Here’s the thing that was so Japanese, however: After making an unscheduled stop to remove the snake, it left one minute earlier and arrived at its destination exactly on time.
Originally thought to be a python, the snake turned out to be a rat snake only 30 centimeters (12-inches) long.
Found wrapped around a armrest on a super-express bullet train on the JR Tokai (Central Japan Railway Co.), a passenger in a reserved seat was apparently unaware that the rat snake was wrapped around his armrest - possibly for about 50 minutes - until a passenger behind him saw it and notified the conductor.
The snake did not belong to that passenger, and is suspected of having been brought onto the train accidentally in someone else’s luggage or perhaps wit the maintenance equipment.
The train crew made an announcement in the train asking if anyone had lost a snake—but no no one responded… so the unscheduled train stop was made at Hamamatsu-eki (Hamamatsu station) some 25 minutes later.
As mentioned, after the one-minute delay, the train was off and running, arriving on time at Hiroshima-eki (Hiroshima station).
Five years ago, a similar incident occurred with crew spotting a snake on an unoccupied seat.
It’s not know if either snake had purchased a ticket. :)
The Japanese rat snake (Elaphe climacophora) is a medium-sized Japanese snake known as the aodaishō or "blue general". It is a non-venomous snake... but looking at the photo... it doesn't look blue... maybe a little sad at being stuck in a Tupperware container.
Andrew “I effin’ hate snakes” Joseph