The Yamanote Line is one of Tokyo’s busiest and most important train lines that runs a circle around the center of Tokyo (think of it as a train “belt line” that runs around a city). The Yamanote line goes to almost all of Tokyo’s major and urban areas including Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza, Akihabara, Ueno and Ikebukuro. Only 6 of the 29 stations on the Yamanote Line do not connect to other railway or subway lines. The blue numbers on the information graphic below show the time it takes between the big oval stations (for example from Ueno to Tokyo it takes about 7 minutes). It takes about an hour to make a full loop and while I have not done it yet, but one day I think it would be interesting to ride around the whole loop because I think some really interesting photos could be made.