One indicator of a highly progressive country is its transportation system. No doubt, having the fastest bullet train in the world, Japan is a highly advanced country. Its superb transportation system is its proof. Let’s take a look at some of these form of transportation that will take you anywhere in Japan.
The world famous Shinkansen or bullet train of Japan is the fastest in the world. The latest test drive of the maglev shinkansen recorded a speed of 603km/h. That is equivalent to 167 m/sec! Incredibly fast! In just a blink of an eye, this shinkansen can run more than a hundred meters away. It is set to be introduced in 2027 between Nagoya and Tokyo. As of present time, the regular shinkasen has a speed of 320 km/h. It will only take about two hours and twenty minutes from Osaka to Tokyo.
The local trains in Japan are very efficient. These are the best way to travel throughout Japan. They are ninety-eight percent always on time. Though sometimes there are unavoidable delays, it can’t go beyond four minutes. There are many companies that provide rail transport services, but the major company is the JR or Japan Railway group, which provide major services to most parts of Japan.
Big cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Kobe and even in Fukuoka, Sapporo, Sendai and Yokohama have subway systems. These are very fast and convenient especially in big cities where traffic is great. These subway trains will take passengers to their destinations in a very short period of time.
The basic means of transportation in Japan is the bus. There are short-distance buses that run within a city or town and there are highway buses that travel from city to another city. It is also very punctual. In some cities, there are monitor screens in the bus stops where the location of the buses is being displayed. You will know how many more stops the buses are away.
If in any occasion that it’s hard to use the bus, train or subway, (especially in the late hours when there are no more trains) there are of course taxis that will take you to your destination. You have to be prepared, however, because taxis in Japan are a little bit expensive compared to other forms of public transportation. Remember, you don’t have to open the taxi doors yourself. Taxi doors open automatically.