It doesn’t take long for the uninitiated to get their head around the rather logical Japanese transport system, however it’s negotiating the myriad of entrances and exits, at the stations themselves, that can be daunting for the novice traveller.
Entering the wrong one, can leave you lost or disorientated.
I found Google maps worked really well in getting in and out of some of the busiest stations in japan, as it gives you directions and even platforms numbers.
There are also various apps that are useful, such as MapswithMe, (can be viewed when offline) and Hyperidia, or you can go old school with a free tourist map, but remember it is essential you have 20/20 vision to read the small print and they are hard to read at night.
Shinjuku station, seen below, which is really five stations in one, has over 200 exits.
3.5 million people pass through Shinjuku station daily.
Shibuya in Tokyo, is renowned for being the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, and that was where we were headed – if Google was leading us correctly. Following a sign leading up from the Shibuya station platform that indicated the Hachiko exit, we ended up in a large and busy shopping mall, so when I spotted a large window, I looked out to see just where we were:-
It looked like we were headed the correct way – I could see the famous Shibuya Starbucks.
And here we are taking it all in, not yet game to cross. Looking this way and that.
Sometimes Japan can give the traveller sensory overload. But in the nicest way.
Everyone in Japan, is so polite and respectful.
Are you ready to cross Shibuya? Here we go….
And a view from the top – kind of magical really!
Do you use Google maps or some other navigation app?
Which ones have you found useful on your travels?
Something to Ponder About