About This Guide
Life in Tokyo: Your Guide is a lifestyle guidebook published for non-Japanese residents by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Citizens and Cultural Affairs to help them begin their new life in Tokyo. From the moment you enter the country, this guide has all the information you need to live your day-to-day life. You will even discover advice from fellow expats who have been living in the city for some time, providing extra knowledge that is sure to come in useful. Let this guide kickstart your new life in Tokyo!
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Public transit in Tokyo runs precisely to schedule, and is convenient for going anywhere.
There are also commuter passes and discounted one-day tickets for trains and buses.
Buy a ticket to your destination. If you have a smartcard, go straight through the ticket gate.
*For information on smartcards, see
Wait in line on the station's platform.
When you’re getting on a train, let passengers get off the train first.
Observe manners on the train.
Put your mobile phone into silent mode and refrain from talking on it.
Don't speak loudly.
Don't eat on the train.
（Fare example） Tokyo Station–Shinjuku Station 200 yen (smartcard: 194 yen)
Wait at the correct bus stop for your destination.
Where you enter depends on the bus.
When to pay the fare depends on bus.
Touch your smartcard on the reader or Take a ticket.
If you board at the rear, you pay when getting off at the front.
Some fares are fixed, while others increase with distance (a smartcard will be convenient here).
Push the buzzer when approaching the bus stop where you wish to get off.
（Fare example）Toei bus 210 yen (smartcard: 206 yen)
Go to a taxi stand of a train station or hotel.
Tell the driver your destination. (Few taxi drivers speak English, so if you do not speak Japanese, show the driver something that indicates your destination)
Pay the driver the fare once you get to your destination.
（Fare example）Tokyo Station–Shinjuku Station 2,900 yen (The fee will be shown on the meter)
As a general rule, ride your bicycle on the left side of the road
Don't ride with earphones on or while operating a smartphone
Observe the traffic rules
Don’t ride while under the influence of alcohol
Don’t ride tandem
Don’t leave bicycles unattended
Obey traffic lights
Turn on your lights at night
To drive in Japan, one of the following driving licenses is required.
1. A Japanese driving license
2. An international driving license
3. A license of a specific country or region: Switzerland, Slovenia, Germany, France, Belgium, Monaco, and Taiwan
*This is limited to licenses with Japanese translations provided by embassies, consulates, JAF, and others.
Those with a foreign driving license can convert it to a driving license that can be used in Japan.
Cars keep to the left
We were surprised by the number of people on the train during the Tokyo commuter rush.
The female-only rail cars that run in the mornings and evenings can also be used by people with disabilities, as well as small boys.
If you park your bicycle somewhere other than a bicycle parking space, it may be removed.
Tokyo has many traffic lights, as well as dedicated pedestrian/bicycle lanes, which is great!