Yamanote line

The Yamanote is one of the most fascinating train lines in the world. After living many years in Tokyo, it never stops to surprise me. During these years I’ve been collecting some interesting facts about the Yamanote and here I share them with you:

  • The Yamanote is a loop urban line in the center of Tokyo with 29 stations. The Imperial Palace is in the center of the loop.
  • It is the busiest line in the world.
  • It is used by an average of 3.6 million passengers a day. Some busy days more than 5 million people use Yamanote trains to move around Tokyo.
  • Some days, the Yamanote line (With only 29 stations) transports more people than all trains and lines in the New York metro system (that has nearly 500 stations and 26 lines).
  • Yamanote started in 1885. It is one of the oldest urban trains in the world..
  • During the rush hour, in a Yamanote line stations one train stops every two minutes.
  • There are videogames only about Yamanote
  • It takes around 60 mintues to do the whole loop.
  • Yamanote trains have 11 wagons. Some of the wagons have 6 doors and some have 8 doors. Some trains have 88 doors!.
  • On top of each door there are two LCD screens. That means that there are 176 screens per train!
  • The maximum speed a Yamanote train can travel is 90km/h.

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Train arriving to Shinjuku this morning.

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The train from the previous picture arrived.

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Yamanote line map.

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Danny also uses Yamanote when wearing his armor.

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Yamanote DS 🙂


I video where I ride the Yamanote.

7 Comments
  • Neil Duckett

    October 21, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    It really is a remarkable line.

  • ken Lee

    October 21, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    the train on the track goes round and round. ^^

  • Ekowc

    October 22, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Did you mean 8 doors per side or car?
    Otherwise thats pretty busy line.

  • kirai

    October 22, 2008 at 1:10 am

    per car 🙂 But anyway, almost all the car is composes by doors 🙂

  • Matthew

    October 22, 2008 at 8:06 am

    This is a little off topic, but in your video on your desk in the first shot, is that “An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese?” If so, that’s the same book I am using in college now. Just a cool coincidence, if it is actually that book.

  • Peter

    October 22, 2008 at 11:58 am

    I only got to ride the subway once in Japan, luckily it was this one! Shinjuku – Shinagawa was the only way I went.

  • k

    March 4, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Maybe you should get a key holder that plays the tune of your favorite Yamanote line station! (MJG wrote about these on his blog.)

    I spent a few months studying in Kyoto, so my wish is for a key holder that plays the Hankyu Sai-in eki tune. Natsukashii naa…