A Fun Fact About Japan!

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This amazing fun fact about Japan comes from Rocket News 24. It is about the 51 busiest train stations in the world! After living here for less than four years we can personally verify that these train stations are sometimes out-of-control-crazy-crowded!!! We have spent a LOT of time weaving and dodging our way past throngs of people as we hurry to get to the next train.

The 51 Busiest Train Stations in the World– All but 6 Located in Japan

 

 A couple of days ago this little graph surfaced online displaying some interesting statistics. It’s a bar chart of the busiest train stations in the world, measured by the number of people who pass through them each year.

Perhaps coming as no surprise to those who have experienced its mind-numbingly complex transport complexes, Japan tops the list. What is surprising is the degree to which Japan dominates this list, with all but six stations residing here, and about half of them in the Tokyo area alone.

The following are the five busiest train stations in the world, although you woudn’t know it’s an international ranking just by looking at it.

 

#5 Yokohama Station (Kanagawa, Japan) – Approx. 760,000,000 people per year

 

This station located in Yokohama city near the border of Kanagawa Prefecture and Tokyo, was one one of Japan’s first great stations. A few moves and destruction caused by the Great Kanto Earthquake left it in its current location now.

The station is the nucleus to a vertically and horizontally sprawling commercial area hosting most if not all of Japan’s major chain stores like Takashimaya and Yodobashi Camera.

 

 

 

 

#4 Umeda Station (Osaka, Japan) – Approx. 820,000,000

As a resident of Osaka, this station is my own slice of nightmare. Every time I go there it tends to end with me huddled in a corner crying. This multilevel serpentine station hosts ever running rivers of people bumping into one another walking in every direction at the same time.

Remember one of those typical video game levels where you constantly walk through one door only to find yourself in the same room until you throw your controller at your little brother? It’s kind of like that.

But we’ve only just begun.

 

 

 

 

#3 Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo, Japan) – Approx. 910,000,000

Located in the heart of Tokyo, it’s no wonder Ikebukuro station is so heavily used. As a result it’s home to a bevy of attractions like gourmet hotdogs, penguins on waterslides, alleged teenage girl viewing clubs, and the occasional Cornman sighting.

This station is also a gateway for the Sitama prefecture to the north of Tokyo. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Shibuya Station (Tokyo, Japan) – Approx. 1,090,000,000

Also in the center of Tokyo, Shibuya station has a kind of nice atmosphere to it that can almost distract an agoraphobe from the hordes of commuters passing through. The station also features large, eye-catching artwork from Taro Okamoto.

There’s also a statue to Hachiko near one of the exits. Hachiko was the dog immortalized in Japanese and (to a lesser extent) American movies as the dog who faithfully waited for his dead master outside of Shibuya station for nine years.

 

 

 

 

 

#1 Shinjuku Station (Tokyo, Japan) – Approx. 1,260,000,000

Many people are often in awe of Shinjuku Station’s massive size or complain about its complexity, built to handle over one million daily commuters. I don’t know what their problem is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a perfectly simple map of the Japan Railway line East Section:

Image: JR-East

Actually this is just the JR-East railway section of the station which accommodates four other train operators. So multiply that map by about three and you’ll have the rough make-up of the basic station. Throw in all the other shopping and entertainment facilities often found around train stations and you have a labyrinth that’d make David Bowie give a whistling admiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above graph and pictures leave little in the way of concrete details such as the date of the information, so it’s hard to gage how accurate the data is, but checking a few of the station’s statistics it seems to check out.

 

This picture of The Chhatrapati Shivaji station is beautiful and it is reported that it handles 3,000,000 people each day. But those statistics have not been verified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, if the rapid development of China continues unabated we may soon see more of their stations popping up in the rankings. So, you may want to take these figures with a grain of salt.

Here’s the full list of 51 busiest stations in the world!!

1  Shinjuku (Tokyo, Japan) 

2  Shibuya (Tokyo, Japan)

3  Ikebukuro (Tokyo, Japan)

4  Umeda (Osaka, Japan)

5  Yokohama (Kanagawa, Japan)

6  Kita-Senju (Tokyo, Japan)

7  Nagoya (Aichi, Japan)

8  Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)

9  Shinagawa (Tokyo, Japan)

10 Takadanobaba (Tokyo, Japan)

11 Namba (Osaka, Japan)

12 Shinbashi (Tokyo, Japan)

13 Tennouji (Osaka, Japan)

14 Akihabara (Tokyo, Japan)

15 Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan)

16 Sannomiya (Kobe, Japan)

17 Omiya (Saitama, Japan)

18 Yurakucho-Hibiya (Tokyo, Japan)

19 Nishi-Funabashi (Chiba, Japan)

20 Meguro (Tokyo, Japan)

21 Daimon-Hamamatsucho (Tokyo, Japan)

22 Ueno (Tokyo, Japan)

23 Oshiage (Tokyo, Japan)

24 Paris Nord (Paris, France)

25 Taipei Railway Station (Taipei,Taiwan)

26 Machida (Tokyo, Japan)

27 Gare de Chatelet (Paris, France)

28 Kawasaki (Kanagawa, Japan)

29 Roma Termini Railway Station (Rome, Italy)

30 Tamachi-Mita (Tokyo, Japan)

31 Kyobashi (Osaka, Japan)

32 Funabashi (Chiba, Japan)

33 Ayase (Tokyo, Japan)

34 Hamburg Central Station (Hamburg, Germany)

35 Yoyogi-Uehara (Tokyo, Japan)

36 Kamata (Kamata, Japan)

37 Gotanda (Tokyo, Japan)

38 Kichijoji (Tokyo, Japan)

39 Kaneyama (Aichi, Japan)

40 Musashikosugi (Kanagawa, Japan)

41 Fujisawa (Kanagawa, Japan)

42 Oimachi (Tokyo, Japan)

43 Nakano (Tokyo, Japan)

44 Tachikawa (Tokyo, Japan)

45 Iidabashi (Tokyo, Japan)

46 Kashiwa (Chiba, Japan)

47 Hakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

48 Tsuruhashi (Osaka, Japan)

49 Nishi-Nippori (Tokyo, Japan)

50 Nakameguro (Tokyo, Japan)

51 Zurich Main Station (Zurich, Switzerland)

More Countries Join the New List of 100 Busiest Train Stations, Japan Still Claims 82 of Them

Source: Himasoku (Japanese)

 

 

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