In Tokyo, These Trains Jingle All the Way
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In Tokyo, These Trains Jingle All the Way

October 14, 2019

(humming) – [Narrator] In train and
subway stations all over Japan, you’re likely to hear a fully composed seven-second jingle that is uniquely written for that station. And if you’re one of the millions of Tokyo metro riders You’ve probably heard one of these jingles composed by Minoru Mukaiya. (lively music) (soft music) (upbeat music) – [Narrator] Over time,
Mr. Mukaiya shifted his focus to his other passion-trains- and formed a company
that builds simulators. In this world of trains, he found a new outlet for his music and got to work composing train melodies. Like this one (Shibuya Station music) (pensive music) (Ochiai music) (Takadanobaba music) (Monzen-Nakachō music) (Waseda music) – [Narrator] Having found a
marriage of his two passions, today, Mr. Mukaiya considers
himself a lucky man.


  • Reply Mat C September 8, 2018 at 6:18 am

    This is such a waste of time, but I love it! LOL

  • Reply Ariana Cochran September 8, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Ooooh so he’s the one that made all the melodies!!
    When I was in Japan, I made a habit to record all the different station tunes(songs?) and they were all very lovely!!

  • Reply Ulrik Falkenberg September 8, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Most likeable japanise person i have seen

  • Reply rafizi shahruz September 8, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Wow..i really love it.. its really relaxing! Hope mrt malaysia will follow this amazing step

  • Reply Park ChimMin September 8, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Does he make music for Wii sports as well? It sounds so similar to that!

  • Reply mzone12 September 8, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    All the stations look very clean and tidy!

  • Reply Jonathan Watanabe September 9, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Is there a word in Japanese that translates to “Taking inspiration from any object and accentuating it to make it beautiful”? Kind of like there are words in German that don’t exist in English because they are ideas that intrinsic to them and their culture? It’s like something entrained in the Japanese to accentuate the natural beauty that can be found in everything.

  • Reply lemons September 9, 2018 at 11:42 am

    The last one sounds like a BoA song

  • Reply Jay Cobbin September 10, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Omoshiro katta! 🙂

  • Reply Raju September 11, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Sure they can, after all Japanese gave music in all Nintendo games.

  • Reply BRADLEY BREAD September 12, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Sounds like magic kingdom

  • Reply Clarence Maggazz September 13, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    In my country most professionals don't use the train so I'm imagining how the music would sound composed by a clueless person

  • Reply Otemachi September 15, 2018 at 1:15 am

    The Tozai Line songs are named
    "A Day In The Metro" for the eastbound service. And
    "Beyond The Metropolis" for the westbound one.

  • Reply James Mundell September 18, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    I see that Japan is trying to do something about the plastic problem.

  • Reply Jake Root September 19, 2018 at 5:18 am

    The Japanese are at least 100 years ahead of everyone else.

  • Reply Isai Karnadhi September 19, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    This makes you realise if you got off in the wrong station.

  • Reply Ariefax September 19, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    I still remember JR stations melodies, and it’s been.. idk, 10 years? since I came back home from Japan.

  • Reply Spencer O'Dowd September 20, 2018 at 4:21 am

    This reminds me of the fact that a lot of stations on the London Underground have unique tiling patterns in order for people who can't read English to be able to tell which station they're at. I wonder if these melodies serve a similar purpose.

  • Reply Terence Gonzales September 20, 2018 at 6:11 am

    im getting wii main menu vibes

  • Reply WhyIdontknowmyname September 20, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Lol i know this guy. The Speedrunner Zoasty use a gif of him in his stream. 1:00

  • Reply rohan pisharoti September 21, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Japan is such a wakanda

  • Reply DJ Narvaez September 21, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Amazing touch Japan! Good Job on this feature GBS.

  • Reply jort93z September 21, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    I mean, I'd imagine they are fairly functional as well. Chances are you will much more easily recognize the melody than understand the announcment of the name through the overhead speakers.

  • Reply Gunn3r September 21, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    To be honest… when I was there I didn't noticed a single song playing. Never heard one. 🙁

  • Reply Rimmert Faber September 21, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    These song sound like wii songs

  • Reply Wille 100 September 21, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    What an unusual, yet amazing career path. Imagine one day going to work on a 7-second train melody.

  • Reply Viporal September 22, 2018 at 5:43 am

    lucky man

  • Reply William Bruce September 22, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Never expected these guys to make a video on minoru, also I love that they showed galactic funk. Casiopea is a great band.

  • Reply zues121510 September 22, 2018 at 12:56 pm


  • Reply puredruid September 22, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    1:36 – That's straight up some wii sports theme

  • Reply BasedShark September 22, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    This is the most Pokemon sounding shit I've seen

  • Reply Kaya Solo September 22, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    We had a jingle in school instead of a regular bell. Listened to that for 9 f*cking years. I still cringe when I even think about it. So think again.

  • Reply Penta September 23, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    this is giving me pokemon vibes

  • Reply Luke L. September 23, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Sounds like Mario cart

  • Reply Cyppy747 September 23, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Spunds like wii music

  • Reply Comrade General Vladimir Pootis September 24, 2018 at 1:55 am

    They got spurs…

  • Reply Kushal Murthy September 24, 2018 at 2:04 am

    1:35 straight outta wii sports

  • Reply CrewCree September 24, 2018 at 6:09 am

    They all sound like unreleased concepts for Wii Sports Resort.

  • Reply Farells September 24, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Honestly a fucking idol

  • Reply Michael Smith September 25, 2018 at 7:49 am

    The music is way too cheesy for my taste but it fits the Tokyo fliar pefectly

  • Reply Eli September 27, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Interestingly this video was made around the time I was last there

  • Reply Wudy September 28, 2018 at 9:43 am

    I should study right now… How did i get to this

  • Reply kahanaohana September 29, 2018 at 3:59 am

    They used to make yamanote jingle key chains and piggy banks that would play the jingles. I spent all this week going to at least 20 stores, even the saitama train museum and it seems they dont make them anymore. If anyone knows where to buy them or has one for sale please let me know.

  • Reply CorporalDanLives October 2, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Oh my god it's been the Casiopea guy all along WHAAAAAAT

  • Reply Guybrush Threepwood October 3, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Awesome, but why you dont play out the melodies without interrupting by voice?

  • Reply liquidmetalrob October 4, 2018 at 3:18 am

    It's basically like living in Wii Sports.

  • Reply dunnowy123 October 6, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I remembered this when we visited Japan. It makes you wish your own cities did stuff like this. It's the little things that make Japan such an extraordinary place.

  • Reply Braiden Robson October 6, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Seriously. That's cool. Such small nice things in the infrastructure of cities make the world a better place. This can lift your spirits and if not, can it at least least bring a smile? 🙂

  • Reply lily Marlie October 6, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    The melody has a pokemon feeling

  • Reply Hafidz Moech October 6, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    it's like when you're arrived at a pokemon-themed city

  • Reply KrisRaps October 9, 2018 at 7:30 am

    These melodies kind a remind me a Gran Turismo 2 😀

  • Reply Adrian October 9, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    this dude could work at namco or polyphony digital… this just sounds as if you have finished a race in gran tourismo xD

  • Reply Leon’s YT Channel October 12, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Mission Complete
    Extend Fukutoshin Line to Shibuya
    Connect Shibuya to Toyoko Line

  • Reply pwowp8848 October 12, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    this saved me the most time from missing my station when i slept in the train after school 😀

  • Reply Khánh Đồng Official October 13, 2018 at 8:46 am


  • Reply katie boi October 17, 2018 at 12:21 am

    I personally prefer my train stations. I love NY train stations because…well idk but I just love it.

  • Reply Bot Shelter October 20, 2018 at 3:43 am


  • Reply freddietom October 20, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Minoru Mukaiya: Train Geek. ex-Legend Musician. (with our honest)

  • Reply Valdinjo October 29, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Does anybody know where the music's from? Really enjoy it…

  • Reply aresef October 30, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    This guy seems like he's having so much fun.

  • Reply Niko8848 November 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm


  • Reply War Mac88 November 12, 2018 at 7:29 am


  • Reply Sungging Jaladri November 15, 2018 at 2:15 am

    He is Japanese Fussion-Jazz Legend

  • Reply Slayer Traccs November 15, 2018 at 11:28 am

    0:41 Where is that station?

  • Reply Ciel Udbjørg November 16, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Japan: The country that also brought us Isao Tomita! 😀 And now this! Brilliant! 🙂

  • Reply Mark Pigeault November 19, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    The melody at 1:36 is something reminiscent of this?
    C4 D4 D#4 C4 G#3 A#3

    D4 E4 F4 D4 A#3 C4

    F4 G4 G#4 F4 C4 D4 G#4 A#4

  • Reply 永田町ekioto+ November 21, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    There are many departure melodies in Japan.
    Mr. Muko is also one of composers. I'm looking forward to the future.

  • Reply Gray_FoxRJ November 25, 2018 at 3:31 am

    He was responsible for lots of SEGA Arrangements!

  • Reply shermich90 November 29, 2018 at 11:51 am

    This would be perfect for someone who sleeps on the subway. Like if you hear the music, you'd know its your station

  • Reply Kyu Bey December 4, 2018 at 11:02 am

    I go to Ochiai station a few times a week!

  • Reply GhostsInTheGarden December 7, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Minoru Mukaiya, always my favourite keyboard player, this video brings me so much joy! 🙂

  • Reply Violet Green December 12, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    This is great! I even got the JR bubble on my calls, because of nostalgia I feel to Japan.

  • Reply rjmario22 December 13, 2018 at 11:11 am

    japan love their trains

  • Reply Daniel Xu December 14, 2018 at 11:00 pm


  • Reply onigiRia December 15, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I've always wondered who creates train station melodies here in Tokyo. This is so wonderful and Mr.Mukaiya seems such a lovely and happy artist. I love his jacket/blazer! ?

  • Reply Jay Enslin Fayza December 20, 2018 at 6:37 am

    They all sound like Wii music, LOL
    I love him and I love Japan.

  • Reply Phillip Mulligan December 25, 2018 at 5:50 am

    I would love to hear country banjo tunes for each of our cowboy Calgary C train stations. Especially during the Calgary Stamped or home team hockey play nights.

  • Reply Jackson Perisutti February 3, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Casiopea is like my favorite band lol

  • Reply L00PdeL00P February 3, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    This dude
    I love casiopea
    And he made the metro music
    This dude

  • Reply Chuck February 20, 2019 at 9:04 am

    amazing story…….

  • Reply 帰還者トーマス February 20, 2019 at 11:05 am


  • Reply Gito Sabata February 21, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I am really missing japan train, then i found this video. It's a joy combined with a bit hurt on my chest 😉

  • Reply Haruka Kanata March 3, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Arigatou Minoru San hontoni arigatou

  • Reply Nari Loughran March 3, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    its like before you get on the train the music gives you a buff status, quest complete or victory melody

  • Reply NihlistNif March 10, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    THANK YOU!!!

  • Reply Ayie Kimura May 4, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Takuya Kimura!

  • Reply Annie May 8, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Someone in Japan: I like trains
    People: ah~
    Someone in America: I like trains
    People: huh?

  • Reply Physics-guy May 15, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Dude at 2:56 is looking good, no homo

  • Reply HubeyDoobyDoo May 21, 2019 at 11:30 am

    I always loved the music and voiceovers catching the trains in Tokyo, it felt like a cinematic experience come to life. Now I know why! Thank you Minoru Mukaiya and Great Big Story!
    Next story idea: The different street crossing sounds in different regions. I particularly like Hokkaido! It is gentle sweet bird chirping sounds.

  • Reply 아하핳아하핳 June 10, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Minoru Mukaiya!!!!!!!!

  • Reply jessicawenjunmusic June 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    0:55 is it just me or is this the Japanese Hans Zimmer?

  • Reply Otemachi June 21, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Correction: Mukaiya only composed the Tozai line melodies. (A Day in the Metro and Beyond the Metropolis)

  • Reply David Schultz June 21, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Getting mad mario kart vibes from this

  • Reply Prin Petchtawiwan ICON Ginza June 23, 2019 at 9:03 am

    I love shibuya ?

  • Reply Nathan. July 5, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    For anyone that wants to listen to some others Mukaiya-san has composed, here's the ones that he did for Keihan Electric Railway in the Kansai region (Kyoto – Osaka):

  • Reply Bill Joe July 10, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Holy moly this guy was in Casiopea. That like mind blown

  • Reply Carbonated Turtle August 9, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I just discovered the game Densha de Go! a few nights ago and was amazed that they actually included a lot of these jingles in the game. When you're at Shibuya station in the game, you'll hear the real jingle you'd hear at the actual station. If anyone is interested in seeing what it's like to drive a subway in Tokyo, I highly recommend this game.

  • Reply T'Tae PeeraPat August 10, 2019 at 8:39 am

    ผมค่ตชอบลุงแกตอนเล่นเพลง eyes of the mind

  • Reply Aziiz Namantino August 20, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Every Casiopea player is on another level

  • Reply Andrew Burns September 24, 2019 at 7:05 am

    These jingles are soooo f$&(7! annoying if you live in Japan. They’re non stop.

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