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Take a ride on a Toei Bus!

Alan just started working in Tokyo. He feels comfortable taking trains these days but has not tried to ride a bus yet.
He asks Yumi, his colleague, about how to take a bus.

Alan

There are so many varieties of public transportation services available in Tokyo. I am getting used to the trains these days, but I have never tried buses yet. Their system looks a bit complicated for me.
Yumi
Routes are so complex that it takes a while to get used to them.

Alan

Do you take buses often, Yumi?

Yumi

Yes, I do. Sometimes I can go directly to the destination by taking only one bus route instead of changing trains a few times. I would take a bus if available when I have to walk a long distance from the train station to the destination.

Alan

It sounds like the buses are a very convenient way to get around in Tokyo. What should I know before I try to take a bus?

Yumi

The fare of the Toei Bus service in the 23 wards of Tokyo is fixed for any routes and is 200 yen for an adult and 100 yen for a child per ride. You pay the fare when you get on the bus from a front door. There is also a rear door which you use when you get off the bus. In addition to cash, you may pay the fare with IC rechargeable cards such as PASMO and Suica. Well, would you like to take a day trip in Tokyo on the Toei Bus during the winter break with me?

Alan

That would be wonderful! Thank you, Yumi.

Yumi starts making a plan of the routes for a trip with Alan.

Yumi
If you transfer from one Toei Bus route to another within 90 minutes, the fare for the second route is discounted by half. However, if you are taking many routes within the same day, a Toei Bus one day pass saves you money. The one-day pass is 500 yen for an adult and 250 yen for a child and lets you take any of the Toei Bus routes as many times as you want during the day. If you plan to take the Toei Subways, the Toden Arakawa Line, or the Nippori-Toneri Liner, there is a better one-day pass called "Toei Marugoto Kippu." This pass is 700 yen for an adult and 350 yen for a child.

Alan

That sounds like a very reasonable way for sightseeing in Tokyo. Do you have your recommendation for the tour routes?
Yumi
Well, I am thinking about using a public sightseeing bus called Tokyo Shitamachi Bus, which stops at several popular tourist destinations between Tokyo Station and Ryogoku Station. For example, we can first stop at Nihonbashi for shopping at department stores, and then at Akihabara to walk through the Electric Town. After that, we take the bus to Ueno Matsuzakaya-mae to view the Ameyoko shopping street and take the bus again to Asakusa. After sightseeing in Asakusa, we can eat monjayaki for dinner.

Alan

Great plan, Yumi! However, I wonder if we can also include Tokyo Tower and Odaiba in the plan.

Yumi

Sure, we can just take the Toei Subway Asakusa Line from Asakusa to Shinbashi and the Toei Bus from Shinbashi to Tokyo Tower. This route is not for sightseeing but is one of the regular routes. And from Tokyo Tower to Odaiba, we can take the Toei Bus to Hamamatsucho Station and change buses for the Tokyo Big Sight.

Alan

We can cover many popular tourist places so easily by taking advantage of the networks of the Toei Buses and Subways. I can practice how to take a bus and enjoy the sightseeing at the same time. I can't wait for the trip!

Toei Transportation Information Toei Bus : http://www.kotsu.metro.tokyo.jp/eng/services/bus.html