Kyoto Municipal Subway

With the opening of Kyoto Municipal Subway, Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, got its own metro network. The subway system made commutes within the city convenient for residents and tourists alike. City’s main attractions e.g. Nijo Castle, Daigoji Temple, Gosho Imperial Palace and Toji Temple are all easily accessible from the subway stations. For the rest, the system offers transfer opportunities.

Kyoto Metro

Currently, it operates through 2 lines totaling to a track length of 31.2 km. Together they connect 31 stations. Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau is controlling the operations of the system. As per 2008 statistics, every day, around 3, 50,000 passengers use the metro system.

Historical Background

Kyoto is the sixth-largest city in Japan home to 1.5 million people. It is also a city of historical significance drawing tourists in large numbers. Immediately after WWII, planning started to construct an underground rapid transit system to reduce the use of cars in the city.

The Karasuma Line, between Kyoto and Kitaoji, was opened on 1st April 1981. Further sections were added consecutively and the line attained its current length on 3rd June 1997. An express service between Kintetsu Nara and Kokusaikaikan started on 15t March 2000.

The Tozai Line was opened in October 1997 with a 12.7 km long section between Daigo and Nijo. After subsequent expansions, it achieved its current length on 16th January 2008.

Hours of Operation

Trains begin journey at around 5 in the morning stop a little before midnight. On weekends and holidays, the timing changes slightly. Trains have different headway at different times of the day. In peak hours, the headway is 4-5 minutes. Early in the morning, trains have headway of 27 minutes.

You’ll get the detailed timetable for each station here.

Lines and Stations

Two lines are currently operational, namely, the north-south Karasuma Line and the east-west Tōzai Line. Each line has 16 stations including a common transfer station. The stations are mostly underground. Stations on Tozai Line have platform screen doors. Others have central platforms. 6-car trains run on the lines at a maximum speed of 90 km/hour.

Karasuma Line

The Karasuma Line serves city’s seven wards. It is indicated with green color on the subway map. From this line, passengers can transfer to the Tōzai Line, Kyoto Line and JR Kyoto Line.

Main stations along this line are: Takeda, Kyoto, Shijō, Karasuma Oike, Kuramaguchi, Kitayama, Kokusaikaikan

Tōzai Line

This line is the busiest of the two. It is indicated by vermilion color on the map. It starts from Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station in the west and then runs to Misasagi Station in the east. Then it takes a bend and ends at the Rokujizō Station in the southeastern part of the city. It runs through the Kyoto Downtown area. It offers interchange to the other subway line, Nara Line, Sanin Main Line, Keihan Keishin Line etc.

Main stations connected by the line are: Uzumasa Tenjingawa, Nijō, Karasuma Oike, Sanjō Keihan, Misasagi, Yamashina, Rokujizō

There is also an underground line in the city center, called Keihan Line and a suburban train, Hankyu Kyoto Line in Kyoto downtown.

Expansion

There are plans to extend both of the lines. However, for these, no definite timeframes have been decided yet. The Karasuma Line is planned to be extended from the southern terminal further to Rakunan new town.

The Tozai Line is going to be extended another 10 km to enter the Rakusai new town. However, the current project limits the extension only to Uzumasa Tenjingawa. The authority is considering whether it is profitable to construct the full extension.

Fare and Ticket

The fare in Kyoto Subway varies with distance. The base price for an adult person is 210 Yen while that for a child is 110 Yen. Besides regular tickets, there are IC cards that can be used to pay the fare. For tourists interested in sightseeing, the Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau has introduced following passes:

Surutto Kansai Miyako Card

The card is available from in 1000, 2000, 3000 and 5000 Yen denominations. As you travel the travel cost is deducted from the card balance. It is valid also in Keihan and Hankyu lines as well as on city buses.

Kyoto Sightseeing One – and Two-day Pass Card

The 1-day pass for an adult costs 1200 Yen and for a minor costs 600 Yen. For 2-day pass, the prices would be 2000 Yen and 1000 Yen respectively. The pass is valid in city buses also.

Traffica Kyoto Card

This card costs either 1000 Yen or 3000 Yen. The fare price is deducted from the card value every time a passenger rides with this card. This card can also be used in the buses.

Tickets are to be bought from the platform ticket vending machines. Passes are available at the city subway or bus information counters.

Get further insight on Kyoto Subway system from here.

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    Facilities and Services

    A citizen or a tourist – the subway authority offers you following facilities to make your journey convenient:

    • You’ll hear heart touching guzheng music when the train doors close every time.
    • The subway stations are barrier-free and fully accessible.
    • In some stations, large display boards show the bus connections and their timings.
    • There are convenient stores, cafes and mobile recharge stations located in the stations.
    • Station instructions are written in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.
    • Free Wi-Fi is available at subway stations.

    Rules

    Like any other metro system, Kyoto Municipal Subway has its own set of rules. Get a glimpse of them before you start your journey.

    • When a train enters the station, waiting passengers should remain behind the white lines drawn on the platforms.
    • Tickets or IC cards must be validated at the ticket gates located at the stations.
    • Passengers must return the tickets at the exit gates. The IC cards, however, are given back to the passengers.
    • Inflammables are not allowed within the subways.

    Tips

    Here are few tips for the first-time riders.

    • Never forget to take back your ticket or IC card at the ticket gates of exit points.
    • If your final destination is little far from the subway station, you can rent a bike from the bike rental point adjacent to the station.
    • Plan ahead your journey and take a note of the bus connections, if any.
    • Fare charts are displayed close to the ticket machines. Have a look at this and make sure you are buying the right ticket.

Fukuoka Subway

Fukuoka Subway first began operation in 1981. The subway system consists of thirty-five stations and three lines called the Kuko, Hakozaki, and Nanakuma lines. Also, the subway system is run by the Fukuoka City Transportation Bureau.

Fukuoka Subway lines and stations

The Hakozaki and Kuko lines run on the 1000 and 2000 series trains while the Nanakuma line was most recently introduced in February of 2005 and runs sixty-eight 3000 series cars. These 3000 series trains are twenty-five percent shorter than their 1000 and 2000 series counter-parts and have a capacity of three hundred seventy-eight compared to the capacity of over seven hundred and fifty of both the 1000 and 2000 series trains.

Kuko Line

The Kuko Line will appear orange on subway maps and runs from Meinohama to Fukuokakuko (Fukuokakuko Airport). Starting from Meinohama, the line will stop at Muromi, Fujisaki, Nishijin, Tojinmachi, Ohorikoen, Akasaka, Tenjin, Nakasu-Kawabata, Gion, Hakata, and Higashi-Hie before arriving at the airport. It takes approximately 25 minutes to travel the distance of the line. From Meinohama station passengers will be able to transfer to the JR Chikuhi line in order to board trains to Karatsu where tourists may be interested in sightseeing Karatsu Castle, which is a beautiful historic landmark.

Hakozaki Line

The Hakozaki Line will appear blue on subway maps and runs from Nakasu-kawabata to Kaizuka. Starting from Nakasu-Kawabata, the line will stop at Gofukumachi, Chiyo-Kenchoguchi, Maidashi-Kyudaibyoinmae, Hakozaki-Miyamae, and Hakozaki-Kyudaimae before arriving at Kaizuka. It takes approximately 10 minutes to travel the distance of the line. Kaizuka station is also a connecting point, from which passengers can transfer trains to the Nishitetsu Line in order to travel to Nishitetsu-Shingu.

Nanukama Line

The Nanukama Line will appear green on subway maps and runs from Hashimoto to Tenjin-minami. Starting from Hashimoto, the line will stop at Jiromaru, Kamo, Noke, Umebayashi, Fukudai-mae, Nanakuma, Kanayama, Chayama, Befu, Ropponmatsu, Sakurazaka, Yakuin-odori, Yakuin, and Watanabe-dori before arriving at Tenjin-minami. It takes approximately 24 minutes to travel the distance of the entire line.

It’s also noteworthy that all of these lines intersect at Tenjin station. If you are transferring from one line to another, then this will be the stop you don’t want to miss!

Timing, Hours of Operation and frequency

All of the trains run from 5:30am until 12:25am with a frequency of every 4 to 8 minutes.

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Fares and tickets

Standard Tickets and Fares

A ticket between a single pair of stations (otonari) can be purchased for 100 yen for an adult or 50 yen for a child or disabled individual and tickets may range up to 340 yen to travel the distance of one line. A more economic option may be one-day passes, which are sold for 620 yen between Monday through Thursday and 520 yen between Friday and Sunday. Up to two children age six and under may travel for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Any additional children will require the purchase of a child fare ticket.

Commuter and Chika Passes

If you wish to purchase a pass for a more extended period of time, then you may be interested in the commuter and chika (child) passes that can be purchased for periods of one month, three months, or six months at a time. These passes allow free boarding onto any of the subways and are significantly cheaper per day than one-day passes. The card that you are given with these passes will also accrue loyalty points.

To use these passes (called “Hayakaken”) just touch the card to the card reader at a ticket gate and you will be allowed through. Registered cards can be reissued if it is lost for a fee of 1,010 yen.These cards can be used at the following stations: All city Subway lines (Kuko, Hakozaki, and Nanakuma lines) Nimoca, Sugoca, Kitaca, Pasmo, Suica, Manaca, Toica, Pitapa, and Icoca.

Tourist One-Day Passes and Discounts

If you are a tourist, then you may also be interested in the one-day tourist passes, which give you unlimited access to both the buses and trains in Fukuoka (Nishitetsu bus, JR Kyushu bus, Showa bus, Nishitetsu train, and the Subway system). These tickets cost 820 yen for an adult and 410 yen for a child (does not include access to the Nishitetsu train). If you wish to include access to the Nishitetsu train, then these passes are 1,340 yen for an adult and 670 yen for a child.

Another added benefit of the tourist pass is that many great tourist locations offer discounted prices to individuals who have purchased one of these tickets, such as the Fukuoka City Museum, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, Yusentei Garden, Shofuen Garden, Rakusuien Garden, Fukuoka Tower, Namiha No Yu, Oh Sadaharu Baseball Museum, Yahuoku! Dome Tour, Marine World, Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Asahi Beer Community Hall, Dazaifu Tenmangu Treasure Hall, Dazaifu, Tenmangu Kanko History Museum, Kanzeonji Temple, Dazaifu Amusement Park, Dazaifu Station Bike Rental, and Pleasure Boat “Yumin Tomato”.

For more information about potential sites you may want to visit while in this area you can call the Fukuoka City Tourist Information line (Tenjin) at 092-751-6904.

Yokohama Municipal Subway

Yokohama, the second largest city in Japan, has a 2 lines metro system to serve its 3.4 million inhabitants. Located just 30 kilometers south of Tokyo, it works in conjunction with several urban trains such as the Sotetsu and Keikyu lines.

Operating since April 12, 1972, its 2 lines, which originally where 3, the blue line and the green line, serve 42 stations. The length of the system is 53.4 kms. The system is managed by Yokohama City Transportation Bureau. There are plans to extend the blue line.

Yokohama Subway lines and stations

The 2 lines and 42 stations, identified by name and color are:

Blue line

The blue line in his initial approach was two separated physical lines, the 1 and the 3, intersecting at Kannai. Currently it works as a single line from Azamino in the North to Shonandai in the south. ust 7.6 kilometers of this 40,4 kms line are underground. The line serves 32 stations, of which only 5 are on the surface: Center-Kita, Center-Minami, Nakamachidai, Nippa, Kaminagaya. Travel time from end to end on the blue line requires 66 minutes. All stations on this line are named with a B.

Stations: (Line 3:) Azamino, Nakagawa, Center Kita, Center Minami, Nakamachidai, Nippa, Kita Shin-yokohama, Shin-Yokohama, Kishine-kōen, Katakurachō, Mitsuzawa-kamichō, Mitsuzawa-shimochō, Yokohama, Takashimachō, Sakuragichō, Kannai, (Line 1:) Isezakichōjamachi, Bandōbashi, Yoshinochō, Maita, Gumyōji, Kami-Ōoka, Kōnan-Chūō, Kaminagaya, Shimonagaya, Maioka, Totsuka, Odoriba, Nakada, Tateba, Shimoiida, Shōnandai

Green line

The green line or line 4 is operating since March 2008. It serves from Hiyoshi to Nakayama. It’s 13.1 kms of track serving 10 stations. This line was intended to be a loop line. although currently is not working as such, in the near future the project could be completed. Transfers can be made between these lines in Center Kita and Minami Center. All stations on this line are named with a letter G.

Stations: Nakayama, Kawawachō, Tsuzuki-Fureai-no-Oka, Center-Minami, Center-Kita, Kita-Yamata, Higashi-Yamata, Takata, Hiyoshi-Honchō, Hiyoshi

Line 2

Line 2 was planned to link Kanagawa-Shinmachi Station to Byobugaura Station.

Line 3

Line 3 would begin at line 1 termini Azamino and would end at Shin-Yurigaoka. It is still in planning stage

Other Yokohama subway lines

Minatomirai line depart from Central Station. It is 4.1 km long and has been operational since February 2004. The Metro operates in conjunction with the Tokyu Toyoko suburban commuter railway, which runs from Yokohama to Shibuya in Tokyo, taking 35 minutes to complete the trip.

The Kanazawa Seaside Line runs completely autonomously and elevated through its 10.6 kms route.

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Hours

Yokohama Municipal Subway works from 5:30 am to 00:00 am. Frequency of services ranges from 5 to 6 minutes during peak hour.

Tickets and fares

The rate is calculated on the basis of-traveled areas. In total there are 6 areas. Tickets can be purchased with cash or with a PASMO card.

  • zone 1 from 0 to 3 kms
  • zone 2 from 3.1 to 7 kms
  • zone 3 from 7.1 to 11 kms
  • zone 4 from 11.1 to 15 kms
  • zone 5 from 15.1 to 19 kms
  • zone 6 from 19.1 to 23 kms

By buying PASMO card you can take advantage of discounts.

In the following link you can calculate the price of your ordinary ticket, group tickets, tickets for weekends and holidays, passes students, PASMO card. Yokohama Subway calculator. And here fares for children.

Curious facts

You can take a bike or a surfboard provided that they are within their respective bag or case. Small pets in their cages. Guide dogs are allowed.

There arear women only wagons in the blue line.

In the Yokohama subway there are priority seating in “non-mobile” areas, reserved for the elderly, pregnant, disabled and others

There are power-off areas in the metro where you can not use the phone. In these areas you have to turn off the phone.

Maternity marks. Particular caution not to use these seats.

Nagoya’s Subway

Nagoya’s subway dates from 1958. It’s Japan’s third subway system, after Tokyo and Osaka. Includes 6 lines that intersect and connect to rail links and bus terminals such as Meitetsu Railways, JR, Kintetsu Railways and the Linimo maglev train. These 6 lines are: Higashiyama, Meijo, Meiko, Tsurumai, Sakuradori and Kamiida.

Nagoya’s Subway is the most convenient way of getting around Nagoya for foreign people. All the lines are color coded and most parts of the system are bilingual, easy to understand and navigate for non japanese speakers. By subway there’s access to most Nagoya’s attractions.

It is operated by Transportation Bureau City of Nagoya

Lines and stations

The color code lines include phisical lines

  • Yellow line. Line 1 or Higashiyama Line. It’s 20.6 km (12.8 mi) long and has 22 stations.
  • Purple line. Includes Line 2 or Meijō Line. It’s 8.9 km (5.5 mi) long and has 12 stations. And also Line 4, with 17.5 km (10.9 mi) and 17 stations.
  • Purple & white. Line 2 or Meikō Line. It’s 6.0 km (3.7 mi) long and has 7 stations.
  • Blue Line. It’s the Meitetsu Inuyama Line. 21.4 km (13.3 mi) long and 13 stations. Line 3 or Tsurumai Line, 20.4 km (12.7 mi) and 20 stations. Meitetsu Toyota Line, 15.2 km (9.4 mi) long and 8 stations. Meitetsu Mikawa Line, 1.4 km (0.87 mi) long and 2 stations.
  • Red Line. It’s Line 6 or Sakura-dōri Line. 19.1 km (11.9 mi) long and 21 stations
  • Pink Line. It’s Meitetsu Komaki Line, 18.3 km (11.4 mi) long and 13 stations. Another Meitetsu Komaki Line 2,3 kms extension with 2 more stations.
    Line 7 or Kamiiida Line, 0.8 km (0.50 mi) long with 2 stations.

  • The Meijo line is a loop since October 2004 and connects the major stations of Kanayama, Kamimaezu, Motoyama & Yagoto.

    Nagoya Subway Network

    Schedule and frecuency

    Most lines start at 05:00am and finish about 00:00 am.

    Fares and tickets

    Prices on the Nagoya subway start from 200 yen for 1 zone adults with a maximum fare of 320 yen for 5 zones adults. It’s possible to buy one-day passes for a day of unlimited rides on city buses and the subway (which costs ¥850 for both bus and subway, or ¥740 for just the subway).There is also the Donichi Eco Kippu ticket (¥600), which allows unlimited rides on city buses and the subway on weekends, public holidays, and the eighth of each month (Environmental Conservation Day).
    The Yurika pre-paid card.

      Zone 1

    • Adult costs ¥200
    • Child costs ¥100
      Zone 2

    • Adult costs ¥230
    • Child costs ¥120
      Zone 3

    • Adult costs ¥260
    • Child costs ¥130
      Zone 4

    • Adult costs ¥290
    • Child costs ¥150
      Zone 5

    • Adult costs ¥320
    • Child costs ¥160

    Curious facts

    Nagoya Station is the world’s largest train station by floor area

    There is a car only for woman during rush hours, 8am-9am, on the Higashiyama Line through Sakae, Fushimi to Nagoya Station.

    Hatchii is Nagoya Municipal Subway’s mascot, and his first appearance was in August 1, 2002.

    Connection to the airport

    Nagoya’s airports are Chūbu Centrair International Airport (NGO), on the artificial island off shore of Tokoname, and Nagoya Airfield (Komaki Airport, NKM).
    There are high speed Meitetsu express trains to Chubu International Airport from Nagoya Station (30 mins), Kanayama Station (25 mins) and Jingu-mae.

Sapporo Subway

Sapporo Metro: General Information

The Sapporo Subway (Sapporo-shi-Chikatetsu) is the fourth Japanese subway and it was naugurated in 1971, in time for the Winter Olympics 1972. It was the first metro in the world to use a central rail guide wheels with neumatic system that makes it the most silent and clean underground in the world. It is operated by the Sapporo City Bureau.

Currently the system has three metro lines, Namboku, Tozai and Toho, with a length of 48 kms and 49 stations and an influx of about 210 millions travelers per year. Sapporo public transport also counts with a tram line 8.5 km long serving southwest of the city and crosses the Susukino subway and a bus line.

Sapporo Metro Lines

The Sapporo Metro network consists of 3 lines with 48 km long and 49 stations.

  • Namboku Line or Green Line, was inaugurated in 1971, runs from Makomanai to Asabu, north to south of the city. It has a length of 14.3 km and 16 stations. Its stations carry the letter N followed by a number.
  • Tozai Line Orange Line, was inaugurated in 1976 with the passage from Shin Sapporo until Miyanosawa, from east to west. It has 20.1 km and 19 stations. The stations are represented by the letter T followed by a number.
  • Toho Line, Blue Line, was inaugurated in 1988, with a north to south route. After successive extensions were reached currents 13.6 Km of length and 14 stations. It runs from Sakaemachi to Fukuzumi Station and this line runs parallel to Nanboku Line in the center of the city.

At the moment there are no plans for new lines or extensions.

Most important stations:

The subway Central Station is the Odori.

In Odori and Susukino stations there is tram connection from outside.

Opening Hours

The metro is open from 06:15 a.m until 24:00 hours.

Frequency Step

Trains run every 3-4 minutes during the morning rush hour, every 5 minutes during the evening rush hours and every 5-7 minutes during the rest othe day.

Fares and Tickets

The single ticket prices vary from ¥ 200 to ¥ 360, depending on the distance traveled. The day passes and discounted passes can be purchased at vending machines.

  • "With You Card" is a prepaid card that can be used for routes within the city by metro, tram and bus offered by JR Hokkaido Bus, Chuo Bus and Jotetsu Bus. There are five options: ¥ 1,000, from ¥ 3,000, for ¥ 5,000 and 10,000 yen for adults and ¥ 1,000 for children. All cards can be purchased at vending machines.
  • 1 Day Card offers unlimited travel on the metro, tram and bus regular city routes operated by Chuo Bus, JR Hokkaido and Jotetsu Bus companies on the day of purchase. The price is ¥ 1000 yen for adults and ¥ 500 for children. There is also a card only for one day on the subway and costs ¥ 800 for adults and ¥ 400 for children. The cards can be purchased at ticket machines and station offices.
  • Donichika-Ticket is the same as the One day card for metro but only for use on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. It costs ¥ 500 for adults and ¥ 250 for children, and can be purchased at the ticket machines and station offices.

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Airport

New Chitose International Airport serves the Sapporo metropolitan area and is located five kilometers from the city of Chitose.

New Chitose International Airport can be reached by JR Hokkaido Chitose line. Fast trains operate to and from Sapporo Station (Sapporo Station is the starting and ending point for the express JR Hokkaido) and the journey takes between 36-39 minutes and costs ¥ 1040.

The Astram Line – Hiroshima

The Astram Line is an automated guideway transit line in the big town of Hiroshima (1.2 million inhabitants). Operational since August 8th 1994, it includes 22 stations (3 underground and the rest above) and stretches over 18.4km. Originally opened to manage the tourists for the Asian games held in Hiroshima, it has now become one of the most popular transportation methods linking some of the most popular spots for tourists.

Metro in Hiroshima

Hiroshima’s Astram Line is a rubbertiered system that connects Hiroshima city-center with its outskirts passing via residential towns.

Astram Line and Stations

This single line system has amongst its 22 stations many popular stops for tourists (and is great for sight seeing) such as the Hondori station that is close to the Hiroshima peace memorial and its Park. The ruin is a world heritage site and a memorial for the people who were killed during the atomic bomb. The Johiku and the Kencho station next to the Hiroshima Castle, a national treasure, in the center of Hiroshima.

Fancy a stop by Hiroshima’s Zoological Park you’ll see giraffes, African elephants, pandas, tigers and many other animals. Kamiyacho station is right next door. Chokaku station permits an easy access to Hiroshima City transport Museum, where you can find interesting exhibits, interactive models, and even test crazy bicycles.
And of course the terminal Kaki-KoenMae steps away from Big Arch stadium. The stadium hosted most of the game’s in 1994 and is today is the home ground for the Japanese professional football league Team “Sanfrecce”.

List of stations

Hondori, Kencho-mae, Johoku, Shin-Hakushima, Hakushima, Ushita, Fudoin-mae, Gion-shinbashikita, Nishihara, Nakasuji, Furuichi, Omachi, Bishamondai, Yasuhigashi, Kamiyasu, Takatori, Chorakuji, Tomo, Obara, Tomo-chuo, Ozuka, Koiki-koen-mae

Astram Line time schedule and frequency

The line operate every day from 6:00 am until 00:00 am midnight. The minimum headway is 2 min and 30 secs.

Fares and tickets

You can buy your ticket at a vending machine and then pass it at the gate, as simple as that. There are two types of tickets on sale “normal” and “regular” fare. There are special prices for children under 10 and also for groups.

There´s also a 1-Day Ticket that lets you ride the Astram Line unlimited. The price is 900 yen for adults, 450 yen for children. It’s available for sale at every station.

Expansions & connections:

On March 14th, 2015 the Shin-Hakushima station was added connecting the Astram line with the JR Lines. And a future expansion west in been planned. The Astram line is very practical for tourists and getting round, linked to many bus systems (Hiroden bus; Hiroshima bus; Geiyo bus; Hiroshimao Kotsu and Chugoku JR bus). But the line is also connected to other railway organizations (Hiroshima Electric Railway and West Japan Railway Company).

Interesting facts:

The lowest station on the Astram line in 11.4m underground! It is the Hondōri Station. And you’re sure not to miss the train, because on arrival music is played and the train honks when it comes to a stop.

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