Tokyo Taxis

Tokyo Travel Guides / November 18, 2016
Tokyo Taxis Image credit: Richard Schneider

Taking a taxi ride to get around in Tokyo is very expensive but it can be convenient if you’re traveling with a group of friends or your family.

It’s actually the most expensive way to get around in Tokyo and can be useful only to those who don’t want to waste their time figuring out how other modes of public transportation in Tokyo work.

For example, a simple 8km ride from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku would cost you about 3,000 yen ($27.44) using a taxi, while you’d pay only 200 yen ($1.93) for the same trip using a JR train or subway.

Most taxi drivers in Tokyo don’t speak English, so it’s recommended to have your destination written in Japanese on a piece of paper.

Taxi hours: 24 hours

Taxi fares: Start at 730 yen ($7) for the first 2 km and add up as you go (90 yen, $0.87 per every subsequent 280 m)

– Fares increase by 20% in the period between 22:00 and 05:00
– Tokyo’s taxi rear left passenger doors are automatically operated by the driver, so you don’t need to open or close them by yourself

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