Jan 24, 2019

Clear railways in snow country

Before I lived here in Niigata I’d never really wondered about how public transport functioned when weather conditions were incredibly extreme.

The snow out here in winter is immense, and thankfully for road transport there is a network of sprinklers keeping things clear. The other day though, I saw what keeps the rail tracks clear - basically a giant rail sized snow plow.

Clear railways in snow country  photo

It gave me a whole new appreciation for how timely Japan’s train network is, given some of the conditions that have to be contended with.



After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along!