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3 Reasons Why the Japanese Don’t Talk on the Phone on Public Transport

Japan is a country with many rules. There is no need to worry too much if you do not know all of them, as most of them are manners and not criminal offenses! But you will likely notice some differences between Japan and the rest of the world when it comes to etiquette on public…

Why Won’t Japanese Sit Next to Foreigners?

Picture this. It’s 8 AM and you are taking the Tozai Line to work. The train is packed. Absolutely packed. People are so close to each other they could morph and become a new creature. For some, having someone glued to their bodies like that represents a level of intimacy that is often reserved to…

Try out a Pilgrimage Aboard This Unique Sightseeing “Lens” Train in Kyoto

You might have already heard about cool, unique-looking trains in Japan. Some of them course through the air at exhilarating speeds, some make you feel like a royal with luxurious facilities, and some take you sightseeing in undiscovered places. Amongst all of them, there is one particular train that takes you on an amazing pilgrimage…

Do You Know Who Is Behind the Train Melodies You Hear at Japanese Train Stations?

If you’ve ever been to the cities of Tokyo and Osaka, you’ll notice the melody being played when trains are about to arrive and depart from stations. They are called train departure melodies or “hassha merodii” in Japanese. These jingles that whisk commuters on their way were actually made by Japanese composer Minoru Mukaiya, who…

Have You Seen These 2 Interesting-Looking “Inspection Trains” in Japan?

We have already seen or heard about some trains in Japan that either look different or are equipped with extraordinary facilities. Be it the Panda Train, the Genbi Shinkansen, and whatnot, they are all running to give passengers an unforgettable ride. However, did you know that there are a bunch of trains whose sole purpose…

A Limited Hello Kitty Bullet Train Is Coming to Japan This 2018! Check It Out!

Good news, Hello Kitty lovers! JR West’s adorable Hello Kitty Shinkansen is set to debut this summer 2018 in Japan. This high-speed train will be wrapped in pink and white colors which will make it look fashionably cute. It will run on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line from Osaka’s Shin-Osaka Station to Fukuoka’s Hakata Station. This…

Make Traveling Fun! Ride These 2 Express Trains From Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo

Limited express trains are a traveler’s delight, offering comfortable seats, large windows, and excellent service. Various railway companies offer limited express service between Ueno, Tokyo and Narita Airport. Ride the train of your choice, and have fun on your journey! 1. JR East: Narita Express Kozo Hikage (Fuller, Inc.) This express train offers direct access…