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What Shocking Thing Did This Japanese Train Company Do and Why Did It Apologize?

Japan is recognized for many things around the world, and one of these things is trains running on time. In a world where many countries struggle with aging transport systems and consistent delays and complaints, Japan is famed for having high-quality trains and punctual services. The latest news, then, of a train company in Japan…

All About the Japanese IC Card and How to Get One

An IC (Integrated Circuit) card is a handy card that anyone staying in a city in Japan should have. They are easy to get and can be used in a variety of ways. Someone who is traveling around the city for a day will probably use their IC card at least once. So what is…

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A New and Improved Japanese Bullet Train Is in the Works

If you’ve ever lived or been to Japan, then you’ve definitely heard of, or even ridden, a Shinkansen or bullet train. The Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) officially announced that they are working on a new-generation bullet train – the Chuo Shinkansen. Find out about it here! Chuo Shinkansen jp.fotolia.com/ The Chuo Shinkansen is…

Navigating Japan: Can Using Trains in Japan Make You Smarter?

If you’ve been frequenting Japan’s well-established railway network, you’ll come to notice that a lot of the exit signs use cardinal directions (north, east, south, west) rather than relative directions (left, right, forward, backward). Cardinal directions are difficult to remember for many of us. It would take time to pick up hints and signals to…

How to Take Your Bicycle on Trains, Buses, and More in Japan

Japan is seeing a huge rise in the number of bicycles as many areas and streets have been redesigned with bikeways for cyclists. There are also some exclusive long-distance bike trails for serious bicyclists out there. If you visit smaller islands in Japan where public transport is limited, cycling is one of the few ways…

Ride Like Royalty on This New Luxury Train in Japan!

The Royal Express is a luxurious train which has recently started operating in Japan. It was launched by the Japanese railway operator Tokyu. The train is meant to give passengers a chance to enjoy the scenic view of the Izu Peninsula, a resort area for hot springs, and Sagami Bay, a sea which stretches from…

5 Tips to Affordably Get Around Hokkaido’s Most Beautiful Areas in Summer

Hokkaido’s Biei and Furano towns attract domestic and foreign tourists every summer because of their flower farms and breathtaking landscapes. In July and August, lavender blooms and the farming fields are filled with different hues of green and yellow. However, public transportation in Hokkaido is not cheap. The easiest way to get around is by…

Are You a Tall Person Visiting Japan? 5 Places Where You May Have Problems

I’m 192cm tall, otherwise known as somewhere in the realms of 6’ 3” to 6’ 4”. By Western standards, that makes me somewhat taller than average, but take a random selection of a hundred Japanese men and I’d be surprised if even one of them is my height or taller. That equates to the fact…
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