Location: Tokyo

Rail Company: JR

Letter Code: JY

Color Code: Green

Passenger Volume: High 

Description: The Yamanote Line makes a big loop around Tokyo with a total of 29 stops. The trip takes about an hour. 

Helpful Hint #1: All stations on the Yamanote Line have free Wi-Fi.

Helpful Hint #2: If you want to get across Tokyo more quickly, check out the JR Chūō Line, which runs east-west through the Yamanote Line Loop. The Chūo Line has both a regular service (called Chūō Sōbu and color-coded yellow) and an express service that makes fewer stops (called Chūō Rapid and color-coded orange).


The circle is the route of Yamanote Line trains, with all of the stops listed in order. Trains run in both directions.

The green color shown on the map is the same color the trains are painted, and the symbol in the middle of the circle, “JY” is the Yamanote Line designator. The middle of the circle also shows the Japanese characters for the Yamanote Line. 

You will have to go to the JR side of a station to use the Yamanote Line.


To check the status of any JR train, go to the JR Train Status English language website below. JR is very good about keeping train information updated and noting any delays or service interruptions in near-real time. To use the site, look for the color and letter designator of the line you want to check (as you may not recognize many of the regions and locations listed).

JR Train Status

JR Yamanote train

For more Tokyo rail maps, go to our Tokyo Rail Line Maps page.

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