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)
The Tsukuba Express!
Another view of the Tsukuba Express Train
The Tsukuba Express Local Train. The other two types are the rapid and semi-rapid trains.
Sigh...air-conditioned cars. Even soft air-conditioned cars can be a huge relief in the summer.
Another look at the Tsukuba Express Train.
Tsukuba Express Station names in hiragana, katakana, and kanji.
The Tsukuba Express Station names in English, too...HOORAY!!
One type of seating in a Tsukuba Express train car.
The second type of seating in a Tsukuba Express train car.
The Tsukuba rail map inside of the train. The light pinpoints the location of your car on the train.
You can't see it very well, but this conductor was the first female train conductor I've seen. Do your thing, sis!!
つくばエクスプレス PICTURE POST (STATION PHOTOS)
The ticketing area.
The listing of trains station on the Tsukuba Express from Tsukuba to Akihabara.
TX ticket gates.
The Tsukuba Express, Kenkyu Gakuen Station.
Another look at Kenkyu Gakuen Station, Tsukuba, Japan.
The Tsukuba Express. Akihabara, Japan 2011.
The Tsukuba Express, information booth.
Another ticketing TX ticketing area.
Random Tsukuba Express Pictures
A TX DS spot.
A JAXA display (kind of like Japan's Nasa) at the Tsukuba Express in Akihabara.
Do you need your shoes repaired? You can do it right here at the TX station in Akihabara, Japan.
A random defibrillatior inside of Tsukuba Station.
am pm convenience store inside of the station.
A map showing how the TX and the Japan Rail.
The Tsukuba Express rail at Kenkyu-Gakuen Station.
The Tsukuba Express at light speed?
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