Every year the Japanese travel more than 260 billion kilometers using trains. Meanwhile, Americans travel only 10 billion kilometers a year, even though they have a larger population and country. In this article, we will see some curiosities about trains in Japan.
Japan has more than 20,000 km of railroad tracks, trains are the easiest way to get around Japan. Trains have transformed Japanese culture in many ways and have also dramatically improved the quality of life in Japan.
Benefits of using trains in Japan
Trains in Japan are much more used than cars, as they are much more practical and bring numerous benefits such as:
- Health aid - The person must walk to the train station;
- Free - Many companies usually pay all expenses with a pass;
- Safety - There is no danger of a car hitting yours;
- Punctuality - Trains in Japan are super punctual, delays are seconds and they still apologize;
- No traffic jams - You will not have any problems in traffic;
- Professionalism - Customer service is the priority, stations all organized, uniformed employees;
- Night life - Thanks to trains, having a fun night is easier;
- Read and study - On trains you have complete freedom to read and study and even sleep;
- Cityscapes - You will have a much more pleasant ride;
- Environment - Trains pollute less and use less energy than cars;
- Locomotion - Thanks to trains it is possible to travel across the country in a few hours;
The famous shinkansen (新幹線) is the fastest and safest transport in the world. Since its inauguration in 1964, there has never been a serious accident involving rail derailment or the like. Some of these bullet trains have traveled far enough to travel the earth 30,000 times. Currently, the shinkansen system covers more than 2,397 kilometers, interconnecting all of Japan. Japanese bullet trains are comfortable and quiet, almost like an airplane on rails.
Pushing people at stations
In some places, at peak times, Japan's trains fill up. It is necessary to push people so that they can fit inside the train. There are employees who do this called Oshiya (押し屋) but you can also push people, but it must be gently without using your body and not your hands, and do this only when necessary.
Some trains in Japan are decorated with anime characters and manga, sometimes even the seasons then in the mood for decoration. There are actually countless trains and photos spread over the internet, which would make it possible to make an article with just these photos.
How are trains and stations?
To conclude the article I will leave a video of our Japan channel for each day, showing how the trains and stations are.