The Yamanote Line 山手線
is the railway loop line central Tokyo metropolis (JR East), one of Tokyo's busiest lines, connecting most of Tokyo's major stations and urban centres and, with its 34,5 km perimeter, it encloses the central area of Tokyo for a total of about 62 square kilometres, internally. Along the railway ring, the 30 main stations follow one after the other rhythmically; among them we can count Shibuya Station (1885), Shinjuku Station (1885) and Tokyo Station (1914), all of three previously investigated.
Since the huge and oldest Shinagawa Station was crashed down and now under new construction, the total number of stations along the Yamanote Line here showcased has been counted as 29, hence the name of 29Stations Yamanote Line.
Prior to 1885, that was before the construction of Shibuya Station, the only connection from the south Shinagawa Station to the north of the city Akabane, was the carriage for merchandise only. Consequently, with the new imported technology of the railway, a freight train was set up from Shinagawa, passing from Shibuya to Akabane. Because of the mountainous terrain, this new short cut line looped in a large C shape, taking the name of foothills (yama-no-te) line.
Just before the restrictions by Covid19, the Yamanote Line used to carry on over four million passengers every day, as a pulsing heart of Tokyo's train network.
NEXT STATION YAMANOTE29
Exhibition and Lecture at "Chika Underground Plaza" Shinjuku Station
"Next Station Yamanote29" Exhibition - Photos by Silvia Rulli
"The Yamanote Line stations through 29 models"
Lecture by prof. KSK Tamura
Idea of the exhibition and construction of the 29 Yamanote Line's station models
by the Architect Professor Keisuke Tamura + Tamura Laboratory, + DP Yamanote Line Project teamwork
Showa Women's University - Department of Environmental Science and Design.