Getting Around

Japanese Railways

The Japanese railway system is apparently famous for being efficient and punctual. Has anyone mentioned the comfort and service? The picture above is me about to board the fastest bullet train Shinkansen Hayabusa going from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. It may look super modern and impressive from outside but the interior design and generally comfort was to be desired, comparing to other  Japanese commuter trains. With all this hype and fame you would expect superb standard. I was offered ordinary seats and limited leg room. Somewhere between Hiroshima and Nagoya I used a rail service looking like a commuter train but with comfort comparable to first class airplane seats, with tables and holders. Anyway, the railway network is excellent and efficient. Single tickets cost  a small fortune for other visitors and residents of Japan, that’s why Japanese RailPass is so popular.

Ticket counter in Fukuoka train station. One of the authorising point where visitors can validate your RailPass. Long queues and chaos. Patience is virtue.


Okay, let’s start my train journey across the Japanese islands with RailPass.
Nagoya Station and waiting for my train to Tokyo. Platform secured and clean. Other commuters calm and polite, except for Western tourists looking around disoriented and suspicious.
Fukuoka to Nagasaki ride went in a fast and smooth fashion. The digital displays showed train time and connection in both English and Japanese languages.
The digital displays showed train time and connection in both languages. Mine was Kamome 93 departing at 13.15. A few more hours and I can expore Nagasaki.
This bridge in Tokyo where commuter trains pass in both directions is surprisingly popular spot for train fanatics and photographers. What makes it so special? You can ‘witness’ triple train crossing at once. It truly is a visual experience.
Just sitting and enjoying the silence on my way to Sapporo.
Subway carriages in Naha, Okinawa. Japanese train conductor checking out possible issues before allowing to board.
Subway platform in Naha, Okinawa. You can’t fall over. So barricaded.
Whatever that meant I luckily didn’t have to figure it out as there were very few other passengers.


Views from my train journey to Sapporo.
View from my train journey to Sapporo.
Snowy weather in northern parts of Japan. The country stretches over 4500km, from southern Okinawa islands through the mainland to Rishiri Island. You can practically experience four seasons.


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