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What are transportation options and challenges in Tokyo?

four local experts

Are there taxis in Tokyo? What about scooters? What are the public transportation options? Here's what four local experts had to say about transportation methods in Tokyo.

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If you are moving to Tokyo, you will not need a car. Public transportation both buses and trains are very clean and inexpensive. You can reach almost everywhere in Japan without having your own vehicle.

If someone were to move to Tokyo, the most important thing to know about would be hidden costs. Public transportation is extremely convenient, but the price can add up quickly. Move-in fees are also quite costly here, sometimes totaling up to 3 months rent. Taxis are quite affordable within the first kilometer or two, but after that they quickly become expensive.

In Tokyo, there are many unspoken social rules. Public transportation is used by the majority of people here and buses and trains are often crowded. When riding one of these forms of transportation, there are many of these social rules to be careful of. First, you should not speak too loudly. Even when the train is crowded, people are usually quiet. In addition to this, it is rude to speak on the phone on public transportation. It is also not appropriate to eat or drink while on a bus or train. While none of these actions are, in fact, prohibited, they are looked down on by most people here.

Bethany, says: 2020

Tokyo is a wonderful place and the Japanese are proud of how ‘convenient’ it is For goodness sake don’t talk on the phone in the train, and don’t dash across the road on the red light. There are no dangerous areas in Tokyo but some are more boring than others. The Tozai line has one of the busiest rush hours in the world.

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