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Which Tokyo map to buy?

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Which Tokyo map to buy?

I'm tossing up between two maps to buy for Tokyo:

Tokyo City Atlas, which is 8 years old but a lot lighter;


Getting Around Tokyo pocket atlas, which is from 2011 but bulkier and has info that I don't need (e.g. about Yokohama)

I want a good, detailed map which clearly shows metro exits and names in both English and Japanese.

Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Which Tokyo map to buy?

> which clearly shows metro exits

then you'd better buy one as new as possible.

ToKyo's Metro line is extending year by year and the connection is very complicated.

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2. Re: Which Tokyo map to buy?

Tokyo 8 years ago is quite "ancient" as a couple of subways have been added since then.

Google "Maps for Tokyo" and you'll find many sites which provide online maps. They're for free! Or ask the concierge at your hotel when you get here. They should have decent paper copies that are up-to-date.

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3. Re: Which Tokyo map to buy?

Indeed, get online maps first. The better ones have important landmarks (shops, hotels, office buildings, etc) that are essential when navigating a Japanese city. It is quite impossible to find an exact address, especially for first-time visitors.

I always just get the free maps from the hotels. They work reasonably well. Bring a compass with you so you know which way you are facing. That will help you find your way on the map.

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4. Re: Which Tokyo map to buy?

Free maps are available. Try JNTO web site and offices in Tokyo as they have english speaking folks that will help you get to where you need to go. http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/

You can download train and subway maps and convert them to pdfs if you carry a computer. Train stations are confusing as some of them are huge and multi-levels so understanding which line, which direction, and which railway company. Understand that there are a number of companies that operate train lines and also a separate subway company. They require separate ticketing as well. They all have romaji (english) signs so at least you know which station you are at. Some stations have maps available on-line. I have seen Narita, Shinjuku, and Tokyo station maps online.

I always carry a small compass for orientation. Addresses can be confusing because in many neighborhoods the address is based on who built there first. Look for a posted neighborhood map as it will show the lot numbering.

Even though everyone is in a hurry, people are willing to help you on your way. Younger folks may know some english.

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