Rural Views

Single Track

Rail lines criss cross most of Japan with more than 60% of residents between the ages of 19 and 55 commuting by train during the week. Most of the time there are a pair of tracks, allowing a train to travel in each direction. However, when you travel into the more sparsely populated regions, busses become the more common form of public transit. When this happens, rail lines are reduced to single set and — in some cases — a single-car train will run the length of the track only during the morning rush hour. Passengers have to find some other way home in the evening.

This small, island country is home to more than 130-million people, yet some areas look to be as isolated and forgotten as the territories of Canada.