City views of Tokyo from a Yurikamome train in the Japanese capital

I took this series of photos within 30-40 minutes while commuting on the Yurikamome train in Tokyo, Japan. In fact, I rode it several times while leading groups in Japan, but only once had the chance to take more photos, which are now part of this series.

Yurikamome is a fully automated Tokyo commuter line that connects Shimbashi and Toyosu via the man-made island of Odaiba in Tokyo. It is named after the black-headed gull (yurikamome in Japanese), which symbolises the capital. The Yurikamome is the first fully automated transportation system in Tokyo that is entirely controlled by computers and has no drivers on board. However, the line is not the first of its kind in Japan; the first one was built in Kobe (1981).

Apart from being unusual and exciting to ride, this train also offers excellent views of the city. It travels along canals, a bay, a harbour and crosses a bridge. The trains glide almost silently under or near tall buildings, giving the feeling of a cosmic experience in a futuristic space city. One of the main reasons to visit Tokyo is for the futuristic vision, perhaps best experienced from the windows of the Yurikamome train.

Everything you need to know about this train – tickets, route, schedule and so on – can be found on the official website –

A ride on the Yurikamome train is included in our Classic Japan Program.

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Books about Japan

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A collection of interesting books and guides about Japan

Here are some of my favourite books:

The Rough Guide to Japan (Travel Guide)

Japan Michelin Green Guide

Discover Japan (Au and UK) – Lonely Planet

Super Cheap Japan: Budget Travel in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima and Surrounding Areas