Escalators in Japan
This is especially true in Tokyo, with its many multi-storied buildings with basements, and if you take public transportation, as you descend (and ascend) into the deep underground to ride on the many subway trains. Pictured below is one of the many escalators in Shinjuku station in Tokyo.
Another observation is that escalators never seem to break – or at least, if they break, they are fixed very quickly. For the high number of escalators in use, I rarely see an escalator not working. Also, I have seen a few escalators which stop running when no one is using them – energy efficient.
Unlike in North America, you should stand on the left and walk on the right side while riding an escalator in Tokyo and some areas in Japan.
And finally, the world’s shortest escalator can be found in Japan at the Kawasaki More’s department, certified by the Guinness Book of Records in 1989 as having the shortest vertical height of 834 mm. According to the video description on YouTube, “the best part is, there are normal stairs after you get off the escalator” – now that’s funny!
Do you like taking escalators? Or do you prefer walking or taking the elevator?