Japanese Online Newsletter Vol. 73 鉄道(てつどう)

日本(にほん)特徴(とくちょう)(ひと)つに鉄道(てつどう)があります。JR 運営(うんえい)する新幹線(しんかんせん)有名(ゆうめい)ですが、新幹線(しんかんせん)以外(いがい)にも日本(にほん)には数多(かずおお)くの鉄道(てつどう)があり、その総距離(そうきょり) 27,337 km(16,986 mile)にも(たっ)します。ですから日本(にほん)のどこにいても、だいたいのところには鉄道(てつどう)()けることになります。もちろん日本(にほん)島国(しまぐに)なので、トンネルや(はし)でつながっていない(しま)には()くことはできませんが、本州(ほんしゅう)北海道(ほっかいどう)四国(しこく)九州(きゅうしゅう)4(とう)であれば何処(どこ)へでも鉄道(てつどう)()くことができます。



日本(にほん)()かれるとわかりますが、ほとんどの鉄道(てつどう)(びょう)単位(たんい)()(かん)(どお)りに運営(うんえい)されています。また、鉄道(てつどう)事故(じこ)(ほとん)どありません。新幹線(しんかんせん)(いた)っては、1964(ねん)開業(かいぎょう)以来(いらい)運用上(うんようじょう)死亡(しぼう)事故(じこ)1(かい)()こしていません。海外(かいがい)からの(りょ)(こう)(しゃ)()けに一定(いってい)期間(きかん) JR ()放題(ほうだい) JR PASS などもありますので、ご()(よう)になって(てつ)(どう)()(ほん)()られるのも(たの)しいと(おも)います。


One of Japan's unique features is its railroad system, which is best known for the Shinkansen (bullet train) operated by JR. However, there are also many other railroads in Japan, covering a total distance of 27,337 km (16,986 miles). Therefore, no matter where you are in Japan, you can get to almost anywhere by train. Of course, since Japan is an island nation, you cannot go to islands that are not connected by tunnels or bridges. Though you can go anywhere on the four islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, and Kyushu by train.

Also, in large cities like Tokyo and Osaka, subways and private railways are arranged like a spider's web. So you can reach your destination on time by train rather than by bus or cab on crowded roads.

Train schedules vary depending on the number of passengers, but the Yamanote Line, for example, which runs around the Tokyo metropolitan area, has trains arriving every few minutes. The Tokaido Shinkansen, which connects Tokyo and Osaka, departs Tokyo Station once every three minutes during rush hour and heads for Osaka.

As you can see when you visit Japan, most railways operate on time to the second. Also, there are almost no railroad accidents in Japan. The Shinkansen has not had a single operational fatality since its inauguration in 1964. In Japan, there is a JR Pass that allows overseas visitors to have an unlimited number of rides on JR trains for a set timeframe. I think it would be fun to see Japan by train.

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