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UPDATE | March 26, 2021

Japanese lifestyle series 1st | Transportation rules are different from foreign countries! ??

A new series will start this month. The theme is about Japanese lifestyle. We publish an article once a month for international students, those who want to study abroad, and those who have just studied abroad. This month, the first time, we will introduce information you need to know in advance about transportation in Japan.

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● It is NG to call by train

Many people take out their smartphones when they are on the train and think they are free. Japanese people also often use email and LINE on the train.


However, please be careful not to make any noise on Japanese trains. It's okay to exchange messages, but when I'm on the train, I think I'm a "bad guy."


Also be aware of the loudness of your voice when talking to people on the train with you. This depends on the region of Japan, but in Tokyo, there are so many people that not many people speak loudly on the train. This is especially important on crowded trains.


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● I definitely want to prepare an IC card

In some countries, the smartphone app replaces the train ticket so you can get on the train without an IC card or ticket. However, most transportation systems in Japan do not support smartphone apps.


IC cards can be used in urban transportation such as Tokyo and Osaka. It is safe to buy an IC card as soon as you come to Japan.


However, IC cards cannot be used in some regions. If you live or travel in a non-urban area, be sure to bring cash with you. You may need to buy a ticket.


● Wait for the person to get off before getting on

There is a "rule that most train riders follow, though no one has said it" in Japan. First of all, it is a basic etiquette in Japan that all the people who get off the train get off and then get on. Also, if there is a line in front of the train, wait for your turn before boarding.


Especially during rush hours, when many people are on the train, if you do not follow this etiquette, you and others will be injured or you will feel very unpleasant, and in the worst case it will lead to a big accident. I will. Most people on the train are in a hurry during rush hours, so it can be a fight.


● There are still many lifestyles unique to Japan

In Japan, there is a saying, "If you enter the town, follow the town." Even if you think "It's different from your own country!", It means that you must follow the rules and manners in that country or place.


As soon as you come to Japan, you may be surprised. But it is safe to know in advance.

In next month's article, I will explain the rules for dumping garbage in Japan. Adhering to the proper way of separating garbage is essential for living in Japan. Please read it so that you will not fail.


The person who wrote this article

Rio Wakabayashi

Free writer who likes reading. Born and raised in Osaka and moved to Tokyo in 2010. He writes articles, book reviews, and columns. Currently, while writing, she teaches Japanese to foreigners at a Japanese language school in Tokyo.

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