【TRAVEL Q&A】Rules you should know when using trains or buses in Japan

05.October.2017 | SPOT

You will use public transit such as trains and buses often when you visit Japan. Below are the rules and Q&As you should know when using trains or buses.


1: What is a “women-only” train car?


“What is happening? This train has only women!” Such a situation might occur when you get on a “women-only” train car by mistake. Check out signs before you ride on a train. Certain train cars change into “women-only” train cars during busy hours on weekdays. Again, make sure to check the signs!


2: Are there priority seats?


Priority seats are installed in every bus and train (the seats are installed at the back or front of the train/bus). Give up your seat to older people, persons with disabilities, pregnant women and persons who are injured if such persons are near by!


3: Can I make a phone call?


It is forbidden to use you cellphone when you are riding on public transit such as buses and trains. E-mailing or using SNS is OK.


4: When is the rush-hour?


Trains during the busy hours are packed full of people! You might be surprised when you encounter a scene where station staffs push people onto a train. But this is not a rare scene in big cities in Japan.

However, if you are a tourist visiting Tokyo, you should avoid riding trains at busy times. The peak commute time is 7:00 to 9:00 (morning) and 17:00 to 21:00 (night). Avoid using trains during rush hours.



How was our Travel Q & A? Please use public transit wisely and make sure to abide by the rules.

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