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JR Line network in central Tokyo

Map of JR in central Tokyo When you tour Tokyo individually or in a group, I recommend that you use the trains of JR.
Because, it has a convenient network in central Tokyo, and its many lines extend to the suburbs.
And Shinkansen is owed by JR, so it is convenient to transfer between both lines.

Additionally, unlike subway, they run mostly on earth. So we can catch the view of Tokyo from train windows.
When you walk around any town, the stations and running trains are good landmark objects.

Most lines are operated from around 4:30 in the morning to around 1:00 late at night.

JR East official website

Yamanote Line /1/

Yamanote LineIt is a loop line running in the heart of Tokyo.
The total length is about 35 km, and it has 29 stations. All trains stop at all stations.
It takes about 65 minutes to go around the whole line.

Basically a train continues to run around, of course, it returns to the rail yard at times.
So sometimes there are the trains for Osaki or Ikebukuro as the final destination.

Keihin-Tohoku Line /2/

Keihin-Tohoku LineIt is a line from Omiya in Saitama Prefecture to Ofuna in Kanagawa Prefecture.
It runs on the rail next to Yamanote Line between Tabata and Shinagawa.
We can transfer to Yamanote Line on the same platform.

From about 10:30 to 15:30, all trains on this line are operated as "rapid train", between Tabata and Hamamatsucho.
The trains stop at only Ueno, Akihabara and Tokyo, in the section.

Chuo Line /3/

Chuo LineIt is a line from Tokyo station through Shinjuku toward the west part of Tokyo Metropolis such as Takao and Oume.
The trains are all "rapid train".

Local train on Chuo Line and Sobu Line /4/

Local train on Chuo Line and Sobu LineIt is a line running from east to west through central Tokyo, and sll trains stop at all stations.
It runs on the rail next to Chuo Line noted above toward western from Ochanomizu. It runs to Mitaka.
And it runs on the rail next to Sobu Line noted below toward eastern from Kinshicho. It runs to Chiba.

Tokaido Line /5/

Tokaido LineIt is a suburban line from Tokyo station to Shonan area (the southern coast of Kanagawa Prefecture).
In Tokyo Metropolis, the trains stops at only Shinbashi and Shinagawa.
When going to Kawasaki or Yokohama, it is fast and convenient.

Because Tokyo and Ueno are connected directly, there are many trains running through Tokaido, Tohoku and Takasaki Lines.

Yokosuka Line and Sobu Line /6/

Yokosuka line and Sobu LineIt is also a suburban line, which runs from Kurihama in Miura Peninsula, through Yokohama and Tokyo, to the various cities in Chiba Prefecture.
Between Shinagawa and Yokohama, it runs on the different route from Tokaido Line.
And it runs underground from Shinagawa to Kinshicho, then the platform in Tokyo station is in the basement.
From Tokyo, the limited expresses to various cities in Chiba Prefecture leave.
And it is convenient to visit to Kamakura.

Saikyo Line /7/

Saikyo LineIt is a line from Osaki through Shinjuku to Omiya in Saitama Prefecture.
It runs along the westen side of Yamanote Line, and is like a rapid train of Yamanote Line.
Between Akaname and Omiya, it runs on the different route from Tohoku and Talasaki Line noted below.

Tohoku Line and Takasaki Line /8/

Tohoku Line and Takasaki LineIt is a suburban line from Ueno station through Omiya in Saitama Prefecture to north Kanto region.
From Omiya, Tohoku Line head to the north and Takasaki Line heads to the northwest.
In Tokyo Metropolis, the trains stops at only Oku and Akabane.

Because Tokyo and Ueno are connected directly, there are many trains running through Tokaido, Tohoku and Takasaki Lines.

Shonan-Shinjuku Line /9/

Shonan-Shinjuku LineIt is the trains connecting Tokaido and Yokosuka Lines and Tohoku and Takasaki Lines.
It runs on the same rail of Saikyo Line between Osaki and Ikebukuro.

Joban Line /10/

Joban LineIt is a suburban line from Ueno station to Ibaraki Prefecture.
Both local and limited express trains run from Ueno.

Keiyo Line /11/

Keiyo LineIt is a line to Chiba along the Tokyo Bay.
From Tokyo to Shin-Kiba, it runs underground. The platforms in Tokyo station is set up deep under the ground, so it takes over 10 minutes to reach the platform.
It leads to Tokyo Disneyland.





Yamanote Line
Keihin-Tohoku Line
Chuo Line
Local Train on Chuo and Sobu Line
The train for some suburban lines
Yokosuka and Sobu Line
Saikyo Line
Joban Line
Keiyo Line
All photoes by Railstation.net

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