I think that this can also help explain why a slightly longer commute can sometimes be more tolerable than a shorter one. The close you get on the train from the starting station, the higher chances for landing a seat in a green or blue area where the situation is tolerable. However, getting on a station in central Tokyo for a 5-6 station commute can make it impossible to escape the red danger area (which I can guarantee you is quite uncomfortable even for 10-15min!).
Monday, May 31, 2010
Crash Course in Tokyo Commuting - Counter Terrorism Tactics
I think the diagram above (click to enlarge!) I have made for your benefit is quite self-explanatory, but to give you non-Tokyoites a little insight in how to approach the Tokyo rush-hour.