- LIVING IN SHIBUYA
Railway and Bus Transportation
Check the fare by looking at the map above the ticket-vending machines at the station. Among the pre-paid cards, “Suica” or “Pasmo” — which allows cardholders to use the railways of the metropolitan area without buying separate tickets — is very convenient. You can use it for almost all railway and subway lines. If you use the same railway regularly, the fare will be discounted if you buy “kaisuken” coupon tickets or a “teikiken” commuter pass. There is a student pass with a big discount for full-time students, however, for other students such as research students, audit students and Japanese language students, only the commuter pass is available.
Information on main railways
Each railway company offers information on schedules, train fares and various services on its own website in foreign languages.
JR East: https://www.jreast.co.jp
Tokyu Corporation: https://www.tokyu.co.jp/index.html
Keio Corporation: https://www.keio.co.jp
Odakyu Electric Railway: https://www.odakyu.jp
*JR East also has telephone information services.
Year-round, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except during the New Year’s period)
Check the destination and route number shown on the front of the bus (Example: 渋66). Board at the front of the bus and pay in advance by placing the fare in the box next to the driver. When you would like to get off, press the button next to the window to let the driver know, and then exit through the rear door.
Regular passes and pre-paid cards (“Suica” or “Pasmo”) are available. Commuter passes are available at the bus terminal counter, while you can purchase pre-paid cards at stations and service offices of bus companies.