In my three years in Japan, I have witnessed a variety of public siestas, taken a few myself and played the role of pillow in more than desired.  Some locations of these impromptu nap times are more appropriate than others.  Here are the most frequent places I have witnessed Japanese people sleeping in public.

#1 Public Transportation

Even I am not immune to catching a few more winks during my morning commute.  It’s like getting to push the snooze button one last time after you’ve already showered, breakfasted and left the house.  That extra 15 minutes of public beauty sleep plus a very strong coffee can make the a.m. hours almost bearable.

Equally important morning trains naps are taken on the ride home after a long night out.  Last train is usually around midnight- much too early call it quits in Tokyo.  Luckily, first train is just a few hours…

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