Japan has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to train travel, something it continues to prove in 2019.
Public transport isn't exactly the most glamorous way to travel. For some, hopping on a bus, train, or tram is their idea of a living nightmare. Just reading those words will likely conjure up images of being crammed into a giant tin can like some sort of sardine for many of you reading this. At least for readers in the US, UK, and other countries with subpar public transportation.
If you're reading this article in countries such as Japan or Germany, you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about. Both countries rank among the very best for their public transport services, something that is becoming more and more important as we desperately try to cut down on the planet's collective carbon footprint.
If Japan's new Laview train was the norm everywhere in the world, driving cars might well be a thing of the past. Honestly, we'd be almost willing to give up our house and ride the rails forever. The Laview is a luxury train that supplies its passengers with the most pleasant of rides, and while it will almost definitely be an improvement on a US first-class carriage, you don't need to fork out extra cash to ride it.
The insides of Laview's carriages have been designed to make passengers feel as if they are still sat in their very own living room, reports CNN. "I wanted to make a train which feels like a living room where passengers can freely relax," revealed the train's designer, Kazuyo Sejima. Its exterior is made of a reflective material so that the train's appearance changes as it travels from the city, to the mountains, and back again.
That's right, even if you're not on the train enjoying its homey feel, you can be on the outside admiring its innovative design. Like we said, Japan really is ahead of the curve when it comes to riding the rails. If other countries put as much time, effort, and money into train travel as Japan, then perhaps reducing emissions would be much less of a challenge.