Ochanomizu Station

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Ochanomizu Station
Ochanomizu-station 1.jpg
JR East and Tokyo Metro station entrances
Prefecture Tokyo
(See other stations in Tokyo)
Ward Chiyoda
Neighborhood etc. 2 Surugadai (JR East)
(in Japanese) 東京都千代田区神田駿河台2丁目
Year opened 1904
Rail services
Station number(s) M-20
Operator(s) JR East, Tokyo Metro
Line(s) Chūō Line (Rapid), Chūō-Sōbu Line, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Statistics 107,205 daily[1] (JR East, 2007) passengers/day

Ochanomizu Station (御茶ノ水駅 Ochanomizu-eki?) is a railway station in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and Tokyo Metro.


JR East's Ochanomizu station lies next to the Kanda River. During the Edo period, the Kanda River was rerouted to pass through Ochanomizu, which was otherwise a highland between two valleys. Hijiribashi (聖橋, also known as Hijiri Bridge, Hijiribashi Bridge) crosses over the river near a station exit. The subway Marunouchi Line makes a short above-ground appearance as it passes over the river. Holy Resurrection Cathedral (Nicholai-dō) is easily accessible from the Hijiribashi Exit of this station. The Ochanomizu neighborhood is known for its many guitar and instrument shops.

The Tokyo Metro station is located in Bunkyō Ward, separate from the JR East station, and is served by the Marunouchi Line. The area is also served by the Chiyoda Line at Shin-Ochanomizu, which is connected to Ogawamachi station on the Toei Shinjuku Line.

Station layout[edit]

JR East[edit]

The JR East portion of the station has two island platforms serving four tracks.[2] Tracks 1 and 4 (the outer tracks) serve trains on the Chūō Line (Rapid) whilst tracks 2 and 3 are used by trains on the Chūō-Sōbu Line.[2]


1 Chūō Line (Rapid) for Shinjuku, Tachikawa and Takao
2 Chūō-Sōbu Line for Shinjuku, Nakano and Mitaka
3 Chūō-Sōbu Line for Kinshichō, Funabashi and Chiba
4 Chūō Line (Rapid) for Tokyo

There are two exits from Ochanomizu to street level. The larger of the two is the Ochanomizu-bashi exit on the western end of the station which features ticket vending machines, a JR reservation office, toilets, and lockers. The other is the Hijiri-bashi exit which only has ticket vending machines and bathrooms.[2]

Ochanomizu is the second stop after Tokyo Station on the Chūō Line and one stop before Akihabara Station when travelling from Shinjuku.

Tokyo Metro[edit]

Ticket gates to Marunouchi Line platforms, June 2005

The Tokyo Metro station consists of two side platforms serving two tracks.[3]


1 Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line for Tokyo, Ginza, Shinjuku and Ogikubo
2 Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line for Kōrakuen and Ikebukuro

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Chūō Line (Rapid)
Yotsuya - Kanda
Chūō-Sōbu Line
Suidobashi - Akihabara
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-20)
Awajichō (M-19) - Hongō-Sanchōme (M-21)


The JR East station opened on 31 December 1904.[4] The Tokyo Metro station opened on 20 January 1954.[5]


  1. ^ JR East fiscal 2007 passenger figures Retrieved on 20 January 2009. (Japanese)
  2. ^ a b c Ochanomizu station map JR East Retrieved on 13 January 2009
  3. ^ Ochanomizu Station diagram Retrieved on 4 September 2009. (Japanese)
  4. ^ JR East station information Retrieved on 4 September 2009. (Japanese)
  5. ^ Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 (Databook: Japan's Private Railways). Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 213. ISBN 4-87366-874-3. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°41′59″N 139°45′50″E / 35.69972°N 139.76389°E / 35.69972; 139.76389