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Rail transport in Japan

There are a very large number of train companies in Japan. The rail system in Japan was privatized in 1987 and the Japan Railways (JR Group) was established as a result.

There are 6 regional JR railway companies, JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, and JR Kyushu, and also a freight railway company. And then there are many private rail companies that run mainly in the urban areas especially in the Kanto and Kansai areas.

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Mutual train line operations








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Mutual train line operations

The Kanagawa prefecture Sagami railway lines and the JR East Japan rail lines have started a mutual line operation from November 30th 2019. Until now, if you wanted to go to the Tokyo city center, you would have to change trains at either Yokohama station or Yamato station or Ebina station. But now, thanks to the mutual line operation service, you can go directly to Shinjuku station without needing to change trains. The longest route you can take directly is to Saitama prefecture's Kawagoe station.

It is so easy without transfers. You don't have to hurry to make it to the next train time, and you don't have to be jostled by the crowds when changing trains. But on the other hand, there are some inconvenient things about it too. The most inconvenient thing is that the number of delays has increased. Since the distances that are traveled are longer, the instances of accidents and incidents have increased too. When you see an email notification that states that an accident that happened in far away Saitama prefecture has affected the service and caused train delays, you get to think that a direct service does not cause only good things.

There are many train companies that do various mutual operations. As a result, the route maps for the train services around the Tokyo city area are extremely complicated. If you carelessly ride in the wrong direction, you can easily end up in a completely unexpected and far, unknown place. So when you get on a train, please make sure to be certain of the destination and the station that you want to get off at before you ride the train.

相互直通運転(そうごちょくつううんてん) running on each other’s tracks; mutual line operation

乗(の)り換(か)え change trains

(電車(でんしゃ))一本(いっぽん)で directly just by the train (without any transfers)

人(ひと)の波(なみ)  a surging crowd

もまれる be jostled

遅延(ちえん) delay

路線図(ろせんず) route map

うっかり carelessly;

とんでもない completely unexpected


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