

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      • 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…
        Stef

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  5. 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

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      • 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.

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      • 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?

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  6. 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!

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

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  9. 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

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    • 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.

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  10. 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 😀

    Regards,
    Klaudia

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    • 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.

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    • 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…

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  11. 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!!

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    • 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).

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