The Yurikamome (Tokyo Waterfront New Transit Waterfront Line) is a automated guideway transit service travels across the Rainbow Bridge into the artificial island of Odaiba into a futuristic Tokyo.
The New Transit Yurikamome (新交通ゆりかもめ), formerly called the Tokyo Waterfront New Transit Waterfront Line (東京臨海新交通臨海線), is the first driverless transit service connecting Shimbashi to Toyosu, via the reclaimed island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay. The line is named after the black-headed gull, a common denizen of Tokyo Bay and the official metropolitan bird.
Although it looks like a monorail, it actually has rubber-tired wheels on an elevated concrete track guided by the side walls. Riding the Yurikamome via Odaiba gives the impression of being in a science-fiction inspired future city, crossing the Rainbow Bridge across Tokyo Bay and viewing fascinating modern architecture such as the Fuji Television building and the Telecom Centre, as well as the Tokyo Big Sight.
Regarded as a white elephant when it was built (much like Sydney’s ill fated monorail), it would have been perfectly suited for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as it goes through some of the Olympics sites.
We rode the Yurikamome in 2008, and it really felt like being in a science fiction film, or at least an episode of the Jetsons.
Shibuya is a major commercial and retail hub, but also famous for 3 things: Shibuya crossing (the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing), Hachiko the loyal dog, and Shibuya 109 (a fashion mecca for young girls).
Kamakura is a small town popular with tourists because of attractions such as the Hasedera temple located on a hill with great views of the town, the Great Buddha bronze statue and other temples and shrines.
We discovered the Sasuke Inari Shrine by accident while walking around in Kamakura. A set of bright red torii gates lead up a hill into a shrine full of statues of foxes and fox dwellings with families.
Huis Ten Bosch is a gigantic theme park in Sasebo (near Nagasaki) that is intended to be a mini version of Netherlands, including famous buildings such as the Huis Ten Bosch palace, Stadhuis and the Domtoren.
Kurashiki has a preserved canal area that dates back to the Edo Period, when the city served as an important rice distribution center. In fact, “Kurashiki” roughly translates to “town of storehouses” in reference to the rice storehouses.
Chris Tham is a co-founder of Visual Voyager Pty Ltd, the Principal Voigtländer Ambassador for Mainline Photographics and a Workshop Instructor for Mainline Photo Academy.
She brings over 35 years of experience as a photographer to her role, starting with a Yashica rangefinder belonging to her dad, joining the Photography Club in school, and developing her own photos.
More recently, Chris has been taking photos during her travels, and as a result has experienced some of the most interesting places in the world.
Chris focuses on nature, street, and urban architecture subjects in her photography.