Public transportation in Japan – best tips for you

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With nearly 127 million people, Japan is in the top 10 countries with the largest population in the world, but rarely traffic jams occurs, including the crowded capital of Tokyo. Proper planning makes public transportation in Japan so diverse and convenient that families sometimes do not need private cars, although most people own private cars or bicycles. One to two years from now, the country will be able to produce ships with speed up to 550 km / h. When you first arrive in Japan, most visitors may be overwhelmed by the complex transportation system, especially the railway map. But once you get used to it, you’ll find that traveling in Japan by public transport can be said to be the most convenient in the world.

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For those who travel to Japan for the first time, the first thing to do when arriving at the airport is to rent a wifi modul  – usually 10USD per day using for many people at the same time, rent and return equipment at the airport. Japan’s public transport system is almost synonymous with Google Maps, so it’s easy to find the way, find the cheapest, closest and clear directions or calculate the exact time of arrival or departure

JR rail via wikicommon

Rail

The train stations in Japan are like a different world where there is always regular operation between the train, passengers. Travelers first glimpse system navigation between the line train in Tokyo might have to “cry out” because too intertwined. But thanks to that, the Japanese railroad can bring you to the right destination in a blink. In Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film Lost in Translation, Charlotte’s character casted by Scarlett Johansson was disturbed when she saw the map of JR lines in Tokyo and felt like she was “Alice in Wonderland”.

JR is the largest national railway system in Japan. There are also some smaller private-owned companies. JR operates on various types of trains, high speed trains traveling from different cities and within the inner city. Shinkansen is the pride of JR in particular and the Japanese traffic in general. It is one of the fastest high speed train systems in the world, capable of running at speeds up to 300 km / h in an earthquake or storm environment. Running at high speed but inside the Shinkansen is very quiet. Travel time between Kyoto and Tokyo (513.6 km) is only less than three hours. Shinkansen one way ticket is quite expensive, sometimes up to 160 USD and the price sometimes depends on departure time.

However, the advantage of foreigners to travel to Japan when using JR service in Japan is to buy JR Pass  card in the country,  about 300 USD is enough (for 7 days use). This type of card will be activated when purchased, only foreign visitors will be allowed. If you travel a lot to Japan, follow the road from Kyoto to Tokyo or vice versa, you should buy JR Pass card because it can use both the Shinkansen or the train to the airport. If you are only in one city and do not move much, you should only buy a day card (and can be used by three types of vessels: Subway, Metro and JR Lines.

Yamanote is the most popular JR train line in Tokyo and goes through many central points. When looking for accommodation, visitors should choose a place to stay near one of the line stations of this line.

Japan public bus via wikicommon

Bus

Being the cheapest public transport, there are two types of buses in Japan, long distances and inner city. The Tokyo and Kyoto boulevards offer a variety of night buses for only 35 USD VND, with seats that can be folded into beds, comfortable lounge and 6 to 9 hour transfers. The bus arrival station is usually recorded on the front of the vehicle, both in Japanese and in English. When you want to get off, passengers simply press the bell in front of you before the car stops at the next station.

Bikes

In cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto or Sapporo there is plenty of space. Those who enjoy more time can travel by bicycle to explore every corner of the country. Bicycles are a very popular means for students as well as Japanese office workers. Go to Tokyo, you will see a lot of white polar worker use bycycle as the main vehicles for transportation.

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