Suica / PASMO
I use the Pasmo transport card, which alongside Suica card, are the most convenient public transport cards ever conceived by man. They can be used for travel in almost all the major urban centers in Japan. Basically bus, train, trams, monorail, and almost all convenience stores accept these smart cards. There are also some taxis and ferries, and even normal retail shops and restaurants that will take pasmo / suica.
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Some other things to watch out for…
- Snowboards, kenpo gear, golf clubs, large suitcases and construction equipment are generally not good thing to bring on the rush hour train
- People applying makeup
- Japanese salarymen in various states of inebriation
- The last train, and missing it, is a cultural phenomena
- Intense-silence, perhaps penetrated by a single conversation
- ‘Train stuffers’, station staff who cram people into already packed trains are a thing, but mainly to help if your bag gets caught in the door
- Sleepers / kickers / snorers
- Manic phone users going to town on candy crush
The trains in Tokyo are fantastic, you don't really need a car at all in this city. The trains are clean, safe, and convenient. If I am not using the train I can usually walk or cycle.