Photos | In the loop: Tokyo seen from commuter train line

In Tokyo, the complete loop of Yamanote train line for about an hour offers scenes of Japanese daily life: jam-packed commutes, views of the famous Shibuya crossing, local shopping arcades and stand-up noodle shops on train platforms. Operated by East Japan Railway Co., it makes a loop around the center of the city, connecting 29 stations including key stops such as Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro.

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A Yamanote Line train travels above commuters walking across the crossing during evening rush hours in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. For most Tokyoites, the line is an incredibly punctual and efficient transportation system for commuting. For tourists, it offers a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in many of the city’s neighborhoods. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

A Yamanote Line train travels above commuters walking across the crossing during evening rush hours in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. For most Tokyoites, the line is an incredibly punctual and efficient transportation system for commuting. For tourists, it offers a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in many of the city’s neighborhoods. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

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Commuters stand in a packed Yamanote Line train while waiting for the train at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. The trains are so densely packed during morning and evening rush hours that passengers don’t need to hold onto a handrail to avoid falling. There are shoves from commuters who can’t wait three to four minutes for the next train, but no one growls in irritation. It’s typically forgiven with a little nod, a gesture of apology. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

Commuters stand in a packed Yamanote Line train while waiting for the train at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. The trains are so densely packed during morning and evening rush hours that passengers don’t need to hold onto a handrail to avoid falling. There are shoves from commuters who can’t wait three to four minutes for the next train, but no one growls in irritation. It’s typically forgiven with a little nod, a gesture of apology. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

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A Yamanote Line train conductor sits in a control room as another Yamanote Line train approaches Ebisu Station in Tokyo. Running above ground, the train offers clear views from its wide windows as it moves 3 million to 4 million people a day — about the same as the entire population of the U.S. state of Connecticut. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

A Yamanote Line train conductor sits in a control room as another Yamanote Line train approaches Ebisu Station in Tokyo. Running above ground, the train offers clear views from its wide windows as it moves 3 million to 4 million people a day — about the same as the entire population of the U.S. state of Connecticut. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

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A man eats his breakfast in a noodle shop located on a platform. Eating on the train is not recommended. For a much better option, commuters get off for an authentic bowl of soba or udon, all priced under 500 yen ($5). (Jae C. Hong / AP)

A man eats his breakfast in a noodle shop located on a platform. Eating on the train is not recommended. For a much better option, commuters get off for an authentic bowl of soba or udon, all priced under 500 yen ($5). (Jae C. Hong / AP)

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A man walk on the bridge as a Yamanote Line train departs from Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo. If a commuter misses its station, then he will return 28 stations later, or else has to get off at any stop and catch a train travelling around the loop in the opposite direction. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

A man walk on the bridge as a Yamanote Line train departs from Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo. If a commuter misses its station, then he will return 28 stations later, or else has to get off at any stop and catch a train travelling around the loop in the opposite direction. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

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People wait in line to catch a Yamanote Line train in front of an advertisement for Japanese plum wine at Osaki Station in Tokyo. Operated by East Japan Railway Co., the Yamanote Line makes a loop around the center of the city, connecting 29 stations including key stops such as Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

People wait in line to catch a Yamanote Line train in front of an advertisement for Japanese plum wine at Osaki Station in Tokyo. Operated by East Japan Railway Co., the Yamanote Line makes a loop around the center of the city, connecting 29 stations including key stops such as Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

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A commuter is reflected in the window of a Yamanote Line train as he gets off at Shimbashi Station in Tokyo. A complete loop of the journey in these trains for about an hour offers scenes of Japanese daily life: jam-packed commutes, views of the famous Shibuya crossing, local shopping arcades and stand-up noodle shops on train platforms. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

A commuter is reflected in the window of a Yamanote Line train as he gets off at Shimbashi Station in Tokyo. A complete loop of the journey in these trains for about an hour offers scenes of Japanese daily life: jam-packed commutes, views of the famous Shibuya crossing, local shopping arcades and stand-up noodle shops on train platforms. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2019 03:42 PM IST
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