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Life and Adventure in Japan

FFSC offers classes to help military and their family members in adapting to  Japan culture, ettiquettes, customs and manners.     

Your Japanese Home

FFSC offer this class to assist military and their family members on how to live off base.  This will help you use and maintain household items unique in Japan such as Tatami mats, disposable humidifier, AC units off base, and others with ease and comfort. You will be guided by FFSC Intercultural Relations Coordinator in a tour  in local stores to find household items frequently used in Japanese home.  

Enjoying Japanese Food

FFSC provides this class to introduce military and their family Japanese diet, and the unique ingredients in Japanese dishes. You will be accompanied by FFSC Intercultural Relations Coordinator in a tour to explore the food and where to find them at Japanese groceries.

 

Learning the Japanese Language

A. Everyday Japanese

A Japanese language class held twice monthly at the Community Readiness Center. No registration is required and the class is free! Please call 243-9632/3372 for more information.

B. Monday Night Japanese

A Japanese language class held every Monday evening at the Community Readiness Center. No registration is required and the class is free! Please call 243-9632/3372 for more information.

C. Japanese Words for Survival

 

Traveling by Train in Japan

A.  Train Map

 

B. Train Information

The railway system in Japan has a high reputation for punctuality and safety.  Most stations display station names in both Japanese and alphabet lettering on platform signboards. The name of the station is in large letters in the center of the sign; names of adjacent stations appear below or to either side. Most if not all trains stop operating around midnight.

Railway companies

  • Japan Railways (JR)

Japan's leading railway company, Japan Railways (JR), has an elaborate and well-established system
of trains throughout the country.
 

  • The Shinkansen (bullet train) is the world famous super express train, which fascinates Japanese and foreign visitors alike with its high speed and comfort. It is operated from Tokyo to major cities at intervals of approximately 15 minutes.

 

  • Other Railways

In addition to the JR Group, many other smaller railway companies operate train services on heavily travelled, mainly urban and suburban routes. These lines very often link the center of a city and the residential areas at its outskirts. These rail lines are usually only convenient for commuters, but on occasions may offer speedier, more economical and more convenient routes than JR from nearby urban centers to popular spots such as Nikko, Hakone and so forth.

  • Local railway in Yokosuka is KEIKYU Line (Keihin Kyuko Line).
  • Local JR train in Yokosuka is JR YOKOSUKA

 

  • Subway

Subway lines are available in all major cities, and provide prompt, efficient transportation.In Tokyo, JR rates start from 130 Japanese yen, subway fares at 160 Japanese yen for Tokyo Metro and Toei (Metropolitan) lines, and both increase with the distance traveled. Almost all station has vending machines for tickets and automatic ticket-checking machines at their entrance/exit gates.

 

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C.  Train Fares

C.  Train Fares

 

C.  Train Fares

 

The train fare varies depending on the distance you travel as well as the type of train you wish to catch: Local train, Shinkansen(Bullet train), Reserved seat, Green Car (first class) etc., for each of which an extra charge is required.

Tickets for short distances are available from ticket vending machines that are installed at each train station whereas tickets for long distances and reservations are dealt with at the ticket offices at major stations or major travel bureaus.

Tip: If there is no fare chart in English, buy the cheapest ticket indicated on the vending machine and pay the difference due at the fare adjustment machine or ticket window at your destination station before you

go through the exit wicket.

PASMO/SUICA (Prepaid Train Cards)

PASMO/SUICA are prepaid rechargeable cards making it a convenient way to travel on virtually all trains, subways, and buses in the Greater Tokyo region. It eliminates the need to buy train tickets and figure out train fares. In addition, these cards can be used as electronic money when making purchases at certain convenient stores, kiosks, restaurants, and vending machines.

Suica is the rechargeable prepaid IC card of JR East, valid on virtually all trains, subways and buses in the Greater Tokyo, Sendai and Niigata regions. In addition, Suica can be used on JR trains in the Osaka, Okayama and Hiroshima, Nagoya, Shizuoka and Sapporo regions.
 PASMO is the rechargeable IC card of Tokyo's private railway and subway companies. It is valid on virtually all trains, including JR, subways and buses in the Greater Tokyo, Sendai and Niigata regions.


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