First day of school jitters are a thing of the past in Japan, where animal-shaped school buses help children – nervous or not – get to and from kindergarten in cartoon style. (cute Japanese school bus image via Rick McCharles)

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Cat Bus

Japan cute cat bus

It may not be the Nekobus but this cool cat bus is still the cat's meow - or "nyan", seeing as it's in Japan. You'd better believe young students won't be afraid to climb on board this bus each morning... but they may not want to leave it upon arrival at the school. What to do? We're guessing the school is built to look like an even BIGGER cat. (cute Japanese school bus image via U-ichiro Murakami    


Whale Bus

Japanese Whale Kindergarten Bus

If your name is Jonah, this is the bus for you. Also, cue Fred of the B52s to sing “I got me a school bus, it's as big as a whale, and it's about to set sail!” (cute Japanese school bus image via Chukyo Syatai Industry)             


Hello Kitty Bus

Japan cute Hello Kitty bus

Hello Kitty is a cat, right? Technically correct - and we'll just ignore the fact this globally-popular "feline" wears clothes, walks upright, and has no mouth. That's sort of grotesque if you think about it, so the solution is to NOT think about it and just get onto the bus. (cute Japanese school bus image via Jody McIntyre)          


Puppy Bus

Japan cute puppy bus

Bow-wow to your sensei! This canine kid carrier handles ruff roads with aplomb and the engine growls like a well-oiled machine... which it, um, is. Bonus points if the curly pink tail actually wags when the driver wants to clean the rear window. (cute Japanese school bus image via Chris Lewis)         


Lion Bus

Japanese Lion Kindergarten Bus

Who needs the king of beasts when one can ride in the king of buses? When this bus is retired from carrying kids to school, it can always find new life at one of those drive-thru safari parks. (cute Japanese school bus image via Revista Web)     


Pikachu Bus

Japanese Pikachu Kindergarten Bus

Pikachu bus, I choose you! We're including this design because Pikachu is a mouse... of sorts. On the downside, the bus runs on gasoline and isn't electrically powered. Buzzkill! (cute Japanese school bus image via Cool Japan Pictures)


Panda Bus

Japanese Panda Kindergarten Bus

Probably the worst thing about animal-themed school buses would be growing up and not being able to ride one anymore, right? Wrong – these panda buses can be ridden by anyone of any age, proving once again that Japan is the Peter Pan of countries.  (cute Japanese school bus image via Innovation on Earth