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List of Free Buses to Know when Sightseeing in Tokyo

When sightseeing in Tokyo, bus transportation is as important as trains. We’ve made a list of the buses that will really help your travels in Japan. They’re very cheap, with the fare running from 0 to 100 yen! Also, if you pay 300 yen then you can freely ride on and off all day. You’ll want to use these when you’re sightseeing in Tokyo.


Around Tokyo Station

Marunouchi Shuttle

Fare: Free, Route: Ootemachi, Marunouchi, Yurakucho
Runs in 15 minute intervals from 10am to 8pm, one lap takes about 40 minutes.



Metro link Nihonbashi

Fare: Free, Route: Yaesu, Kyobashi, Nihonbashi
Runs in 10 minute intervals from 10am to 8pm.


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Around Odaiba


Fare: Free, Route: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), DiverCity Tokyo, AquaCity Odaiba, Fuji TV
This is a bus that circles the main tourist spots in Odaiba. It runs in about 20 minute intervals from 11am to 10pm.


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Around Tokyo Sky Tree

Sumimaru-kun & Sumirin-chan

Fare: 100 yen, Route: Oshiage, Sumidagawa, Tokyo Sky Tree, Kinshicho, Ryogoku



Around Shitamachi (Ueno, Asakusa, Yanaka, Nezu, Sendagi)

Panda Bus

Fare: Free, Route: All of Asakusa (Kaminari-mon Gate, etc), Tokyo Sky Tree, Imado Shrine

This bus even looks cute. You can see the Sky Tree from Kaminari-mon Gate so it looks doable but it’s about a 15 minute walk. So for that there’s this bus! Also, you can get off outside Imado Shrine, which is famous as the place where the maneki-neko (beckoning cat) originated.


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Also, in the Shitamachi area there’s the Megurin and B-Guru buses, which you can ride for 100 yen.


Find the bus that works with your sightseeing plans. They’ll be very useful when shopping, too!

Related: Japan Bus Lines: Traveler’s Pass Reservation/Information Site

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