Why Japanese Trains Surprise Tourists So Much

Why Japanese Trains Surprise Tourists So Much

Let’s play a game: you need to guess which
country has the highest density of vending machines in the world! Tough? Here’s another hint for you: it’s also the
country which consists of a staggering 6,852 islands! Right you are! It’s Japan. And one of the most amazing things about this
country is its railway! See for yourself: 45 of the 50 busiest railway
stations on this planet are in Japan. And Japanese trains are literally one of the
world’s marvels. Let’s have a look at the most popular ones! Sunrise Express is an overnight sleeping train. And before I start telling you all about its
secrets, I have to warn you: After you learn more about this amazing kind of transportation,
you may feel an overwhelming desire to travel to Japan and take a trip on this train! Sunrise Express consists of two trains, Sunrise
Izumo and Sunrise Seto. They’re combined on their way from Tokyo
to Okayama, then split up and travel to two different places. Sunrise Seto goes to Takamatsu, and Sunrise
Izumo heads for Izumoshi. As you may guess, on the way back, the two
trains get coupled in Okayama again and return to Tokyo as a whole. Unlike most modern trains, Sunrise Express
has not one or two, but six types of accommodations! And if you prefer to travel with the highest
standards of comfort, no matter the cost, first class is for you. By choosing a Single Deluxe compartment, also
called A class, you’ll get a cozy room for one passenger. You’ll have everything you need there: a table
with a chair, access to radio controls, lockable doors, and a personal sink situated next to
your bed. Also, you won’t have to worry about bringing
along a change of clothes because you’ll be provided with slippers, a bathrobe, and a
set of toiletries right on board. Oh, and some more good news! Whenever you feel the need to freshen yourself
up, you can visit a shower without any problems. This service is free for deluxe compartment
passengers! As you see, these compartments make you feel
as if you’re staying in a nice, although not very spacious, hotel room which is also conveniently
moving toward your destination point. Besides, you can admire the breathtaking local
landscapes through your compartment’s wide window. And what a great bonus it is! But let’s say you don’t want to spend a fortune
on your privacy, or you’re going to travel with a companion. In this case, you can opt for class B which
offers passengers different kinds of accommodations, such as Sunrise Twin, Single Twin, Single,
and Solo. You can choose the one to your liking depending
on whether you travel alone or with a partner. By the way, class B doesn’t mean that it’s
significantly worse than first class. You can close the door of your compartment
just as you do in class A and enjoy a wonderful atmosphere of isolation. On the other hand, you won’t get any slippers… That’s not all Sunrise Express has to offer! There’s also Norinobi, and even the name
sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? That’s the last type of the train’s accommodation. And it probably looks like nothing you’ve
seen before! Imagine this: you enter Norinobi and are greeted
by a single two-level space that has a flat and rigid surface. Small wooden walls separate sleeping places,
and each of the latter has a window, so, you won’t have any problems with enjoying the
views outside. The seats (or shall I say “beds”?) are comfortable
and long enough to have a good rest. All in all, Norinobi is the perfect way to
feel like a local, make new friends, and understand Japanese culture and lifestyle a bit better. On the whole, Sunrise Express has everything
you may need to have a comfortable trip. There are enough toilets to take an early
morning bathroom trip without getting stuck in a restroom line. On top of that, on board the train you’ll
find vending machines with drinks, lounges, and smoking cabins. And one car has a special compartment that
is wheelchair accessible. But there’s one important thing you should
remember unless you’re traveling in a first class Single Deluxe compartment. If you want to take a shower, you need to
buy a special card. Well, why not? It sounds reasonable, right? Maybe, if you don’t consider the fact that
water in the shower flows for only 6 minutes, and you can see the countdown on a special
timer inside the shower cabin. Oh my, doesn’t it sound like a challenge to
rinse off all the shower gel and shampoo before your time runs out? But whether you finish on time or walk out
of the shower still slippery from the unrinsed soap, you’ll still need to press the auto
clean button so that the shower cleans itself. Which type of accommodations would you pick
if you traveled by Sunrise Express? Sound off in the comment section below! Well, Sunrise Express is something else! But how about the train that almost tops the
list of the world’s fastest trains? Right, I’m talking about Shinkansen! Even the most experienced travelers will find
some facts about this train jaw-dropping! The engineer who invented Shinkansen, Hideo
Shima, planned to design a train that would look and feel like an airplane. And he obviously succeeded! Interestingly, after finishing his railway
career, the man was promoted to the head of the National Space Development Agency of Japan. Shinkansen has another name, “the bullet train,”
and no wonder! The train’s operating speed can reach 200
miles per hour! But according to test runs in 2003, Shinkansen
can increase its speed up to 361 miles per hour! When you think about such breakneck speed,
it’s impossible not to wonder about rail accidents. But the Shinkansen safety record is nothing
but impressive. The train has been running for almost 55 years
and has already carried more than 10 billion passengers. But even despite frequent typhoons and earthquakes,
there haven’t been any fatalities among passengers. Even more, in 2012, when they estimated the
average Shinkansen’s delay from the schedule, it turned out to be only 36 seconds. And these delays came from all kinds of uncontrollable
causes, like natural disasters! One very curious thing about this high-speed
train is “Shinkansen Theater.” No, that’s not about actors performing in
plays on board the train. This is the name of one of the most unusual
cleanup teams in the world. Just imagine: these people can clean the whole
train within 7 minutes. They probably use some kind of magic, because
the trains are always spotlessly clean. And unlike the rules applied to other Japanese
trains, you can eat and drink on board the Shinkansen. At most railway stations, there are stores
that sell bento boxes (aka lunch boxes) so that you can buy one and eat during the trip. This Shinkansen train sounds like some kind
of sci-fi transportation! But even without mentioning this high-speed
train, Japanese railway is an amazing thing on its own. Here are some exciting facts about it. All Japanese high-speed trains have an automatic
emergency brake system that comes into action in case of an earthquake. Picture this: at the first signs of an earthquake,
the central control system which connects all the trains all over the country freezes
every single one in its track. In Japan, there’s a profession that probably
doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. That’s the “pusher.” Oh no, this person doesn’t push the train
to help it speed up! Pushers, also called attendants, help passengers
get into crowded railcars. What a job! The world’s busiest train station is Shinjuku
which has more than 3.6 million visitors. Not a month or a week – a day! This place is a baffling maze of underground
tunnels, where even the most seasoned locals regularly get lost. In 2016, the East Japan Railway designed a
new single-purpose app which can help passengers get around Shinjuku station. The longest train that runs upside down is
also in Japan. To see this wonder, you need to travel an
hour outside of Tokyo, where you’ll find yourself in a beachy prefecture called Chiba. The Chiba Monorail System has a weird retro-futuristic
look. The train itself hangs from the rails and
travels along the 9.4 mile long track. It makes the Chiba Monorail the longest suspended
rail system on the planet. Japanese people are really, really fond of
their trains. Do you want proof? How about this: there is so much train fandom
in the country that train lovers separate into numerous groups, from those whose hobby
is to walk around train stations to those who can’t live without train lunch boxes. In 2017, a Japanese train company apologized
to passengers when its train left the station 20 seconds ahead of schedule. This story went viral all over the Internet
in Japan. The Tsukuba Express, which connects Tokyo
and Tsukuba, departed at 09:44:20 instead of 09:44:40 as it was supposed to. It turned out that the crew didn’t check the
departure time properly. Shame on them! Which fact about Japanese railroad did you
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100 thoughts on “Why Japanese Trains Surprise Tourists So Much

  1. Hey there BrightSiders! If you could go to Japan right now, what would be the first place to visit there?

  2. My favorite is the shikansan it is very fast I was on it for 5hours with knowbody but my family in the car

  3. I always wanted to go to Japan…. If I get a chance to visit Japan, I would waste no time.. This is all because I always heard that people of Japan are really kind and Hardworking. They are also really polite + Japan is also really beautiful. Since I heard this I had an overwhelming desire to go to Japan. I am just waiting for myself to grow up and my first trip would be straight to Japan. Who else likes Japan that much?

  4. He: guess which country has the highest density of vending machine
    I: JAPAN I guess , bcoz this video is about japan😋

  5. 8:36 that train is the commuter train fore Stockholm witch runs all the way to Upsalla down to southern Södertälje😂🤷‍♂️

  6. The Japanese culture strongly emphasizes social order. That translates into the whole transportation system operating like clockwork. In their case, if a train leaves early, it might mess up the scheduling of other trains on the same line or converging lines. The whole social order and responsibility to society is why they don't like it when trains are early, and especially don't like it if trains are even 5 seconds late. The Tokyo metro system is shamed for being 10 milliseconds off schedule. Considering metro trains run every 1 minute 50 seconds on many lines, there really is no room for error, especially for the Japanese.

  7. Japan sounds so awesome, Asians seem just nicer than most people from Europe when I visit. but that's just me 🤔

  8. 4:27 only 6 minutes, that is enough for me to wash, well of course if you want to wash your hair and that you have long hair , good luck

  9. sad cheap video..you couldnt spend time n money showing accommadations…wow nice cheap art work

  10. I like trains kid: Iiiiiiiiiiii liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiikkkkkkkkkkkkkkkeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaàaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  11. If A class compartments have room for one ☝️ passenger, and B class has room for two passengers, then C class has room for three passengers.

  12. they say that a train left 3 secconds early, and later the company POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA, a apology for leaving 3 secconds early.

  13. In Japan – Sunrise Express for 55 years, 36 sec. delay.
    In Bulgaria every train delays with about 5 to 15 minutes.
    Congratulations to BG.
    I am ironic.

  14. Thats only a few of many trains in japan. I watched in waku waku and nhk about travelling in japan with train, and they have amazing features and different atmosphere in each train. Definitely makes me want to come to japan

  15. Germany should definitely take Japan as an example in this thematic.

    I'm from Germany and there is literally no trip that I can remember, using a train in Germany without some type of problem…….

    If you take a rather long trip such as cologne to Berlin it feels like you got promised that some train will be canceled…

    While with regional trains you're happy if they arrive with less than 20 minutes delay, if they arrive at all…..

    Another great example is the info being provided. It always is so that the employee, if you can even find one, says something completely different than what's noted on the display of the tracks, which on the other hand says something different that the app. I just recently had a trip where the display said the train was delayed, the employee said it would be canceled and the app said everything would be normal. What actually happened, was that the train arrived at a different track than planned, which also is a common phenomenon with German railways…..

  16. Most people who aren't as knowledgeable or into railroading don't see it, but the railroads here in North America, especially here in the U.S. are absolutely amazing in so many ways!

  17. They don't have delays
    And in my country we have usually 10-45 minutes delays and sometimes it doesn't even arrive

  18. the west should be ashamed of itself. after (still )plundering the world , u aint got these types of marvels to show for it.

  19. "Which country with the highest vending machine density?"
    Me: Japan, duh…
    Me: errr, no
    "Here's another hint for you, it's also the country which consist of a staggering 6,852 islands."
    Me: Phillipines? Indonesia?
    "Right you are, it's Japan"
    Me: …

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