Lonely Planet Writer

Tokyo plans tourist-friendly station names to help visitors find their way around the city

In a bid to help foreign tourists grappling with remembering and pronouncing unfamiliar place names when using the Tokyo’s complex transport system, one railway operator plans to give alphanumeric codes to 276 of the city’s stations.

A map of Tokyos metro.
A map of Tokyos metro. Image by Antonio Tajuelo / CC BY 2.0

Under the system, each of the stations would have a two-letter and two-digit code, as well as being in different colours to reflect the different lines. There are also plans to show station names in Chinese and Korean; names are already shown in English. A similar alphanumeric code system is already in place in Osaka.

Read more: nhk.or.jp