Getting around Japan is fortunately pretty easy, there are 127 million people living on this small island nation and to avoid them all buying cars to get around, Japan’s government has put in one of the best public transport systems in the world.
The Shinkansen bullet train for example is faster to get from one city to another than a plane, its also cheaper and many of them leave every 15 minutes and on time.
Catching a city bus in Japan can be confusing for any non Japanese speaking person. As the bus system is mainly used by locals, all of the signs on the bus may be only written in Japanese. In contrast, the subway system does use a mixture of both Japanese and English, hence the reason why the subway is favoured by tourists.
Local Trains and Subway
One of the best ways for any tourist to get around Japanese city’s is by train. The local trains are fast, efficient and always on time. The main problem any non Japanese speaking tourist may find in using the train system is a lack of info written in English at some stations, so its best to be a bit prepared to know where you are going before you travel.
Shinkansen Bullet Train
Japan is well known for the world’s most efficient and convenient rail service. The Shinkansen or Bullet Train is the jewel in Japan’s rail crown. Their tightly scheduled, safe, prompt and super fast service is astounding. It is the best way to travel a long distance throughout Japan.
Japan Rail Pass
The Japan Rail Pass is a popular purchase for many visitors planning to travel around Japan and can save quite a few dollars, but the pass has a few limitations which may make the pass not suitable for some.
In all centres of Japan, especially around major railways, there is no shortage of taxis when you need one. The taxi is usually a Toyota Crown Comfort or sometimes even a Nissan Cedric.