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Good News to Inbound Tourists: Starting Fare for Tokyo Taxis Cut to 410 Yen

February 20, 2017 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

The starting fare for taxis in Tokyo’s 23 wards for the first 1.054 kilometers was reduced to 410 yen on January 30, 2017.

The starting taxi fare in Japan was previously 730 yen, well above the international average, but it has been lowered close to the international average. Therefore, taxis are recommended to tourists from abroad for “choinori,” or a short-distance ride, in Tokyo since taxi fares in Japan’s capital have now become reasonable. The Tokyo taxi industry hopes that the latest cut in the starting fare will help increase the number of inbound tourists taking taxis in Tokyo.

With the launch of the new service, the Tokyo Hire-Taxi Association (hereinafter THTA) has released a publicity video aimed at promoting the 410 yen “choinori” ride in the capital among inbound tourists. The video shows specific occasions on which Tokyoites typically take taxis as well as the selling points of Tokyo taxis. The video is designed to help as many inbound tourists and potential visitors as possible understand when and on what occasions short-distance taxi rides are convenient so that they can utilize the information for their visits to Tokyo.

THTA’s public relations website, “T’s LIFE”:



“Choinori” rides recommended to everybody for convenient trips

New fare system

Old fare:

730 yen for first 2 kilometers

New fare:

410 yen for first 1.054 kilometers

After that, the fare rises by 80 yen per 237 meters.

*This does not apply to some areas in Tokyo.

Occasions on which “choinori” is convenient:

  • When you have a small amount of baggage: transporting baggage
  • Short-distance trips: to hotels, railway stations and hospitals
  • Trips at night
  • When you get lost: trips to places you’ve never visited & sightseeing

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