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  • Hey, guys. Greg here. My quest to spend a day on the trains in and around Tokyo

  • all began with this GIF. After seeing what Google auto created for me, I

  • thought, "Hey, there's so much you can see and do riding the trains. How about I

  • spend a day, from first train to last train, riding them?"

  • Who rides the trains, and how busy they are, ebb and flow throughout the day. Many

  • people have the idea that Tokyo's trains are crammed at all times, so I wanted to

  • see for myself what it looked like randomly going on trains throughout the day.

  • This isn't a trip to show you the coolest spots, or even anything, really. I

  • had a couple places in mind that I wanted to go, but beyond that, I was kind

  • of going where the wind blows.

  • Where I went in what I saw were but a fraction of what's in and around Tokyo.

  • I could have spent all day exploring any one of the stations that I stopped through.

  • So, this is the first part of the day, and I still haven't eaten or drunk anything

  • yet. I thought it'd be cool to use the vending machines for my beverages. As

  • you'll see, I'll end up buying lots of drinks, but even this early on my lips

  • are chapped as... Well, they're pretty chapped.

  • Oh, did I tell you? This is the busiest train station in the world. Over a billion passengers come and

  • go through it every year. Since it's about half past six in the morning, it's

  • not too crazy yet.

  • At this point in time, it's been a couple hours since I'd woken up. Now it's time

  • to find something to eat.

  • All right, some soba! This morning, I'm going with yuzu tori horenso soba,

  • which is chicken, yuzu, and spinach soba noodles.

  • The thing I like about traveling by train

  • is that I can always find something interesting at every station.

  • Like this automated underground bike parking.

  • Or, how about these rental bikes?

  • It's starting to get a bit busier at Shinagawa station,

  • and it's time to get back on the train...

  • ...and go to the washroom...

  • ...and hydrate myself as well.

  • At 7:30 a.m., the station's not at peak busyness, but, you can tell that it's

  • starting to get a bit squishy.

  • What amazes me, with the volume of passengers on Japan's rail systems, is

  • that everything goes so smoothly. There are delays here and there, but, largely,

  • you can plan your trips down to the minute by using the trainssomething

  • that you can't really do when driving cars around.

  • Now, I'm on my way to the Tokyo Monorail, which is at a different Hamamatsucho station.

  • I've traveled back and forth between Tokyo about a dozen times, but until this year,

  • I never knew there was a monorail going to Haneda Airport. When I thought

  • about this trip, this was one train I did want to show, as I think you get

  • some unique views riding just above street level.

  • If you've never traveled to Tokyo before, you might not know that there are

  • actually two airports. It's most likely that you'll not be arriving at this

  • airport, since it's mostly for domestic flights. The other airport, Narita, is

  • actually located outside of Tokyo, to the east. One nice thing about this train is

  • that it's specially designed with luggage in mind.

  • If you do end up at Haneda Airport,

  • something you must do, especially if it's a nice day, is head on over to the flight deck.

  • Not only can you get amazing views from inside the building, but you can go

  • outside and hear the full roar of the planes as they depart.

  • I'm now about to break the rules laid out for this trip. I mean, I called the

  • video "Tokyo by Train", but I find myself crossing the border into the neighbouring

  • Kanagawa Prefecture. But it's going to be nice, so don't worry.

  • I don't know if it's just me,

  • but I enjoy watching the conductor and staff working to keep the

  • trains on the go.

  • These cleaner guys were cool and let me film them.

  • In Japan, there are "Silver Jinzai Centers" that help seniors find

  • community-based employment. I didn't ask them to see if this was one of those

  • jobs, but if you keep your eye out, you'll see seniors in positions like that in

  • other places, such as at parks or in bicycle parkades.

  • A large part of the system is the behind-the-scenes staff that work on

  • and off the trainsfrom the conductors, to the announcers, to the cleaners, to the

  • people who refill the vending machines. By the way, that contraption can climb

  • stairs. Pretty cool, eh?

  • I'm not about to say, "everyone loves their jobs."

  • I'm sure, like most people, it's to pay the bills. But I do admire

  • how most can put aside whatever they have going on personally to focus on the

  • job and do it with pride.

  • Part of me says, "Hmm. Maybe I should cut

  • out some of these traveling shots, as we're already 10 minutes in, it's not even

  • lunchtime and, we're going all the way until midnight. But then I think to

  • myself, "What's the point of riding the trains, if you don't sit back and enjoy

  • the journey here and there?"

  • But, hey, we're already at our next destinationKamakura!

  • I really love this town. I was going to say it's a cool place, but I'm

  • trying to keep in touch with the youngin's, so let me just say,

  • this place is on fleek.

  • In case you're wondering about school kids, I believe they're on a field trip.

  • French toast and ice cream for lunchOh, yeah!

  • Little factoid: Kamakura used to be the de facto capital of Japan back in

  • the 12th to 14th centuries.

  • This is the entrance to the main Shinto shrine in

  • Kamakura. It actually used to be Buddhist as well, but religions got separated

  • during the Meiji Restoration in 1868.

  • If it were the weekend or holiday, this area would be filled with vendors.

  • This is where you leave your fortunes and wishes.

  • Just your average Japanese wedding photos...

  • Nah, just joking. These are nice ones.

  • Time for a ride along the Enoshima Dentestsu line. Locally, it's nicknamed "Enoden".

  • A lot of the route is along single-track line, so you get really up close to

  • the houses during the trip.

  • Do you see that island in the distance? That's Enoshima Islandreally neato

  • place with caves, shrines, and all-around good times. We're not going there,

  • but if you're in the area I highly recommend it. You see what I did with "neato"?

  • Bringing it back old-school.

  • I think this section is just awesome.

  • Yep, I'm on a train. Whatcha gonna do?

  • I just love these little stations, and how you walk across the tracks

  • to get to the opposite platform.

  • If you can manage, go up to the front to get an almost "conductor-like" view.

  • I like these station hubs with overhead walkways. Don't really see stuff like this in Canada.

  • Onigiri. This is a rice ball wrapped in seaweed.

  • If you're hungry and want a quick and healthy snack, these are the bomb.

  • All right. Back at Yokohama Station. I wasn't going to stop here, but I was

  • running low on batteries, and decided to go to the big Yodobashi Camera store

  • next to the station. Unfortunately, when you buy new batteries, they come pretty much dead,

  • so that didn't help at all.

  • I thought I might assuage my disappointment with

  • fruit, but a bit too rich for my blood. But, while I was here, might as well get

  • some quick shots of the scenery. I'm not from a fashionable part of Tokyo, so

  • whenever I visit Yokohama, I always feel like a slob. People here so nicely dressed.

  • The oceanfront was a bit farther than I thought, so I hopped on the subway.

  • Night is starting to fall, and I still haven't made it back to Tokyo, but I'm going.

  • Man, I love the station music.

  • Throughout the day, I noticed a calm sort

  • of rushing, like you'll catch hints of people all throughout the day doing a

  • little jog, or a mini sprint to here and there, but it's generally not pushing

  • others out of the way. I was wondering if I'd get the same type of busy footage

  • if I took my camera to cities around Japan. I suspect there wouldn't be as many

  • people with that hurried step.

  • This is probably my favorite scene of the day. If this doesn't scream "salaryman",

  • I don't know what does.

  • It was quite fascinating seeing the different architecture at the various stations.

  • Now, I was almost completely out of juice, and by that I mean batteries, so I

  • searched the mall for a restaurant that had an outlet next to the chair.

  • This Ferris wheel was the largest in the world back in 1999—that is before the

  • London Eye, in the same year, took that title away. Thanks, London.

  • Right now, we're traveling through Odaiba.

  • This whole area is built on reclaimed land. "Daiba" can mean "fort" or "battery", as in

  • things you use to defend your nation from gunboats.

  • These artificial islands didn't do much good in that regard, but in the late 20th century,

  • these lands were developed as a sort of futuristic living city. That also

  • didn't really pan out. It then became an entertainment district, and that...

  • That's working out okay.

  • Throughout the trip, I wanted to put out an accurate count of daily passengers

  • for each station. However, after a few hours of trying to collect stats, I

  • realized I was getting conflicting numbers, as some only contain departures,

  • while others would count passengers who were both coming and going.

  • What I can say is that Tokyo has many of the busiest stations in the world.

  • There are millions that go through them on a daily basis.

  • We're now back on the mainland, and we'll head out to Ginza, the shopping district for the rich.

  • In this part of town, you can hit up several famous areas on foot, so I did

  • just that. In Ginza, all the brands compete designing ostentatious flagship

  • buildings. I don't shop here, but if you like crazy buildings, it's a fun place to

  • stroll by.

  • Make sure to also go down the side

  • streets, which look quite different than the main strip.

  • I stumbled through Yurakucho, which has tons of hole-in-the-wall places to eat

  • quite different in tone from Ginza, yet they're right beside each other.

  • Remember that battery issue? I'm running low again, and need to top up. Luckily,

  • there's a Starbucks in the area, which is always good for a power socket.

  • These alleyways are about as ghetto as you get in Tokyo, but they're completely

  • safe to walk around at night, so don't worry.

  • We're now in Marunouchi, which

  • has the Emperor's palace. Nice place to visit, but it's closed at night.

  • So, I headed up to the Marunouchi Building

  • to get a free view of Tokyo Station. They're still working on renovations.

  • If you ever walk through Tokyo at night, you'll know there's

  • always lots of construction going on at this time.

  • To me this music sounds kind of like things are wrapping up, and it's getting

  • close but it's only 10 p.m., and we're going to midnightremember?

  • I've never seen a wheelchair ramp like