About commuter rush
"Rush" refers to crowdedness around commuting hours. The most crowded time zone is the morning rush hours. Since Japanese companies often start from 9 o'clock to 10 o'clock in the morning, it can be said that the peak of the morning rush is around 8 to 9 o'clock for trains heading for Tokyo metropolitan area, Tokyo station or near Shinjuku. In this time zone, there is a rule to "line up", that is, to wait in line and take a train in turn to avoid confusion. We recommend avoiding rush hours as much as possible during sightseeing, since during this time zone you will often find it impossible to take a ride with your suitcase or other baggage.
●rush hours 8 to 9 o'clock in the morning
Next, we will introduce the crowded routes. Specifically, there are several commuter towns around Tokyo where many people move to city center at once during certain hours, and there are routes that will be particularly crowded.
●Chuo Line and Saikyo Line heading for Shinjuku
●Sobu Line heading for Tokyo
●Tokaido Line heading from around Kawasaki to Shinagawa
●Den-en-toshi Line heading to Shibuya
Please note that there are times when you cannot travel on schedule while taking the above lines, particularly during rush hours.
As a feature during these rush hours, the commuter trains are overflowing with people in suits called "salaryman". Some are working via their cellphones or reading materials for scheduled presentation, so they may seem quite tied up. Unfortunately, there are many people who cannot keep themselves to be intolerant at this time of the day, and some may sound somewhat unkind when you ask for directions. When you come upon such a scene, please go easy, maybe he or she is running late.
Finally, please be careful that there are no individual spaces in a crowded train than you might imagine. Therefore, men particularly pay close attention so as not to be suspected as molesters. It is better to avoid a crowded train, but if you have no choice but to use it, you need to be careful not to get caught up in such trouble.