In central Tokyo, three different railway systems, namely: subways, Japan Railways (JR) and private railways are available. The subways, with a total of 13 lines, four Toei lines and nine Tokyo Metro lines, are the fastest and easiest way to get around central Tokyo.
Toei lines are operated by the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, while Tokyo Metro lines are operated by Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
Remembering the name and designated color of the line you wish to ride makes it easier to find your destination on a subway route map.
Most of the subway lines interconnect with JR or private railways.
Every subway station displays the train symbol and a Toei Subway or Tokyo Metro logo at its entrance.
You can buy your tickets from automatic vending machines installed in every station.
You can also buy coupons, Toei One-Day Economy Passes from the ticket machines.
To pass through the automatic gates, insert your ticket.
You can pass through an automatic ticket gate by inserting a ticket purchased from the ticket machine, IC card ticket, or other types of tickets with black reverse sides.