When visiting Japan, a lot of your traveling will be done via public transportation. Luckily Japan is known for their fast, efficient and organized use of mass transit systems. Trains will most likely be your primary form of transportation in Tokyo. When traveling through Tokyo, JR’s Yamanote Line will take you to some of the most popular destinations for you to explore.

When it comes to traveling in Tokyo, the Yamanote Line is the preferred method for most travelers. You can’t miss the iconic green train as it makes its way through Tokyo.

One track will have trains traveling through the city in a clockwise pattern. The other track will have trains traveling counterclockwise. You won’t have to wait long for a train due to the number of trains traveling on the track.

Yamanote Line Stations

These are the 29 stops of the Yamanote Line, starting with Tokyo and going north through the loop.

  • Tokyo – Tokyo Station is the central hub for most travel in and out of Tokyo. With all of the restaurants and shopping located in Tokyo Station, many people make time to explore everything it has to offer.
  • Kanda
  • Akihabara
  • Okachimachi
  • Ueno
  • Uguisudani
  • Nippori
  • Nishi-Nippori
  • Tabata
  • Komagome
  • Sugamo
  • Otsuka
  • Ikebukuro
  • Megiro
  • Takadanobaba
  • Shin-Okubo
  • Shinjuku
  • Yoyogi
  • Harajuku
  • Shibuya – One of the top destination locations in Tokyo. Shibuya is known for their shopping, fashion, food. Not to mention the heavily used intersection in front of Shibuya Station.
  • Ebisu
  • Meguro
  • Gotanda
  • Osaki
  • Shinagawa
  • Tamachi
  • Mamamatsucho
  • Shinbashi
  • Yurakucho
  • And back to Tokyo

That is the complete circle the Yamanote Line makes through Tokyo. JR’s Yamanote Line is known as the green line which makes it easier to find on maps and train platforms. There is even a green line on the trains themselves.