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January 9, 2019

Exploring Tokyo Underground

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Tokyo's subway system is essential for tourists getting around town. Its many lines may look intimidating, but new services for visitors make navigation a snap. We take a look at some of those services, and use an all-day pass to check out some impressive underground sights.

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Tokyo Subway Ticket These tickets allow for unlimited rides on all Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines. Three kinds allow for 24, 48 or 72 hours of travel. With a valid passport, tickets can be purchased at airports and Tokyo Metro station ticket counters as well as tourist information centers.

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Ginza Sony Park A limited-time vertical park located in the middle of Ginza. Visitors can interact with robot dogs, play games, and partake in various hands-on events. The park will be open until fall 2020.

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Kobikicho Plaza A shopping area located two floors below the Kabukiza Theater. Shops sell kabuki goods and traditional Japanese souvenirs. A perfect way to get a feel for kabuki's atmosphere without going inside the theater itself.

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Spa Otemachi Fitness Club An exclusive fitness club with its own hot spring right in the middle of Tokyo's business district. Visitors may access and use the facilities from 10AM to 7PM. Thanks to its towel rental services, you can show up empty-handed!

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Tokyo Metro Museum An interactive museum that showcases subway history and the latest technology. One of Japan's original subway cars is on display. Also includes a free train operating simulation.

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NinjaBar Head over to this bar in a retro underground shopping center in Asakusa to be entertained and waited on by ninja. The bar offers around 200 types of sake, and patrons can dress up in costumes for free.

Further Info

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1)Tokyo Subway Ticket
* Tickets can be purchased at airports, Tokyo Metro station ticket counters and tourist information centers.
2) Ginza Sony Park
Address: 5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku (Closest station: Ginza Station, exit B9)
3) Kobikicho Plaza
Address: Ginza Kabukiza B2, 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku (Closest station: Higashi-ginza Station, exit A7)
4) Spa Otemachi Fitness Club
Address: Otemachi Fitness City Grand Cube B1, 1-9-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku (Closest station: Otemachi Station, exit C2c)
5) Tokyo Metro Museum
Address: 6-3-1 Higashi-kasai, Edogawa-ku (Closest station: Kasai Station, Subway Museum exit)
6) NinjaBar
Address: Asakusa underground shopping center, 1-1-12 Asakusa, Taito-ku (Closest station: Asakusa Station, exit 6)

Reporter

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Benjamin Boas

Nationality:
American
Occupation:
Author
When did you first come to Japan?:
2001
Reason for coming to Japan:
When I was little, I was really into Japanese video games and decided that when I grew up, I would live inside them. Naturally this dream didn't pan out, but moving to Japan was my next choice and living in this country has turned out to be more amazing and wonderful than anything I could have ever imagined.
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