Tokyo to start 24-hour bus service in December


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Thursday it will start a 24-hour bus service in December.

Bus services will be offered once an hour between the Shibuya and Roppongi districts between 1 and 5 a.m. every Saturday on a trial basis.

The bus fare will be ¥400, equal to fares on current late-night Tokyo buses.

All-night public transport service will boost the appeal of Tokyo as an international city, metropolitan government officials said.

The metropolitan government will consider expanding the service depending on the number of passengers.

In April, Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose expressed his intention to introduce 24-hour bus service as early as this year.

  • Stephen Kent

    A step in the right direction I think, but is there much of a demand for a bus between Shibuya and Roppongi through the night? The main point of having a night bus service is so that people can get home after the trains have stopped, so it might have been better to do an experiment with bus services from places like Shibuya and Shinjuku to some of the main residential areas close to Tokyo such as Chofu or Ichikawa. If no one uses this bus I hope they don’t claim this proves that no one needs transportation to get home at night.