Tokyo Train Tunes Yamanote Line
By GaijinPot Blog
On December 2, 2016
The Yamanote line train service, operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) is a 34 1/2 kilometer loop that conveniently reaches nearly every cultural, financial and logistical hub in Tokyo. Given that it circles the heart of the largest city in human history, it’s no surprise that this single line transports more than 3.7 million passengers a day. What will surprise new visitors (and is taken totally for granted by residents) is that it’s consistently on-time, clean, safe and reliable — basically everything one could hope for from a transportation system run by impressively intelligent yet highly fallible primates.
The obvious plusses are… obvious, but there is something about the Yamanote line and its 39 stations that you could miss: the platform tunes vary from station to station, and JR has commissioned around 100 unique departure melodies or jingles for use across the Tokyo Metro area.
If you plan to visit Tokyo or even if you’ve lived here for years, watch and listen carefully to our friends at DigitalHub.Jp’s collection of ultra-short Tokyo Train Tunes, each of which points out interesting or important features of the corresponding neighborhoods. For more on the Yamanote line neighborhoods, check out our guide on travel.gaijinpot.com.
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