When former Tokyo governor Naoki Inose started a night bus connecting Shibuya to Roppongi, he hoped it would be the first step to providing 24-hour bus service in the city. On December 22, 2013, just as Inoue was resigning in the midst of a money scandal, the first night bus rolled out onto the streets. It ran hourly from 1:10-5:10am on Saturday nights, with fare set at ¥420—double the usual daytime rate, but a lot less than late-night cab fare.
Now, due to ongoing operating losses and slumping passenger numbers, the service is slated to end on October 31. It seems one problem they encountered was that Shibuya wasn’t everyone’s ideal final destination at 3:30 in the morning.
At least they’ll make it to Halloween.
Read more at The Japan Times