The Tsukuba Express, A Japanese Train Picture Post

By Donnie | Articles

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.


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!!


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.

Paid lockers.

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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  • Nanami

    Sugoi! ^_^

    I remember the first time I got on a train/subway.. I was in DC on my 8th grade class trip. I’ve ridden one a handful of times since and I remember every trip.

    The Express is so shiney! +_+

  • erin

    YAY i love the Tsukuba Express!!! 😀 i just went to Iias mall the other day for the first time and it’s soooo big!! Also, i noticed that the name of one of the stations is ‘Midorino’ (midori=green) but the sign for the station is red!! (LOL)

    • Donald Ash

      Right? IIAS is the largest mall in Kanto. Great shopping, and really close. Thanks for stopping by, Erin 🙂

  • Jon

    How much is a train ticket in Japan? :O

    • Donald Ash

      It varies depending on which train you take and where you’re headed, but the Tsukuba Express is little more expensive than the trains in Tokyo. Usually when going between stations in Tokyo, I generally only have to spend like 160 yen, but the train ride to work (about 20 minutes away) is 500 one way. The Shinkansen can get much more expensive if you’re really going far.

  • Anthony

    I like how everyone on the train is sleeping lol, probably one of the most peaceful forms of transportation. I’m taking a bet to say the loudspeaker is loud enough to wake the dead.

  • Kayla

    I love trains. I think they’re the coolest thing ever. ^_^

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