~*~ Types of Transportation of Japan~*~

June 4, 2010 shastokes

When arriving to Japan, I noticed one major way of transportation that many people use; the subways. The subway system was packed with tons of people. People who were dressed in business attire, to children, to even the elderly.  There was even a subway car only for women.  In the subway cars, there are cushioned seats and poles with hanging hand grips for people to hold onto.  There were signs in the subway cars that illustrated to be mindful of others and not to play your music too loud.  Also, it was instructed not to talk on cell phones, or have the ringer on your cell phone turned while in the subway cars.

women waiting to board the womens only car

Subway etiquette

Another type of transportation was the buses. They were small and compact and you entered the bus through the back and exit through the front.  The bus driver wore a head set and spoke the the passengers at every stop.  the single seats in the front of the bus and towards the back, were designed for two seats and one long row that seated up to four on the very last seat. There were buzzers on the walls and some busses had them on the polls and there was a pasmo/suica card reader to pay for your fare if you wanted to use your card.

The taxis and cars were small in Japan.  The steering wheels were on the right hand side of cars, and the people drove on the opposite side of the street than we do as well!

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  • 1. stephjones&hellip  | 

    The subways were very convenient to get around in. Although they were crowded it was much better to get around than catching a cab which cost so much money. Besides you get to your destination much faster on the subway. It was a new experience for me before this trip I had never rode the subway. But in Japan it seems to be part of there daily life getting around in the subway.

  • 2. vidajimenez&hellip  | 

    I remember seeing the women’s only bus with I really wanted to try if we didn’t have to be in the same group all the time. It seemed so peaceful during the crazy rush hours when we had no personal space! I guess that is a small price to pay for the cheap rides and convenience.

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