Tokyo Subway

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, it is the world’s most populated metropolitan area and home to the world’s busiest metro system, with approximately 8.7 million daily riders. This metro opened in 1927. Passengers may travel to the many financial institutions or Shinto temples of Tokyo. The subways in Tokyo have a total of 13 lines, four Toei lines and nine Tokyo Metro lines, and this is the fastest and easiest way to get around central Tokyo. In central Tokyo, there are three different railway systems, namely: subways, Japan Railways (JR) and private railways are available. The most common line is the Toei lines and are operated by the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, while Tokyo Metro lines are operated by Tokyo Metro Co. , Ltd. Railway and subway has something in common, which is that they have train operators called “oshiya” (or “pushers”). They are called pushers mainly because they make sure everybody gets in and don’t get caught in the doors. The subway line operators have also introduced women-only carriages to help women commute more safely through the city. The designated train cars are usually recognizable by signs in the carriage and on the platform and were brought in to combat “chikan” (“groping”). The subway system in Japan is somewhat unique because they have this thing called sleeping commuters. Wherein most people that commute sleep on the carriages and sometimes their heads fall into the shoulder of the next person sitting to them. In other culture, this may seem a little bit off but in Japanese culture, they consider it as a norm. Since they have accepted that most people are tired and most of them commute for hours. Also, the subway system in the Japan is considered one of the most punctual in the world since the Tokyo Metro is extremely punctual and has regular trains arriving less than five minutes apart most of the day and night. However, it does not run 24 hours a day. While through service with other companies complicates this somewhat, the last train generally starts at midnight and completes its service by 01:00, and the first train generally starts at 05:00. The Tokyo subway ends its daily service between midnight and one o’clock, depending on the line. For those unfortunate few that either miss their last train or fall asleep on the platform, there are a few options to pass the time before the first train begins in the early hours. People sometimes go to fast food restaurants and wait it out because things start running again about 4.30 in the morning.

Subway Map

Subway Map

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