Yamanote Line Facts

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
山手線, 東京

The Yamanote Line is Tokyo's overground loop line and connects some of the Japanese capital's most famous and iconic places: Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Tokyo Station and Akihabara.

In a sense, the Yamanote Line defines Tokyo in a way that the Circle Line on London's underground does not. Being an overground line, rather than a subterranean track, gives riders of the Yamanote Line a sense of Tokyo's topography, if they can get a view out of the window rather than the back of someone's head or beneath their armpit.

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

Here are some Yamanote Line facts.

There are 29 stations on the Yamanote Line
27 of the 29 stations connect to other lines
An average of 3.5 million passengers ride the Yamanote Line daily
The Yamanote Line's origins go back to 1885
There are around 34.5 km of track on Tokyo's Yamanote Line
The first trains start between 4.30am and 5am and last trains stop around 1am
The busiest stations on the Yamanote Line are Shinjuku and Ikebukuro
The maximum fare for a complete loop of the Yamanote Line is 260 yen though 130 yen will take you one stop short or one stop past your destination on the ticket

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