7 Amazing Technologies For Transportation in Japan!

7 Amazing Technologies For Transportation in Japan

Have you ever taken our great transportation system in Japan? We, Japanese take it for granted but there are so many technologies used –and they make our lives so comfortable. Here, I would like to introduce some of the Japanese Technologies!



 

7 Amazing Technologies For Transportation in Japan!

 

1. Punctuality

As some of you might know, Japanese transportation system is famous for its punctuality. Trains are coming on time almost always and if they are late even for a few minutes, the train company would let the customers know. Of course if there were some accidents and/or bad weather condition, trains would stop because of the safety reason –but otherwise you can just go to the station before the time of the train you would like to take and the train would come on time!

 

2. IC Card

A lot of Japanese transportation systems introduced IC Card –in which you can charge some money and touch a ticket gate with it to take trains/buses without buying paper tickets. Now, almost all cards (except some local ones) can be used all over Japan. There are some designs of IC Card depending on which area of Japan you would buy it. For instance, in Kanto region, JR East sells IC Card called SUICA on which a penguin character printed. Find your favorite card and make your stay more convenient!

 

3. TV

Can you believe that you can watch some TV programs on the local trains? There are some trains showing advertisement and news programs! This is very useful for those who are too busy to watch TV to check top news and/or the weather forecast. Moreover, some other trains that do not have TV shows still have screens to show which stations the trains are heading to and how many more minutes it would take to get there. Although announcement is sometimes too fast to hear, you’ll find out which station to get off and which lines to transfer with this screen. The next time you get on the train, look up and find the TV screen!

 

4. Money changer

Have you experienced any trouble with paying bus fare? I have –when not having many coins and could not find any money changers on the bus. But almost all Japanese buses have money chargers so that those who do not have the exact fare can change money. With IC Card, you don’t have to worry about this. But especially when new to the country, I’m sure this system would save you!

 

5. Foot heater

Have you taken a Japanese train during winter? You might notice the warm air coming from the bottom of your seats! Almost all trains and subways in Japan have foot heater during winter. Some people say that it is very efficient to warm our foot –and I personally think the warm heat from the bottom is comfortable.

 

6. Transit Guide

There are so many mobile applications to search for which trains/buses you are going to take. But Japanese transit guiding apps are doing a great job! For example, using the apps, you can choose how fast you are going to walk (slow/fast/moderate) so that the app can find out which trains/buses you can transfer to. Moreover, they will show us various routes –some people can choose the fastest way and others can select the route that have the minimum transferring. Use these apps to make your stay more efficient!

 

7. Automatic Train Operation (AOT)

AOT is a system that makes train move automatically –some of the trains introducing AOT have no drivers while others have staffs/drivers. When first saw the trains without drivers, I was so surprised since all the things including opening the doors and announcements were automatic. Since there are some lines which have no drivers in Tokyo, try one and be surprised!

 

Conclusion

Japanese technology has a lot to do with making our country’s transportation system convenient. Try Japanese trains/buses to find out what is different from your hometown’s!

 

7 Amazing Technologies For Transportation in Japan!

1. Punctuality
2. IC Card
3. TV
4. Money changer
5. Foot heater
6. Transit Guide
7. Automatic Train Operation (AOT)