Tokyo's Best Rail Spots 東京のトレインビュースポット

Train madness

Here are the best spots to view Tokyo's maze of a train network, JR, or private companies... Watch the ballet of trains as they depart to serve the millions of passengers daily! 

 

It is undoubtedly the most popular spot for train-loving Tokyoites, parents who come to see the trains go by with their children, and enthusiasts eager to take out the image with the most trains at a time because of the bridge above the tracks (north exit), you still have seven lines at your feet with 14 tracks in front of you.

It is tough to go a minute without a train passing, and it is much easier to have three or four trains passing simultaneously. The best of all, it's free! 

 

Les 14 voies de Nippori depuis le pont

Part of Nippori's 14 lanes from the bridge

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There is already plenty to do in Tokyo station, on the shinkansen platforms, preferably on those of the JR East for more diversity and the view of the local JR lines below.

But the best is to take the height, so the advice is to go to the terrace of the Kitte Garden (Marunouchi south exit, Kitte building, six the floor) to be in the front row of the big show. It moves a lot, and you can appreciate the entire length of the trains dashing off, all the JR ones, and the Tokaido line shinkansen.

 

Le ballet des trains JR depuis le Kitte Garden  en face de la grande gare de Tokyo

The ballet of JR trains from the Kitte Garden in front of Tokyo's main station

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Un train de la Keikyû sur le pont de Shinagawa, depuis le passage à niveau

A Keikyu train on the Shinagawa Bridge, from the level crossing

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How can we forget Shinjuku, the station that sees 3.5 million people pass through every day, putting it in the first place! Come and bring your stone to the building, your passage to say, "I was there too!". And inevitably, who says a lot of people, says many trains. But not anywhere. On the Yamanote and Sôbu quays, it's overloaded, and you won't appreciate being run over and especially bothering everyone. The best is then to go to platform n°8 (local Chuo line), at the very end, to have the broadest possible view of all the tracks. From there, much quieter, you will have a good show without disturbing anyone, apart from the railway photographers who have their habits there, which means that the area is good.

Une vue depuis le quai 8 à Shinjuku

A view from Pier 8 in Shinjuku

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