Tokyo Direct: New Subway Line, New Manners to Learn.

tokyo metro\'s fukutoshin line opens.

On June 14, Tokyo’s new subway line, the “Fukutoshin” line opened to the public. This line added 7 new stations to the system, in addition to 9 existing stations, extending from the city of Wako in Saitama Prefecture to Shibuya in central Tokyo for a total of 20.2km (12.55mi) of track, of which 8.9km (5.53mi) was newly added. Taking the complete route would take about approximately 35 minutes. For foreigners, the letter “F” is used to identify the line and its stations.

tokyo metro\'s fukutoshin line opens.

In addition to a new subway line, Tokyo Metro continues its “manner campaign” to promote subway etiquette. The image below are the monthly promotions since the campaign started in April. Basically on the train you are advised not to put on make up, nor take more than one seat on board. In addition (and most importantly), you should not be using your mobile phone while on the train, and all phones should be on “manner” (vibrate) mode. If you are standing near the priority seat, your phone should be switched off. You will find that on Japanese trains most people read, play games or send SMS messages, but rarely do you actually see anyone talking on the phone, as it is truly frowned upon.

tokyo metro manner posters.