The Tokyo Area Train System – A Reference Guide

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The Tokyo Area Train Maps

This is a collection of all the train routes of the city of Tokyo and its surrounding areas. The Tokyo Subways, Trains and Monorail transportation network is the most extensive in the world and still growing! You can click on the map link to get a closer view of the train stations served.

This is the full map of the Tokyo Train and Subway transportation network.

Full Tokyo Train and Subway Map

This is a map of the Tokyo Subway network.

Tokyo Subway Map

This is a map of the Tokyo JR East Train network.

JR East Tokyo Train Map

The Monorail Train Line Networks

This is a map of the Monorail that services the Odaiba area.

Yurikamome Monorail Line

This is a map of the Monorail the services south Tokyo to the Haneda Airport.

Tokyo Monorail Line

The Tokyo Area Train System Overview

The trains and subways in Tokyo and its surrounding areas are operated incredibly well. I would even include the word perfection to describe it. The Tokyo transportation system consisting of trains and subways is probably the best ran in the world. These are the main forms of transportation for most of the people in Tokyo, as most Japanese people in Tokyo do not own a car. The train and subway lines are synchronized with each other and they are scheduled to run on a tight time schedule down to the to the minute. The Japanese people depend on the train and subway system to operate on time. If there is any kind of disruption or a stopped train line, it can really cause a big problem for the whole transportation system of Tokyo.

In fact, recently there has been extensive media coverage in Tokyo as two separate trains over the last six months have made the same mistake of not staying on their pre-determined schedule. The offence that occurred was both of these trains left their station twenty seconds early. Yes, you have read that correct! The trains left their station twenty seconds early and it was national news that was widely reported on television and in the news. This was such an outrageous tragedy in Tokyo, that the transportation company responsible for the train mistakes opened a full investigation into the issue and offered sincere apologies to the public for the inconvenience they have caused.

The Train Passenger Rules

The Tokyo train and subway system also has a number of specific rules that the passengers must follow when using them. When a train stops at the train station, all the waiting people wanting to board the train move to the left or right side of the train door and allow the exiting passengers to get off the train first through the middle of the two groups. After all of the people have left the train, the waiting people will then enter the train car. The trains, subways and buses have designated seating areas that are clearly marked for the elderly, handicapped, pregnant woman and young children.

This is a basic list of manners that are to be followed when on the platform or using the train. DO NOT!

On Platform

  • Walk and use a smartphones at the same time
  • Run onto the train when the doors are closing
  • Take photographs with selfie sticks

On Train

  • Speak loudly
  • Sit on the floor
  • Talk on the telephone
  • Litter or leave behind trash
  • Take too much room or monopolize seats
  • Obstruct the leaving or boarding passengers
  • Let a backpack or other belongings get in way of others

Packed Trains

The most popular method of transportation in Tokyo, are its many trains and subway lines that crisscross the city and its surrounding areas. The Japanese commuter trains can be very crowded at certain times. The early morning rush hours are the worst times at around 7-8am in the morning, 6-8pm in the evening, and the very last trains of the night can be very busy as well with people going home for the day. The morning trains can be so crowded, that at some train stations the train company employs people pushers to push the passengers into the train to allow the door to close. These train rides can be very uncomfortable for everyone who is forced to stand up for the ride. Think about being smashed together with other people that you do not know, sometimes for long periods of time, as some of the passengers will be on these trains for well over an hour in some cases.

Unfortunately, on these packed and busy trains there is a dark side for the women who ride these trains. Most women in Tokyo have experienced some form of male molestation when using the trains. The issue of women being molested is so serious in Tokyo, that most train lines now offer a few woman only train cars, that women can use during the rush hour times.

The Last Trains

The last trains, are the last ride home for many people in Tokyo. On the last trains when the people go back to their homes at night. The last trains at night are usually very busy and packed, and the people riding the train, might be a little loud or having fun. There are many people who ride these trains to go home, that have been drinking alcohol for several hours after work. There can be drunken people in all stages from the good to the bad.

The Bullet Trains (Shinkansen)

Japan is home of the world famous high-speed bullet trains (Shinkansen). The Shinkansen trains connect the major cities of Japan to Tokyo with many train routes. Tokyo has several Shinkansen trains stops in Tokyo all around the city and most of the trains will go through the Tokyo station. The Shinkansen trains tickets are not cheap, but riding the Shinkansen trains are an awesome traveling experience. The train stops are very convenient, as they are located at the cities main train stations. The Shinkansen trains are extremely fast, the ride is very comfortable, they are clean and they always run on time. They serve a good variety of Bentos (A set meal), snacks and many kinds of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

When the Shinkansen trains stop at the train stations, it will only stop for a few minutes before they will leave exactly at the designated time. The Shinkansen trains run on a very tight schedule just like the other Japanese passenger trains do. The Tokyo – Nagoya – Osaka train route is the most commonly used Shinkansen train route in Japan, and it connects Japans three largest cities. This route is extremely popular with businessmen, and the trains will be full of passengers on the early mornings train routes where some people will have to stand up during the ride.

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