As Californians trains are a seldom used mode of travel, but in Japan and especially in Tokyo it is the way of travel. Yes, cars are well driven here but it is the commuter train that keeps the city moving.
While in Tokyo for three days our team will be traveling to our Air BnB house on the east of Tokyo in Iriya to Kokubiunji station to the west.
Trains in Japan are amazingly efficient and always on time. At first it seems confusing and maybe even scary but with a little time the confusion reveals a well thought out and negotiable way to travel Japan. Hunter has an iPad with a JR Train Line map as we traveled our route from Iriya on the west side of Tokyo to Kokubunji on the west side of Tokyo. This entailed a one-stop computer train, a 10 minute 4 stop ride from Ueno to Tokyo station and then a 60 minute ride on the "Rapid" train to Kokubunji.
The team did very well keeping together and attentive to the changes. They each have a 5-day train pass that allows them on all JR trains and even the Shinkansen (bullet Train) for when we travel north to Ishinomaki.