Trains in Japan are amazing. I loved them, although as you see here it is a challenge to be on a commuter train in Tokyo during rush hour. Nobody looks at anybody else, there's always room for one more, and during rush hour there are women-only cars (so that the crush doesn't become a grope). After John took this picture I counted at least 5 more people getting aboard!
Our rail pass took us all over the place. John decided to order beer and nuts on the Shinkansen ("bullet train"), just like the Japanese businessmen. Yep, that's us, fitting in with the locals. The bullet trains were so great.
Since we're probably going at least 150mph, I suppose this 30-second video covers at least 2 miles. It was taken out the window about an hour north of Tokyo and shows a few things: the train's quietness, it's speed, and the unbroken urban development that extends for hundreds of miles north and south of Tokyo.
And then there is densely-packed Tokyo itself. Here we are, rolling into Tokyo station.
Check out this series of 3 pictures taken in Tokyo station as we waited for an incoming train:
You know it's about to arrive when the spiffy-looking clean-up crew appears.
Everybody in their places. Checking the time. The train will not be late.
And arriving passengers are always greeted with a bow: this happens in bus stations too. I was astonished by this! Nobody had ever bowed to me on public transportation before. And unless I go back to Japan it will probably never happen again.