Trains in Japan are a mixture of super new/super old, really strangely organised/completely logical. The local trains, which are what we take from our house to get into central Nagoya, are pretty old and clumsy looking but get you there pretty well and are ALWAYS on time. There are of course the Bullet trains, operated by JR or the express trains which are just a bit faster than the local ones. Someone told me about this before I went and I didn't believe them: the train stations in Japan have coloured markers on the floor so you can form an orderly que and the doors will stop exactly in front of the first person. Magic! Jog on Boris.