Tokyo boasts a wonderfully efficient public transport system that takes you to every sight you want to see!
However, this system is made up by numerous companies that all require different tickets – sometimes, a train company even changes halfway. As convenient as Tokyo’s trains and buses are, they can get terribly confusing at times. This is especially painful if you plan on getting around a lot to discover different areas.
In that case, the Greater Tokyo Pass offers you hassle-free sightseeing with unlimited rides for buses and trains in the Kanto area!
In this article:
・1. What is the Greater Tokyo Pass?
・2. Special campaign! Get 2 Extra Days 'Free'! (Oct 16 - Nov 30)
・3. Greater Tokyo Area Pass Coverage
・4. How & Where to Purchase the Greater Tokyo Pass
・5. Sightseeing with the Tokyo Greater Pass: 3-Day Courses for all Seasons!
・6. Explore Beyond Central Tokyo!
What is the Greater Tokyo Pass?
The Greater Tokyo Pass is a special unlimited train and bus pass for international tourists.
It allows you to use the trains of 12 companies (excluding JR) and buses of 50 companies as much as you want, for a fixed price (Adults: 7,200 yen; Children: 3,600 yen).
This doesn’t only include access to and from both Haneda and Narita Airport, but also includes many major sightseeing spots in the Greater Tokyo Area, such as Nikko, Mount Takao, Chichibu, and Kamakura.
Special campaign! Get 2 Extra Days 'Free' on your Greater Tokyo Pass! (October 16 - November 30)
Visiting the Tokyo area this autumn?
Enjoy greater Tokyo even more with the Greater Tokyo Pass!
Purchase a Greater Tokyo Pass from October 16 to November 30 during the Autumn Maple Leaves Campaign, and the validity period of your pass will be extended from 3 days to 5—with no change to the sales price!
(*JR Lines are not covered by this pass.)
Check the link below for details - or continue reading for ideas on where to go and how to use the pass!
Greater Tokyo Area Pass Coverage
How & Where to Purchase the Greater Tokyo Pass
■ How to purchase: The ticket is sold at all stations listed below. At the time of purchase, you will be asked to show your passport to confirm your status as an international tourist. At that time, a signature matching the one on your passport will be required as well.
■ Validity period: 3 consecutive days from the date of purchase.
* Purchasers may select "same day" or "following day" as when the ticket's validity period begins.
* From October 16 - November 30, 2019, the validity period of 3 days will be extended to 5 days only during the campaign term.
■ Ticket price: 7,200 yen for adults, 3,600 yen for children (tax included)
■ Material: Paper ticket (cannot be used at automatic ticket gates)
■ Sold at (as planned) these following stations:
■ How to use the Greater Tokyo Pass
Use ticket at manned ticket gates. (Cannot be used at automatic ticket gates.)
・Streetcars / Ordinary fixed route buses
Present ticket to attendants.
*Passengers may be required to present passport in order to verify identity.
Limited to before start of use and within the period of validity. The purchase amount minus a service charge (220 yen) will be refunded at the location where the ticket was purchased.
*Tickets redeemed at the Japan Holiday Travel counter cannot be refunded.
Sightseeing with the Tokyo Greater Pass: 3-Day Courses for all Seasons!
Once you’ve got your 3-day unlimited rides ticket secured, you’ll have to tackle the most important question: where to go? We’ll show you our recommended 3-day itinerary ideas for all seasons, including all of Tokyo’s must-see sights!
Spring: Discovering Sakura, Japan’s Iconic Cherry Blossoms
Of course, spring in Japan is famous for its beautiful cherry blossoms. Naturally, you’ll want to use your ticket to make the most out of this fleeting phenomenon. A must-see spot for cherry blossoms is the 300-year old Asukayama Park. It’s along the Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) which connects a plethora of beautiful sakura sights. Especially recommended are both Kawagoe and Kamakura in the greater Tokyo area, while nightly sakura are particularly beautiful along the Meguro River or in Roppongi.
Japan’s summer is rather hot and humid, so escaping the big city to find respite at the sea or in the lush mountains is a wonderful experience. At Mount Takao, close to Tokyo, you’ll get to enjoy a cold drink at the beer garden while glancing over the beautiful scenery. If you’d rather stay cool at the beach, Kanagawa Prefecture’s Miura Kaigan Beach, as well as Odaiba and Minatomirai offer perfect opportunities.
Autumn lacks the summer’s punishing heat and offers an amazing scenery of colors – some may argue that Japan’s autumn leaves are as fascinating as the cherry blossoms in spring. Mount Oyama in Kanagawa Prefecture is a great spot to take in the natural scenery. On top of that, autumn is a perfect time to tour Tokyo’s museums, especially in Ueno and Roppongi, while Kawagoe and its historic townscape offers a unique glimpse into Japan’s past.
Winter in Japan is surprisingly magical, as cities and landscapes are illuminated by millions of tiny lights. From the Tobu Zoo to Enoshima Island, bathing in artistic winter illuminations makes for unforgettable memories. Of course, Tokyo lights up beautifully as well, with Omotesando, Roppongi, and Tokyo Tower being particularly noteworthy spots.
* The dates for illumination events vary year by year, so please be sure to check the individual spots for further details.
Explore Beyond Central Tokyo!
Tokyo has a plethora of sights to discover, but you’ll get to see an entirely different side of Japan if you dare to venture beyond the heart of the city. The Greater Tokyo Pass allows you to take in Japan’s majestic natural scenery and local culture without having to worry about your wallet – or the complex public transportation network. Dare you travel off the beaten path?
Greater Tokyo Pass Details
■ Available for: International tourists
■ Covered area (Rail/Tram): All railways and tramways, as well as regular bus routes of the companies listed below in the Kanto area:
All lines as part of the Odakyu Line, Keio Line, Keisei Line*, Keikyu Line, Sotetsu Line, Seibu Line, Tokyu Line, Tokyo Metro Line, Toei Subway, Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line), Tobu Line, Minatomirai Line, and Yokohama Municipal Subway.
Note that JR lines are not covered by this pass. For limited express trains or reserved seat trains, a separate fee will apply.
* When including the Narita SKY ACCESS Line section (Keisei Takasago Sta. - Narita Airport Terminal 1 Sta.) on the Keisei Line, the ticket may only be used between the following stations:
1. Traveling among all stations of the Keisei Line excluding Hokuso Line section (between Shinshibamata Sta. - Imba Nihon-Idai Sta.) and Narita - Yukawa Sta., Narita Airport Terminal 2･3 Sta. or Narita Airport Terminal 1 Sta.
2. Traveling among all stations between Imba Nihon-Idai Sta. -Narita-Yukawa Sta. - Narita Airport Terminal 2/3 Sta.
■ Covered area (Bus): All general bus routes in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Chiba of the following 50 companies:
Toei Transportation, TOKYU BUS, Keio Dentetsu Bus, Kanto Bus, SEIBU BUS, Kokusai Kogyo, ODAKYU BUS, Keihin Kyuko Bus, Keisei Bus, TOBU BUS CENTRAL, TACHIKAWABUS, Nishi Tokyo Bus, Hitachi Motor Transportation, Keio Bus Higashi, TOKYU TRANSSES, Keisei Town Bus, Keio Bus Minami, Keio Bus Chuo, Keio Bus Koganei, Transportation Bureau, City of Yokohama, Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu, KAWASAKI TSURUMI RINKO BUS, Kawasaki City Bus, Sotetsu Bus, Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu West, Enoden Bus Fujisawa, Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu East, Enoden Bus Yokohama, kominato railway bus, Chibakotsu, TOBU BUS EAST, Chiba Chuo Bus, TOYO BUS, BANDO BUS, Tokyo BayCity Koutsu, Narita Airport Transport, Chiba Kaihin Kotsu, Chiba Nairiku Bus, Chiba Rainbow Bus, Chiba Green Bus, Chiba City Bus, HEIWA KOTSU, ASKA KOTSU, KEISEI TRANSIT BUS, CHIBA SEASIDE BUS, TOBU BUS WEST, IBAKYU Motor, Kawagoe motor, ASAHI Motor, SEIBU KANKO BUS, Kokusai Juo.
* Restricted-seating capacity buses (highway buses, airport access buses, regular sightseeing buses, etc.), as well as night express buses, local government community buses, and buses on joint operation with non-participating companies cannot be used with the Tokyo Greater Pass.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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