From Rickshaw to Shinkansen

Types of public transport in Japan

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

The quantity and quality of public transport available in Japan is really amazing. It’s convenient and easy for locals as well as for tourists.

In cities you can use trains, buses, trams, monorails and taxis. 'Local' trains stop at all stations while 'rapid' trains make few stops and the ride is quicker. For convenience it’s better to use a Suica card (or any other of that type) valid on any kind of city transport. Even if you don’t have enough money on the card you can top up your card at any station with no problem. Taxis are a bit expensive, but in some cases they are very useful. For instance if you can't find easily find your hotel or another place.

Long distance travelling can be made on the famous ‘shinkansen’ bullet trains. There are also local trains, intercity buses, ships and planes.

In tourist towns travelling is eased by cable cars, tourist buses, cruise boats, rented bicycles or old-fashioned rickshaw!

Please, keep in mind that transport in Japan travels on the left side!

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: Matane!