Tokyo’s Metro extends operating hours

Tokyo’s metro system is considered one of the most efficient in the world. It is used by 15 million commuters every day, so the additional 250 000 daily Olympic visitors should not have a disruptive effect on the system.

During the Olympic Games, the operating hours will be extended. On the main routes, trains will run until 01:30 am and start again at 05:00 am. This is an extension of 1.5 hours on normal operating hours.

The metro system will be your best bet to get around. Tokyo’s bus system is not as advanced – buses are smaller than in other cities, with very little capacity.

Electric scooters may be popular in other parts of the world, but in Japan they are not seen at all. Many wards in Tokyo have in fact forbidden the use of e-scooters. This is mainly because Tokyo’s streets are so overcrowded during rush hour, and the Japanese are extremely safety conscious.

If you were considering using a bicycle during Games time, you may be surprised to learn that the road system does not cater for cyclists. Mothers and their children use electric bikes to get around their neighborhoods, but nobody commutes to work or travels through the city on two wheels. Cycling is also forbidden on Rainbow Bridge, which connects Tokyo with many of the Olympic venues, so you will need to walk and push your bicycle across the bridge.

Please click here to download the metro schedule for the Olympic period.

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