The recent concluded Travel Tour Expo 2017 (ITE) at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay, Metro Manila, it’s the first time that the Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Metro) held a display (booth position: 396, 397).
In 2016, the number of visitors from the Philippines exceeded 300,000 for the first time, reaching a record of 347,800 (an increase of 29.6% compared to the previous year), indicating an active market for travel to Japan.
Tokyo Metro objective was to increase awareness among as many people in the Philippines as possible that Tokyo has a subway called the Tokyo Metro in Tokyo, a city with many attractive tourist spots.
There are many fascinating Tokyo Metro stations including Ginza, Omotesando, Asakusa, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro. The objective is to convey the fact that reasonably-priced, comfortable and safe travel throughout Tokyo is possible by using (1) the Tokyo Subway Ticket, an unlimited ride ticket, to visit its many interesting stations,
(2) the free Wi-fi available at all stations, (3) “Welcome Board” from which convenient subway-related information can be acquired at major stations, and (4) the ticket information offices at which any questions can be asked.
The main services that Tokyo Metro offers to visitors to Japan are as follows.
(1) Tokyo Subway Ticket
The Tokyo Subway Ticket allows for unlimited travel on all 13 lines of the Tokyo Metro and Metropolitan Subway.
It comes in three types: valid for 24 hours (800 yen), for 48 hours (1,200 yen) and for 72 hours (1,500 yen). These tickets can be purchased at locations including Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Tokyo Metro ticket information offices and some Big Camera stores.
*As these tickets are for travelers, a non-Japanese passport must be shown when purchasing one.
Travel that would normally cost 1,190 yen is 390 yen cheaper with a 24-hour ticket!
(2) Free Wi-fi
Free Wi-fi can be used at all stations on the Tokyo Metro.
Tokyo Metro stations are convenient for looking things up during travel or uploading memorable photographs to social media. Preparations are also underway to make it possible to use free Wi-fi within subway cars.
(3) Welcome Board
Welcome Boards have been installed at 14 stations that are used by a large number of foreign guests. These boards show information related to subway tickets, route guides for major tourist spots and route maps containing tourist spots. You can see how to get to your destination station as well as how much it will cost and how long it will take in a glance.
Stations with Welcome Boards: Ueno, Shinjuku, Asakusa, Tokyo, Ikebukuro, Shimbashi, Akihabara, Ginza, Roppongi, Omotesando, Shibuya, Meiji-jingumae (HARAJUKU), Shinjuku-sanchome, Oshiage (SKYTREE)
(4) Ticket Information Offices
Ticket information offices have been installed at Ueno, Ginza, Shinjuku, Omotesando and Shibuya stations. At these offices, you can ask any questions that you have; for example, how to use the Tokyo Metro and areas around the station.
You can feel free to ask questions as there are always staff present who can speak English.
Outline of Tokyo Metro
Company name: Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
Address: 3-19-6 Higashi-ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Representative: President and Representative Director Yoshimitsu Oku
Capital: 58.1 billion yen
Established: April 2004
Tokyo Metro operates nine subway lines running over a total of 195.1 km mainly throughout metropolitan Tokyo. For seven of these lines, joint extension operations are implemented with other companies. When the joint extension operation destinations are included, this network covers a total of 532.6 km. The company is therefore responsible for a metropolitan railway network that is used by 7.07 million people per day (as of 2015). As a public transport body supporting the urban functions of Japan’s capital Tokyo, it is both a Guide for Tokyo and a Linker for Transport Networks in Tokyo. Tokyo Metro not only safely and reliably transports guests to their destination, but also actively engages in related businesses to support the daily needs of its guests.
Tokyo Metro proactively engages in a variety of initiatives with medium- to long-term viewpoints keeping the group principle of the “Power to Drive Tokyo” in mind.
1. Operate a passenger rail business
2. Operate related businesses
– Distribution (stores in station premises, operation of commercial facilities, etc.)
– Real estate (rental of office buildings, etc.)
– IT (renting of optical fiber cable, etc.)