In Japan, the rule on escalators is to stand on the left, the opposite of what I am used to in London. This surprised me a little as the Japanese drive on the left just as we do and I thought that like us they would also climb their escalators on this side. But no – you stand on the left and walk on the right. And being the Japanese, they all stick to the rule.
But when you get to Osaka, suddenly it’s all change. In Osaka they like to do things differently, so here you stand on the right and walk on the left. Here’s a photo of our group doing just that. Make sure you do the same as if not you will certainly be asked (maybe politely, maybe less so) to move aside.
One thing that is just the same here as elsewhere in the country, however, is the importance of queuing. The subway platforms are all marked with lines showing just where you should stand to wait for your train (and yes, they do all stop with the door exactly lined up with the queue!) We also noticed that some carriages, and hence some queues, are designated for “women only” at certain busy times of day (see photo two), so if you’re a man be careful to avoid these. A local woman asked our mixed group to wait elsewhere even though it was in fact just after the specified times, so we all moved along the platform to keep the peace.
Next tip: a visit to Osaka Castle