If England is the mother of all railroads, then Japan certainly must be the father. While we here in the United States struggle with getting even limited passenger train service, and our local heavy rail transit line is only 48 miles long, things are quite different in Japan. To be sure, all of the necessary elements are present in Japan; short distances between cities, high population density and expensive car ownership. There are literally hundreds of trains running everywhere throughout Japan.
There are, of course, some cultural differences. Consider the Japanese pusher:
The Japanese pusher is a station attendant who works during rush hours to literally push people into the trains. Of course, Westerners are advised by their travel agents and local hotels to stay off the commuter train network during rush hours, for obvious reasons. Once outside the city, however, Japanese train travel is wonderful, even if the trains look like spaceships:
The Japanese also have a whimsical streak:
That said, I stumbled across a wonderful video of a Kyoto tram. What starts off as just another tram ride slowly draws you into a well edited slice of Japanese life. Take a look, here:
This comes from an artist called angelsprings Tavio. As of this writing, there have been 128 videos posted by this individual (or company), and they’re nicely done. Take a look.