Yamanote Line

The Yamanote Line is a railway line of the JR East. This is a circular line and connects Tokyo’s main stations (Ueno, Shinjuku, Shibuya, etc.). A complete tour of the line takes about an hour and trains are very frequent in both directions. It can be very useful for those who have a Japan Rail Pass and in this case it can replace the metro lines.

Trains at peak hours are very frequent, about one every 2-3 minutes.

A special feature of the Yamanote is that each stop has its own music and one story says that the train operators on this line have a guaranteed place in heaven.

Photo by Japanforeveryone.com

All Yamanote Line stops

Yamanote Line (April 2020)

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There is no specific pass for the Yamanote Line, but there is a day pass that costs 760 yen and is valid on all JR lines in the Tokyo metro area.

Tokunai Pass official page

Yamanote Line full video