Japan Train Categories

Previously, I blogged about the Tokyo subway.  All types of Japanese trains, from local to shinkansen, are typically classified into the following categories.

Local (kakueki-teisha or futsu-densha)
Local trains stop at every station
Rapid (kaisoku)
Rapid trains skip some stations and there is no difference in the ticket price between local and rapid trains
Express (kyuko) 
Express trains stop at even fewer stations than rapid trains. Japan Railways (JR) charges an express fee in addition to the base fare.
Limited Express (tokkyu)
Limited express trains stop only at major stations.  A limited express fee usually has to be paid in addition to the base fare. It is typically between 500 and 4000 yen.  JR railway companies always charge this fee, but some other private railway companies do not.
  Super Express (shinkansen) – Shinkansen are only operated by JR.  Shinkansen run along separate tracks and platforms.  A limited express fee has to be paid in addition to the base fare. It is typically between 800 and 8000 yen.

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5 thoughts on “Japan Train Categories

  1. Do you know that trains headed towards Tokyo Station are said to be traveling γ€ŒδΈŠγ‚Šγ€ (“Upwards”), and trains headed away from Tokyo Station are said to be traveling γ€ŒδΈ‹γ‚Šγ€ (“Downwards”), regardless of the cardnal direction (north, south, east or west)?

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