Yamanote Line Map
This route is the main artery connecting most of Tokyo's key locations. The Yamanote line map below highlights some of the most popular destinations in the city.
Once you've got into the city from Narita Airport or Haneda Airport, this is probably the train line you'll be using the most.
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The Bells, The Bells!
Each station on the Yamanote line map is signified not just by it's name.
When you're standing on the platform, or when you're on the train passing through stations, listen for the music that is played as they close the doors. Each station has a different tune.
This is the kind of thing you notice when you've lived here for a while : )
Actually, for any train fans in Tokyo, do some Shibuya shopping and visit Tokyo Hands department store. You can find an alarm clock that plays all the tunes of the Yamanote line. I'm full of daft information like this!
Train tip for the Yamanote Line - "The backward shuffle". Think of this as a dance step, a sporting technique or, as it really is, a necessary skill for getting you and your loved ones onto a crowded train.
Your carriage glides into the station, the doors open exactly where they say they will... and you are facing an apparent sea of people who are looking at you without moving. The Yamanote line map doesn't tell you how to do deal with this one!
So how do you get on? Simple. Turn round and shuffle on backwards. Don't worry about those behind you - this is accepted behaviour without the need for uncomfortable eye contact. If you feel you want to apologize for backing into the lady or gent to your rear, a softly spoken "sumimasen"- excuse me - will do. When in Rome and all that ; )