Taking the ferry in Japan

Ferry at Kobe Harbor

Ferry at Kobe Harbor

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Japan is well known for its top of the line transportation resources. The discipline and systematic approach of the operators are as you already know unquestionable. In fact recently there was news of a train in Japan was late one time (a once in a blue moon sort of thing) and every passenger was personally apologized to and given an excuse slip (or what they call train delay certificates/電車遅延証明書 – also read as denshachienshoumeisho) for the passengers to show their employers or teachers of why they were late. Come to think of it that is something you would almost never see anywhere in the world but in Japan. With all the hype about Japan’s superior trains whoever, people, and of course the tourists, think less or not even thought of Japan’s ferry transportations. Japan is after all a country consisting of islands and going from one place to another does not only rely on trains. Japan also has an intricate transportation on its waters – which is the ferry transportation. Taking the ferry would mean you have to know their schedules and such for the reason that it is not like the train where it comes every few minutes. Usually if you are getting the regular tickets then you would find that it would actually be cheaper than the land transportation counterpart – the train. And if you could (If the route you will be taking is available through taking the ferry), then it would be better to take the ferry – you can even choose to bring your bicycle or car along if you could get on, that means the price then would vary. Plus the train would be too crowded since everyone (even tourists) would be taking it through out the day and worse you would not want to be caught dead during the rush hours. Although I do not mean taking the ferry would mean smooth sailing (lol get it? Smooth sailing?) but it would certainly be a good alternative to taking the train added that you might catch some scenic views and have a picture or two as a memorabilia of taking the ferry of Japan. Now is that something or what?

 

Ferry

Ferry

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http://www.realestate-tokyo.com/news/train-delay-certificate/

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/transport/getting-around