This is a collection of all the train maps and train routes of the city of Tokyo and its surrounding areas. Tokyo Subways, Trains, and Monorail transportation is the most extensive rail network in the world, and is still growing! Click on the map links to get a closer view of the train stations. The maps of the Tokyo Train and Subway transportation network are in PDF, so you can save these on your phone or tablet for easy referral. There is also helpful Train & Subway first-time rider information. Here is the Tokyo Area Train & Subway Information.
Tokyo Area Train & Subway Maps/Information
The Monorail Train Line Networks
This is a map of the Yukamome Monorail that services the Odaiba area.
This is a map of the Tokyo Monorail the services south Tokyo to the Haneda Airport.
The Tokyo Area Train System Overview
Trains and subways in Tokyo and Japan are world-famous for their efficiency and being on time, every time. 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 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 in Tokyo.
Recently in Tokyo for example, there was extensive media coverage detailing scheduling mistakes of trains not sticking to pre-determined schedules. Extraordinarily, these trains left the station twenty seconds early. Yes, you have read that correctly! The trains both left their station twenty seconds early and it was national news.
Rules for Train Passengers
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. Here are the basic rules for riding the trains in Tokyo.
On Platform Rules – Do Not!
- Walk and stare at a smartphone
- Take photographs with selfie sticks
- Run onto the train when the doors are closing
On Train Rules – Do Not!
- Speak loudly
- Sit on the floor
- Talk on the telephone
- Litter or leave behind trash
- Take extra room or seats sitting down
- Block passengers leaving or boarding trains
- Let a backpack or other belongings get in way of others
The most popular method of transportation in Tokyo, are its many trains and subway lines that crisscross the city and its surrounding areas. Commuter trains (especially in Tokyo) are overcrowded at peak times. The early morning rush hours are the worst times at around 7-8 am in the morning and some trains can be very busy at 6-8 pm in the evening. However, the very last trains in the evening can be packed with people going home for the day.
Morning and evening (after work) trains are so crowded some train stations employ “people pushers” to push the passengers into the train, allowing the door to close. Packed trains are uncomfortable for everyone, as commuters are forced to stand up for the ride. Imagine being packed together with people that you do not know and leaning on them to stand up. Some of the passengers will be on these trains for well over an hour making the journey very unpleasant.
Unfortunately, on these packed and busy trains, there is a dark side for women commuters. Many women in Tokyo have experienced some type of sexual molestation traveling on trains. The issue of groping is so serious that most train lines now offer a few women-only train cars for use during rush hours.
The last trains are the last ride home for many people in Tokyo. 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 that have been drinking alcohol for several hours after work. This leads to drunken people who are in all stages of inebriation that include, sleeping, happy and cheerful to throwing up. The last trains of the night can be a very interesting experience.
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 Shinkansen trains stops at Tokyo Station and Shinagawa Station. Shinkansen trains tickets are expensive. However, riding the Shinkansen trains is 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, very comfortable, clean and 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 Shinkansen trains stop at train stations, it will only stop for a few minutes before leaving exactly at the designated time. The Shinkansen trains run on a very tight schedule just like the other Japanese passenger trains do. The most popular Shinkansen train route in Japan is the Tokyo – Nagoya – Osaka train route that connects Japan’s three largest cities. Shinkansen trains can be full of passengers on the busy early morning trains, and this will even force some passengers to stand up during the ride.
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