Rasyiqah Hassan

Japan Travelogue : Where to go? What To do?

Posted on: August 18, 2014

How to start planning your journey in a city that have a huge language barrier? Besides map and well, some reliable books, I think it is important to explore the city by public transport. most Japanese cities have a very damn good public transport but, you need to remember, good thing always come with a good price.

If converted our Malaysian Ringgit to Japanese yen, It has a huge different. and yeah, their public transport is expensive. One way train journey can cost you 310 Yen (which is about RM10). My advice, save a lot.

My friend who studying in Japan suggested to install this apps : Japan Trains so I could plan my journey earlier and not waiting until I get into Tokyo to explore. Don’t waste time tho. and so.. having a map is also crucial.

Tokyo JR Map

there is a need to understand that Japan Train is conducted by several company and the most famous one is the JR Line, which covers nearly at all places. BUT, tell you again, they are not covering the whole tokyo ok. Some of the places in the city can also be reach by Monorail and other Lines too.

my first ultimate tips to start the train journey is

1.Get PASMO CARD and this is a MUST!

Pasmo Card (or in Malaysia its called Touch and Go card) is a MUST thing to have. why? because people who are using Pasmo card for public transport will get some discount from the normal price. and it is also easier since there is TOOOOO MANY people at the trainnnnnnnn. you can get this pasmo card at the airport. right after you get through the immigration check point.

Pasmo Card


2. Where is your nearer train station from your hotel/hostel/current location?

In my case, I’ll stay in Honcho-Dori, Tsurumi and the nearest train station is 7 minutes away which can be access by 2 different train lines (JR East or Keihin Tohoku Line) Both train station located just in front of each other. Since I wanna get straight to the city centre or Yokohama, JR East are my best choice).

If I am too lazy to walk to the station (which sometimes yeah I am so lazy), I took a bus to the train station. The bus passed by every 10 minutes (yeah no kidding) and it cost me for 210Y (208Y using if you are using PASMO card).


2. Know where to go?

Alright, let say you already know where to go from your train station, you need to understand the line colour of you destination.  The apps that you install just now is not providing the line colour but helpful enough to show you which line to find (There is a lot of signage inside) and also how much its gonna cost you.

Japan Trains - screenshot thumbnail Japan Trains - screenshot thumbnail Japan Trains - screenshot thumbnail

It gives you a very good example on where to go and just look  for the signage.I don’t find any difficulties as the information counter is helpful enough (Except the Tokyo station as it the central the train station and there is about 16 different lines). But don’t be afraid to ask the people. Japanese are nice and helpful, even in their language 🙂




next post: My journey throughout the city.



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