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Old 28-09-2008, 12:37 PM   #13
hclee01
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Just to add on, if you are quite confused on the numerous train line, you may wish to know that there are 2 distinct train system - The JR line and the subway lines. For the JR line, the logo is a JR sign in green colour and most trains run on the track on ground line while the subway line is usually underground and are operated by both the govt and private enterprises. You can print a copy of the JR train lines at this website:
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/info/map_a4ol.pdf

For a start, you may wish to concentrate on the JR line - Yamanote line (which is colour-coded as light green colour on the JR train map). This line rounds in a circle which means that if you take the full trip, you will end up in the same train station as you boarded! This line covers most of the areas that you will probably be going to - Tokyo area, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ueno, etc. The subway is useful for areas not served by the JR line as generally the fare is slightly higher (about 20 Yen) than that of the JR line. This include going to Asakusa (where the famous temple is located) where it is not served by the JR line.

Picking up a map before leaving for Tokyo will be helpful in getting you around the city. A copy is available at the JNTO office during office hours. It is located at Hong Leong Building #15 level (Same building where United Airlines and Japan Airlines ticketing office is located at Robinson Road).

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