Japan: Chiba (Chiba-Toshi Monorail / 千葉都市モノレール)

Now that you have a few options for sightseeing in Chiba City, allow me to tell you about a fun way of getting around when you are there. The Chiba-Toshi Monorail or the Chiba Urban Monorail as it is sometimes referred to, is a two-line suspended monorail system in Chiba City. The first line began operating on March 28, 1988 and was called the Townliner. The second line opened on March 24, 1999. With nearly 10 miles of track, it made it to the Guinness World Record book in 2001 as the longest suspended monorail system in the world. The Chongqing Monorail in China holds the distinction of being the longest monorail system in the world.

The first line of the Chiba-Toshi Monorail connects Chiba Minato Station with Kencho-mae Station. The second line connects Chiba Station with Chishiro-dai Station. There are 21 stations in total and the system serves an upwards of 40,000 riders each day.

Riding the monorail feels more like riding a roller coaster than a train as the train cars can swing out against a turn in the track. Nevertheless the ride is smooth and the unique appearance of its track adds an interesting visual element cutting through the Chiba cityscape. Unfortunately, being a major mode of transportation within Chiba, there aren’t very many sightseeing spots along the route of the monorail. But don’t let this deter you from riding this unique rail system. It will be an experience you won’t soon forget!


Web page:   http://chiba-monorail.co.jp/




  1. I’m glad you have a photo of the glass floor! I rode the monorail a week or two before they installed the new cars, so I just missed it.

    And I agree, the monorail really does feel like a roller-coaster, albeit much smoother!

  2. Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. I am glad you had an opportunity to ride the monorail system. As you pointed out, the photos are similar however they are not the same.

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