TokyoTokyo Prefecture, Japan (Asia)
|System known as||Metro|
|Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)||8.5 million (2011)|
|Daily ridership per km (per mi)||27,900 (17,300)|
|Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)||1.57 EUR (2009); gates, smartcard ('Suica')|
|Track||Left, gauge: 1067, 1435 (Ginza, Marunouchi, Asakusa, Oedo lines), 1372 (Shinjuku line) mm|
|Power supply||Overhead wire, third rail (Ginza, Marunouchi lines), 1500 V, 600 V (Ginza, Marunouchi lines)|
|Rubber-tyred trains||Yurikamome line|
|Driverless lines||Yurikamome Waterfront line, rubber-tyred (since 1995)|
|Platform screen doors||Marunouchi, Mita, Namboku, Yurikamome lines|
|World Metro Database|
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Examples of interesting station design:
TokyoAll stations on Tokyo's Oedo line (opened in 2000) have been created by different well reputed architects, selected through a design competition [g-mark.org], [makoto-architect.com], [jrtr.net (PDF)]. The organic designs on platform and street levels of Iidabashi station are the world's first examples of computer-generated "evolutionary architecture" as architect Makoto Watanabe describes it in his book (see Reference).
Photo [gandamu]: Entrance of Iidabashi station.
Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:
The metro network is huge, clean and rather featureless. The Oedo Line is different because every station has been designed with ambition by different architects. The elevated Yurikamome Waterfront line provides nice views.
Chikatetsu Hakubutsukan. Shows the full story of Tokyo subways in fascinating detail. Since 1986.
Address: 6-3-1 Higashi-Kasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 134-0084 (100 m east of Kasai station). At Kasai metro station.
Hours (check before visiting): Closed Mondays. Admission: 200 YEN. Features: Museum shop, lecture-hall, rest lounge, library.
Reference: chikahaku.jp (in Japanese) (official website). japaneserailwaysociety.com.
|There are nice views from the Tokyo-Haneda Monorail which links Haneda airport with the city. |
Photo by monorails.org
|Another line with nice views is the new Waterfront line (Rinkai Line) near Tokyo Teleport. |
Photo by faculty.washington.edu
Isolated circle - Yamanote Line - 34.5 km - 29 stations - round trip 64 minutes - opened 1872 - completed 1914 - Suburban metro.
Pan-shaped loop - O-Edo Line - 28 km - 26 stations - opened 1991 - completed 2000.
Inclinational spiral - Yurikamome Line - near Shibaura-Futo station, elevated, climbing Rainbow Bridge.
Asakusa Line (Keikyu train in this soundfile): door chime (rm from ototetsu.jp). Yamanote line: In some stations, hypnotizing little melodies are played before departure (e.g. au or au from issp.u-tokyo.ac.jp). Yamanote announcement (wav by Simon ten Kate).
Films with scenes set on this metro:
1994: Angel Dust
2001: Suicide Club
Generated Links for Tokyo Metro
Line history (cityrailtransit.com)
Wikipedia entry (wikipedia.org)
Urbanrail.net entry (urbanrail.net)
City information about Tokyo (wikipedia.org)
This page: http://mic-ro.com/metro/metrocity.html?city=Tokyo
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