Non-smoking Japan: The Shinkasen Bullet Train Contradiction!


Shinkasen platform, 8th carriage, Shizuoka JR Station!

There is a big contradiction in common transport betwee local trains and Shinkansen Bullet Trains in the Shizuoka Prefecture and in all the stations between at least Tokyo and Osaka!


Poster found at the bottom of the stairs leading to the Tokaido Local Line in Shizuoka JR Station reminding commuters and passengers that the whole area including the platforms are non-smoking!

All local lines, including the Tokaido Line trains have been non-smoking for quite a while and the responsible authorities have been quite aggressive about it with a flurry of new signs being stuck everywhere.


Sign seen in Shiuzoka JR Station!


Bi-lingual, so no arguing, that is unless you want discuss the grammar!


Same sign inside Fujieda JR Station!


The non-smoking “box) on the Shinkasen platform inside Shizuoka JR Station.

Now, why are the rules not only different but confusing for the Shinkansen trains!
Interestingly enough it seems that the East Japan Railways have a different attitude as they seem to be the only line (between at least Tokyo and Osaka, and further?).
I recently rode Shinkasen trains moving east/north from Tokyo and they are all entirely non-smoking!


At least smokers on the Shinkasen tracks in Shiuoka JR Station have been asked (only very recently) to damage their health on their own cubicle at the very far side of the platform in front the 16th carriage door!
By the way what do they mean by “for adult smokers only”?


The only problem is that the 16th carriage is non-smoking!


Non-smoking signs are posted above heads and….


and at your feet, but….


Only the No 8 carriage is indicated as smoking allowed,…


But once you are inside the train you find out that the No 8 carriage is non-smoking!


Now somewhere in the middle of the train a map clearly indicates that carriages 10 and 15 are smoking allowed, a fact which is not advertised on the platforms!


Smoking allowed in carriage No 10 (Green Car=First Class!)!


Smoking alllowed in Carriage N0 15 (Second Class!)

From past experience I can tell you that cars No 9, 11, 14 and 16 had better avoided too as the smoke has a way to pervade into them!


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2 thoughts on “Non-smoking Japan: The Shinkasen Bullet Train Contradiction!”

  1. Excellent reporting on the sheer absurdity of patronizing smokers. Plus, East JR must be living in a different world from the one we inhabit. They must think c-smoke is a brick that falls directly down to the floor and does not move, what with the doors between cars constantly opening and closing and mixing the *AIR*. Plus, the meal cart and ticket checking staff should sue the pants off East JR for exposing them to toxic chemicals.

    Let the smokers be on full display in their self-destruction in the fish bowl smoking glass chambers/coffins far at the end of the platform and just endure the Shinkansen ride smoke free, leaving the rest of us safe. “Man-up”, smokers, and be responsible. East JR, get with it and join the rest of Japan. How much did JTB pay off the president of East JR?


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