Sandpanther (sandpanther) wrote,

Monorails Are Cool

We should have more monorails in the US. They're cool. They're techno-nifty. And they're pretty darn quiet (quieter than BART, so it's not just the running on electricity thing), particularly compared with the more traditional rail systems we have everywhere.

What prompts this comment? A wander through the Yokota AFB's webpage led to the discovery that one of my options to get to Takahata Fudouson is to transfer at Tachikawa to the Tama Monorail. Which, while neither the cheapest nor the fastest option does at least let me go riding on the monorail, and so it shall happen. Because monorails are cool. And I need to get to Takahata Fudou, since it's one of the major Fudou temples in the Kanto region. Which in and of itself moves it higher on the to-do list when I'm in the Tokyo region, never mind that I need to wander out that direction again and find a weird gazebo thing.

(I really wish I'd realized when we went out to Tama Center that we could have taken the Tama Monorail from Tachikawa. Since it probably would have been cheaper and easier -- since we had a JR pass -- and monorails are cool. Detecting a theme here?)

Random Thing Of Coolness: link to a list of rail stations in Japan
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