How to Read the JR Map!

Courtesy of Japanrailpass, they have a JR map that can be download to your phone https://cdn.jrailpass.com/img/public/pdf/JRP_tokyo_metropolitan_map.pdf

Looks like craziness doesn’t it! Well let’s break it down!

  • Every colored line is a different train line (for example the darker yellow line is the Chuo/Sobu line)
  • Every black block is a bigger or main station
  • Every white dot is a smaller station that each line stops at

Let’s do an example:

Let’s pretend you want to get from Haneda international terminal to Shinjuku station!

Please Zoom In To See!

Looking at the map, the easiest way to get to Shinjuku is if you go to tokyo and transfer lines.

1) Start by following the lines, you will start on the red line that says Tokyo monorail

2) From Haneda international terminal, it will take  7 stops to get to Hamamatsucho

3) (as you can see there are 3 lines that stop at Hamamatsucho since there are 3 dots)

4) From Hamamatsucho, you can transfer to either the Yamanote line (light green) or the Keihin-Tohoku line (light blue)

5) Take either line and get off at Tokyo Station or Akihabara station

6)
*If you got off at Tokyo station: Then transfer over to the Chuo Rapid line (orange line) and then wait a couple stops to get off at Shinjuku
*If you got off at Akuhabara station: Then transfer to the Chuo/Sobu Line (darker yellow line) and wait more stops to get to Shinjuku

THAT’S it!

How to read the Metro Map

Courtesy of Japanrailpass, they have a JR map that can be download to your phone https://cdn.jrailpass.com/img/public/pdf/JRP_tokyo_metro.pdf

Metro gets you to other areas not available by JR Rail

Like the JR map, you will will see a bunch of lines but FOCUS MAINLY ON THIN COLORED LINES

  • Every colored line is a different metro line (for example the darker yellow line is the Chuo/Sobu line)
  • Every pink block is a metro station (often near a main JR station)
  • Every white dot is a smaller station that each line stops at

Let’s do an example:

Let’s pretend you want to get from Akihabara to Ginza station!

1) Start by following the lines, you will start at Akihabara (you will notice that there are no thin lines getting you to ginza directly)

2) From Akihabara, take the JR Yamanote line (light green), Keihin Tohoku Line (light blue) to TOKYO STATION

3) From Tokyo JR station, you will leave the station and take the stairs down to the marunouchi metro line

4) From the Marunochi line, you will get off at Ginza Station

That’s it!

NOTES

JR stations are above ground (often indicated by the color GREEN)

Metro stations are under ground (often indicated by the color BLUE)

Look for these signs when traveling

  • To make sure you are riding in the right direction
  • There will be signs above the trains like this and the direction train coming is the direction it is going. So you know if you are going the right way by looking on the map and seeing the subsequent stops (if you are going the wrong way, do not panic, get off, and retake the same line in the other direction).

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