The Tokyo subway system is divided into two companies: the Tokyo Metro and the Toei Metro. There is no real pattern, nor any rule, as to whether you have to take one or the other or if you can only take the subway and not the JR. You can mix and match or take the JR or take the subway. There is not much difference between the two companies mentioned, except the route and the prices (the Toei metro is a bit more expensive). Toei metro, for example, has the Asakusa line that leads to the Skytree tower and the Asakusa case. The subway, however, goes to Omotesando. Everything is a matter of interest.
It does not always coincide that there is both a subway line and a Toei line at the same station. Similarly, it is not always guaranteed that a station has both JR and subway, or JR and Toei. When deciding where to stay, it is advisable to choose a hotel or hostel near a station with several lines on the JR or the subway (or both) in case one is delayed.
Buying tickets for the subway is exactly the same as buying them for JR
Check on the map to find out how much it costs to reach the chosen destination. The button with the desired amount is selected on the screen, choose how many people are being bought a ticket, insert the money and the ticket will go through the lower rack.
As with the JR, if you accidentally buy a ticket with the wrong price or need to recharge your IC card, it can be done at the same rate adjustment machines. You can also use Pasmo or Suica to get around the subway.
Example of steps that must be followed to get from your initial destination to the end
- Arrive at the station.
- Locate the area where the desired line is.
- Locate ticket vending machines near the subway doors. If you already have a loaded IC card, you can go through the doors at this time.
- Buy the ticket or load the IC card.
- Pass the entrance.
- Find the address where you want to go, which corresponds to the platform you will use to climb.
- Once you have located the platform, line up to get on the train.
- When the train arrives, wait until everyone has gone down before entering the car.
- Move inward or sideways to free up space near the doors.
- Once you have arrived at the station, get off the car and go to the desired exit.
Attention on departures: there are usually multiple in a single station, and when you leave one you can place it exactly in the opposite place where you need to be, so check beforehand. Tourist areas, restaurants and shops usually indicate what exit you should take on your website.
- Go to the entrance door and insert the ticket or touch the IC card. Make the rate adjustment first if necessary, and then leave.
This way you can move around the Tokyo subway without problems.