Train travel ease in Japan

My wife and I find that the train system in Japan is really efficient. Their departures and arrivals are timed with precision; the cars are very clean, and the system gives wheelchair users very good service. Also, when you tell them your destination, the ticketing agent takes into account various station changes. That’s much easier than looking up the timetables.

Since I can’t walk too well, when I got my travel tickets at the ticket counter I asked to use their wheelchair service. The agent arranged for a person with a wheelchair to meet me at each station. This was especially helpful for making a connection at the Tokyo Station because of its size and complexity. There was no charge and no tipping for the service.

Torrance, CA