Tokyo Subway: View from the Driver's Seat (VIDEO)

Inside the Subway -

So Thaaaat's What it Looks Like
Traveling home from the Tokyo Skytree, an AkihabaraNews editor found himself with the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the front window of the lead car. Most days we only see the a lateral view, i.e., the world going by as a real-life scenery roll. Every once again, you get a nice clear shot from the very first or very last car - and if you're lucky, you might be holding an HD camera.

The Tokyo Subway System, via Wikipedia:

As of 2013, the entire network of Tokyo Metro and Toei (subway line) has 290 stations and 13 lines. The Tokyo Metro and Toei networks together carry a combined average of over eight million passengers daily. Despite being ranked first in worldwide subway usage, subways make up a small fraction of heavy rail rapid transit in Tokyo alone - only 274 out of 882 railway stations, as of 2007. The Tokyo subway at 8.7 million daily passengers only represents 22% of Tokyo's 40 million daily rail passengers.

Yes, there an an estimated 40 million rail passengers in Tokyo - daily!

Tokyo Metropolis: 36 Million Human Beings as Seen from Above (VIDEO)

That's a lot of humans, and a lot of opportunity for shenanigans. Readers, any good Tokyo train stories?

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More on Tokyo Subways: Wikipedia


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