Taxis In Japan Are Easy

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Posted on December 17, 2014 1:00 pm | Leave your thoughts

Taxis in Japan are calculated by distance and time. The starting rate, usually around 710 yen, is for roughly 1.5km to 2km, after which the fare goes up at approximately 100 yen for every 300 to 500m. The fare is shown on the meter at the center of the dashboard. Late-hour fares (between 10pm and 5am) are usually 20% more expensive. Many taxis in Tokyo accept payment with Visa cards.

Taxis In Japan

Useful to know

It is not customary to tip the driver. Taxi doors are opened and closed by the driver, so you should avoid doing this yourself. Most drivers do not speak English, so it is useful to have a map or business card with details (preferably in Japanese) of your destination.

All licensed taxis in Japan have green number plates. To catch a taxi, simply wave your hand. At night, available taxis will have the roof sign illuminated and by day a sign will be illuminated in the front window on the passenger’s side.

Contact Information & Telephone Numbers

  • Tokyo

    Kokusai Motor Cards: 03-5530-6001
    MK Taxi: 03-5547-5551
    Nihon Kotsu: 03-5755-2336 (special number for English operator)

  • Kanagawa

    Kanagawa Toshi Kotsu: 045-743-0100 (Yokohama area)


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