Travel around Tokyo with a discount bus pass!
One night, at a station near his home, Sarawut ran into his neighbor, Ryoichi. He was on his way home when he saw him, and since they both have sons in elementary school, Sarawut asked Ryoichi for some advice.
This coming weekend, I have plans to hang out with my son, Noi. Do you have any good ideas for things we could do? Noi and I aren't really used to Tokyo...
Does Noi-kun like vehicles? My son Daiki is really into buses. Every weekend lately, we've been enjoying traveling around on the city bus together.
A bus trip, huh? Noi likes vehicles, too, so he might like that. Now that I think about it, I've never used the city bus since we moved to Tokyo, not even once.
Did you ride the bus often in Bangkok?
Yeah, I rode it every day. City buses are how everyone gets around in Bangkok.
Anyway, I hope you'll try out the Tokyo city bus system and experience it for yourself. Would you and your son like to join us on a Tokyo bus trip this Saturday?
Are you sure that’s okay?
Of course! The two of you just came to Tokyo recently, so I'll think of a route you'll enjoy. Let's use the "Toei Bus One-Day Pass" for our trip. With this ticket, you can ride the buses anywhere in Tokyo's 23 wards as many times as you want for one day.
How much does that one-day pass cost?
500 yen for adults and 250 yen for children. For adults, the Toei Bus fare in Tokyo's 23 wards is always 210 yen (206 yen with an IC card), so if you ride 3 times you get your money's worth.
That's a really good deal! I definitely want to try it out.
The following Saturday, the two pairs of fathers and sons got on the bus at the West Exit of Shinjuku Station and bought their one-day passes.
Dad! This bus has air conditioning!
Yeah, it does. Many of the buses in Bangkok don't.
Really? But Bangkok is really hot, isn't it?
Yeah. It's okay though. They open the windows up all the way, so there's a nice breeze. Also, the buses that don't have air conditioning have cheaper fares than the ones that do.
Sarawut-san, Noi-kun, the plan for today is to ride the buses on this route and visit Shinjuku Gyoen, Meijijingu Gaien, and an aquarium in Shinagawa today.
After that, we'll switch to a different bus route and go to the World Trade Center Building in Hamamatsucho, followed by Tokyo Tower.
That sounds like a really fulfilling day! Noi, this is going to be fun.
Yeah. I like subway trains, but the bus is nice, too. You can look out the windows the whole time.
I bet I could ride it forever without getting bored. Actually, my parents are coming to Japan next month. I think I'll recommend sightseeing with this "Toei Bus One-Day Pass" to them.
There's also a "Toei One-Day Pass" you can use for the buses, Toei Subway, Toden Arakawa Line, and Nippori-Toneri Liner as well. The city bus and Toei Subway link up pretty much all of the major sightseeing spots with the Tokyo city center, so I think that might be perfect for your parents.
You're right, that does sound nice!
If you'd like to widen up your travel area a bit more, I also recommend the "Tokyo 1-Day Ticket." In addition to all the Toei lines, you also get unlimited rides on all of the Tokyo Metro lines and JR for one day.
There really are all kind of discount tickets! I think I'll use them to save money and enjoy Tokyo.
■TOEI BUS ROUTE MAP “TOKYO SIGHTSEEING ON THE TOEI BUS”
Ono Bldg. 3F, 17-15 Kandamatsunagacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0023