Dec 16, 2015
I'm half-Japanese originally from Canada, and I've been living in Japan since Sept. 2010.
I keep a blog about living in Japan and travel - Trekking with Becky - www.trekkingwithbecky.com
I always think carefully about which route I'm going to use for my teiki (commuter pass). Which line do I use the most (for work, and outside of work)? How can I find the best balance between the two, even if it means going a little out of the way? How can I do the things I need to get done at a place that's somewhere on my teiki route? Basically, I try to get as much milage out of this a possible. Also, sounds obvious, but walking. Do I need to take the train somewhere, or with a little extra effort, can I get there on foot? Some of these things sound like a negligible difference, but over the course of, say, a few months, the savings can add up.
That's another reason why Hypedia.com is great - it gives you every route option. Of course, I walk when I can, but my thinking behind this post was about the situations where you have no choice but to take the train. :-)