Eucalyptus Gaoka

I was looking for shopping centres around Tokyo in Google Maps when I suddenly came across the strangely named Eucalyptus Gaoka station.

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Eucalyptus and Japan are not something you usually associate with each other, plus it had seemed to have a railway lasso attached to it. It was a bit of a struggle to find out more, but I eventually discovered the Japanese version: YĆ«karigaoka, or Eucalyptus Hills, a new housing development.

The lasso is a 4.1 km automated people mover with a koala logo.

Photo by RSA from Wikipedia,  Creative Commons License.

Not sure I’m so desperate to catch this “train”, but there you go!