The Busiest Train Station In The World.
And that very, very busy train station is Shinjuku Train Station, right in the guts of Tokyo, in a business district area.
Note, this photo of one of the two hundred exits (yes, that’s right, 200!) was taken at an off peak time on a G Adventures trip when there weren’t too many people around on a Sunday morning!
To put things into perspective – Tokyo holds approximately 20 million people – which is like squeezing the entire population of Australia in one city.
However, 3 to 4 million people pass through Shinjuku Train Station every day – which is like the entire population of Sydney catching a train to just one single destination. Have a look at the numerous lines that operate in this official Shinjuku Station Map! Looks like a lot of multi coloured spaghetti to me.
I didn’t go there in peak hour – and it still felt like we were in a big building full of human dots buzzing around, but somehow avoiding each other.
But one thing I had to give credit for – the Japanese Public Transport System is the best I’ve experienced anywhere. But I guess it has to – with millions of people crammed into a couple of islands, people have to get around efficiently and smoothly so that everything works! It must work otherwise it would be complete hell!
No chaos at all! It just worked! A lot of much smaller, but completely chaotic cities could learn a lot from how the Japanese do things!