The JR Yamanote Line

Komagome to Uguisudani Stations

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The Yamanote Line is the best-known and most convenient JR line in Tokyo. It makes a rectangular loop around the city, stopping at 29 stations. All stations are announced in English and there are digital signboards in each compartment. Over three and a half million passengers ride the Yamanote Line each day.

25.8 km - komagome station

During the 17th to 19th centuries, feudal lords of Edo built their residences here, and the area has retained much of the Edo charm. Komagome is best known for its greenery and many parks.

The best known garden of the area is Rikugien, which was created in 170s. It is a traditional Japanese garden with a central pond, with islands, viewing hills, strolling paths, and several wooden teahouses where you can relax and enjoy some good matcha tea (Daily, 9 am - 5 pm, ¥300).

Kyu-Furukawa Garden (pictured) is also located near Komagome Station. The garden was created in 1914 and is composed of two parts: the Western style house and its garden in front, and the Japanese garden (Daily, 9 am - 5pm, ¥150).

27.4 km - tabata station

The opening of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in Ueno attracted many young artists to Tabata, and well-known and aspiring writers alike also moved to the area. The decline of Tabata as an artistic community began in 1927 with the suicide of Akutagawa, a famous artist who lived in the area.

The Tabata Memorial Museum of Writers and Artists, which is just a two-minute walk from the station, displays items by and related to the former writers and artists who lived there (Daily, 10 am - 4:30 pm, free).

28.2 km - nishi-nippori station

This is a traditional and relaxed area of Tokyo, with many temples, cemeteries, and small shops and restaurants.

Visit Tennoji Temple, founded more than 500 years ago. The first thing you see upon entering the compound is a seated bronze Buddha, which dates from 1690 and is one of the temple's most valuable treasures.

Yanaka Cemetery was once the burial grounds of Kane-ji and Tennoji temples and opened to the public in 1874. It is one of Tokyo's largest cemeteries. Among its more than 7,000 tombstones are graves belonging to famous public figures, artists, and writers.

28.7 km - nippori station

A good spot for trainspotting, as both JR and the Keisei private line trains pass through here.

Nippori is one of the few areas where you may be able to see Mount Fuji without having to go up a tower. It is also the fabric district of Tokyo, where you can find the traditional fabrics used for kimono.

Change here for access to Narita Airport on the Keisei Skyliner.

29.8 km - uguisudani station

Until WWII, this was a popular geisha quarter, but it is now better known for its love hotels, which make it a lively place in the evenings.

Some older wooden houses still remain in its narrow streets, and the area is also home to Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and its art museum. As well as works of famous artists and craftsmen, the collection also includes itembs by university teachers and students. With over 28,000 artifacts, the University Art Museum today has the largest collection of art objects in the whole of Japan (Tues. - Sun., 10 am - 5 pm, ¥300).

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