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Updated: July 20, 2022

Explore some of the lesser known areas of Tokyo and beyond by riding on local railways

While many visitors to Tokyo tend to stick to Japan Rail (JR) lines because of the unlimited travel afforded by the Japan Rail Pass it needn’t be your only option. There are plenty of other train options that will take you around Tokyo and further afield. Research into the area you will be staying in and the places you want to visit. This will help you decide which train lines to use, and which discount pass to purchase.

Other train companies include:

Tokyu Railway Keio Railway
Seibu Railway Tobu Railway
Tsukuba Express Odakyu Railway
Keikyu Railway Keisei Railway
Yurikamome Rinkai Line
Tokyo Monorail Tokyo Tama Intercity Monorail

Most train lines offer unlimited ride passes, and discounts for attractions and places of interest along its routes. If you plan to stay within and around Tokyo during your stay, consider the Greater Tokyo Pass . It offers you three days of unlimited travel around the metropolitan area, taking your as far as the temple complex of Nikko in the north, Narita Airport in the east, the mountains of Chichibu in the west, and Kamakura in the south.