Riding the Rails: Subways and Trains in Japan

Samuel going through the turnstiles at a subway station in Tokyo.People exiting a subway station in Tokyo.

Kipling loved using his ticket and then storing it very carefully in one of the ticket sleeves – then getting it out when we got to our destination. He liked using his ticket so much I continued to buy them for him even after I learned that 4 year olds don’t require tickets for the subway.Inserting subway ticket to enter Tokyo subway station.

I told Samuel to memorize the Kanji for the subway station nearest our hotel – and sure enough, one day we found ourselves at a station with no english and he spotted it on the map and got us home.Figuring out the Tokyo subway system map.

The boys put a pretty high premium on finding a seat when we first boarded a subway car.Sitting and waiting on a subway ride in Tokyo, Japan.

But when there was only one seat they made do.The boys sitting on a train in Osaka, Japan.

On board the Shinkansen as we headed south to Kyoto and Osaka.Using the bathroom aboard the high speed shinkansen bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto.

Samuel waiting for the train to depart in Kyoto.Waiting for the shinkansen bullet train in Tokyo station.

On our way home! Waiting for the train to take us to the airport.On our way to Narita airport by train in Tokyo.

5 questions and comments

  1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave My Little Nomads

    Thanks for the great comments everyone. Yes kids love trains – and if they go through tunnels, all the better.

  2. AvatarKickass Adventuring with Kids

    Kids love public transportation don’t they? I swear we could just ride subways all day, and some days, when we lived in NYC, that was the activity.

  3. AvatarMummyT

    For children, sometimes getting about is a big part of the fun… One of the highlights for my son on our trip so far was riding on top of a bus. On furniture, which someone was transporting…

  4. AvatarMargo

    He looks as if he is having so much fun! Some of my daughters’ best memories from traveling are the planes and trains, and getting to and fro a destination πŸ™‚

  5. AvatarMyscha Theriault

    Great one! I love how your boys problem solved for seat finding and subway navigation.

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