Tokyo Subway Map – Photo Friday #11


Welcome back to Photo Friday!

This week’s terrible quality iPhone picture comes from the Tokyo metro system from my trip to Japan in February 2020.

One of the biggest learning curves travellers face when coming to Tokyo for the first time is figuring out how to navigate the massive subway system. There is a seemingly endless amount of rail lines, owned and operated by a number of different train companies, and there are countless stations to choose from. It’s a lot to take in, and can definitely be overwhelming to try and figure it out if you’re arriving fresh from the airport, especially if you’re only running on a few hours sleep.

However, once you do figure it out, the Tokyo Subway system reveals itself to be one of the most efficient, effective, and intuitive examples of public transportation infrastructure in the entire world. Seeing as I try to keep these Photo Friday posts short, I’ll refrain from going into the reasons why, but feel free to let me know in the comments below if you want me to write a separate article outlining some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned through good old fashioned trial and error.

If you’re ever in Tokyo, and you find yourself starring blankly at the massive subway map on the wall, DON’T PANIC. It might take a few rides and screw-ups, but you’ll figure it out eventually, and once you do you’ll wish every metro system in the world was just like it.

See you next week!

Tokyo Subway Map, Tokyo Metro Map
Tokyo Subway Map, Tokyo, Japan (ca. February 2020)

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3 thoughts on “Tokyo Subway Map – Photo Friday #11”

    1. My experience on the Underground wasn’t nearly as good as the one on the Tokyo Metro system. Everything in Tokyo is calculated to the second, the process is so much more efficient and convenient, and it’s just so much cleaner. That being said, I haven’t spent nearly as much time on the London Underground, so I may have just happened to have a mediocre experience.

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      1. I guess if we are talking the complexity, the London Underground and NYC Subway are similar to the Tokyo one. But we are looking at the cleanliness and punctuality, then from you’re saying the Tokyo Underground is so much better. I mean nothing beats the fat rats in NYC Subway… ;)I haven’t been to Tokyo (absolutely dying to go to Japan!) but the Underground in Singapore and in Stockholm are my favourite ones so far 🙂

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