Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries

Take yourself around Tokyo and solve puzzles along the way

By Jerome Lee    - 2 min read

An exhilarating, open-air adventure around Tokyo offers a new, unique way to explore the city – Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries is a puzzle game taking you around the streets of Tokyo while uncovering mysteries along the way. If you've ever played a version of the Escape Room game series, where you solve puzzles to escape a locked room, The Underground Mysteries is rather similar – except that you'll be playing outdoors, solving clues on a journey that will take you around Tokyo itself.

The game starts at the Tokyo Metro office at Ueno station, where ¥2,160 will get you two things – a game kit, and a Tokyo Metro subway ticket allowing unlimited rides on any Tokyo Metro subway within 24 hours. What's needed from you as a player is enthusiasm, and a whole lot of determination when the puzzle-solving gets tough!

The average game time takes about 6 hours, while faster teams have finished it within a 4 hour time frame. We might say that while some puzzles might seem like a walk in the park, others can be quite the head-scratcher at times. All in all, you're guaranteed to have a ball of a time, and be left feeling satisfied when you unravel the final answer to the series.

In its third-year running, Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries saw more than 60,000 participants taking up the challenge in its first two years, with English support added in 2015. For this year’s version, it involved English-speaking foreigners right from the game-creation stage, resulting in a coherent, well-rounded experience meant to be just as enjoyable for Tokyo’s foreign residents.

Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries was created by Kyoto-based publishing company SCRAP Corporation, which created the Real Escape Game – the world’s first live-action escape game, that saw it begin with players trapped in a room and solving puzzles to escape from it, then having the concept evolved into stadiums, and then open-field concepts (i.e. The Underground Mysteries).

Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries runs until Tuesday, 31st January 2017.

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Jerome Lee

Jerome Lee @jerome.lee

Singaporean who lived in Melbourne, Australia for 3 years, and undertook a journalism degree. A lover of soul, funk music (Motown especially), and many other forms of music. Love meeting new people, and creative things (art, fashion, photography, design, films...). Currently working at JapanTravel in Tokyo as Operations Manager for the Travel Agency department, and chasing spelling mistakes/grammatical errors in Tokyo

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Olga 3 years ago
Looks cool but kinda expensive.