Ueno Zoo Monorail Continues to Be Loved by Children


Tokyo (Jiji Press)—While female giant panda cub Xiang Xiang has been attracting huge attention since she was born at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo in June 2017, you can also see children at the animal park in Taitō Ward in the Japanese capital happily riding a tiny monorail that marked its sixtieth anniversary last month.

The shortest monorail line in Japan, with a length of 330 meters, has only two stations, linking the zoo's east and west gardens. Launched on December 17, 1957, it is the oldest monorail in the country.

Ueno Zoo's monorail transports visitors in this photo from December 2017. (© Jiji)

The monorail was constructed as an experimental line by the transportation bureau of the Tokyo metropolitan government, which had been exploring a new transport system following the end of World War II.

According to its timetable, the train links the two stations in a minute and 30 seconds. A one-way trip costs children aged two and over ¥80 and junior high school students and older people ¥150, paid on top of zoo admission fees.

The two-car train can carry up to about 50 people at a time. The cars are smaller than those of other monorails in the country.

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