If you are unhappy about the quality of train communication in your country, after reading this article your disappointment is bound to grow… When you look at Japanese railways, you realize they are out of this world…
Travelling by train in the country of blossoming cherry is really popular. Every day millions of people use trains to get around this mountainous country. No wonder then that 45 out 51 busiest train stations are right there.
Something for everyone
The Japanese travel by a variety of trains. One of the most interesting ones is by far the Sunrise Express. This night train connects the biggest cities (splitting into two separate trains on the route). The landscape you admire through its windows are stunning but the most spectacular thing there is certainly the 6 kinds of sleeping compartments. I don’t think you will see any like these in your country.
Single Deluxe, which is Class A, looks like a stylish cozy room for one person. Next to the bed there is a table with a chair and a private washbasin.
You can control the illumination and the radio. On boarding you get your slippers, a dressing gown and a set of cosmetics. Most importantly, travelling there you have access to a shower.
Class B – slightly worse, yet still classy
Other kinds of compartments belong to Class B. These include Sunrise Twin, Single Twin, Single and Solo. They are for one or two passengers. The B rating does not mean they are much worse than A. The interior has got its style, its comfy and of course you can isolate yourself from the rest of passengers to have a good time with your travelling companions.
Nobinobi – the cherry on the cake
The lowest class is Nobinobi. However, it offers the most interesting kind of travelling experience (at least for Europeans and Americans)
Each passenger has got a single bed. Although it might seem a little bit claustrophobic, it is really comfortable and definitely long enough to stretch there.
It does resemble the famous capsule hotels in Japan and the characteristic Japanese minimalism.
‘You have got 6 minutes!’
The trains are equipped with toilets, drink vending machines and smoking compartments. But the best thing about them is definitely the showers!
You might think it’s a just a convenience, but what makes it really peculiar is the fact that you have to pay extra for each shower (unless you travel in Class A). Your shower can’t take longer than 6 minutes – you can see the time counted down on a display. Once it is over, the water stops running and if you are still soapy, then you have a problem!