Guide to Living in Tochigi

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Transportation

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BuskBASUl

On Japanese local buses, the price of a ticket depends upon the distance traveled. The place where getting on the bus is indicated by a number on the ticket (there is no ticket for the first bus stop). When you get on the bus, please take a numbered ticket from the machine located either at the front or back. When you hear your destination announced, please press the button on the wall to notify the bus driver of your intention to get off. You will know the fee ahead of time by looking at the screen that lists all the numbered zones and their fares. Passengers who do not have a ticket, you will must pay the highest price.

Childrenfs fees are calculated differently depending on their age. Starting at age 12 they must pay the adult rate. From ages 6 to 11 they pay half the adult rate. Up to two children younger than age 6 can travel for free when accompanied by an adult. However if there are more than two children younger than age 6, the additional child or children must pay half the adult rate.

On many bus routes you may also pay with a bus card, which is roughly 10-14% cheaper than the regular fare. For example, a 5,000 bus card will give you approximately 5,700 worth of usage. For longer distances, also note that there are several highway buses that run to Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Osaka and other destinations.

TrainkDENSHAl

Children's fares are calculated differently, depending upon their age. Starging at age 12, they must pay the full adult fare. Children from the ages of 6 to 11 pay half the adult rate. Up to two children younger than age 6 can travel for free when accompanied by an adult. However, if there are more than two children younger than age 6, the additional child or children must pay half the adult fare.

For the Shinkansen(bullet train) or Limited Express, it is necessary to buy an additional ticket, a Shinkansen Tokkyuken(bullet train supplement) or Tokkyuken(express supplement), respectively.

When boarding a train at a station with no machines or ticket offices, it is possible to purchase a ticket eithere on the train or when exiting the station at your destination.

Major railway companies have been introducing electronic cards such as Suica, issued by East Japan Railway Company and PASMO, adopted by major private railway companies. Note that there are still some lines or stations where they cannot be used.

TaxikTAKUSHIl

Taxis that are vacant and unengaged have the following displayed in red at the front of their car: g‹óŽÔh. You can hail a taxi by raising your hand. In the taxi, your fee is usually indicated on a meter next to the taxi driver. Between 22:00 to 05:00, you will be charged an additional late-night fee.

You can also request or reserve a taxi by telephone. Please contact your local taxi company for more information.

Traffic SafetykKOTSUANZENl

Japan is very a crowded country and many people use cars every day. Unfortunately, Tochigi is one of the worst prefectures in terms of traffic accidents. In order to stay safe during your stay, please respect all traffic rules.

Driving

Bicycle

Just like car drivers, cyclists have to respect traffic laws. gDrinking and bikingh is also forbidden. Since traffic violations are punished with the same severity as car drivers , it is necessary to be careful.

Pedestrians

Obey all traffic lights when crossing roads. If there is no traffic light, double check before crossing the street. If you have young children, please make sure that they do not run into the street. When going out at night, it is advisable to wear something easily visible by automobile drivers. People are free to drink alcohol in public in Japan.@ However, displays of disorderly behavior will not be tolerated.

Car Accidents