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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Yamanote Line Tokyo

山手線, 東京

JR's loop line in Tokyo the Yamanote Line is one of the capital's main transport arteries.

Yamanote Line Train at Tokyo Station heading for Shinagawa and Ikebukuro.

The Yamanote Line was completed as a full loop in 1925. The first part of the line between Shinagawa and Akabane stations was opened in 1885.

The Yamanote Line carries on average 3.55 million people daily and connects many of Tokyo's main rail stations and entertainment and shopping areas.

The light-green colored trains run from 4.20am to approximately 1.20 am with trains about every 2-3 minutes at peak periods. A complete loop of the Yamanote Line takes just over or just under an hour.

Trains run in both clockwise (外回り, sotomawari) and anti-clockwise (内回り, uchimawari) directions around the loop.

JR tickets from places outside Tokyo remain valid to any destination on the Yamanote Line.

There are 29 stations on the Yamanote Line, only 2 of which do not connect to other lines.

Here is a list of stations travelling from Tokyo Station in a clockwise direction and connections.

Tokyo Station (Keihin-Tohoku Line, Chuo Main Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Keiyo Line, Marunouchi Subway Line, Shinkansen [all major lines from Tokyo], Sobu Main Line, Tokaido Main Line, Yokosuka Line) -- >
Yurakucho (Keihin-Tohoku Line, Yurakucho Subway Line) -- >
Shimbashi (Ginza Subway Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Toei Asakusa Line, Yurikamome) -- >
Hamamatsucho (Keihin-Tohoku Line, Toei Asakusa Line,
Toei Oedo Line, Tokyo Monorail) -->
Tamachi (Keihin-Tohoku Line) -->
Shinagawa (Keihin-Tohoku Line, Keikyu Main Line, Tokaido Main Line, Tokaido Shinkansen, Yokosuka Line) -->
Osaki (Rinkai Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line [southbound]) -- >
Gotanda (Toei Asakusa Line) -- >
Meguro (Namboku Subway Line, Toei Mita Line, Tokyu Meguro Line) -- >
Ebisu (Hibiya Subway Line) -- >
Shibuya (Ginza Subway Line, Hanzomon Subway Line, Keio Inokashira Line, Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line) -- >
Harajuku (Chiyoda Subway Line) -- >
Yoyogi (Chuo-Sobu Line (eastbound), Toei Oedo Line) -- >
Shinjuku (Chuo Main Line, Chuo-Sobu Line [westbound], Keio Line, Marunouchi Subway Line) -- >
Odakyu (Odawara Line, Seibu Shinjuku Line, Toei Oedo Line, Toei Shinjuku Line) -- >
Shin-Okubo -- >
Takadanobaba (Seibu Shinjuku Line, Tozai Subway Line) -- >
Mejiro -- >
Ikebukuro (Marunouchi Subway Line, Saikyo Line (northbound), Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line [northbound], Tobu Tojo Main Line, Yurakucho Subway Line, Yurakucho New Subway Line) -- >
Otsuka (Toden Arakawa Line) -- >
Sugamo (Toei Mita Line) -- >
Komagome (Namboku Subway Line) -- >
Tabata (Keihin-Tohoku Line) -- >
Nishi-Nippori (Chiyoda Subway Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line) -- >
Nippori (Joban Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Keisei Main Line) -- >
Uguisudani (Keihin-Tohoku Line) -- >
Ueno (Ginza Subway Line, Hibiya Subway Line, Joban Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Tohoku Shinkansen [northbound]) -- >
Okachimachi (Keihin-Tohoku Line) -- >
Akihabara (Chuo-Sobu Line, Hibiya Subway Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Tsukuba Express)
-- >
Kanda (Chuo Main Line, Ginza Subway Line)

Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line

Places of interest near to JR Yamanote Line Stations

Tokyo Station
Imperial Palace & Marunouchi shopping district

Yurakucho
Ginza & Imperial Palace

Shimbashi
Tsukiji Fish Market

Hamamatsucho
Tokyo Tower & Zojoji Temple, monorail to Haneda Airport

Shinjuku
Shinjuku shopping and entertainment area and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building - Tocho

Yoyogi
Yoyogi Park

Harajuku
Youth Shopping, Meiji Shrine

Shibuya
Shibuya Shopping & Entertainment District

Ikebukuro
Ikebukuro shopping and entertainment area

Ueno
Ueno Park

Okachimachi
Ameyoko Shopping District

Akihabara
Akihabara Electronics Shopping District

Kanda
Yushima-Kanda Historic Area

Osaka also has a JR Loop Line - the more prosaic orange-colored Osaka Loop Line with 19 stations and trains running in both clockwise and counter-clockwise directions. The line connects such major stations as Osaka, Kyobashi, Tennoji, Tsuruhashi and Shin-Imamiya.

Listen to an English announcement on the Yamanote Line



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