Kanda Station (Tokyo)

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Kanda Station
JR Kanda sta 003.jpg
North entrance, December 2007
Prefecture Tokyo
(See other stations in Tokyo)
Ward Chiyoda
Neighborhood etc. 2-13-1 Kajichō
(in Japanese) 東京都千代田区鍛冶町二丁目13-1
Year opened 1919
Rail services
Station number(s) G13 (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)
Operator(s) JR East
Tokyo Metro
Line(s) Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Yamanote Line
Chūō Line (Rapid)
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Statistics 101,075 passengers/day (JR East, 2010)[1]

Kanda Station (神田駅 Kanda-eki?) is a railway station in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and Tokyo Metro operate individual portions of the station.


Station layout[edit]

Kanda consists of two separate stations that form an interchange. The elevated station is operated by JR East and the underground station is operated by the Tokyo Metro. Although they are an interchange, passengers must pass through ticket barriers and pay separate fares to switch between services.

JR East station[edit]

The JR East station is the older of the two stations and opened in 1919. It is situated on an elevated viaduct and has three island platforms serving six tracks.[2] The platforms are numbered sequentially from east to west starting with platform 1. Yamanote Line trains use the inner platforms 2 and 3, Keihin-Tōhoku Line trains use platforms 1 and 4, and Chūō Line (Rapid) trains use platforms 5 and 6 as they split off from the main line north of Kanda.[2] There are an additional two tracks east of the station; these are used for Shinkansen trains running between Tokyo Station and Ueno.

There are two sets of entrances and exits (a total of four) that allow passengers to access the JR East station. The northern set, the north and east exits, offers a connection to the Ginza Line on the Tokyo Metro. The southern set, the south and west exits, has a View Plaza travel service centre. Both exits have rows of ticket machines, ticket gates, and a JR reservation office.[2]

1 Keihin-Tōhoku Line for Shinagawa, Yokohama and Ōfuna
2 Yamanote Line for Tokyo and Shinagawa
3 Yamanote Line for Ueno and Ikebukuro
4 Keihin-Tōhoku Line for Ueno, Akabane and Ōmiya
5 Chūō Line (Rapid) to Tokyo
6 Chūō Line (Rapid) for Ochanomizu, Shinjuku, and Takao

Tokyo Metro[edit]

The Tokyo Metro station is the newer of the two station and opened in 1931 as part of an extension of first subway line in Asia, the Ginza Line. There is a simple island platform setup with two tracks. Platform 1 is for southbound trains to Ginza and Shibuya whilst platform 2 is used for northbound trains to Ueno and Asakusa.

Access to the station is provided by a total of six entrances and exits. Exits and 1 and 2 are used as the connection to the JR East station and are on Chūō-dōri (中央通り). Exits 3 and 4 are on the same street but in the centre of the station near Kanda-Kajichō. Exits 5 and 6 are at the northernmost part of the station.

1 Ginza Line for Ginza and Shibuya
2 Ginza Line for Ueno and Asakusa

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Yamanote Line
Tokyo - Akihabara
Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Rapid: no stop
Tokyo   Local   Akihabara
Chūō Line (Rapid)
Chūō Liner/Ōme Liner: no stop
Tokyo   Commuter Limited Rapid   Ochanomizu
Tokyo   Chūō Limited Rapid   Ochanomizu
Tokyo   Ōme Limited Rapid   Ochanomizu
Tokyo   Commuter Rapid   Ochanomizu
Tokyo   Rapid   Ochanomizu
Ginza Line (G-13)
Mitsukoshimae (G-12) - Suehirocho(G-14)


The station first opened on March 1, 1919 when the Chūō Main Line was extended from Manseibashi Station, which existed between Kanda and Ochanomizu, to Tokyo Station.[3]

The tracks of Tōhoku Main Line, now used by trains on the Keihin-Tōhoku Line and the Yamanote Line, extended from Akihabara Station to Kanda and further to Tokyo on November 1, 1925.[4] This extension completed the loop of the Yamanote Line.

The subway station opened on November 21, 1931. On this day, the subway closed the temporary terminal at Manseibashi Station and made Kanda Station the new terminus. The station became an intermediate station on April 29, 1932 when the line was extended to Mitsukoshimae Station.[5]

The extension through Kanda Station of the Tōhoku Shinkansen from its previous terminus at Ueno to Tokyo breached a pair of express tracks of the Tohoku Main Line through the station.[citation needed] These are being reinstated by the Tōhoku Jūkan Line project, due to open in 2013.[6][7]


  1. ^ JR East fiscal 2010 passenger figures. Retrieved 26 October 2011. (Japanese)
  2. ^ a b c Kanda station map JR East Retrieved 19 January 2009
  3. ^ Ishino, Tetsu et al. (eds.) (1998). 停車場変遷大事典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). Tokyo: JTB Corporation. p. 173, vol. II. ISBN 4533029809. 
  4. ^ Ishino, supra, p. 387, vol. II
  5. ^ "開業の経過 (Tokyo Metro)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  6. ^ An Interview with the President on JR East website, retrieved 2009-05-13
  7. ^ JR East Annual report 2007 on JR East website, retrieved 2009-05-13

External links[edit]

Media related to Kanda Station (Tokyo) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 35°41′30″N 139°46′17″E / 35.691731°N 139.771264°E / 35.691731; 139.771264