Tokyo is one of the top destinations travelers love to visit in Japan. Covered by a dense network of trains, subways and bus lines, the public transport network makes it convenient for travelers to move around the capital city. The subway system is operated by two companies, namely Tokyo Metro and Toei Subways, with a total of 13 subway lines.
Compared to a regular single trip ticket starting from 170 JPY (1.50 USD), the 24-hour ticket costs a reasonable 600 JPY (5.40 USD) per adult. Maximise your 24-hour pass by hopping on and off Tokyo Metro stations to explore interesting sights in a day. This article will focus on the stations along Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, guiding you on how you can maximise fun with the Tokyo Metro 24-hour ticket.
What is the Tokyo Metro One Day Free Pass?
As some of you might know, JR (Japan Rail) and Tokyo metro are operated by the different company so the offer of discount tickets can be inter-usable and the other can not be.
If you wish to travel extensively and freely within Tokyo, it is a good idea to purchase a Tokyo Metro 24-hour ticket through ticket machines at Tokyo Metro stations, which will allow you to enjoy unlimited use of the nine Tokyo Metro subway lines within a day.
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A seafood market tour near Kita-Senju Station, only once every 2 months!
Most people think of Tsukiji Market when they want to visit a fish market in Tokyo, as it is famous for being one of the world’s largest fish markets. The tuna auction is particularly a crowd-puller with a limited 120 visitors allowed each day. Not only is it extremely difficult to get a visitor pass for the auction, even if you manage to get one, it is held as early as 5 am when subways are not operating yet. Instead of paying expensive taxi fares to make your way to Tsukiji Market’s tuna auction, Adachi Market (足立市場) is a great alternative for a wonderful local market tour.
Located about 15 minute on foot from Kita-Senju Station, Adachi Market is the only Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market specializing in seafood. If you want to enjoy an authentic local experience of wholesale seafood trading, visit Adachi, open on the second Saturday of every other month. Unlike Tsukiji, there is no visitor number restriction to view the seafood auction, so you can visit as long as you can reach there early in the morning. Adachi is less touristy, and restaurant prices here are comparatively cheaper than at Tsukiji, so you can indulge on a fresh seafood feast for breakfast at a fraction of what you pay elsewhere!
Adachi Market (足立市場)
Address: 50 Senjihashidocho, Adachi Ward
Price: free admission
Opening Hours: Adachi Market Day is open on the second Saturday of every other month from 9 am - 11 am
Access: 15-minute walk from Kita-Senju Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Contact: +81 3-3879-2750
Visit Japan’s oldest zoo at Ueno
After a delightful seafood market tour and breakfast, head to Ueno Station, a quick 16-min subway ride away. The area around the station is dotted with many cultural and artistic sights, but let’s visit the Ueno Zoo (上野動物園) first. As the country’s oldest zoo, it is a popular attraction for the locals, featuring the favorite giant pandas from China, as well as many native animals you can’t find elsewhere.
Established in 1882 during the Meiji Period, the zoo is housed within the spacious Ueno Park and divided into two sections. Besides the giant pandas, the eastern section features living environments similar to natural habitats of animals, such as gorillas, tigers, polar bears and seals. In the western section, check out African animals like giraffes and aye-ayes, in addition to the beautiful Shinobazu Pond. Important national cultural properties, such as the ancient Kan’ei-ji Temple are also some of the traditional architecture you can find alongside the cute animals.
Ueno Zoo (上野動物園)
Address: 9-83, Ueno Park, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Price: please refer to official website
Opening Hours: 9.30 am - 5 pm daily. Closed on Mondays, or Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday or Tokyo Citizen’s Day Oct 1), and December 29 through January 1
Access: 5 to 10-minute walk from Ueno Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Contact: +81 338285171
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Get in touch with traditional Japanese culture at Tokyo National Museum
Right next to Ueno Zoo is Tokyo National Museum, the oldest Japanese national museum and one of the largest art museums in the world. The museum is home to over 110,000 art works and archaeological objects in Asia, and the extensive collection includes many Japanese National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. Get in touch with traditional Japanese art as you browse the comprehensive collection in the museum dating back to the Edo era. It is a place not to be missed, especially if you are into Japanese culture.
Tokyo National Museum
Address: 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito Ward
Price: please refer to official website
Opening Hours: 9.30 am - 5 pm daily. Closed on Mondays, or Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday, and December 26 through January 1
Access: 15-minute walk from Ueno Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Contact: +81 3-3822-1111
Enjoy dining and shopping like a local along Ameyokocho
Your stomach is probably growling after visiting two large attractions in Ueno. Time to tuck into some good street food and enjoy shopping like a local. Previously a post-World War II black market, Ameyokocho (アメヤ横丁), or Ueno Ameyoko shopping street is now an open-air market, lined with numerous stalls selling lots of delicious street food and souvenirs such as powdered green tea and t-shirts. Compared to the famous Nakamise-dori in Asakusa, prices at Ameyokocho are relatively cheaper as it is less touristy, so you can purchase unique Japanese souvenirs here at ease.
Address: 6-10-7 Ueno, Taito Ward
Opening Hours: depends on shop
Access: next to Ueno Station, central exit
Escape from the chaotic streets and unwind at Hibiya Park
Following, take a breather at Hibiya Park, located just 17 minutes away with a direct train ride from Ueno Station to Hibiya Station. Hibiya Park is an oasis in an urban jungle like Tokyo, known as the country’s oldest city park built with European influence. Escape from the buzzing shopping street around Ueno Station and seek respite in this beautiful 16-hectare (40-acre) public park.
Take your time to smell the roses and admire the lovely tulips in the beautifully landscaped Western-style gardens. Seeing the powerful water jet high up from the park’s symbolic fountain also makes you feel refreshed. Enjoy the unique blend of ancient Gothic style buildings existing alongside quirky statues donated by foreign governments. Or simply bask in the afternoon sun with your picnic mat in tow, and relish in the wonders of nature right in the city!
Address: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Price: free admission
Opening Hours: always open
Access: 2-minute walk from Hibiya Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Contact: +81 3-3501-6428
Ascend the stairway to success at Atago Jinja near Kamiyacho Station
Forget about squeezing through the crowds at ever-bustling Asakusa to visit Tokyo’s oldest and one of the most significant temples. Proceed to Atago Jinja (愛宕神社), a small shrine atop the 26-meter (85-foot) tall Atago-Yama Hill just a short walk away from Kamiyacho Station. While the elevator is now available for those who wish to visit the shrine but have difficulty ascending the long flight of 86 steep steps leading to the shrine, take it as a challenge for yourself. Legend has it that during the Edo Period, a samurai courageously rode a horse up the stairs to deliver plum blossoms to the shogun. He became famously known as a master equestrian thereafter. Challenge yourself to ascend the stairway, which represents the career ladder. Climbing it is akin to achieving success in life.
Address: 1-5-3 Atago, Minato Ward
Price: Admission fee varies for each exhibition
Opening Hours: 9 am - 5 pm daily
Access: 5-minute walk from Kamiyacho Station exit 3 on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Contact: +81 334310327
Marvel at the fascinating view of Tokyo Tower atop Roppongi Hills in the evening
As evening approaches, make your way to Roppongi Hills, known for its vibrant nightlife with many bars, nightclubs and hostess clubs in Tokyo. The district is also home to many commercial and office buildings, of which you can find pleasant restaurants, shops and observation decks on the top floors that are open to the public. For the best panoramic view of the city, get to the observation deck or open-air rooftop at Tokyo City View. The 238-meter (781-foot) tall Mori Tower, one of the tallest in the city, is also a good choice for mesmerizing views of the illuminated Tokyo Tower at night.
Tokyo City View
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato Ward
Price: please refer to official website
Opening Hours: please refer to official website
Access: direct link from Roppongi Station exit 1C on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Contact: +81 3-6406-6652
End your day at the former Yebisu Beer brewery site just like a local
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If you are still feeling energetic after a long day out, head over to the area around Ebisu Station for a special dining and drinking experience. In the past, this was the former site of the renowned Japanese Yebisu Beer brewery. While the brewery has since found a new home, discover numerous izakayas and standing bars, known locally as tachinomiya, in the laid-back neighborhood just two stops away from Roppongi on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.
Unlike Roppongi lined with upmarket bars and clubs, Ebisu is filled with cheap traditional bars where you will likely rub shoulders with ordinary salarymen in the small confined spaces. For a traditional Japanese pub experience, check out Saiki, a cosy two-story izakaya with wooden furnishings established since 1948. Its old-school furnishings instantly make you feel you have travelled in a time machine back to the good old days. Feel on cloud nine as you down the signature frozen sake with awesomely fresh sashimi or fried fish (aji-furai).
Address: 1-7-12 Ebisunishi, Shibuya Ward
Price: From 1,300 JPY (11.70 USD)
Opening Hours: 5 pm - 12 am on weekdays. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays
Access: 1-minute walk from Ebisu Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Contact: +81 3-3461-3367
A wonderful day along Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line with the metro day pass
With the Tokyo Metro 24-hour ticket on hand, hopping on and off stations along Tokyo Metro lines is a breeze. No longer will you need to watch your budget tightly, for you can enjoy unlimited subway rides as long as it is within 24 hours from the time you start using your ticket. In this way, you can maximize fun in a day, touring interesting sights and not the typical tourist path along Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.
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