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Enjoy Tourism in Tokyo on a Budget!

Elizabeth is an exchange student at a Japanese university. It seems she has something to discuss with Ayumi, her friend.

Enjoy Tourism in Tokyo on a Budget!

Elizabeth

One of my friends in the UK is going to use the upcoming Easter break and come to Tokyo for a bit of fun.

Ayumi

That sounds enjoyable!

Elizabeth

She has asked me to pass on any information I have that would be valuable when touring around Tokyo. However, I don’t really know what to say. Do you have any good ideas? As much as possible, she wants to enjoy her travels while keeping to a budget.

Ayumi

I see. Well what does she want to do in Tokyo?

Elizabeth

She’s majoring in art at university. Thus, it seems she wants to tour around galleries and museums.

Ayumi

If that’s the case, a “Grutto Pass” would be ideal.

Elizabeth

A “Grutto Pass”?

Ayumi

It’s a book of tickets that is linked to admission tickets and discounts to some 78 art galleries and museums in the metropolitan area. Each book costs ¥2,000 and is valid for two months.

Elizabeth

Wow, that sounds really good! Where can a “Grutto Pass” be purchased?

Ayumi

You can buy them almost anywhere, at the ticket counters of any of the participating facilities. You can search the “Grutto Pass” website to confirm where it can be used.

Elizabeth

That sounds convenient!

It seems that Elizabeth is also concerned about the travel expenses incurred when touring around.

Elizabeth

Although tourist spots are spread here and there throughout the city, don’t the transportation costs involved in getting around cost a fair bit? It seems that the various public transport systems offer good deals on one-day travel passes, are there any that you would recommend?

Ayumi

Well what about a “Tokyo Subway Ticket” that can be used by foreign tourists and also by people from regional Japan who come to Tokyo on holiday? These tickets allow for unlimited travel on both the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway networks. A single-day ticket costs ¥800, a two-day ticket ¥1,200, and a three-day ticket ¥1,500. Does that sound like a rather good deal?

Elizabeth

Really! It seems you could use the subway systems extensively while not worrying about transportation costs.

Ayumi

You should be aware that the “Tokyo Subway Ticket” is only sold at a limited number of locations including airports, etc. Moreover, when you purchase a ticket you have to present a passport, etc., to confirm your tourist status.

Elizabeth

Thanks for all the great advice! I will pass on this information to my friend without delay.

Ayumi

It really would be great if your friend fully enjoys seeing the various sites of Tokyo!