. Japan’s bus system consists of highway and long distant buses and local buses. There are many highway bus operators that run buses all over Japan. A few of them are Nishitetsu, Nihon, Fujikyu, Nohi, etc.
Highway Buses: It was during Tokyo Olympics in 1964 that the first expressway network was established in Japan. From then on the number of route systems increased and there are more than 1500 routes now. This led to the development of highway bus system. The development of networks at a high pace combined with the spacious, comfortable and plush interiors of the bus further expanded the highway bus system.
Furthermore, the night route service that it offers help people manage their time effectively. The fare they charge is cheaper when compared to other modes of transportation. Today many companies are offering highway bus service. They run buses in almost all the routes serving more than 70 million people all over Japan. Some of the common types of highway buses are Double Decker, Super High Decker, Large-sized High Decker, Large-sized Standard and Medium-sized High Decker
Most of the people in Japan, whether they go on leisure or for business prefer highway buses as they are convenient to travel. It is quite easy to find out the route information as the bus routes for the entire country are held on a database.
In addition, these buses offer various services to their customers. They offer sleeping seats and full recliners so that commuters can have a sound sleep at night while they travel. There are also drinks like coffee and tea provided free to customers. Telephones, in case of emergency, are placed near the restroom. Restrooms have modern vacuum toilets. In order not to disturb others, some of these buses also provide ear phones to listen to or watch the programs on the monitor or music player.
The other services include free blankets, slippers and newspaper for its customers.
Local Buses: Japan provides cheap and convenient ways to travel in cities or towns by a network of local bus lines. They cover a large area with many destinations. Local buses are the primary means of transportation in some of the cities and towns.