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On Tokyo Metro's website there is a 24, 48, and 72-hours ticket, which can be bought from certain stores in Tokyo, and from Narita and Haneda Airport.

My question is this: since tourists can buy the tickets from the aforementioned airports, can I take the metro from either airport to Asakusa Station? (Changing one or two isn't a problem)

I know that there's also NEX and Skyline, but I'd rather take the usual metro mostly for taking pictures.

Also, can I simply scan it, like with Pasmo and Suica, or do I need to show it every time?

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    The Metro is mainly a subway service, as such your photos will mostly be of walls and tunnels unless you are at the rare points where the trains come above ground. Also, Narita is in Chiba and is not serviced by any Tokyo Metro services. – The Wandering Coder Mar 14 '17 at 0:31
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    @TheWanderingCoder I speak of subways transforming into suburban trains in my answer, and the Asakusa Line is one such case - they often continue beyond Oshiage onto the Sky Access Line and to Narita airport – Crazydre Mar 14 '17 at 0:32
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    @Crazydre However as you also mention the Tokyo Metro passes are not valid (as although the trains go through to different company lines, they aren't counted as the same service passed their postered "end point"). – The Wandering Coder Mar 14 '17 at 0:34
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    @WadeTyler Are you sure you were on the Metro? Apart from specific stations (Tozai Line; Nakano and Nishi-Kasai - Nishi Funabashi, Ginza Line; Shiyuba etc. almost the whole network is underground. Companies that line share however, like the Keisei lines are mainly above ground. – The Wandering Coder Mar 14 '17 at 0:38
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    @WadeTyler That would be your best bet IMHO if going to/from Haneda – Crazydre Mar 14 '17 at 0:38
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These passes do not cover the suburban trains to the airport.

It's confusing, but in Tokyo many metro services are transformed into suburban trains at the official termini and continue into the suburbs, but the passes only cover the section where the service is actually classified as a metro.

Narita and Haneda are both outside these sections, so you would need to buy a ticket for the non-metro section. If coming from Narita, that is Narita to Oshiage, and if coming from Haneda, that is Haneda to Sengakuji. Then board your train, get off at Asakusa normally, and show both the pass and Narita-Oshiage or Haneda-Sengakuji ticket to any station staff, so they can help you get out.

  • @TheWanderingCoder When you go from Narita to Asakusa, the junction from Keisei to Tokyo Metro happens at Oshiage, hence a ticket from Narita to Oshiage must be purchased. – fkraiem Mar 23 '17 at 7:35
  • You can buy a through ticket from a ticket machine / ticket window or use an IC card from Narita. I have done it many times before without any problems. After all the train runs through to the Metro Line after all. – The Wandering Coder Mar 23 '17 at 7:37
  • @TheWanderingCoder This question is about using the Tokyo Metro Pass. – fkraiem Mar 23 '17 at 7:42
  • @fkraiem Apologies, after re-reading it a few more times I finally understood what was being communicated. Perhaps changing "get off at Asakusa" to "continue through to Asakusa" would make this clearer. – The Wandering Coder Mar 23 '17 at 7:50
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All your options for Narita are pretty well laid out here: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2027.html

NOTE that the JR Sobu line seems cheap, but don't travel on it during busy times with your luggage. There's no real provisions for luggage. You may want to consider mailing your luggage to your hotel as well. It's pretty cheap to do so in Japan and you'll save yourself a lot of trouble.

  • This doesn't seem to answer the question, (the link does not have any mention on the Tokyo Metro 24, 36, 72 hour tickets that OP is asking about). Further, the posting of just links and not their content is usually discouraged due to links degrading. On another note, I have ridden the Sobu Line with luggage during rush hour before and although it isn't impossible to do, it certainly wont be a comfortable experience. – The Wandering Coder Mar 23 '17 at 2:46

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