Customs and rules in public transport in Japan

The main public transport in Japan is the train, secondly we have the buses. As it is to be expected, the Japanese have customs and rules to follow in these places, in this article we will see curiosities regarding these customs and rules.

Do not speak in public on the phone

There are several signs and notices talking on the phone inside the train, the main reason is not to disturb others. This is quite ironic, because I see a group of schoolgirls talking loudly (screaming) inside the trains. It is not a rule that everyone would obey, but most obey not only for public disturbance, but for privacy and tag.


If it is not right to talk on the phone on the train, it means that it is also not right to talk loudly with people on the train, it will be bothersome in the same way. Remember to always leave your phone on silent, there is no problem watching or listening to music as long as you use a headset. Japanese people avoid doing things like sitting on the floor, spreading their bags, putting on makeup, sitting with legs spread or crossed and anything else that might disturb others.

Do not make room for the elderly or needy

You may be impressed by the education of the Japanese, but when riding on public transport it is not difficult to see young people sitting in the seats, while some elderly people are standing. This is because the elderly feel uncomfortable when offering a seat. This makes them feel old and most people refuse.


Japan's public transport customs and rules

Another factor that ends up making this happen is that the Japanese themselves are ashamed to offer the seat, precisely because of this thought of calling the person old. Some covertly leave the scene and go to another train car or to leave the transport. The fact is that there are priority seats, so avoid sitting in them.

Do not touch objects on the floor

Everyone knows the honesty of the Japanese, I witnessed lost objects on the train several times but no one took it. This is because they leave it to those responsible for the trains to collect and take to the lost and found items they have at the stations. You can take the object straight to the lost and found, but most avoid doing so. Many are ashamed or imagine that others may think she is stealing the object.

Sleeping on public transport

A very common practice within trains and public transport is the Inemuri (居眠り) where the Japanese simply sleep sitting or even standing. It is very common to find people sleeping inside the trains, the incredible thing is that they manage to wake up at the right station.


Japan's public transport customs and rules

Pushing on trains

When transport is full, it is common for people to push themselves to get on, off and get on a train. Some stations even hire employees to push people into the trains to fit everyone. Unfortunately, some perverts take advantage of these occasions to pass the hand where it shouldn't. When getting on a train you should wait for other people to get out to avoid bumping into each other.