What Japanese Trains Look Like Inside and Why They Surprise Tourists So Much

Railway is the main means of
transport for passengers in Japan. 45 of the 51 busiest stations in the world
are located there. And it’s not surprising. Japan’s progress does not stop with
technology, it also affects the comfort level of people’s lives and Japanese
trains are a vivid example of convenience.
Bright Side finds Japanese
trains amazing and wants to show you how they look inside.

Sunrise Express is a Japanese
overnight sleeping train. It consists of Sunrise Izumo and Sunrise Seto. These
2 trains are coupled on the way from Tokyo to Okayama where they split and go
to different destinations. Sunrise Izumo goes to Izumoshi while Sunrise Seto
goes to Takamatsu. On their way back, the trains are coupled again in Okayama
and run to Tokyo.
Traveling on this train is an
exciting cultural experience of immersion in Japanese life, as well as the
opportunity to see amazing landscapes.

What Japanese Trains Look Like Inside and Why They Surprise Tourists So Much

Unlike many modern trains,
this train has as many as 6 types of accommodations.
Single Deluxe, or A class,
looks like a cozy room for one person. There is a table with a chair and a
personal sink beside the bed. There are even light and radio controls and a
passenger gets slippers, a bathrobe, and a set of toiletries. Also the use of
these compartments gives you free access to the shower.
This accommodation type makes
you feel like you are in a moving, nice hotel room, while admiring the local
beauty through the wide window. If you like maximum comfort and privacy, then
you will definitely like this separate compartment with lockable doors.

What Japanese Trains Look Like Inside and Why They Surprise Tourists So Much
The other types of
accommodations belong to B class: Sunrise Twin, Single Twin, Single, and Solo.
They are meant for one or 2 people. This doesn’t mean that these types are much
worse than first class. The doors also can be closed which creates an
atmosphere of isolation and convenience. The advantage is that several people
can stay here at once.
And what could be better than
to travel in a small room with your friends? We know what! Nobinobi.

The last type is the Nobinobi
sleeping area. It represents a single 2-level space with flat, rigid surfaces.
Each sleeping space is divided from the others by small wooden walls and it has
a window to see the nature and cities that are passing by. The seats are long
enough for comfortable sleeping.
It’s a great opportunity to
feel like a local, meet new people, and it helps to immerse you in the culture.
And even in the train, traditions of the country are respected. You will need
to take off your shoes before settling into your space.
minutes per shower

What Japanese Trains Look Like Inside and Why They Surprise Tourists So Much
There also toilets, drink
vending machines, smoking cabins, and lounges in the train. One car has a
compartment accessible for a wheelchair.
An unusual and interesting
thing happens in the shower. It’s pay as you shower, so you need to buy a
special card to take a shower. Water flows for 6 minutes while a countdown is
displayed on the timer. It’s a small challenge to wash all the shampoo and soap
off before the time ends.
And in the best Japanese
cleaning traditions, after you’re finished you need to press the auto clean
Would you like to travel by
train in Japan? What surprised you the most? Share your thoughts in the
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.