daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Subways and Urban Transport

Subways and Urban Transport Metros, subways, light rail, trams, buses and other local transport systems


Thread Tools
Old April 15th, 2014, 11:15 AM   #1
ukiyo's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 6,058
Likes (Received): 1484


This thread is dedicated to the urban transport systems of Greater Osaka and the Kansai area in general.

Transportation overview
The main transport method in Osaka is public transit, walking and bicycling with private automobile transportation playing a smaller role. Trips by bicycle (including joint trips with railway) in Osaka is at 32.3% with railway trips having the highest share at 36.2%. Private automobiles and motorcycles play a secondary role in urban transport with private automobiles only having a 9.5% modal share in Osaka. The system for paying is also advanced with NFC cards or phones being used to pay in a second, as well as being usable as a credit card in restaurants and many other features.

Rail statistics
Greater Osaka: 13 million passengers daily; 4.7 billion yearly the 2nd highest in the world.
Greater Osaka Subway alone: 2.92 million daily; 1.06 billion yearly. Represents 22% of total rail ridership.

Map of the greater Osaka rail system:

Full size can be viewed here: http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/s...o.jpg~original (click the image for full size).

Approximate "central" Osaka rail system:

Maps made by FML http://www.mukiryoku.com/railmap_e.html
My Pictures: Tokyo, Kobe, Kamakura, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, Atlanta, China

Last edited by ukiyo; April 22nd, 2014 at 11:06 AM.
ukiyo no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old April 17th, 2014, 01:06 AM   #2
Registered User
Klausenburg's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Cluj/Kolozsvar/Klausenburg
Posts: 1,125
Likes (Received): 643

A heritage bus from Osaka:

Klausenburg no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 22nd, 2014, 11:03 AM   #3
ukiyo's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 6,058
Likes (Received): 1484

Video I took of the view of Kobe from the train

Video I took from an automated guideway transit "port liner" to Kobe Airport

A video I took from JR Kobu Line Special Rapid to Himeji from Kobe

My Pictures: Tokyo, Kobe, Kamakura, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, Atlanta, China

Last edited by ukiyo; April 22nd, 2014 at 11:09 AM.
ukiyo no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 22nd, 2014, 07:53 PM   #4
Ordo Ab Chao
Svartmetall's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Past: Northampton, UK (19 years), Auckland NZ (7 years), Now: Stockholm, Sweden
Posts: 11,007
Likes (Received): 1962

Since we're sharing our own photos, I just thought I'd include a few photos I took of the Kansai area back in 2010 (sorry, they're a little old now). The weather was generally awful though as it was April, so a lot of my shots are in rain!

First, leaving Tokyo on the Tokaido Shinkansen (JR Central) and arriving at Kyoto station:

High quality tracks, no?

Little shot of the Shinkansen interior

Kyoto station shots!

Saga Arashiyama station in Kyoto

Kintetsu Osaka Namba station - was under construction while I was there. Probably looks a lot better now.

Kintetsu Nara station

JR Nara Station

Unfortunately, I just realised how little of the public transport system I captured in this trip. I was too busy taking pictures of street scenes and temples.
"Alle Ding sind Gift, und nichts ohn Gift; allein die Dosis macht, da▀ ein Ding kein Gift ist."
Paracelsus 1493-1541

My Photo Tours: Singapore Dec 2013, Tokyo Dec 2013, New Zealand Dec 2013 and Jan 2014

YouTube Channel

ukiyo, Sr.Horn liked this post
Svartmetall no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old May 21st, 2014, 01:46 PM   #5
Registered User
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 3,216
Likes (Received): 838

whisky Tram

castermaild55 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2014, 04:24 PM   #6
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 1
Likes (Received): 0

Pricing system on JR West

I have been travelling on JR West trains for years but have just noticed something very odd in their fare pricing structure.

I had always assumed that if you took a train from station A to B, went out the ticket gates, and then back in before continuing on a different line to station C - that it would cost you more than if you just switched platforms at station B. It appears this is not the case.

To give you a concrete example: Travelling from Sakaishi to Kyoto (via Osaka) by JR costs 1080yen. Sakaishi to Osaka costs 300. Osaka to Kyoto costs 560. So by not walking in and out of the gates at Osaka station I end up paying an extra 220 yen...

I checked if Hankyu had a similar system, but theirs is the opposite - which is much more logical. For example, if travelling from Kawaramachi in Kyoto to Sannomiya in Kobe - you would pay an extra 100 yen if you decided to leave and re-enter the station at Juso.

Can anybody explain the reasoning behind JR`s pricing system?
Buckyjapan no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 15th, 2014, 03:26 PM   #7
Registered User
k.k.jetcar's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Sapporo
Posts: 1,438
Likes (Received): 175

This pricing difference comes from tariff scheme called "densha tokutei kukan"(電車特定区間). This is a non-linear tariff that gives discounts on shorter trips within a high-traffic urban/suburban zone, particularly on lines which have a parallel competing private railway line. Also, in the Osaka case you provided, the Osaka Loop Line has a special tariff that is even cheaper than the one above. On a longer cross-country journey such as Sakai-shi to Kyoto, which traverses multiple lines on one ticket, the longer route-km incurs a higher fare than if you purchase shorter section tickets, which use the discounted lower ranges of the tariff table.

Apparently the densha tokutei kukan has origins in the JNR in the late sixties and seventies, when fares were rising frequently, placing JNR at a disadvantage to the private railway competitors- this pricing scheme was introduced to address this issue.
k.k.jetcar no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 09:52 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like v3.2.5 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

Hosted by Blacksun, dedicated to this site too!
Forum server management by DaiTengu