East v West: 5 Train Habits to Ditch before 2019 Ends


East v West
Kanto v Kansai

East v West<br><em>Kanto v Kansai</em>

You know we've brought it up before, but when it comes to traveling Japan, there are always customs and rules to follow. Whether it's celebrating Christmas or how to properly eat during a foodie tour, you can always expect there's a right way and a wrong way to do things.

However, you may find the actions you take may be brushed off in Tokyo, those in Kyoto may politely inform you otherwise. For today's travel blog, let's take a look at the top 5 behaviors to avoid on a train when in Kanto (Tokyo, Ibaraki, Chiba, Kanagawa) and how they slightly vary when in Kansai (Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara).

Kanto Don'ts (Tokyo Tour)

Kanto Don'ts (Tokyo Tour)

Without further ado, let's take a look at the top five behaviors to avoid, as voted by the local Tokyo residents:

  1. Improper manner of sitting - RE: Taking up more space than you should (EX: Laying Down, Feet Up, Legs Spread too open, etc.)
  2. Improper use of smartphones - EX: Talking on the Phone, Having your Phone's Speakers on, etc.
  3. Rude manners when getting on and off the train - EX: Acting like anybody during rush hour trying to board the New York Subway System
  4. Annoying way of carrying and depositing luggage - Put it down in front of you. If you think people are Knocking into your stuff, then move your stuff.
  5. Excessively loud conversations - Similar to 2, this includes talking to friends or family on the train with no regard for anyone else.

To be fair, most of this is how I felt whenever riding the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) around in Northern California. Look, it's great you're with your friends or you just went shopping or whatever, but keep in mind there are other people trying to enjoy the ride as well.

Kansai Don'ts (Kyoto Tours)

Kansai Don'ts (Kyoto Tours)

Now that we know what annoys the people of Tokyo on the train, let's take a look at the top 5 don'ts in Kyoto.

  1. Improper manner of sitting - Same as Tokyo
  2. Annoying way of carrying and depositing luggage - Number 4 for Tokyo.
  3. Rude manners when getting on and off the train - Same as Tokyo
  4. Excessively loud conversations - Number 5 for Tokyo
  5. Improper use of smartphones - Number 4 for Tokyo

As you can see, no matter where you are in Japan, you need to sit properly. After that, it looks like there's a bit of variance between the two, four, and five spots. Surprisingly, rude manners when boarding or departing the train seems to annoy everyone just the same, no matter where in Japan.

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