Navigating Tokyo’s subway maze gets easier for tourists


The Tokyo metropolitan government on Feb. 21 installed its first multiple-language, direction-giving ticket-vending machine on a Toei subway line to prepare for a further influx of visitors from abroad.
The machine, at Tochomae Station on the Oedo Line, allows travelers to choose from among English, Chinese and Korean. French, Spanish and Thai services will be added by the end of March.
Users can search for a destination and purchase a ticket in four ways using the improved interface: by station name, station number, route map, or popular tourist attractions.
The high-definition screen is 32 inches, compared with the current 15 inches.
The metropolitan government plans to install the machines at 31 stations on Toei subway lines, including Roppongi, Asakusa and Otemachi, where many tourists visits.
Tokyo Metro Co., the other subway operator, started similar services in March 2016 on a trial basis. It will begin full-scale operations by installing 155 multiple-language machines at 69 stations from fiscal 2018.

-The Asahi Shimbun.
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