Japanese trains need a dedicated post.
What makes them different?
- Unusually punctual.
- They arrive to a specific spot marked on the floor.
- People queue in order to take them.
- There are 2 fares: line fare and seat fare.
- There are different cars with reserved and non-reserved seats, and sometimes an extra green car (first class).
All this does not necessarily apply for local trains, which share the tracks with express trains. They are a bit more confusing, as you may have learned from previous posts.
Shinkanzen are another world. They have dedicated tracks and ticket counters. They are big and look like a plane, both on the outside and the inside. I mean, they are like a plane, but you have room for your legs and your bags! 😛
They are extremely comfortable, and you can charge your phone or laptop on them. Cool, isn’t it?
People do lots of things on trains:
- Write posts
About eating, it saves time to buy a lunch box and have breakfast or lunch. I do it all the time! 😀
Writing posts is also relaxing. At the beginning I also used it to plan my next trip, but I prefer to do it with Internet access at the hotel.