Thus, truly the best way to discover the city is with the Tokyo Metro.
Although very few people speak English in Tokyo and the personnel at the metro stations rarely speak English as well, all stations in the city have their English translations. Moreover, the ticket machines have an English version and once inside the metro car, the destinations are announced in English as well.
So if you have metro experience, deciphering and riding the Tokyo Metro is really easy peasy.
Compared to the Netherlands, mass public transport is much, much cheaper here. We found the city quite affordable and were a bit perplexed why it’s been tagged by the media as a very expensive city. Perhaps the real estate is what makes Tokyo on the list of the most expensive cities in the world?
Nevertheless, taking the Tokyo Metro also gave us a peek into the local life and culture of the city.
These pictures were mostly taken in Chuo City.
The black suit is the official uniform in Tokyo for the salary or corporate man. Very few women go back to work after childbirth in Japan. The culture is still very conservative and male dominated.
He did stand out amongst the black suit uniform =)
It is standard etiquette in Japan to wear a mask if you have some sinus issues. I was sick with Bronchitis which turned to Pneumonia (which I did not know first) and was coughing in public. The locals gave me angry stares so I bought quickly a mask.
The mobile phone generation.
The Tokyo Metro maps. Except that it is in Japanese, it is not really that complex as the Tube in London or the Metro in Paris.
The metro trains do come on time =)
I saw a group of older women dressed in kimonos but was too shy to take a picture of them so I took instead a picture of their backs. Wearing kimonos in public is still done in Japan. I have seen many doing it.
Travel Period: November 2014
Destination: Chuo City (Tokyo), Japan
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