The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks

CityLab
CityLab
Jul 19, 2018 · 7 min read
Passengers bord a bullet train at Tokyo station. Photo: Hitoshi Yamada/NurPhoto via Getty Images

By Allan Richarz

It is a scene that plays out each weekday morning across Tokyo. Suit-clad office workers, gaggles of schoolchildren, and other travelers gamely wend their way through the city’s sprawling…