Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Bay View on the Yurikamome Line

EMU Tokyo Waterfront New Transit 7000 series leaves Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line
 
In response to my blog on the night view of Rainbow Bridge and the Yurikamome Line, one of the readers sent me a comment in which he requested a daytime view of Rainbow Bridge and the Yurikamome Line.

Look at the following photo. It is a daytime view of Rainbow Bridge from a pedestrian deck near Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line. You can see the suspension bridge connecting the downtown Tokyo area and New Tokyo Waterfront Subcenter. Tokyo Tower can also be seen behind the bridge. The tower and the bridge are illuminated colorfully at nightfall. You can also see an island just before the bridge. It is an artificial island, which was constructed by Tokugawa Shogunate (Japan's feudal government) in 1852. A gun battery was installed on the island to protect Edo City (present Tokyo) from Western countries' fleets.

The top photo shows a train running on the elevated track near Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line. Yurikamome is an automated guide way transit (AGT) system that was opened in 1995. The EMU 7000 series is a small-sized driverless train with rubber-tires instead of steel bogies. The building behind the track is Fuji Television Network, which is one of the major broadcasting stations in Japan. The globe that you can see in the upper part of the building is an observation gallery. It is said that you can view the gorgeous scenery of Tokyo Bay from there, but I haven't been to see it yet.

 
View of the Tokyo Bay from a pedestrian deck near Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line