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Taxis only make economic sense for short distances or groups of four.

  • Fares start at ¥410 for the first 1km, then rise by ¥80 for every 237m you travel or for every 90 seconds spent in traffic.
  • There's a surcharge of 20% between 10pm and 5am.
  • Drivers rarely speak English, though most taxis have navigation systems. Have your destination written down in Japanese, or better yet, a business card with an address.
  • Taxis take credit cards and IC passes.

Ride Sharing Apps

Tokyo strictly regulates ride-sharing apps: only licensed chauffeurs can offer rides, meaning you're more likely to summon a town car that costs more than a regular taxi.