Visitors to Tokyo can take advantage of a trio of one-day passes for local transportation. The passes, available at major stations, must be bought in Tokyo.
The newest is a Tokyo Free Ticket, about $5.35 U.S., for unlimited travel on subways, trains and most bus routes.
In addition, there's a subway pass for $4.60 and an above-ground train pass that costs about $5.35.
Tickets for children under 12 are half of the adult rate.
Osaka has a one-day subway pass that includes some bus and tram routes for about $6.15. Similarly, Kyoto has a one-day subway pass for unlimited travel at about $7.35. This pass includes some bus routes.
The Osaka and Kyoto passes must be bought in those cities.
Names of stations are in both English and Japanese, according to the Japan National Tourist Organization.
In addition to informational aids, some subways and trains also have computerized signs that indicate location and directions. Travelers also can call special telephone numbers in each city for information and advice in English.