Etiquette When Riding Trains in Japan-10 Important Tips


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  • There are Train Cars Reserved Only for Women during Rush Hours!
  • Do Not Look at Your Smartphone When You are Walking in the Station or on the Train Platform!
  • Be Careful that Any Large Bags or Luggage Do Not Inconvenience Other Passengers!

Here are 10 tips you should keep in mind when riding the trains in Japan to help you observe Japanese etiquette.

Many people are forced to put up and suffer through this uncomfortable situation on a daily basis commuting to work and school. In order to reduce the stress caused by this, people are careful not to do anything which might disturb others, and this is an "unspoken rule" in Japan.

In cities the morning rush hour peaks between 7:30 and 8:50 AM. Also, trains become crowded after 5:00 PM when business offices begin closing. There are times when not all the people waiting on the platform can board a car. So, regardless of whether you are in a hurry or not, you should not try to crowd onto a train when it is already packed, but wait until the next train arrives.

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