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As any longtime resident can attest, Japan's subway is punctual, clean, and convenient. Its stations, however, can get elaborate and confusing.

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Train stations, by their very nature, with those staircases and escalators, look like labyrinths or dungeons. Some stations just look a little more like them.

Recently, a Japanese net user posted a photo of the Tokyo Metro's Shibuya Station, aka "Shibuya Dungeon." For a few years now, it's been dubbed as such.

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And for good reason! This is better level design than what you'll find in some big name RPGs.


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Other Tokyo Metro stations are also like dungeons. Here's Otemachi Station.

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Akasaka-mitsuke.

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Tameike-sanno.

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This isn't only a Tokyo thing. Other Japan Rail stations across the country look like RPG dungeons, too. Above is Yokohama Station.

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Nagoya Station.

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Kyoto Station.

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Osaka Station.

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Hakata Station in Fukuoka.

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And Kobe Station. Which looks like an early-game dungeon. You gotta level up for the Tokyo dungeons!

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