How to Ride Trains in Japan
Ticket Machines Offer an English Translation for Tourists
The idea of riding a train in Japan can be intimidating. There really are so many different lines that almost for a web over Tokyo. However, you shouldn't be intimidated. Most signs are also in English and buying a ticket is easy. From personal experience, I think buying a ticket in Japan is easier than in the States! I speak English and had to ask for help in San Francisco! The key to buying a ticket in Japan is just to find the button on the touch panel ticket machine that says "ENGLISH". Once you find that one, the machine will guide you. You look at the overhead map to find the price to the station you are going to and then purchase the corresponding ticket of the same value. Its easy!