Buses and Taxis

All licensed commercial vehicles including buses and taxies have green license plates with letters and numbers in white.

If you see any hired vehicle with a white license plate with green lettering, they are operating without licenses.

 

> Local Buses バス

In Tokyo, Osaka and some other large cities, buses serve as a secondary means of public transportation, complementing the train and subway networks. In cities with less dense train networks like Kyoto, buses are the main means of public transportation. Buses also serve smaller towns, the countryside and national parks.

Most local buses are operated by one driver only. You pay the fare as you enter the bus. Most local buses charge one price per ride.

 

> Highway Buses 高速バス

Highway buses provide alternative means of long distance transportation to rail and air. So-called Highway Buses operates between cities like Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka overnight at very reasonable prices. On top of the savings, you will be able to skip one night at the hotel. Buses are clean and comfortable and some are equipped with flat beds.

 

> Shuttle Buses シャトルバス

You see many shuttle buses at any international airports. Those buses provides reasonable price transportation to and from airport to destinations like hotels and train stations. For instance, the shuttle bus from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station runs between 1,100 ~ 3,300 yen depending on the company. Shuttle bus fare includes toll charges as well. There is no tipping for this service.

 

> Tour Buses ツアーバス

If you wish to tour specific places, there usually are tour buses to take you there and back. There are many tourists that can provide you with the tour bus services. Ask your travel agent or look online to find the tour bus companies. There are tour buses operating with English and other languages as well.

 

> Taxis タクシー

Taxis in Japan are very clean with most cabs open left rear door by the drivers. Taxi fairs start around 400 yen to 800 per the first 2km. Because of the heavy traffics in metro Tokyo and other cities, taxis may not be the fastest transportation. In large cites with a good subway system people tend to travel by subway to save time and money. If you ask a taxi to use toll roads, the toll will be added to your total charge. No tipping is needed for a taxi ride.

蓮の花

蓮はすの花はなは泥水どろみずのような池いけの中なかから真直まっすぐに茎くきを伸のばし、その 先さきに華麗かれいな花はなを 咲さかせます。

Hasunohanawa doromizunoyona ikenonakakara massugunikukiwonobashi, sonosakini kareinahanawosakasemasu.

Lotus flowers grow straight stems from a muddy pond and bloom brilliantly at the end of the stems.

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Japanese Online Newsletter Vol. 69 お風呂でしてはいけないこと(おふろでしてはいけないこと)

日本(にほん)に行(い)ったら温泉(おんせん)や銭湯(せんとう)に行(い)きたいと私(わたし)はいつも思(おも)います。みなさんも是非機会(ぜひきかい)があれば温泉(おんせん)や銭湯(せんとう)に行(い)って温(あたた)まってください。でも、みんなが入(はい)るお風呂(ふろ)ですからいくつかルールがあります。それをしないと周(まわ)りの人(ひと)から嫌(いや)がられます。(1) 入(い)れ墨(ずみ)やタトゥーがあると入(はい)れないお風呂(ふろ)があります。気(き)をつけてください。(2) かかり湯(ゆ)をしましょう。これは風呂(ふろ)に入(はい)る前(まえ)に体(からだ)の汗(あせ)などを流(なが)す習慣(しゅうかん)で、お風呂(ふろ)の入(い)り口(ぐち)にはお湯(ゆ)とたらいが準備(じゅんび)されています。それで体(からだ)を数回流(すうかいなが)しましょう。頭(あたま)を濡(ぬ)らす必要(ひつよう)はりません。かかり湯(ゆ)をしないで浴槽(よくそう)には入(はい)ってはいけません。(3) 浴槽(よくそう)の中(なか)にはタイルを入(い)れてはいけません。タオルは頭(あたま)に巻(ま)くか、置(お)くか、浴槽(よくそう)の外(そと)に置(お)くようにしましょう。(4) 潜(もぐ)ってはいけません。髪(かみ)の毛(け)を浴槽(よくそう)に入(い)れないように気(き)をつけてください。(5) 浴槽(よくそう)の中(なか)で体(からだ)や頭(あたま)、顔(かお)、髪(かみ)の毛(け)を洗(あら)ってはいけません。浴槽(よくそう)の外(そと)に洗(あら)い場(ば)があります。(6) お風呂(ふろ)から外(そと)に出(で)る時(とき)(ロッカーに向(む)かう時(とき))は体(からだ)を拭(ふ)いてください。みんなで使(つか)うお風呂(ふろ)です。まわりの人(ひと)に配慮(はいりょ)して楽(たの)しむようにしてください。
What Not to Do in the Bath
Whenever I visit Japan, I always want to go to an onsen (hot springs) or sento (public bath). If you have the chance, please visit an onsen or sento and warm up. However, there are a few rules for bathing in a public bath. If you don’t follow them, people around you will not like you.(1) If you have tattoos, there are some baths you cannot enter. Please be careful.(2) Rinse before you enter. It is a custom to wash off the sweat from your body before taking a bath. At the entrance of the bath, you will find a tub of hot water and a bowl of water that you can use to rinse your body several times. It is not necessary to wet your head. Do not get into the tub without rinsing yourself off first.(3) Do not put your towel in the bathtub. Wrap it around your head or place it outside the tub.(4) Don’t dive into the tub or put your hair in it.(5) Do not wash your body, head, face, or hair in the bathtub. There is a washing area outside of the tub.(6) Please wipe yourself off before leaving the bath (when going to your locker).The bath is for everyone to use. Please be considerate of the people around you and enjoy your visit.

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寝顔

カンガルーも疲つかれた後あとはお昼寝ひるね。寝顔ねがおが可愛かわいいですね。

Kangarumo tsukaretaatowa ohirune. Negaoga kawaiidesune.

Kangaroos also take a nap when they get tired. Their sleeping faces are so cute.

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住居の形

住居じゅうきょには色いろんな形かたちがありますね。最上階さいじょうかいに住すみたいですか?それとも、下したの階かいの方ほうが 便利べんりでしょうか?

Kyojuniwa ironnakatachiga arimasune. Saijokainisumitaidesuka?soretomo, shitanokainohoga benrideshoka?

Residence comes in many forms. Do you want to live on the top floor? Or would the lower floors be more convenient for you?

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笑顔

大切たいせつな人ひとたちの笑顔えがおを見みると嬉うれしくなります。

Taisetsuna Hitotachi no egao wo miruto ureshikunarimasu.

It makes me happy to see the smiling faces of the people I love.

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観覧車

遊園地ゆうえんちに行いったらかかせないのが観覧車からんしゃ。高たかいところから見みる街並まちなみや夜景やけいは、一緒いっしょに 乗のった人ひととの思おもい出でに。

Yuenchiniittara kakasenainoga kanransha. Takaitokorokaramiru machinamiya yakeiwa, isshoninottahitotono omoideni.

The Ferris wheel is a must when visiting an amusement park. The view of the city and the night sky from up high will be a memorable experience for the people you ride with.

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スクーターで

小ちいさな路地ろじを通とおり抜ぬけるには、スクーターが便利べんりです。

Chiisanarojiwo torinukeruniwa, sukutaga benridesu.

Scooters are useful for getting through the small alleys.

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お好み焼き

お好このみ焼やきは、日本にほんのソウルフードの一ひとつです。

Okonomiyakiwa, nihonno sorufudonohitotsudesu.

Okonomiyaki is one of the soul foods of Japan.

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犬小屋

以前いぜんは玄関横げんかんよこに犬小屋いぬごやを置おいて犬いぬを番犬ばんけんとして飼かっていました。今いまは屋内おくないで人ひとと一緒いっしょに暮くらすのが一般的いっぱんてきになっています。

Izenwa gennkanyokoni inugoyawooite inuwo bankentosite katteimasita. Imawa okunaide hitotoisshonikurasunoga ippantekidesu.

In the past, dogs were kept in kennels next to the front door as guard dogs. Nowadays, it is more common for dogs to live indoors with their owners.

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