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Shinkansen Cleaning

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Cleaning in progress. Just a  moment please
Cleaning in progress. Just a moment please

The trains in Japan always look clean, particularly the Shinkansen. At Tokyo station, the cleaners quickly board the incoming trains, perform a quick clean and have the train ready to go again.

The cleaners have special rooms and facilities which are actually located at the base of the Shinkansen tracks. You can see some of these rooms in the following pictures.

Cleaning Tokyo station
Cleaning Tokyo station
Looking along the platform at Tokyo Station.
Looking along the platform at Tokyo Station.

Can you see under the platform the area with the blue buckets? The cleaners can get in down here and walk around making it easy for them to move when the platform is crowded.

A closeup view of area under the platform. The cleaners can walk around down here
A closeup view of area under the platform. The cleaners can walk around down here
2 cleaning staff wait to board the train. COMET
2 cleaning staff wait to board the train. COMET
The cleaning room under the platform
The cleaning room under the platform
A closer look at the room for cleaning
A closer look at the room for cleaning
Even the cleaning signs are cute
Even the cleaning signs are cute
Until next time...   the Shinkansen pulls out of the station
Until next time... the Shinkansen pulls out of the station
  1. whipcracker says

    They sure do a great job of keeping the trains and adjoining areas clean. On the american program “I Survived A Japanese Game Show”, this is what one of the losing teams had to do for a punishment. They couldn’t handle it. Aw…..:( Kimonobox has a related feature on the Shinjuko Line neat and spotless http://tinyurl.com/l52w7z with all the people that go through the stations all day it’s just hard to imagine. Also here’s a link to the progtam, http://tinyurl.com/3ouff5 πŸ™‚

  2. Numer0bis says

    I always love those cute cleaning signs. In Europe all the signs are really boring, no cute woman or anything on it just plain boring text which makes nobody happy at all. I so like those cutely drawn signs with little woman informing you about the cleaning in a way, so that you won’t mind the little wait. ^_^ すごいです。

    1. shibuya246 says

      the cute signs remind you to be polite and not stress so much πŸ™‚

  3. freedomwv says

    I always wondered what those buckets were for. I never knew that the cleaning crew had offices under the rails. Thanks for taking the time to check it out and get the photos. Great blog post!

    1. shibuya246 says

      thanks. i wanted to follow one of the workers in and get better pictures but thought i better not

  4. Ryan says

    The shinkansen has always been a part of Japan of which I have been completely in awe, one way or another. The fact that they build platforms high enough so that cleaning crews can get in right under the track is something I had never taken much notice of before, but does not surprise me in the slightest..

    1. shibuya246 says

      at tokyo station there are so many different levels of platforms it is quite an amazing structure.

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