In order to make short-distance rides of taxis service more convenient, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism announced that from 30th January 2017 the starting fare for Taxi in Tokyo’s 23 wards, Mitaka City and Musashino City(cities located in western Tokyo) would go down from 730 JPY to 410 JPY.
The starting fare of 410 JPY applies to the first ride of 1,052 meters while the previous 730 JPY was for the first 2,000 meters.
The ministry also announced that with the new system, traveling up to 2000 meters will cost less while traveling farther than 6,500 meters will cost more than the current system.
If you ride on a bus in Tokyo (Toei Bus), the fare is 210 JPY for one person. If you are in a group of more than two persons (and maybe some big luggage) and are heading to somewhere within 1,052 meters, catching a taxi would be a good deal.
When you are not sure if you are catching the taxi with the starting fare of 410 JPY, you can just judge from the sticker on the window of the taxi. A taxi with new fare system has a sticker showing “First 410 JPY”.