TOKYO MONORAIL HISTORY
Mister M presents the Tokyo Monorail
Tokyo Monorail Museum
The Tokyo Monorail (東京モノレール, Tōkyō Monorēru), officially the Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport Line (東京モノレール羽田空港線, Tōkyō Monorēru Haneda Kūkō sen), is a straddle-beam, Alweg-type monorail line in Tokyo, Japan. It is an airport rail link that connects Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) to Tokyo's Ōta, Shinagawa, and Minato wards. The 17.8-kilometer (11.1 mi) line serves 11 stations between the Monorail Hamamatsuchō and Haneda Airport Terminal 2 stations. It runs on a predominantly elevated north–south route that follows the western coast of Tokyo Bay. The monorail is operated by Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd., which is jointly owned by JR East, Hitachi, and All Nippon Airways. It carried an average of 140,173 passengers per day in 2018.
Plans to build Japan's first airport rail link surfaced in 1959 as Tokyo was preparing to host the 1964 Summer Olympics. That year, the Yamato Kanko Co., Ltd.—later renamed Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd.—was established to build the rail connection. Construction began in 1963 and completed on September 17, 1964, just 23 days ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony. Upon opening, the monorail operated between the Hamamatsuchō and Haneda stations, making no intermediate stops. It has since been expanded with infill stations and extensions, and there are plans to extend it to Tokyo Station in the future.
The Tokyo Monorail is one of two rail lines serving the airport, the other being the Keikyū Airport Line. At Hamamatsuchō Station, passengers may transfer to the Keihin–Tōhoku and Yamanote lines of JR East, as well as the Asakusa and Oedo lines of the Toei Subway via nearby Daimon Station. The monorail also connects with Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit's Rinkai Line at Tennōzu Isle Station.
The landmark on the west side of the station is Masueji, a temple that became the temple of the Jodo religion in the Kanto region. The temple was built with a history dating back to the Muromachi era, and the streets leading to the train station are very busy.
In addition, Shiba Park has many attractions such as Maruyama Kofun, which is one of the largest front and rear mounds in Tokyo. In addition, there is the Tokyo Tower, the symbol of the international city of TOKYO. The tallest elevation in Japan was passed on to the Tokyo Sky Tree, but you can always be impressed with how it penetrates the blue sky and is illuminated.
The Tokyo Monorail is the only monorail designed in Japan. With its help, you can ride on Tokyo Bay with increased comfort and privileges. The monorail was opened in 1964. It was originally used for the airport. However, it had such a huge success among residents and guests of the city that it was decided to implement it at the station instead of the metro. A tunnel was designed and built especially for the monorail. Thus, on December 1, 2004, a new flight was opened. Today the Tokyo monorail runs through eleven stations. It is considered one of the most popular, as it carries up to 1.5 billion passengers a year.
Take the Tokyo Monorail Train from Hamamatsucho Station to Haneda Airport. View from the driver's side.