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World's Busiest

  • Season 1
  • 4 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 1: World's Busiest Train Stations

Summary

Behind the scenes at Tokyo's Shinjuku railway station over the course of 24 hours, during which three million people pass through. As well as the pressure of rush hour, the site must be prepared for the threat of earthquakes, typhoons and terrorists, and hundreds of staff sleep in pods equipped with inflatable-mattress alarms to ensure they are on time when the doors open at 4am.
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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

In this country, if your train arrives a minute behind schedule, you’d consider that on time. Not so in Tokyo. A train arrives every three seconds at one of Shinjuku Station’s 35 platforms while over three million people pass through the station each day, porters regularly cramming 4,000 passengers into trains designed to accommodate half that number.

But there’s no need for faux peril in the narration – there’s quite enough real danger from earthquakes, suicides (they call them “human incidents”), drunks celebrating the cherry blossom season or simply the sheer volume of travellers.



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DirectorMarc Tiley
DirectorJo Locke
Executive producerTom Brisley
ProducerMarc Tiley
ProducerJo Locke
Series producerThomas Viner

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  • Episode 1

    World's Busiest Train Stations

    Summary

    Behind the scenes at Tokyo's Shinjuku railway station over the course of 24 hours, during which three million people pass through. As well as the pressure of rush hour, the site must be prepared for the threat of earthquakes, typhoons and terrorists, and hundreds of staff sleep in pods equipped with inflatable-mattress alarms to ensure they are on time when the doors open at 4am.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    In this country, if your train arrives a minute behind schedule, you’d consider that on time. Not so in Tokyo. A train arrives every three seconds at one of Shinjuku Station’s 35 platforms while over three million people pass through the station each day, porters regularly cramming 4,000 passengers into trains designed to accommodate half that number.

    But there’s no need for faux peril in the narration – there’s quite enough real danger from earthquakes, suicides (they call them “human incidents”), drunks celebrating the cherry blossom season or simply the sheer volume of travellers.



    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorMarc Tiley
    DirectorJo Locke
    Executive producerTom Brisley
    ProducerMarc Tiley
    ProducerJo Locke
    Series producerThomas Viner
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