Why Tokyo Is Insanely Well Designed

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@CuteC3 Yıl önce
I absolutely hate how you need a car in the US just to 'live'. I studied abroad in Asia for a while, and the transportation could get you anywhere. I could play with my friends till 11pm and get home before midnight (cross-city). Everyone got on the same trains and you often could share a majority of the ride home. Making nightlife in the city very accessible and safe. If you wanted me to give a downside, that is, during rush hours it's absolute hell. You could have to wait 1-2 trains because they are full. They do come every 5 minutes though, which is still better than me waiting 20 minutes in the US just to go 6 blocks. Speaking of the US, this video reminded me of how horrible public transit is here... just going to a comicon without a car feels like I'm doing a cross country ride :/ I feel hermitted and trapped. I really hate how the system here is structured. Not only do you have to pay for a car, the gas, and maintenance, learn to drive, and insurance, you also need somewhere to park everywhere you go. You have to do everything AND pay for it. Contrary to Japan (and many other Asian cities), I feel the US wants the public transit to be less appealing :/ Just my opinion though.
@flobell Yıl önce
well said
@colintck1057 Yıl önce
well said! Just want to add a point about rush hour. If they had to rely on car, I guess the rush hour would be far worse, given the population density.
@MartianInDisguise Yıl önce
the public transit system in the US used to be a lot more reliable in the early 1900s, and then the car companies took over.
@MasticinaAkicta Yıl önce
Because a lot of choices made in america were car centric. They give you freedom to go where you want when you want after all. Such freedom, just don't get stuck again on the 9 line highway you do everyday. It seems that the solution in american governments minds for problems is always, more roads... Not, better train connections, not green zones that keep cars out of areas so they are easy walkable instead, nope.. more cars! More roads!
@indigos194 2 aylar önce
As someone from Tokyo, please remember that there are hard working people behind the safe and precise transportation in Japan. Their service should not be taken for granted.
@melee4695 Aylar önce
@PradhanmantriBruhh Aylar önce
नमस्ते टोक्यो के मेहनत करने वाले लोगो को🙏🏽 आप लोगो के काम मैं श्रद्धा और मेहनत, टोक्यो की सुंदरता मैं झलकती है❤
@melee4695 Aylar önce
@@PradhanmantriBruhh what do you mean?
@NB-yu4lj Aylar önce
@kushagra892 Aylar önce
@@melee4695 he says namaste to the hard working people of Tokyo and that their devotion and hard work is reflected in the beauty of Tokyo :)
@oscardelgado3581 Yıl önce
Nice video, but I do have one major issue: the title is totally misleading. You focused entirely on describing general aspects of the public transport system , but that does not tell me why Tokyo is well designed. At most, what one can gather from this video is that they have a good public transport system. I expected you to talk about urban planning, how the layout of the subway lines and the location of the stations make for a more efficient operation of the subway system, how other means of public transportation make up for the deficiencies of cars and subway (beside cost), city regulations regarding location and size of certain types of buildings, placement of public areas, etc.
@omia1259 Yıl önce
Same. So many other videos already exist that praise the various aspects of Japan's rail system, so I was hoping for the backstory on how it came to be. Maybe something along the lines like the government's decision to privatize the system (+ the reasons for such), the various companies and their dealings with each other (+ their reasons for such), etc. Instead, there is nothing new in this video that you can't already find somewhere else... Too bad.
@Vlogoosh 9 aylar önce
@@_RedPanda_Nicola I think if you have everything close by and you have an excellent rail transport system, you don't need a car. Not to mention that the cyclist there is respected, so you still have the option of getting around by bike.
@cursedswordsman 9 aylar önce
Yeah. What the hell? Leaving a dislike
@ktqt8544 9 aylar önce
Damn I thought that’s what this video was going to be about
@American_2 9 aylar önce
Well one thing can be answered: Japan doesn't look like a concrete desert full of empty parking lots.
@bootlegga69 Yıl önce
I lived in Japan 20 years ago and the train/subway network in Tokyo was staggering. You could to almost any intersection in the city if you were willing to make a transfer or two. And it was affordable, fast, clean and super efficient, and a model for urban subway systems. I wish we had similar networks like that in Canada. I would argue the worst part about driving in Tokyo was not the traffic, which was far better than LA or Paris IMHO. It was finding parking, which was hard to find and very expensive.
@spaghetty_ Aylar önce
Another thing about driving is that the tolls are crazy. It costs about 2000 to get to my school by car but only about 600 by train.
@celestialnurse07 Yıl önce
As a non-Japanese speaking visitor, Japan public transportation is one of the best and visitor friendly. Its so easy to use and navigate. I freaking love it!
@zachrabaznaz7687 Yıl önce
Singapore is technically better, but that's because it's really small and is an entire independent country
@SylviusTheMad Yıl önce
Contrast that with the trains in Vienna, which are so confusing that it has to have been intentional.
@sanderappel4499 Yıl önce
I was in Tokyo at the end of a two-week trip in Japan. I didn't feel like I HAD to see any more sights, so me and my friend just split and each went our own way. Getting on random metro's and wandering the streets of Tokyo was an absolutely magical experience. You'd think a city of that size would be overwhelming, but you turn one or two corners from a busy street, and it's so quiet it feels like a provincial town
@perpe6076 Yıl önce
@karlwithak. Yıl önce
Summary: What is happening in Tokyo has nothing to do with design but everything to do with culture..
@xymaryai8283 Yıl önce
its amazing that Japan still has a well known and celebrated car culture despite all this, truly a demonstration of how making sensible decisions doesn't mean your hobby is ruined, because the sensible decisions don't restrict peoples freedoms, it grants everyone more freedom.
@floofypaper9931 5 aylar önce
Very true, plus public transit benefits those who do drive, by having less traffic. In America people assume that people who advocate for public transit are trying to take cars away, but in reality it's about allowing different options that benefits everyone.
@99geckoenthusiast43 4 aylar önce
@madensmith7014 3 aylar önce
​@@floofypaper9931I honestly want to feel the same, but after conversing and seeing with some people advocating for public transit and bash cars, it doesn't seem to be that way. Some people seem to be vehemently against cars and want them erased. I hope that some context is lost and that my perception is mistaken. Heck, some people absolutely adore a "No cars" policy. The topic has become very polarizing, almost like American politics. It seema like you cannot be in between like a boring moderate.
@floofypaper9931 3 aylar önce
@@madensmith7014 Only the right pushes against public transit why don't they stop
@snowrexilium Yıl önce
I've been to Tokyo few years back, and I can confirm that the public transport there are really great. it is so easy to navigate between places even if you have language barrier, to the point I'd say you almost couldn't get lost if you navigate in Tokyo.
@ProfWilliam Yıl önce
That's true. Being Tokyo in the first time it was really scary to me but during my the two week trip i never get lost. It was really easy to navigate in the town.
@TrungNguyen-uf8cv Yıl önce
And google map navigated the underground lines so well for me, I just walk a little to my pllace of interest
@er.esakkim8781 Yıl önce
That's why Japanese let their kids to school and back home all along even in the young age! It is designed in such a way that even Kids can navigate without getting lost.
@ProfWilliam Yıl önce
@@TrungNguyen-uf8cv Yeah i used that too. Google maps was really effective in japan.
@ohasis8331 Yıl önce
Have to agree with that.
@aquamanGR Yıl önce
One thing I admire about Japan - as an outsider of course - is that a lot of things seems to be well thought out - no random stuff and "well'll see if it works". And also a lot of emphasis on the "collective" vs "personal" good, perhaps to a fault.
@danielamalagon324 Yıl önce
In Japan, I've seen so many things with little details planned, so they are as useful as they can be, it's amazing. On the other hand, it is nice thinking as a collective but sometimes that it's a problem (IMO), especially to take some decisions.
@rilee1800 Yıl önce
you may be admire more about china, if you come china,
@yzx8828 9 aylar önce
Their engineers are good, their decision makers are suck.
@rgvgamma9986 7 aylar önce
It hasn’t changed from the military in world war2 !
@user-ig5gi8pr9m 6 aylar önce
@@rilee1800 OK China is the best in the world. No doubt. Case closed.
@samiliorian990 10 aylar önce
I've lived in Tokyo for 3 years and I can say it is outstandingly well designed and highly livable. Tokyo is a city you can just walk for hours, and given its density, you always have access to shops, restaurants etc. The train system is also basically the best in the world.
@American_2 9 aylar önce
Do you ever think that some think of you as a baka gaijin?
@samiliorian990 9 aylar önce
@@American_2 Yes but sometimes there are baka nihonjin's too...everyone is entitled to think what they want but generally Japanese are polite and respectful
@breakingdragon22 8 aylar önce
I’m a native New Yorker born and raised. I now live in Tokyo permanently I find it absolutely amazing and a beautiful experience every day. To get from downtown Brooklyn to canal street in Manhattan took me 40 minutes on the N line only one stop. It takes me 15 minutes from Asagaya to Shinjuku. The distance is exactly the same.
@wardogmobius 6 aylar önce
​@@breakingdragon22Im looking to travel to Tokyo eventually. Which airbnb or hotel you recommend to stay in? I will also will like to live there for some time. What your suggestions?
@JBG1968 4 aylar önce
I don't know about ab&b in tokyo but if you're looking for economic there are a lot of what are considered buisness hotels . Not big and flashy but conviniently located with small rooms the are clean and comfortable as well as very affordable
@Martinit0 Yıl önce
I think it's underappreciated how typical Japanese train stations (the larger ones) are also shopping centers. For example Osaka Station and its surroundings are just mind blowing. What I found confusing though is to figure out which type of train to take - so many different ones.
@HoshinoMirai Aylar önce
Oh, make no mistake it is intentional. These big train companies would buy those lands around the planned station and build their own shopping centers. Ever wondered why the Odakyu mall in Shinjuku shares the same name as the Odakyu train company...? yeah...
@erikcampbell1370 Yıl önce
Tokyo’s train network is astounding. I was able to use it to get home after many nights of drinking and partying in different parts of the city. The Yamanote line is very special to me as if you fall asleep on it you might wake up just before your station, having unknowingly ridden the whole loop.
@danzena4059 Yıl önce
Oh man. That has happened to me on the Yamanote Line. I was clubbing in Shibuya and then hit up at bar for a small after party at 5am. Walked to Don Quijote and got some hydrations then took the Yamanote at 6am and woke up at 8am, confused as hell. The workers who woke me up thought I was shit faced and had a medic on hand. I explained to them in my best Japanese that I was just super tired (wasn't wasted at all, thankfully). Man, I miss Tokyo, I miss Japan so, so, so much.
@harirajan7615 Yıl önce
@ Erik Campbell where are you from??
@herr5262 11 aylar önce
What? It closes at 12AM. I lived on the outskirts (Kawagoe) and we usually had to party till morning when the trains started back.
@MT-ub5cq Yıl önce
Been living in Tokyo since I was born but never thought of these stuff. What I love about Tokyo the most is the number and cleanliness of the public toilets, and all kinds of food you can choose to eat, for a fairly cheap price
@youuuuuuuuuuutube 9 aylar önce
You can even eat for free since some places offer "free rice, self service" :D Not that I would do it, but technically it's possible. Yes convenience, comfort and food prices are really good.
@yywaters Yıl önce
The most notable memory from my brief time in Tokyo was when my dad accidentally left his backpack (with our passports) on one of the trains. We went to lost and found and told them what had happened, and in 15 minutes the backpack was returned. Incredible
@apollo2744 Yıl önce
that must have been scary 👁👄👁
@yywaters Yıl önce
@@apollo2744 it was indeed a little scary but my mom who had lived in Japan for a semester in grad school told us that they’d find the backpack. Of course my dad and I were skeptical since that would never happen in America
@soomiko Yıl önce
my mum left her phone once, we had to buy a new one because apparently nothing gets found in our train systems
@xDutchRick Yıl önce
@@soomiko Things get found but not returned 🤣
@abdulkaderanara9688 Yıl önce
@@plasticpalace that is racially motivated
@kummer45 Yıl önce
This deserves part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, ... It's a series that shows literally what good transport systems should be. We need true learning material like this.
@MisoElEven Yıl önce
Whats so good about it? The way people who want to profit from it will make you dependable on them and force you to pay extra if you try to live with just a slight bit of independence (thats what paying for every km driven is essentially). Edit: the only upside is you can get home when youre drunk at night without needing an expensive taxi and then to return for the car on the next day. Thats it, the only good argument for mass transportation and probably not even that because someone will try to steal shit from you.
@Martinit0 Yıl önce
He could make a video out of every station.
@bob_bobsen Yıl önce
@@MisoElEven western cultural issues. Tokyo doesn’t suffer from that as badly
@j134679 Yıl önce
@@MisoElEven the tolls are only for expressways.. you can always use normal public roads
@toomanymarys7355 Yıl önce
Japan has the longest commutes of developed countries. This shows that the very best public transit is still not great.
@Arewmon Yıl önce
My entire life I grew up in the US seeing cities as chaotic messes that were noisy, crowded, and dangerous. I saw public transit as inefficient, irregular, and similarly unsafe. Then I lived 4 months in the largest megacity in the world, and realized within a week that I was falling in love with an urban center for the first time. Everything was efficient, and for the first time in my life I found myself in a place where there were locations I wanted to go to, and I actually had the means and freedom to go there. Public transit was cheap, easy, and stress free (as long as I didn't need to travel during the morning rush). I wasn't bound by a car, or traffic, or parking spaces, or the fear that I was going to get into an accident. On top of everything else streets were also very clean despite there being far fewer trash can than anywhere I had ever been to in the USA. I wanna add a disclaimer here that I'm not just a starry eyed foreigner who only sees the good in Japan. The society has as many issues as any other in the world. There are many legitimate reasons why many young (and now aging) people become hikikomori and just don't want to have to go outside and deal with the stresses of the outside world. On the topic of urban planning, however, Japan just cannot be beat -- Tokyo cannot be beat (although people I know who have been to Osaka scoff and beg to differ).
@crobatgaming5661 6 aylar önce
I'm from India I consider USA's Public Transport amazing also the infrastructure seems good too
@hossainayon9588 5 aylar önce
Haha come to Bangladesh brother 😂
@jmiquelmb 5 aylar önce
@@crobatgaming5661Well I assume it’s even worse in India, from the videos I’ve watched on TRshow. I swear I haven’t seen any traffic lights on any Indian road
@Estenberg Yıl önce
My first night in Tokyo (with serious jet-lag) I walked everywhere, all night long. I had no idea where I was going. I just walked. And in retrospect, I did it right, staying on well-lit commercial nightlife streets and crowded ally-ways. I played Pachinko in a colorful bright-lights gaming area straight out of Blade Runner. I ate snacks from carts. I passed many Izakayas and bars, as well crowds, couples, singles and hawkers. At one point I even entered an area filled with strip clubs and little hotels. If it was a red-light district then it was like none I'd ever seen: no street walkers, no adult bookstores, and no porn-movie screening-bunkers. But it was lively so I went into a club. I won't describe what I saw, but the scene was loud, crowded and crazy. After that I continued my walk until dawn, when I ended up at a Shinto Shrine set in a huge beautiful garden-park. I rang the bell, ate a snack at a noodle cart, and took the METRO back to my hotel where a morning buffet awaited (along with my mother). Later, after reviewing a map, I realized that I had covered many miles and numerous designated areas; even though it was just a tiny portion of Tokyo Metropolitan. So, is Tokyo a good walking city? For me it was. It really was.
@sleepdeprived9181 Yıl önce
You're not gonna get mugged too.
@catholicfemininity2126 11 aylar önce
I wish street walkers were punished more in the U.S. Can't stand the mortal sin of lust.
@leechrec 10 aylar önce
Now that's the way to travel and explore!
@American_2 9 aylar önce
@@catholicfemininity2126 Yeah man, our focus should be to live a fulfilling life for the sake of God. A lot of men taken victim by lust and they go no where in life.
@soulscion Yıl önce
The last point is so true - when I was in the heart of Tokyo, despite the sheer number of people and things going on, it never once felt chaotic or overbearing to me. London's West End in comparison does though. It's horrible. There's something about the fact that in Tokyo even crowds of people make sure to walk in such a way that it's not manic - as in one direction keeps to one side of the pavement and the other keeps to the other side and queuing at the crossings etc. It's really quite something, you have to experience it firsthand at least once.
@CheapCharlieChronicles Yıl önce
Great video but must nitpick a quick fact correction, the Tokyo subway system is only a small part of the train system and only covers a small part of the city. There are about 8 other train systems in the Tokyo metro area including the huge JR East train system which has elevated lines throughout the metro area. The subway only covers a small part of central Tokyo. These are all separate systems but share a same payment mechanism the Suica card which also makes transferring between systems easier.
@SevenandForty Yıl önce
An additional point about this is that most of these "train" services are very similar, subway or metro-like services with short headways and trains with many doors, to facilitate large passenger volumes. In fact, a lot of services actually are interlined, sometimes running a metro train and a JR train on the same track, which increases flexibility a lot.
@primastanislaus9184 Yıl önce
Hmm... Why not say it commuter line rather than Metro or Subway or monorail?
@SevenandForty Yıl önce
@@primastanislaus9184 It's kind of both, but the service patterns and rolling stock (i.e. how frequent the trains are and the types of trains) are more similar to a metro or subway in the West, than normal commuter rail.
@imamkohari8255 Yıl önce
@ZPK huge fact😁
@robertomaldonado613 Yıl önce
Not only that, but the infrastructure allows some trains to use tracks from "rival" companies thus allowing a greater coverage and a smoother experience. So you can see for example trains from the Keikyuu line to continue its travel through the Asakusa line tracks and stations.
@youuuuuuuuuuutube 9 aylar önce
Tokyo has the best transport system I've ever experienced. Also, people always show videos of Shinjuku or Shibuya, that are crowded because it's the business center, but if you go anywhere else, it's way less crowded. I was surprised how peaceful and empty it was. And the best part is that even when it's crowded, for example in the train during rush hour, it's still quiet!! People respect the right for others to be able to relax or sleep or just have peace. Amazing times, and I'll definitely go back ASAP.
@brmbkl 6 aylar önce
individualism in the west = the right to annoy others.
@jmiquelmb 5 aylar önce
I’m visiting Tokyo, and it’s exactly how you said. People in the west often mention about the videos we see on tv of people being crammed by staff inside a crowded train, but so far I’ve been traveling at all hours and no crowd at all, it’s just efficient and fluid. Japanese people are so well behaved too, they form lines at the moment without being asked anytime there’s a need to organize multitudes. It’s my favorite public transportation experience and I’ve visited many large European cities like Paris or London.
@karthiks881 4 aylar önce
Japans rail system is definitely something to be admired. When I was there for a few months I was able to get around across the country by rail with minor difficulty. However there are some things not mentioned here. The random city comparisons kept changing to better paint a better comparison e.g., the car to person ratio is .23 in NYC vs the .54 in Tokyo. In order to do that nightly Maintenance in japan all rails in major cities tend to shut down around midnight. NYC is 24/7 as to allow people who work or just need the train overnight access. Furthermore japan charges by distance. Not great for those living in the outskirts who tend to have lower incomes vs NYC that has a flat rate no matter where you live. NYC rails are generally much cheaper to ride if you travel over 15 mins by rail.
@destituteanddecadent9106 Aylar önce
It's worth noting that most companies cover employee transportation costs, as long as it's within a reasonable level. i.e. living in Nagano and commuting via express to Tokyo wouldn't fly. A flat rate would still be better for lower income folks in the outskirts I agree.
@Immortal-Daiki 9 aylar önce
Tokyo commuters don't only use PASMO IC cards. Suica is also commonly used. PASMO cards are mostly developed and used by non-JR (Japan Rail) lines like Tokyo Metro or Seibu, whereas Suica is used mostly by JR East lines. However, both cards are interoperable with each other. Other regions in Japan use different IC cards, e.g., ICOCA by JR West in Kansai, TOICA in Nagoya, and SUGOCA in Kyushu. But, you guessed it, they're all interoperable with each other. It's actually interesting to see where people are from based on the IC card they use. My cousin from Kyoto uses ICOCA while my Okinawan friend uses OKICA
@rti7743 Aylar önce
I think it all started with the Yamanote Line, which is a circular system, and the Chuo Line, which runs horizontally through the middle. The inner part of the Yamanote Line, which is a circular system, is developed by the government, while the outer suburbs are developed by private railroad operators. Then, as the towns develop, they are connected to each other by subways that allow vertical movement while connecting the developed towns. Basically, this is how Tokyo's railroad network developed. An easy way to understand this would be to look at cities adjacent to Tokyo, such as Chiba. The railroads are built in a horizontal manner, so it is easy to move horizontally, but not enough to move vertically. If more investment was made, like inside the Yamanote Line, it would be easier to move vertically by building a subway, but we have not yet reached that point. To move vertically, one must leave the station and rely on buses.
@cristinaberci493 Yıl önce
I have lived in Tokyo for a few months and fell in love with the city. Even pedestrians use lanes on sidewalks making moving around the city efficient and pleasant. Trains arrived within seconds precision and my personal favourite, you have tables to what car to embark for a more efficient exit at each station on the route 🥰. Not to mention the cleanliness and respect of travelers ❤.
@jmiquelmb 5 aylar önce
Not only that, but Google maps in Tokyo is very good tbh, it even tells you the cost of the trip and the best train cars to commute faster.
@FlipsyFiona Yıl önce
Ive always said: if the entirety of america could use Japan's transit system for a day or two, there would be overwhelming support to support train building in every city and a national line connecting these cities.
@cirasarc4413 Yıl önce
But that'd involve walking more than the 5 steps it usually take for people in get in their cars though so probably won't work as well in the states.
@mistersir Yıl önce
PREACH!! Even major European cities. Most people have no idea though :/
@FlipsyFiona Yıl önce
@@cirasarc4413 but thats a symptom of car dominated suburbia where its hard to walk anywhere and the vast majority of people who walk only do so cause they have no choice.
@cirasarc4413 Yıl önce
@@FlipsyFiona US suburbs are not designed for walking for sure. But my point is I still don't think people would immediately adapt to an efficient public transport right away. People would still be a bit lazy unless you make driving alot more costly and much much less efficient.
@FlipsyFiona Yıl önce
@@cirasarc4413 Sure. But you can't make change if nothing changes. A lot of the perceived 'laziness' of americans is once again due to the fact that its difficult, and sometimes even 'outright impossible', to walk places safely. Basically, Americans aren't lazy but rather, the environment that has cultivated a culture of 'laziness'. Before I left Bremerton, WA, it was a fantastic place to live and the closest thing to a 'walkable' suberb that I could think of. Wide sidewalks, bars and grocers no more than a 30 min walk max, and a ferry that connected Bremerton to Seattle. And it showed: people walked and biked all the time. I loved my 20 minute walks to the local bars or arcade or any one of the restaurants I liked to eat at. And when I worked at the shipyard there, it was a 30 minute walk to work. And getting to the airport was a solo adventure that didn't require me to get a taxi, friend, or car storage. I could literally just get on the ferry to seattle then take the lightrail train to the airport. When you give people a reason to walk or bike or take public transport, they will. When you force peeps to drive, they will.
@jetsunthinley936 8 aylar önce
In the whole country of Japan, they managed to build skyscrapers and high-rise buildings on soils prone to liquefaction. They have some of the best structural engineers on the entire planet.
@GravitasZero Yıl önce
I remember visiting my older brother in Tokyo (who worked in japan. My family had spent 6 years (3 before and 3 after I was born)). We went to take the train because I wanted to see Shibuya and other places. I want to make it clear, I cannot either speak or read any Japanese. Yet, understanding which lines to take to get to where I wanted was actually not that hard!! Sure, my brother was with me and was acted as a safety net, but damn! Incredible place. Never felt easier to go from one place to another. Even better, I didn’t feel scared on the streets at any time of day, unlike back home.
@mokholoanemoloi6807 Yıl önce
I did my urban and regional planning course from a little country in Lesotho… I can tell I can really learn a lot from Japan’s urban/town/city planning program
@maitlandbezzina2842 Yıl önce
The Shinkansen bullet train was amazing when I went to Japan in 2018. I went from Osaka down to Hiroshima and back up to Kyoto via the train. The smoothest train you’ll ever ride and the videos I recorded facing out of the window were unbelievable from the sheer speed you travel past houses and buildings.
@jmiquelmb 5 aylar önce
The Shinkansen is a train that is matched in comfort and speed by other foreign trains. The high speed train in Spain is basically just as good. I think the one in France is just as good too. What really surprises me is how good urban transportation in Tokyo is, this is what is bonkers. I live in a somewhat touristy town in Spain that coincidentally has a high speed train station (which is very convenient tbh, not many towns have one since it’s mostly limited to larger cities) and I see plenty of Japanese tourists coming from Barcelona to stay for a day. I’ve always wondered that they must feel pretty at home with the nice modern trains, but the contrast must be pretty wild considering how dirty and inefficient the streets are compared to theirs.
@j134679 5 aylar önce
@@jmiquelmb oh definitely wild. Especially Paris as east Asian media tend to worship the French vibe. Look up how East Asians tourists suffer from Paris Syndrome.
@junrosamura645 Yıl önce
As someone living in Tokyo, the train is always the preferred method. However, I use my car to reach places trains cannot outside the greater tokyo area. Besides, everything you need is almost always around a train station. Since drinking and driving is illegal, this also forces everyone who wants to enjoy the night life to take the train since most bars are around train stations. Also, the majority of train stations have a shopping mall built on top of them or very near to them.
@ihateregistrationbul Yıl önce
@joevang475 Yıl önce
How are the train rides with the pandemic on going? I was there prior to the pandemic and I rode the train everywhere I went. I’m just curious how different it is today. Also, I cannot wait to visit Tokyo again.
@JustAboutToEat Yıl önce
How much for a parking space of your own?
@mordred5476 Yıl önce
@user-on6db4rf4s Yıl önce
@@joevang475 living in Tokyo rn- nothing is different from what I can tell. They open the train Windows a bit so the air is flowing, and everyone wears masks
@oceanstaiga5928 Yıl önce
I had the pleasure of visiting a company that’s inside that big building directly connected to shinjuku station. Seeing the area from above was quite impressive but walking around made so much sense, everything seemed well planned and divided considering just how massive the city is.
@rilee1800 Yıl önce
i have been tokyo, not better than china.
@Akiss 9 aylar önce
One thing this video doesn't touch on is that while the hubs are very well designed for mass transit, the residential streets are a confusing maze where you easily get lost, unlike the grid-pattern streets of Kyoto, which are really easy to navigate. This is due to the smaller streets being carryover from the feudal Japanese period, where streets were confusing by design to confuse invading feudal warlords into Edo.
@chigasaki06 9 aylar önce
I lived near Tokyo and I didn't know anyone with a car. It was amazing to navigate (minus the crowds during peak hours). It is clean, prompt, easy to navigate (mostly), and far superior than any other rail system I've encountered.
@Estenberg Yıl önce
New York City is built on the model of a north-south grid of mostly numbered and lettered streets, which makes it easy to walk and to navigate without even needing a map. Tokyo it seems is built in circles (similar to Rome and Boston) which requires a different type of thinking in order to navigate it, or especially to perfect a transportation network that can get a rider from any departure point to their destination-location, wherever it is, with the least number of transfers, connections, and wait times. This requires a massive accumulation of major hubs, and a precise schedule followed to the T. Japan has done this, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, with its 39 million inhabitants and its 3.9 billion subway rides per year. This achievement is the modern equivalent of building the pyramids, painting the Sistine Chapel, Circumnavigating the globe, or going to the moon. Tokyo's system should be used as a model for all major public transportation designs in the future of the world. And I believe that the best place to put this into practice is Los Angeles, which is of similar size to Tokyo Metropolitan, LA is also built in relative circles due to the many mountain ranges, and most enticing, Los Angeles is almost a clean slate when it comes to having a comprehensive public transportation network. Plus, California has the money to do it (if California were a country it would be the ninth largest economy in the world). And most important of all: Los Angeles is in the process of designing and constructing a massive rail-line infrastructure including hubs, stations, and even a highspeed train from the south of the state to the north of it. Tokyo did it first. Let's see if Los Angeles can do it next.
@endo_kun_da Yıl önce
Even for the shortest distance the minimum fee for getting onto the Shuto Expressway is 1300 yen or 10.50 USD. The Suica card (JR) is arguably more popular than the Pasmo card (Metro) but they are now interchangeable. In fact they are interchangeable with the other 10 or so IC payment cards used in cities around the country.
@blogoosfera Yıl önce
I worked as an intern at a public train company in southern Brazil. There is also preventive maintenance here. Every 6 months a composition is dismantled, parts documented and the entire train is reassembled. Culture inherited by a partnership with Japanese private companies. Thanks for this video.
@edinnorthcarolina--ovelhog5786 Yıl önce
In my opinion, São Paulo has one of the best Metro systems in the world. Albeit very busy, it is very efficient and clean. It rates right up there with Madrid, Moscow or Tokyo.
@tioroquisem1 Yıl önce
Pq vcs dois brs conversando em inglês mkkk
@zacky5315 Yıl önce
@@tioroquisem1 'cause they can...
@dimitrifeher1232 Yıl önce
@@zacky5315 Ketoreli niijas moin te kar😆
@agustindossantosfarias62 Yıl önce
@@edinnorthcarolina--ovelhog5786 Yeah but in comparison, Sao Paulo traffic is HELL
@msgesus4518 6 aylar önce
For such a big city I found it super peaceful and easy to navigate especially the trains and stations. I love that people walk on one side of staircases and escalators, leaving a row for faster people to overtake. In most other cities it's a s*** show.
@Kaminex Yıl önce
being in tokyo metro was a treat. it was so easy to understand even though i don't know japanese. i could get from point a to point b with little to no hassle. they had alot of electric mover for ease of walking and i love that all of them were underground so each stop felt like a minicity/mall in itself and i could spend a day there, since i was there during june/july which was the rain season. Drawbacks was the ticket card is a charger and not a monthly subscription or such and that at midnight the train stops so if you stuck in one area then you are stuck there til 5, thankfully there are places that are open 24/7.
@J_131 Yıl önce
I arrived Tokyo for the first time during evening rush hour in Shinjuku. Despite the hundreds of thousands of people, it was a BREEZE! I was marveling at how incredible their public transit system works! Only thing to keep in mind is that they do not run 24hrs which was a bummer since I am a night owl. But there's so much to see even within the district that you are in that the need to travel is greatly reduced. Excellent city planning!
@Eve.n.t_horizon Yıl önce
wow i didnt know the train cars get the same level of maintenance of commercial airlines planes! Thats absolutely amazing! They truly are one whole dimension ahead. Also i have heard they got help designing how the train stations should be connected by the amazing organism that is the Slime mold.
@PixelProphetGenius 10 aylar önce
I lived in Tokyo before the 2011 earthquake. I went home drunk one time, took a seat on a beach when I got off the train. When I arrived home, I realize my bag was missing. I went back hurriedly and found my bag on the same beach. Tokyo subway is the best - efficient, clean and safe.
@destituteanddecadent9106 Aylar önce
Surely you meant bench 😂
@mosswoodbury2292 Yıl önce
This also really is not limited to Tokyo. I stayed with a friend in a suburb (a subway accessible suburb, of course) outside of Osaka a couple years back. It was just so easy to get anywhere . When we took a trip to Tokyo, I was amazed that the same card worked. Imagine that in America
@alexfrank5331 Yıl önce
@@arturobuco Which 3rd world countries exactly? Genuinely curious.
@bobeatschocolate Yıl önce
@@MM-gt9uy America wouldn't even make it on a top 50 list of best/most efficient public transportation systems in the world. America is continuously making its way into the spotlight for having some of the worst public transportation out of developed countries. Its a shame. Annually, hundreds of millions of dollars wasted if not billions depending on state and yet it's a disaster. Japan, singapore, hong kong, etc... is an entirely different realm of ease of transport.
@MarkVonBaldi Yıl önce
@@alexfrank5331 Uruguay.
@XMYeks Yıl önce
one thing gm and insurance companies are afraid of
@ethanang3527 Yıl önce
Even worse than Pyongyang. Pyongyang transportation still way cleaner and better than any US public transport.
@TheMohamedreda Yıl önce
I think this is one of the things that are heavily reliant on culture. I could imagine this kind of intercity system only working in Japan or Germany. Ok, maybe some Scandinavian countries like Finland too? Everywhere else you'd have to spend a lot of money and accept a much higher risk factor if you're going to rely on humans for this kind of continuous sensitive monitoring of the subway systems and trains. I know for a fact that a high-speed train system in my country would be ill-advised and badly risky.
@bentencho 12 gün önce
Transit in Japan isn't really as stressful because of environmental factors. The trains are well maintained, cleaned, the passengers are generally quiet (talking on the cell is a 'no-no', at least it used to be), and people don't eat onboard (save for kids and just drinks). Whereas in North America, there are a-holes who treats the trains like a toilet, who litters, act like animals, and make the entire experience very unpleasant.
@Sandalphonium 10 aylar önce
Could you cover how tokyo imports goods/supplies all its shops with ingredients? I feel like this is a key topic to city planning
@frankokay5177 9 aylar önce
Resident of Tokyo here! Just want to say that the Tokyo train system is not smaller than New York’s. The “Tokyo Metro” system is smaller than the MTA but that does not account for all of the train lines available in the Tokyo metropolis, which seems to be more what this video focuses on. The NYC metropolis has 47 lines including LIRR but Tokyo metropolis has over 150! The complicating factor is that all of the trains in the Kanto region are operated by different companies and therefore it’s difficult to find a comprehensive list of all the Tokyo metropolis area lines.
@inforia 10 aylar önce
As a Malaysian guy, i love the design of japanese cities. It was a great honor to be able to visit Japan
@williamtell5365 Yıl önce
Ironically cities often benefit by disasters. THE San Francisck earthquake of 1906 allowed for a lot of redesign. The great Chicago fire destroyed a lot of slum livestock areas and helped Chicago become a leading center of urban architecture. Tokyo was largely destroyed in 1944-45 and that allowed a lot of newer redesign. This isn't saying those events were good, its just a fact that sometimes events that destructive lead to amazing rebirth. If you watch a forest over time after a fire, its the same effect.
@EJD339 Yıl önce
I know you aren't implying this but I'd imagine with how much infrastructure cities have setup now, that it wouldn't have this effect.
@danzena4059 Yıl önce
The forest fire analogy is great. Of course, none of those disasters were good and we would definitely not want things like that happen to us. Like the forest fire however, the good thing is the plants that don't get sunlight are able to grow and a new ecosystem is born.
@SideSwipe239 Yıl önce
…. And then destructive again
@williamtell5365 Yıl önce
@@SideSwipe239 I live in a place with lots of active volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. That's always a possibility. That's nature.
@jeffreylaw4169 Yıl önce
Yeah, at the cost of millions of life.
@typhooni8 Yıl önce
While I enjoyed this video and found it quite informative, I can't help but feel like we could have gone into more detail on what these design ideas/principles were going into Tokyo's train system. It felt more like a comparison than an explanation of the system. Still an informative video, would like more :)
@moraimon Yıl önce
As a Tokyo resident, I am envious of NYC subway's quad track lines which enables separation of express and local operations, and of Paris Metro's and London Tube's density and proximity to nearest stations. Each city has its good and bad.
@user-ji8zz9bm1b Yıl önce
I can say this because I'm Japanese, but the big stations in Tokyo are really labyrinths. The first time I went to Shibuya, it took me about an hour to get out of the station. I felt like I was playing an escape game or something.
@RevolutionaryLoser Yıl önce
No offense to Tokyo but the metro system was extremely difficult to work with and involves walking a lot, in my experience. I imagine people from the US or London are not used to seeing a transportation system that works.
@mango-strawberry Yıl önce
@@RevolutionaryLoser London has tube lol
@RevolutionaryLoser Yıl önce
@@mango-strawberry Yes. I said "transporportation system that works" going into the London tube is like walking into a third world country. It's hands down the worst public transport I've ever suffered through.
@mango-strawberry Yıl önce
@@RevolutionaryLoser ahh well
@joseaugustofontouracosta3680 Yıl önce
People who travels in Japan usually do the trip apart from the luggage, that is dispatched through takkyubin. It makes very easy to get a shinkansen from city centre to city centre with no need to carry a lot of weight. The idea that passenger and luggage travel independently is a cornerstone of the higher efficiency, since it allows the optmization of transport means (automobiles included) in order to spare space and energy.
@timestampterry4820 Yıl önce
I envy those sidewalks not randomly cutting off and the trafic being timed to actually allow for someone to walk across rather than give them a second to get into the crosswalk while cars also have a signal that can completely block you from walking
@PerfectPride Yıl önce
I love the trains in Japan. Doesn’t take too long to figure out and so convenient. Plus, the bullet trains are AMAZING. Despite their speed, it’s such a smooth ride! It kills me knowing that we’ll probably never have train systems even CLOSE to Japan’s (Or China or Germany’s) in the US thanks to lobbyist and oil companies. 🙄
@butzschelle2799 Yıl önce
Funny to read that about Germany haha. Im from there and nearly everyone here talks about how bad the train system works here. Japan and China seem to do it really well tho.
@fred_e Yıl önce
@@butzschelle2799 You can take solace in knowing that your train system is still better than that of the U.S.
@TenkuuNoKishi Yıl önce
Man, imagine if there is a bullet train across America, that would be amazing
@johnmknox Yıl önce
I think the main reason the US wont ever have anything like that is not because of lobbyists or oil companies but for a reason a lot more simpler and that is it wouldn't be profitable. Americans love their cars and freedom too much.
@Maggy-5201 Yıl önce
As a Japanese, I'm happy to receive praise for our city's railways. But you should know a fatal problem (or you may already know it, but), the deadly crowd of the morning and the evening. It's a hell time of the day.
@vinogs651 Yıl önce
Same in every country in the world.
@ernestogastelum9123 4 aylar önce
@@vinogs651 but you dont get packed as Sardines like they do in Japan. they packed the trains so much that they need to push people in order for the door to barely even close
@Stefejan 6 aylar önce
I was in Tokyo 2 weeks ago. I totally agree about the efficiency of their public transport system. But damn, I found the orientation inside the stations being a nightmare. I don't know, maybe with the time one gets used to it, but I think it could be done better. The shinjuku station imo it's literally a maze built with the sole goal of trapping people inside for the eternity lol
@Eight-suminoji 6 aylar önce
Don’t worry! 私も東京に行くといつも迷ってます!!
@felixdogan6776 10 aylar önce
What I like the most about Tokyo and Japan in generally is obviously how great their transportation is and what drives the most curiosity is of course their public transformation and I'm in love with it.
@XziledBlog Yıl önce
It's quite genius what a good architecture can make, I also believed that only because they were more advanced in tech they could make transport more efficient, here in mexico is a living hell to use metro, it's insane how much can they screw people just overseeing basic problems.
@dell051lt Yıl önce
Totally agree, Japan's mass transit system is total genius. I've been stationed here for 3 years, and totally love it. You really do not need a car to get across Japan at all. The way their system is interconnected, you could get across the entire country in a day just from how efficient it is.
@dell051lt Yıl önce
@@JessieR2023 Actually, Japan is about the size of California in comparison. The smallest state in the US is Rhode Island.
@MisoElEven Yıl önce
Great, allow people to actually use their cars and the story will be much much less in favor of mass transit.
@callsignDEVIL11 Yıl önce
@@dell051lt Which RI happens to be about the size of greater Tokyo, funnily enough.
@teneillesw.4312 Yıl önce
@@MisoElEven If I had access to public transit that good, I'd give up my car in a flash. I hate driving.
@vanessashola6806 Yıl önce
@@teneillesw.4312 plus it’s much cheaper
@jigerjain Yıl önce
In terms of Volume it states Tokya has the most number of passengers using public transport compared to any urban cities in the world, I bet it could be more than New York. However, It would be interesting to see the comparison made with Mumbai, India and how off is Mumbai’s local train which is claimed to be the heart of the city.
@TheBronzeDog Yıl önce
Been working on a fictional city for an urban fantasy game. After watching some urban design videos like yours, I have to restrain myself from making it too nice for the setting.
@ItsaMeAruigio 3 aylar önce
As a person living here for a pretty long time (around 10+ years) I can confirm most comments and it’s nice to see the love for Japan.
@marsukarhu9477 5 gün önce
Biking in Tokyo is easy and very safe. I rented a bike when I was there and biked all around Tokyo with no difficulties and no trouble at all. The subway is fine too, but the stations are so big that as a tourist you're easily disoriented and will spend a lot of time just looking for the right exit.
@tark_iol1841 Yıl önce
The development of Tokyo's railway system is closely linked to the development of suburban residential areas that began before the war and resumed during the period of high economic miracle. These railroad systems are in place to deliver office workers from suburban residential areas to central office buildings. The land in Tokyo is extremely small, the land prices are very high, and it is very difficult to find a parking lot in the city. Moreover, the road expansion plan was attempted as the "Great Kanto Earthquake Imperial Capital Reconstruction Plan" after the Great Kanto Earthquake, but was struck down by the political dispute. Even during the postwar reconstruction, the "war damage reconstruction plan" failed because GHQ interfered with the city's finances. In fact, Tokyo's city planning had great plans, but many haven't been implemented. Tokyo has a great transportation network today because the individual urban development plans that have been carried out one by one with the regrets of those predecessors miraculously meshed. Against this background, the main means of transportation in Tokyo is the train, not the car.
@mfaizsyahmi Yıl önce
Additional things the video doesn't touch: - Tokyo's many transport hubs came about from a previous ban on railways from going inside the Yamanote Loop, so they all terminate on the Yamanote Line and the areas became CBDs. Kinda like how London's King's Cross, Euston, Waterloo, London Bridge came to being. - Zoning, which the video almost touches. Japanese zoning is way more flexible, and allows for mixed use by default, thus making doing chores really convenient. In this regard it's actually less designed than the overly rigid Euclidian zoning that pervades America. - Transit service patterns, which should be more important than the trains as the video focused heavily about. While the metro stops at all stations, JR has some express services on the commuter lines. The private rail companies have even more express service patterns. - And the creme de la crop that makes Tokyo's transit network #1 is the integration in infrastructure. Many private railways have compatible track gauge, loading gauge, and electrification with each other and the metro, or rather, the metro specced their lines to be compatible with the private railways on the periphery. This allows the metro to physically connect and integrate their lines and stations with the private railways, resulting in through running between the lines. Therefore, metro trains can run beyond their trackage and onto the private railways and goes into the suburbs, and likewise private railway trains can go beyond their termini and into the metro tunnels in the center of the city, oftentines to the other end and onwards onto a _third_ railway company's tracks. This reduce the need to transfer between trains, thus help avoid overcrowding on stations. Not that those didn't happen though. On the Asakusa Line, you could have like 6 companies using the metro tracks, including the inter-airport service between Haneda and Narita simply because the rails are physically connected via the Asakusa Line. - Lastly, let's touch on storm management. Edogawa River was manmade, diverting water from Sumida River which flows through the city center. Further upstream, they diverted the majority of the flow from Tone River eastward to Ibaraki instead of southward to Edo Bay, artificially making Tone River the longest in Japan. And, of course, the giant underground cistern. That said, parts of Tokyo are actually below sea level and would be affected by sea level rise.
@wigglyk2796 Yıl önce
Single family house zoning is the bane of US/Canada. The average Suburbia is nothing but endless rows of McMansions combined with a huge mall somewhere in the outskirts(+massive parking lots). It's almost as if the country is built exclusively for cars and not humans.
@melize7035 Yıl önce
@@wigglyk2796 I absolutely agree, it was one of the factors that made leave North America
@Merrinen Yıl önce
We are likely on the same page in general, but I have to nitpick on "less designed" as to me it sounds way worse than you probably intended. Being flexible in zoning is and has always been better by design, and has nothing to do with being "less" designed. Flexibility is a choice that gives more freedom to design. You don't get as much say on what the exact end result is but you get better results as flexibility allows for change over time unlike the rigid zoning that never changes - until made flexible out of necessity.
@FirstLastOne Yıl önce
Having lived in Tokyo I can clearly tell you that rail companies weren't blocked but more like didn't have the land to build into the inner core. A list the following lines that travel inside the Yamanote sen: The JR Chūō-Sōbu sen with both local and rapid service The Toei Asakusa sen The Toei Mita sen The Toei Shinjuku sen The Toei Oedo Sen The Tokyo Metro Ginza sen The Tokyo Metro Marunouchi sen The Tokyo Metro Hibiya sen The Tokyo Metro Tozai sen The Tokyo Metro Chiyoda sen The Tokyo Metro Yurakucho sen The Tokyo Metro Hanzomon sen The Tokyo Metro Namboku sen The Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin sen The Toden Arakawa sen And as you stated, many lines are running on some of these Toei and Tokyo Metro lines as well. In fact you can take a single Keisei sen train from Haneda Airport and go right through Metro Tokyo (there is no such thing as a city called Tokyo) using the Toei Asakusa sen and arrive at Narita Airport.
@RuliManurung Yıl önce
I agree, zoning is also a hugely important factor that contributes to Tokyo's success. It's such simple common sense when you think about it. Looking at the very rigid zoning that happens in many other countries, you can see why cars become an absolute necessity.
@PradhanmantriBruhh Aylar önce
As an indian living in delhi. Tokyo is the ideal city model for us. We hope to become anything like it one day🥲🥲
@hy9655 Yıl önce
I’m Japanese and I can now appreciate how practical and efficient the Tokyo transportation is. You can also visit major cities within 30 minutes.
@sezan92 Yıl önce
From a Tokyoite who constantly hears why japan is bad (with many of its negatives e,g, less foreigner / immigration frendliness) , a huge thanks to show how Tokyo train system has made transportation so easy and pie peasy !
@ngantonnu8942 11 aylar önce
this is really interesting to watch. One small suggestion to level this is to connect or summarize the main points, since it's really complex and therefore easily distracted by the details it holds.
@jimw9415 Yıl önce
Lived in NYC as a kid and visited Japan and Tokyo in '19. There public transportation namely trains have go to be the best in the world. Stations are actually pleasant places, restaurants, shopping safe, lots of restrooms and clean. On time and efficient the trains made driving not needed for our whole trip.
@user-sk3vj6yz7j Yıl önce
Cool video. I didn’t know that Tokyo is such well-designed city. But it might be greater if the video explains which part of Tokyo made the city well connected.
@jubmelahtes Yıl önce
That's exactly what it felt like being there. I found the Tokyo metro to be easier to use and navigate (even with the language barrier) than the Oslo metro in my own capital which is way smaller yet i can never find my way there. Japan seemed like a nice place to commute in, i was impressed by the railways as they even had any railways built outside of occupation... we have not (very few at least).
@miliba Yıl önce
Well the signs do have English translations
@WanganTunedKeiCar Yıl önce
@@miliba It's not a question of language. It seems Tokyo's rail network is physically easier and more logical to navigate.
@frigginjerk Yıl önce
As an American, I would be happy to have even a difficult metro system. Most of our cities don't have one at all.
@sh1tgaman Yıl önce
Wow I guess you either lived really close to your office or your commute didn't include standing in jam packed trains during rush hour (even during the pandemic) and walking on a 1.5 hr commute one way. For most normal Japanese people in the Kanto region the reality is that commuting is absolute (*)(($#?!.
@feffeboy1857 Yıl önce
How did you have a hard time navigating the oslo metro. Its really easy
@DB-su5qp Yıl önce
The transition from paper tickets and point to point prices and all Japanese signs (pre football World Cup) to Pasmo and the finest metro signage in the world. Well you just had to be there. It went from an chaotic alien world to accessible to anyone with English in 2 years. Add that to the route planning apps and GPS I cannot tell you. I don't even think Tokyites knew half the city before that. (for those that don't know there are no addresses in Tokyo, each neighbourhood has a map - until this was available on apps finding anywhere was a real task).
@apophisstr6719 5 aylar önce
As someone who was born from East Asia where public transport is the norm just like Japan, I could never understand North American's addictions of car dependent cities, especially when most people seems to actually hate driving there.
@80spaul 8 aylar önce
I love the underground malls at the train stations here. Whole city blocks underground where you can escape the rain and cold or excessive heat at times. However, one thing I'll point out is that in most parts of Japan a car is still faster and cheaper. In Fukuoka, for example, it'll cost me almost ¥1000 to take the train to Tenjin for a day for one person. I can drive there and park for roughly the same amount, but I can take up to four other people with me.
@Facesforce Yıl önce
Another small nitpick: There are more cards then just Passmo. You can also get a Suika card, which works in stores, vending machines and on the JR lines and subways (But not private lines, buses, ect). The downsides of the Japanese transit situation really comes down to the average house salary per month, which was 3800 USD back in 2015 (When I used to live in Japan). This results in more people having to live in Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa, and having to take a hour and a half commute to work in order to start thier working day. And considering how the average working day is about 12-15 hours a day, on a 6 day cycle (Most employers for Japanese only operate a day shift or a night shift, 2nd shift is a rare thing unless you are working for a franchise store) and the company drinking culture in Japan, you end up with a situation where Men will be gone for 16-18 hours a day away from thier families. This is why teachers have to take on parental roles, along with patrols of neighborhoods once school is out. It does not help that house rent in central Tokyo is impossible except for company provided housing or business owners. So while trains are awesome and more efficient, it's that same low income per Capita that causes the continual cycle of poor familial structure and depression to take root.
@redfish337 Yıl önce
The cards are basically all connected now. The last ones I knew about not working were the Fuji-Q Line and the Hiroshima Street cars. The former added cards in 2015 and the latter connected with other cards in 2018. There could still be some rare exceptions. And if you choose some weird card it might have more. But they basically work nationally now.
@Facesforce Yıl önce
@@redfish337 That is great news. I was dreading having to buy new cards for my family when we travel. :D
@redfish337 Yıl önce
@@Facesforce Well, you still have to buy one for each person. But once you do that it's unlikely for you to even find any exceptions. Well, besides the shinkansen. If it's a matter of PASMO or suica, PASMO is recommended, because there is no return fee (last I checked anyway). Suica does occasionally have tourist bundles though which may make it more favorable. Also, a warning: If you aren't starting and ending in the same city then you won't be able to refund the cards- although they work everywhere they're still being managed by the separate companies so they only handle refunds on their own card. In the case your trip doesn't start and end in the same place you probably should just keep the first card as a 500 yen souvenir and just try to more or less empty out the cards by the end than worry about getting new cards in each place. Also, this is the slightly pre-covid information. Everything could have changed while we're locked out for all I know.
@livedeliciously Yıl önce
The world should really use Tokyo as a blueprint on city design. Ingenious, efficient, clean, timely, walkable, safe, etc. Amazing place.
@RuliManurung Yıl önce
As a Tokyo resident, I agree with everything stated in this video. One thing to add though is that the pandemic of the last couple of years has tested the usage of public transport as a main transportation mode. Of course it helps that good zoning means that outside of commuting to work you can mostly do all your daily necessities within walking distance.
@denormative Yıl önce
Yup. For most of the last two years during the pandemic I've worked from home out in the suburbs of Katsushika, and for months at a time I wouldn't have travelled more than a couple of kilometres away from home by foot. Supermarkets, electronic stores, DIY, restaurants, they're all scattered around nearby due to the really nice zoning laws. :)
@timbocracy4795 Yıl önce
Are public transportations during COVID empty? We all know how crammed subways are or were before covid. Curious if they had max limit on how many passangers can use the subway at once.
@ikedakazuto5061 Yıl önce
@@timbocracy4795 It’s still going but all the windows are open so it’s very very noisy in the trains.
@codeyfox622 Yıl önce
Can you explain more? Are there new rules about who can travel and when? Or do people just choose not to travel because of fear?
@michaelmargono Yıl önce
@@codeyfox622 it's basically a free for all. Everyone wears masks but the trains are still packed during rush hour.
@exiaR2x78 Yıl önce
I live in New Zealand and our public transport is so unreliable get a bit of anxiety around getting public transport cause of it. Went to Tokyo a few years ago the 1st day had a bit of anxiety getting public transport, but there system was so reliable everything on time, and frequent had no anxiety around it the rest of the trip. It was also soooo easy to get around with so many options withe the trains and subways.
@faithdy35 10 aylar önce
the thing about making having cars to be so unattractive is a really interesting thing. as someone in a country who has a lot of cars that was so mind-boggling but at the same time it makes so much sense
@Cecile-ff1df 3 aylar önce
One thing most videos like this overlook is that Japan is a high-trust society with generally well-mannered citizens, whereas the United States is a mixed-bag at best. Meaning that riding public transit is generally safe and pleasant for everyone in Japan, even solo children, whereas in the United States it can often be a harrowing experience. So, in the United States, travel by car within cities is more valued, meaning that investment in roads is higher and public transit has not become totally dominant in cities.
@jeffyang1585 10 gün önce
solo children travel on the nyc subway and bus system all the time too
@66korean Yıl önce
I lived in Asakusa for two years while training and studying Japanese. I used to tell my friends and family back in the U.S. that the train was so efficient, it could get you to the restroom on time.
@herr5262 11 aylar önce
Berlin's public transportation is equally if not better than Tokyo. There are trams, subways, regular train stations all over the metro area. But both Tokyo & Berlin are two of my favorite cities to visit / live in. I speak and read German so I don't know how hard it would be for non-German speakers though.
@wut2809 Yıl önce
It's so interesting how Tokyo, Japan has so few cars in comparison to its population, when Japan itself has a booming car manufacturing industry with Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, and so many more car companies.
@marishkagranada7985 Yıl önce
Let me just add Isuzu, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda, Lexus and more.. 😁
@mix3k818 Yıl önce
That, along with a very strong IT sector and heavy trade with the world, explains why Japan is such a wealthy country.
@backtopurrrfectagain6681 Yıl önce
"if it bothers you, make it a sale item."
@berkexan4117 Yıl önce
ironic that japan is one of the biggest at exporting cars ,contributing to car dependency in other countries
@marishkagranada7985 Yıl önce
@@berkexan4117 😂 Lmao... But on a side note, they're also one of the biggest manufacturers and exporters of trains. 😊
@ThomasRC Yıl önce
*Tokyo's rail system is insanely well design Most of Tokyo's streets were built like mazes to make access more difficult and slow down attacks during the Edo, since it was where the shogun lived. This is in stark contrast to Kyoto, a city with an almost perfect grid plan with streets aligned with north-south/east-west axis Different of Tokyo, Kyoto was the home of the emperor, which had no real power and therefore was not target of attacks.Combining those two factors, we have an incredibly well designed city… which still suffers with a terrible public transportation system based mostly on often delayed buses with overpriced tickets
@danzena4059 Yıl önce
One of the things I loved the MOST about Tokyo subways is that there's a toilet station/bathroom at almost every station and they're almost always CLEAN, immaculate. Unlike when I'm in most other big cities, I have to be careful not to drink too much or else I'll have to use the bathroom every 30 minutes. In Tokyo I can get off at almost any station and be assured there's a restroom. Unlike where I currently live in NYC, its a JOKE. There used to be restrooms at some stations back in the day but as the years went on, people just didn't know how to take care of them.
@redfish337 Yıl önce
Some of the toilets are squaties. On some occasions that's all they have. They're usable but not my preference. They also didn't have soap or paper towels, though I'd think they'd have fixed that over the last couple years. I dunno. Also, as it gets later in the evening, the more major stations' bathrooms will start to reek of alcohol and puke. And you have to watch where you're walking. Not immaculate. Somehow they manage to air it out and it's back to clean by the next morning. Sure, by comparison they're pretty good. They're good enough to be used just for the sake of convenience... but they're still only above the true public restrooms in cleanliness. The department store ones and such are waaaay better- but they purposefully put them on higher floors to keep them inconvenient.
@danzena4059 Yıl önce
@@redfish337 You're right, you're right. True. Some stations (I can't remember which ones, but usually the ones that were in renovation) had some very good rest rooms. Like you mentioned though, when I compare it to NYC (where many just urinate, poop or more....), it's quite glorious.
@blandrooker6541 9 aylar önce
Something that deserves to be mentioned, one huge reason why it works so well is that it's actually an extension of Japanese culture. A system that relies upon people behaving in a way that allows for cooperation and conformity to rules and standards, such a system would never work here in the US because we're a nation of assholes.
@kaijuchevrolet Yıl önce
It's truly an amazing city, it's so easy to get around and do your business. You're never far from a rest spot with delightful food & a nice/cosy atmosphere. The generally low crime rate is also a huge plus that contributes to the experience. But like all concrete jungles, you eventually start to feel the pressure of city life. At the end of the day, Tokyo is still an unnatural creation.
@n.s689 Yıl önce
Dude its Japan, its Japanese efficiency. The whole country is built using genius level innovations and ideas. Love Japan what an amazing culture and people.
@meggtokyodelicious Yıl önce
As a resident of Tokyo, i have to say that it's way more expensive to own a car. In Tokyo, we must have a proof of parking lot in order to literally buy a car. The parking garage or lots are super expensive. Almost the price of a Studio apartment. On top of that, insurance, tune ups, oil changes,monthly payments and gasoline ⛽ or electric car charges. In other hand, in Japan, companies pay your monthly public transportation fees as a part of your employment benefits. So it really doesn't matter where you live, and majority of married or families live outskirts of Tokyo where housing are affordable. So it was common for people to commute 2 hours each way to their jobs. But things changed with COVID, and now a lot of people can telecommute and want to live further.....for better lifestyle, more spaces and nature.
@mrbishi634 Yıl önce
...and shaken (safety inspection tax)
@paperpostcard4994 Yıl önce
how about motorcycles? is the situation same with owning cars?
@EMlNEM2020 Yıl önce
I was curious about the cost of using the trains, you say your employer usually pays for that? that's great
@motor4X4kombat Yıl önce
So to quote the environmentalists: "reject car, embrace bike"
@JimMonsanto Yıl önce
When I drove up to Tokyo, I expected a nightmare, but it was actually very fun and easy to get around. Parking was a nightmare, but actually getting around Tokyo was not. Now Osaka . . . THAT's a nightmare.
@taircalm Yıl önce
I went there December 2019 . I am directionally challenged and I was able to travel on transit with no internet and with minimal help! It's the best public transportation system I've experienced.
@lesliengo8347 Yıl önce
I find it interesting that Japan has bullet trains and elevated rail, but also is home to many major car companies. It's like 2 different parties in one country
@kc3302 Yıl önce
Good video, but a couple of comments: - Tokyo's subway system is smaller than New York because the majority of Tokyo's train travel is done on "commuter" train lines rather than "subways" - while New York has LIRR and Metro North which carry a small percentage of total rail passengers, Tokyo has 9 large commuter railways (5 of them serving Shinjuku are mentioned at the beginning of the video) plus literally dozens of smaller railway companies which in total carry the great majority of rail passengers. Most of the large commuter railways actually operate a "through service" onto subway lines so you catch a train in the suburbs which goes onto a subway line through the inner city areas then most run out the other side of the city onto a suburban line of another railway company. - PASMO is not the only smartcard. Suica was introduced 6 years prior and has around 3 times as many cards on issue. Both cards are interoperable with each other and with similar cards in other cities.
@user-du2qk8xf9u Aylar önce
I am Japanese, but Shibuya station is really a strange place. Because sometimes when I was lost and walking, I was at the next station. And if you include the construction blockades and pathways, it's possible that no one knows all the streets.
@CornTasteGood Yıl önce
I lived in Japan for a year and went to Tokyo twice. I ended up being the one in charge of getting myself and my fellow friends around where we wanted to go because they didn’t feel comfortable trying to interpret the language barrier in order to get from point A to point B. Well, in fact, Tokyo is incredibly easy to get around even if you don’t know how to speak or read the local language because they usually have a lot of English accommodations, but most importantly the color coding system they use is incredibly intuitive. I thoroughly enjoyed mapping our way around and it was such a pleasurable experience navigating through such a profound metropolis. My wife and I have plans in the future to visit Tokyo, and I can’t wait to go back and show her the unrivaled joy that is experiencing Tokyo. From the countless convenience stores with really yummy snacks and foods, to the endless amounts of goods and services that are also provided along the way, all with a hospitality that is a novelty in and of itself, it is by far one of the best experiences I’ve had in my 27 years of life. I love Tokyo.
@zero12304 Yıl önce
Yup Madison, NJ to Manhattan tooks 1-3 hours.
@user-dy4yi7fd3t Yıl önce
The one gripe I have with Tokyo is if you live in area around it. For example saitama, Chiba, Yokohama etc. The train system mainly heads towards Tokyo. So something that should be like 20 minutes on the train is like 45 to an hour with multiple changes. I used to have to head from saitama to Tokyo and back to saitama to get to work 🤣 . But yes as a whole it's a fantastic system
@RK-hd4cs Yıl önce
I have lived in Tokyo for 25+ years and New York City for 30 years. I'd say Tokyo is much better than the city to live in with the fun. Safer, cleaner, nicer ppl, and much better food!
@truthfacts5438 Yıl önce
Moscow has a world class public transportation system that is actually the 2nd busiest in the world behind Tokyo. Melbourne, AU also has arguably some of the best public transit on the planet as well.
@ezmacnsteeze Yıl önce
I enjoyed the high-level description of Tokyo vs other cities. I Would have liked to see you go more in-depth about makes Tokyo public transit more efficient compared to NYC for example
@Iskelderon Yıl önce
Tokyo is simply insane. 9 million people in the core city, 37.5 million in the metropolitan region and since the region also administers a shitload of islands, what counts as "Tokyo" (e.g., even Iwo Jima), technically means an area over a thousand kilometers in length!
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