|Above, a taxi in the Roppongi section of Toko. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
A lot of people may find being in Japan and not knowing the language may be intimidating. It may also be a hindrance to getting from Point A to Point B, especially by taxi.
Fortunately, Tokyo Cheapo has an article on the basics of catching a taxi while in Tokyo.
It begins with:
Ok, we know what you are thinking, that taxis are not the cheapo way. And that is true, seeing as taxis can be quite expensive in Japan—especially considering that there are plenty of cheaper public transport alternatives. However, if you are caught somewhere after the last train (usually around 1am or earlier, depending on the line), or in an area that does not enjoy wide public transport coverage, then taking a taxi in Tokyo (or elsewhere in the country) might save you from a lengthy walk or hauling around whatever baggage you have.
To read more, go here.