Taxis all have the logo of their company on the roof of the vehicle, and several illuminated signs - red (unoccupied), yellow (occupied), and green (night tariff).
Although at certain times of the day, or for short journeys, they might be a good option, Japanese taxis are among the most expensive in the world.
Each company decides its own prices, but in the end, they tend to be quite similar. The normal prices are:
- First two kilometers: ¥ 730 (US$ 4.90)
- Price per additional kilometer: ¥ 320 (US$ 2.20)
- Each hour of wait time: ¥ 3,085 (US$ 20.80)
A normal journey in the center of Tokyo will cost between € 7 (US$ 7.60) and € 15 (US$ 16.40).
When the night tariff is in effect, these prices go up by 20%.
Don't Forget Your Map
The best way to take a taxi and avoid going around in circles trying to communicate with the taxi driver, you should always have a map handy. Indicating the destination on the map or having it written in Japanese means you'll avoid possible problems with the language.
A good piece of advice is to take a card from your hotel, in case you need to get back by taxi.
If you want to take a taxi in Tokyo, don't try to open the door. Taxi drivers open the rear doors automatically!