Have you ever thought what will happen if you fall asleep on the Shinkansen and miss your actual stop? As long as you are riding on a train or the subway most likely it will not become such an issue, because you cannot travel so far. But what will happen if you are riding the Shinkansen, especially the Nozomi with few stops every couple of hours? Most likely an observant train conductor will wake you up and inform you that you have passed your destination. I cannot say whether it is a general rule, but I have observed the conductor to make some notes on the passenger’s ticket, plus officially stamp it. Then the customer is allowed to ride back for free to the actually desired station by Shinkansen. Now it becomes clear why train conductors on the Shinkansen make notes after confirming the passenger tickets. On the other hand, the case that I observed created a new question, that I do not have the answer. In case if you fall asleep again and miss the next station to get off as well (?!), can you still travel back to your desired station for free… I do not know.
Along the same lines in regard to Shinkansen: Only few times Shinkansen actually is stopped running due to earthquakes, taifun or unlikely some technical problem. The only other case that pops up in your mind, does happen and when you can see the announcement, I have to say I prefer the Japanese version as it is less graphic.
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