Hi,friends.I will write about a jam-packed train I usually see every morning on my way to work in Tokyo.Although I’m used to come across the situation above the photo,you guys living in other countries might feel weird. Especially Tokyo,Osaka,Nagoya are the most crowded and popular cities for business or schools in Japan that mean people are gathered and gets jammed even more.Those terrible commutation by trains makes Japanese depressed and not wanna go to work or schools.As for me,I was living in rural are HACHIOJI,TOKYO 4 years ago and had to commute to the office by train for 1 hour and half,it was like hell.Then I’ve decided to move to SHIBUYA where is near the workplace. But there are still lots of employees spending over 1 hour for just commutation every day in the company I’m working at.It’s true that 70% of my colleagues have no choice but to commute from countryside by train for their family.Are you able to stand it with you packed in too crowded train for over an hour every morning? I couldn’t unfortunately…

①Why doesn’t Japanese use their own cars for commutation?
If you live in above gigantic cities such as Tokyo,Osaka,Nagoya in Japan,it’s very costly for you to just park your own cars.Now,I’m living in the middle of Tokyo,Shibuya,it costs 300~400USD for just parking per month.Aside from that,the cost of running a car,including insurance,amounts to a great deal to be honest.It’s way over the top and the reason that people stay away from holding cars and lead them to use public transportation.What’s worse,in general most of the Japanese companies don’t have parking lots for their employees that force them to use the Jam-packed train everyday. That’s why almost of my friends don’t have their own cars.If we need one for vacations or something necessary,we are gonna rent one from rental car shops.

②Why don’t they move to near workplaces in those big cites?
Because the rent of house in big cites is too high for their salary.It is said,the salary for 30 year-old man in Japan is approximate 280,000 yen net (About 2,600USD*1USD=109Yen)a month.On the other hand,the average rent 2DK for central Tokyo SHIBUYA is approximate 200,000 Yen(About 1,800USD*1USD=109Yen).As you can see,it’s all due to the rent.

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  1. Not only did I enjoy your article, I also appreciated your writing it in English. I wish I could write Japanese half as well as you write English.

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  3. Thank you for visiting my blog. You’re right. There’re some options to solve the problem,but we Japanese tend to consider too much to decide something.Lol
    Also Japanese always aims at “perfect ”.

  4. I agree with the person who said they should add carriages, and with the person who said public transport should be encouraged. The pleasanter they can make public transportation, the more people will want to use it.

  5. Thank you for your comment.
    I like the way your mind works and your life style.Although Life seems complicated,we make it complicated by ourselves.So I always try to think simple for anything and get rid of something I don’t need.
    Once I retire for work,living in Canada might be one of the options.
    Thank you for visiting here David

  6. I think your post about train commuting to work in Tokyo was well written and also well organized. That is a long time every work day spent in just commuting to and from work. I moved to a small city in Canada 28 years ago to make my life simpler. I think you would like my small city. I am retired now but I could ride my bicycle to work in about 15 minutes. It was fun and I got a little exercise. Thank you for sharing about life in Japan. Your english was very clear.

  7. Thanks for the comment Anna.It’s gonna be helpful.But it costs too much to train companies.Need to consider a lot

  8. Thank you for your comment.There’s limit to add a wagon.Even if they add a wagon,it’s not gonna improve the situation.I mean the fundamental issue for this is population density in Tokyo.The company I work at encourages me to come to the office early morning to avoid the crowds.Instead of that,I’m supposed to go home early

  9. Great:) Malaysia is one of the countries I wanna visit. Some of my friends who came there said food is really delicious

  10. Thank you for visiting my blog.Since it’s huge population in your country Indonesia,I can imagine how jammed it is…

  11. Jakarta has that kind of train situation too, I guess. The difference is, during rush hours, the roads are also jammed with Japanese cars. Everybody loves Japanese cars here. 🙂

  12. There are certainly many challenges to urban living in Japan as well as around the world. I live near Columbus, Ohio, but I am in the suburbs so there is more space to breath and drive.


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