The subway is very convenient to move around central Tokyo.
We can find the stations everywhere in the area.
But it has many lines, so the network is very complex. I had lived in the Tokyo area for over 20 years, but I was not able to learn the network surely.
But, you have nothing to fear.
You can find the English route map at every station.
And you can reach your destination using the line through or after changing lines one or two times.
Tokyo Subway Route map (pdf)
Additionally, you had better know the followings.
Subway in Tokyo has 13 lines.
And these are operated by two business units.
One is "Tokyo Metro". It is a private railroad company, and has 9 lines.
The other is "Toei". It is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Transportation. It has 4 lines.
Commonly both lines appear in route maps.
But when you must change to a line of the other company on the way, you have to buy the ticket with connecting the other company's line.
Most subway lines connect
directly to the lines of the other railroad companies at the terminal
station or a way station.
So most trains run through such stations. Therefore the destination of most trains usually shows a station name out of the subway line.
If you are concerned, you had better ask the station attendant which
train to get on.
But I think that most trains stop at all stations within the subway line.
For foreign passengers, each line is assigned with a specific color, and each station is given a specific line symbol (1 alphabetic character) and station number.
Of course, it is very good that you can memorize the station name in
But when a station name is alphabetized, mostly it is a long word.
Please utilize them.
|Line||Color & Symbol||km||Main stations on the line|
|Tokyo Metro Lines|
|Ginza Line||Orange||G||14.3||Asakusa / Ueno / Nihonbashi / Ginza / Shinbashi / Akasaka-mitsuke / Omote-sando / Shibuya|
|Marunouchi Line||Red||M||24.2||Ikebukuro / Korakuen / Otemachi / Tokyo (station) / Ginza / Akasaka-mitsuke / Shinjuku / Nakano-sakaue / Ogikubo|
|m||3.2||Nakano-sakaue / Honancho|
|Hibiya Line||Silver||H||20.3||Kita-Senju / Ueno / Akihabara / Ningyocho / Ginza / Hibiya / Roppongi / Ebisu / Naka-Meguro|
|Tozai Line||Sky blue||T||30.8||Nakano / Takadanobaba / Iidabashi / Otemachi / Nihonbashi / Monzen-nakacho / Urayasu / Nishi-Funabashi|
|Chiyoda Line||Green||C||24.0||Kita-Ayase / Kita-Senju / Nishi-Nippori / Yushima / Otemachi / Hibiya / Akasaka / Omote-sando / Meiji-Jingu-mae / Yoyogi-uehara|
|Yurakucho Line||Gold||Y||28.3||Wako-shi / Ikebukuro / Iidabashi / Nagatacho / Yurakucho / Tsukishima / Shin-Kiba|
|Hanzomon Line||Purple||Z||16.8||Shibuya / Omote-sando / Akasaka-mitsuke / Otemachi / Suitengu-mae / Oshiage|
|Nanboku Line||Emerald green||N||21.3||Meguro / Shirokane-Takanawa / Akasaka-mitsuke / iidabashi / Komagome / Akabane-iwabuchi|
|Fukutoshin Line||Brown||F||20.2||Wako-shi / Ikebukuro / Shinjuku-sanchome / Shibuya|
|Asakusa Line||Rose pink||A||18.3||Nishi- Magome / Gotanda / Sengakuji / Mita / Higashi-Ginza / Asakusa / Oshiage|
|Mita Line||Blue||I||26.5||Meguro / Mita / Hibiya / Otemachi / Jinbocho / Sugamo / Nishi-Takashimadaira|
|Shinjuku Line||Leaf green||S||23.5||Shinjuku / Ichigaya / Jinbocho / Higashi-Nihonbashi / Ojima / Motoyawata|
|Oedo Line||Ruby red||E||27.8||Hikarigaoka / Tocho-mae / Shinjuku / Aoyama-itchome / Roppongi / Shiodome / Tsukishima / Ryogoku / Ueno-Okachimachi / Iidabashi / Tocho-mae|
: Direct connection to other railroads
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