Our Partner: Shonan Monorail

The Shonan Monorail (jap. 湘南モノレール, Shōnan Monorēru) is a suspended monorail. It is operated by the Shonan Monorail Co., Ltd. And located at the city of Kamakura.

The line opened March 7, 1970. It was the first monorail of its kind in Japan.

The notion of convenience and safety is emphasized by Shonan Monorail. At the same time, it is said to be one of the most exciting monorails, which go up and down along the mountains and valleys. It also makes sharp curves and passes through two tunnels.

Enoshima Line travels 6.6 km every seven to eight minutes between Ōfuna Station and Enoshima, making six stops. The average length of a single trip is 14 minutes.
As the line is located within commuting distance of Tokyo, it is an important tool of transportation for local residents.


There are many sights to visit from one of the six stations which will leave a good impression of the diversity of the Kanagawa prefecture.

Sister Suspended Monorail

On April 2018 the president of shonan monorail Mr. Hideo Otawari and managing director of WSW mobile Mr. Ulrich Jaeger met in the city of Wuppertal. The idea of the “Sister Suspended Monorails” was born.

On the occasion of the first test-drive of wuppertals suspended monorail, 120 years ago, we celebrated this event with our “little sister” shonan monorail on the 13th of September.

The sky-blue wagon NO1 is hovering over the city in a specially created kawaii-design. In addition to that, there will be more events around the twinning of the two monorails. For this event the monorails and the stations of shonan monorail were decorated in kawaii-style and passengers received special event-tickets.

What is kawaii? Kawaii is the Japanese notation for adorable and sweet. The connotation of innocence and childishness is a symbol of pop-culture, which can be seen through wide sections of the society. In Germany kawaii gets more and more prominent. Hello Kitty, Pokemon and anime-comics are known examples


Pictures of the Shonan Monorail



Comparison between WSW and SMR

Name of Company WSW mobil GmbH Shonan Monorail Co., Ltd.
Address of Company Bromberger Strasse 39-41, 42281 Wuppertal, Germany 18 Tokiwa, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 248-0022 Japan
Name of Representative of Company Mr. Ulrich Jaeger - Managing Director Mr. Owatari Hideo - President
Date of Incorporation 31st December 1894 11th April 1966
Shareholder Wuppertal City Government 100% Michinori Holdings, Inc. 100%
Date of Operation Start 1st March 1901 (Kluse-Zoo)<br>24th May 1901 (Zoo-Vohwinkel)<br>27th June 1903 (Whole Line Opened/Total 20 stations) 7th March 1970 (Ofuna Sta. to Nishikamakura Sta. 5 stations only)<br>2nd July 1971 (Extension Nishikamakura Sta. to Shonan Enoshima Sta. by another 3 stations) (Whole Line Opened/Total 8 stations)
Type of Suspended Monorail Eugen Langen Monorail Suspension Railway (Einschienige Hängebahn System Eugen Langen) SAFEGE
Route Length 13.3km, Double-track 6.6km, Single Track
Number of Stations Twenty (20) Eight (8), between Ofuna Sta. in Kamakura City and Shonan-Enoshima Sta. in Fujisawa City
Travel time (One way) 30 minutes 14 minutes
Tunnel None (0) Two (2) tunnels, Kamakurayama tunnel 451m and Kataseyama tunnel 205m
Power Supply 600 V DC old vehicle<br>750 V DC new vehicle 1500V DC
Number of operating trains 440 trains/day Monday through Friday<br>336 trains/day Saturday<br>236 trains/day Sunday and holiday 283 trains/day Monday through Friday<br>266 trains/day Saturday, Sunday and holiday
Maximum speed 65km/h new vehicle<br>60km/h old vehicle 75km/h
Number of Carried passengers 24.14 Millionen people/year (Year 2017)<br>66.142 people/day (Year 2017) 10,478k people/year (April 2017 to March 2018)<br>28,707people/day (- do -)
Train formation secondary carriages 3 Car-consists
Number of trains hold (operated) 27 trains old vehicles GTW72 (7 vehicles at the moment)<br>31 trains new generation (14 verhicles at the moment - getting the other vehicles in the next 12 month ) 7 trains
Overall Length of car 24,06m 40.25m
Remarks On 13.09.1898 (120 years ago) the first carriages was put up on the 400 m test track in Wuppertal Sonnborn.
Population of City Wuppertal City Approx. 360.431 (Year 2017) Kamakura City Approx. 170k people<br>Fujisawa City Approx. 430k people<br>Total of 2 cities Approx. 600k people


Outline of Shonan Monorail

You can find an outline of Shonan Monorail with more specifications here. Characteristics, features, stations and technichal Information.


Drone Edition "Kamakura Enoshima Sky Trip 2"


SAFEGE system is a hanging type monorail system which has been developed mainly in France. SAFEGE System is operated with wheels above a vehicle which stock in the rail line on top. Therefore, the railway will not be covered with rain or snow and allows stable operation.

Source: kamakura-enoshima-monorail.jp

Shonan Monorail

“TripAdvisor” awarded the Shonan Monorail with a “Certificate of Excellence”. The Certificate of Excellence honors sights, hotels and restaurants that consistently get an outstanding rating. The award emphasizes the special significance of the Shonan Monorail for tourism at Kamakura prefecture.