Trivia: Which side of the escalator should you stand on, and which side should you walk?

Aug 15, 2022

Q.

Which side of the escalator should you stand on, and which side should you walk?

A.

In a busy city like Tokyo, it is important to follow the "rules of the escalator" for maximum efficiency.

People who wish to stand will position themselves on the left side of the escalator, leaving the right side available for people in a hurry to walk up/down.

However, in the Kansai region, the rule is flipped. People stand on the right side and walk through the left side.

People might get irritated if you're standing on the side in which people are in a hurry to walk, so make sure to be aware of this depending on the region you're in!

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