Without access to a decent train line, transportation can be a bit of a hassle in Japan. Of course if you have a driver’s license in Japan, it can be incredibly helpful (unfortunately, I don’t). Trains systems in Japan do a pretty good job of spanning much of the country, being accessible to the vast majority of it’s citizens and tourists. There are cases, though, where you may be living in ブ-ンドクス** , Japan and you might have to jump through a few hoops to get to a decent train. Not too long ago, Tsukuba used to be one of those cities. I remember hearing stories from students about always having to use a bus to get to Tokyo, or taking a bus to the nearest station with access to the Joban Line (also known as the Joban-sen (じょうばんせん or 常磐線)), a popular route on the JR (Japan Rail) East. The Tsukuba Express Line opened it’s rails in 2005 (see? I told you it wasn’t that long ago) so I’ve been fortunate enough to have always had access to it (I got here at the very beginning of 2008). This picture post is a closer look at the ever-convenient, just-a-little-too-expensive, high-speed, always-clean, always-punctual Tsukuba Express Line.
*That’s katakana for Boondocks. I don’t think that’s actually a city in Japan. I’d be surprised if it is.
つくばエクスプレス PICTURE POST (TRAIN PHOTOS)
つくばエクスプレス PICTURE POST (STATION PHOTOS)
Random Tsukuba Express Pictures
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