Japan’s Best Train

In February 2013, the PMs of Malaysia and Singapore made a joint declaration of arrangements to fabricate the fast rail interface by 2020, an indication of warming ties between the two neighbors. A sample can be found in Japan’s exceptionally proficient projectile train framework, the Shinkansen, which the Asian superpower has been advancing as a model for the arranged Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high velocity rail connect that is situated to begin in 2016.


Japan’s Best Train

A train going at the same velocity would have the capacity to cover a comparative separation between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore inside the focused on 90 minutes’ travel time; in examination to the five hours by transport or up to eight hours by the current intercity train. What truly sets the Japan train framework separated from its rivals is the way it is worked, with the nation being especially glad for its reputation of zero fatalities in its 50 years of operations interfacing a country of islands with the ever introduce risk of tremors.


Japan’s Best Train

Yet this does not drop coincidentally, nothing is left to risk regarding the security of travelers. Recently enlisted train drivers are prepared for a year, yet the preparation never stops all through their whole profession; they prepare again for three days in the event that they have not as much as a year’s experience, and return for a base two-day preparing like clockwork. Train drivers are just permitted to labor for seven hours every day to keep weakness from setting in. The greatest period every trek for each one train driver is three hours 20 minutes in the daytime and they are just permitted to continue for two hours and a half on a night trip With negligible defers in train entries and short interims of simply a couple of minutes between each one prepare, the Shinkansen framework is a blessing from heaven for the working class.


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Japanese Hogwarts Express

Japanese Hogwarts Express

In the magical world of wizards and witches, there is one famous train line which any Harry Potter fan can recognize. The Hogwarts Express is the name of the train that makes a run between London, King’s Cross Station Platform 9¾ and Hogsmeade Station. It makes this run at around six times each year, perhaps all the more, as required. The Express conveys understudies to and from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry toward the begin and end of each term. The train leaves Platform 9¾ without fizzle on 1 September at 11 o’clock in the morning, touching base at Hogsmeade Station in the early night. A few understudies take the train over to King’s Cross Station to go home for the Christmas and Easter occasions, yet some don’t, as they stay at Hogwarts. It additionally makes the run back again to London toward the end of term in June. Now even muggles can get on board this train, as long as they are in Osaka. West Japan Railway Co. is propelling a shot train Saturday adorned with pictures of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter region that opened last July at Universal Studios Japan in the city of Osaka.


Japanese Hogwarts Express

The Harry Potter train will run on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line and the Kyushu Shinkansen Line. It said the train will incorporate Hogwarts Castle and Hedwig, Harry’s pet owl. Hogwarts Express will be running as the Sakura 580 train on Saturday mornings from Kagoshima-Chuo to Shin-Osaka on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line. It will also run as the Hikari 580 train headed for Shin-Osaka from Hakata Station. Likewise, JR West will work shuttle trains bearing Harry Potter pictures between Shin-Osaka and Universal City, the closest station to the amusement park run by USJ Co., on Saturdays too.


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Japanese Rail Way Passes for Dummies

Using Japan Rail Pass, also known as JR Passes, is one of the most useful and handy method of traveling. It is definitely a must-have for all kinds of travellers who use the railway on a regular basis. The Japan Rail Pass is quite complicated and there are a few things that need to be understood such as fares and fees that would determine the type of JR ticket is most suitable for an individual. This is because there is more than one kind of JR ticket.

The most basic think to learn is the fares and fees. First is that there is a Base Fare which is the most basic cost that it would take between two different stations. It is highly dependent on the distance between the entrance and exit station of the buses. Another type to remember wold be the Limited Express Fee it is paid in addition to the base fair should the individual wish to use the express train and the bullet train. These kinds of transport cost more than a regular railway. There is also such a thing as a Green Car Fee which means that the individual would prefer the most convenient means of travel and get special seats. A green car can connote first class seating and using them would have additional costs on top of the base fare. If an individual does not want to use the green car but still wants to get sure seats, there is such a thing as Seat Reservation Fee where an individual fee would be paid for the reservation of a seat.  Both the green car fee and seat reservation fee are most useful in non-city lines that travel long distances beyond a particular city. There is also an Entering-the-Station Fee where relatives and loved ones can pay if they would want to wait on the platform or to get to the other side of a large station complex.

Aside from the fares and the fees, the other important aspect to remember about JR tickets would be the areas. There are different kinds of JR tickets intended for different areas in Japan. There are Japan rail passes intended for foreign travellers, which are mostly discounted and offered by travel agencies. There are also JR East and JR West passes that can only be used in their designated regions. There are three other kinds of JR passes which varies because they are found in different parts of Japan like Hokkaido and Shikoku.

Kinds of JR passes per location

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Travel Cheap and Learn about Discounts

The transportation technology of Japan is one of the most impressive in the world. With its beauty and advanced technology, surely there is an issue when it comes to pricing and it definitely won’t come cheap. Whether a tourist or a regular commuter, anyone would want to be able to save and budget their money and prefer cheaper alternatives to travel. Once a commuter understands the basics of railway passes in Japan, since it is quite complex, it would be good to learn about cheap alternatives and discounts.

Just like any metro railway lines, there are single journey tickets and multiple journey tickets. Often, the single fare tickets cost a lot more combined than a single multiple journey ticket for the same amount of destinations. Multiple fare tickets are called IC Cards and these are prepared rechargeable stored value cards that can be used for multiple purposes like trains and buses. Suica, Icoca and eight more major IC cards are available and can be used interchangeably in major cities of Japan. The great thing about it is that these IC cards have increasingly useful functions, like buying in the vending machine, paying for bills in some restaurants and convenience stores. The IC card is actually quite handy.

Another type of pass would be a rail pass which entitles its users to unlimited usage of trains in a designated line or area. If a tourist would be staying a significant length in the city and plan to go on a lot of tours and sightseeing, rail passes are very suitable. It is also suitable for locals that regularly commute through railway and even allows them to skip long lines during rush hours. Japan Rail Pass is the most popular because it gives the best offers and the cheapest deals.

City passes are different from rail passes. These kinds of passes are for unlimited city travel that goes beyond the rail way alternative. It can be used different kinds of transportation like subways, trains, buses and trams. The downside to this is that it can only be useful for one calendar day. Discount ticket shops are also available in Japan. They usually purchase large amounts of discount tickets and re-sell them to shoppers typically about 5% lower than the normal ticket. There are a number of discount ticket shops in near major railway stations.

No matter what kind of transportation, there will always be a cheaper alternative. There are available discounts that can be useful in saving and budgeting.

Ticket Counters in Japan Train stations

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Japan’s Public Transport

Japan has a modern and highly developed transportation sector which stands out because of its minimal energy consumption. Ranging from bikes to trains, Japan’s public transport has been up to date when it comes to technology.

Japan’s major transport is by train. This is one of the transportation in Japan which is used by many people and is also one of the fastest way to get around the country. Many regions in Japan are interconnected via subways. This has made travelling come at an ease. Japan is also known to have the fastest trains. These trains can reach to up to 320km/h. In addition to that, given that these trains travel at high speeds, they are also known to be punctual. According to studies, the train’s average delay is 6 seconds.


Since Japan is an island nation, another public transport is via boat. They are many ferry services which get you between islands and ports. Travelling by a boat is also fun since you will be able to see other parts of Japan that you might have missed when travelling by land.

Another option is via car. In Japan, there are many ways for you to drive around. One way is by renting a car. But when you rent a car, you need to have a either an international driver’s license or a Japanese license. You also have to put in mind that the Japanese drive in the left. One good thing is that road signs are also written in English. This makes driving around easy. Another way of travelling using a car is via taxi. The taxi’s in Japan comes in the many and of course, are completely safe. Taxis in Japan are expensive. Aside from that, only a few Japanese taxi drivers understand English. You also have to remember that taxi doors open automatically.

There are many buses in Japan which offers intercity and long distance routes. For long distance routes they travel overnight. Bus companies also make sure that the comfort of their passengers do not get compromised which is why they offer more leg room.

They are many other ways to travel in Japan. Regardless of your means of transportation, always remember to follow rules which is regulated by the government. Aside from that, always remember to have fun while travelling. Remember, the only way to fully see the beauty of a country is by travelling around it.

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Tokyo Subway

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, it is the world’s most populated metropolitan area and home to the world’s busiest metro system, with approximately 8.7 million daily riders. This metro opened in 1927. Passengers may travel to the many financial institutions or Shinto temples of Tokyo. The subways in Tokyo have a total of 13 lines, four Toei lines and nine Tokyo Metro lines, and this is the fastest and easiest way to get around central Tokyo. In central Tokyo, there are three different railway systems, namely: subways, Japan Railways (JR) and private railways are available. The most common line is the Toei lines and are operated by the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, while Tokyo Metro lines are operated by Tokyo Metro Co. , Ltd. Railway and subway has something in common, which is that they have train operators called “oshiya” (or “pushers”). They are called pushers mainly because they make sure everybody gets in and don’t get caught in the doors. The subway line operators have also introduced women-only carriages to help women commute more safely through the city. The designated train cars are usually recognizable by signs in the carriage and on the platform and were brought in to combat “chikan” (“groping”). The subway system in Japan is somewhat unique because they have this thing called sleeping commuters. Wherein most people that commute sleep on the carriages and sometimes their heads fall into the shoulder of the next person sitting to them. In other culture, this may seem a little bit off but in Japanese culture, they consider it as a norm. Since they have accepted that most people are tired and most of them commute for hours. Also, the subway system in the Japan is considered one of the most punctual in the world since the Tokyo Metro is extremely punctual and has regular trains arriving less than five minutes apart most of the day and night. However, it does not run 24 hours a day. While through service with other companies complicates this somewhat, the last train generally starts at midnight and completes its service by 01:00, and the first train generally starts at 05:00. The Tokyo subway ends its daily service between midnight and one o’clock, depending on the line. For those unfortunate few that either miss their last train or fall asleep on the platform, there are a few options to pass the time before the first train begins in the early hours. People sometimes go to fast food restaurants and wait it out because things start running again about 4.30 in the morning.

Subway Map

Subway Map

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Shinkansen Bullet Train

Japan has been known to be one of the most technologically-advanced countries. Japan has revolutionized the way people live their lives with their technological capabilities. From video games to robots, the country has proven its capability in dominating the stage of technology.

In order to fully harness their edge, Japan has invented yet again a technological marvel which is the Chuo Shinkansen Bullet Train. Estimated to be the world’s fastest magnetic-levitation train or MAGLEV, the said train will be ready by 2027. Travelling at a speed of up to 500 km/h the Chuo Shinkansen Bullet Train holds the speed record for train systems. The technology shows that the train is floating from its tracks giving the passengers a very quiet and smooth ride even at high-speeds. The technology works by lifting the train physically off the tracks in order to achieve a friction-less ride. With the train floating from its tracks, it will be never affected by any kind of adverse weather resulting to its slowing down. A good example would be loose rocks, leafs or even snow.

The economics in building such marvel is very different from the usual wheel and axel type of train. Constructing a train system using the conventional way would entail a lower cost during early stages of construction but due to the fast wear and tear of both the wheels and tracks of the system, maintenance would be costly. As for the MAGLEV system, it may cost more during the early stages of construction but due to it being a friction-less ride, wearing and tearing are less likely to take place thus requiring minimal maintenance, lowering ongoing costs. The train’s route would be spanning from Tokyo to Nagoya, ending in Osaka. Completing the said route will take an hour or less. The only disadvantage of this train system would be its cost since aside from what was stated, existing bullet train systems offer a very high ticket price to its customers.

But with the fast-paced life in Japan, the bullet train is believed to be essential as it doesn’t only cut travel time but through it, travelling is made more convenient. This is one thing that those who simply love to travel will appreciate. Comfortable and efficient are two words that describe the bullet train once its construction is finalized and once its usage is made possible to the public. The increase in cost is definitely compensated through its advanced features and functions.

Shinkansen Bullet Train

Shinkansen Bullet Train

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