I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Finding budget plane tickets, hotels, and tours packages might sound difficult in Tokyo, Japan. However, after you arrive, you still need to find your way around the city, especially like one as big as Tokyo. What are two of the most common forms of public transportation in your country? Would foreigners visiting your country have a difficult time using public transportation in major cities? Why or why not?

HELPFUL TIP: Taking local trains can help tourists see the country in a different way than renting a car. You can often buy discount train tickets from overseas before you arrive at your destination.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button of the audio type you want to hear, and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. Where does the man want to go?

A. Tokyo Subway Station

B. Tokyo Art Museum

C. Tokyo Tower
2. How much is the train fare?

A. 130 yen

B. 140 yen

C. 150 yen

3. Where should the man get on the train?

A. platform number 3

B. platform number 4

C. platform number 5

4. How often do the trains come?

A. about every five minutes

B. about every six minutes

C. about every seven minutes

5. Where should the man get off the train?

A. at Kamiyacho Station

B. at Kamigaya Station

C. at Kamiyama Station

Score =
Correct answers:

Man: Let me see now. Which train do I need to get on?
Woman: Excuse me. Do you need any help?

Man: Yes, I want to go to Tokyo Tower, but I’m really lost. This is my first visit to Japan, so I have no idea on how to ride the trains.

Woman: First, you need to buy a ticket to your destination. [Um-HUH] From here, it’s a hundred and thirty yen.

Man: A hundred thirty yen. Okay.

Woman: Then, get on the Hibiya Subway Line at platform number 4.

Man: Number 4, alright. Oh, and how often do the trains come around this time of day?

Woman: Usually, they come about every six minutes or so.

Man: Alright. And where do I get off the train.

Woman: Get off at Kamiyacho Station, three stops from here. The sign at the station is written in English, so you’ll be able to read it.

Man: Three stops. Got it. Thanks for your help.

Woman: No problem. Good luck.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • destination (noun): the place to which you are going
    – It took four hours to arrive at our destination.
  • platform (noun): a raised area where you can get on and off a train
    – Please meet me on the platform 15 minutes before the train is scheduled to leave