Tobu Railway

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Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.
kabushiki kaisha
Traded as TYO: 9001
Genre Rail transport
Founded November 1897
Founder Michinari Suenobu
Rokuro Hara
Headquarters 2-18-12 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Area served
Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Gunma, Tochigi
Key people
Kaichiro Nezu
Services Passenger railway
Total assets ¥1.3 trillion
Owner Yoshizumi Nezu (from 1999)
Number of employees
4,659 (As of March 2010)
Old Tobu Railway logo used until July 2011

Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. (東武鉄道株式会社 Tōbu Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a Japanese commuter railway company in the Greater Tokyo Area as well as an intercity and regional operator in the Kantō region. It operates in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Tochigi, and Gunma Prefectures.

The Tobu Group of which the company stands at the center also is engaged in road transportation (bus/taxi), real estate, and retail.

The name "Tōbu" is formed from the kanji for east (東) and Musashi (武蔵), the initial area served.

Railway network[edit]

Excluding the Japan Railways Group companies, Tobu's 463.3 km rail system is the second longest in Japan after Kintetsu.

Tobu has two isolated networks which are connected by the Chichibu Railway for ferrying of its rolling stock.

The Tōbu Main Line network has a tree topology starting at Asakusa Station in Tokyo, with the Isesaki line as the trunk, and the Tōbu Kameido Line, Daishi Line, Noda Line, Tōbu Sano Line, Koizumi Line, Tōbu Kiryū Line and Nikkō Line forming the branches, with further branches into the Tōbu Utsunomiya Line and Tōbu Kinugawa Lines. It offers surcharged, seat-reserved limited express services from Tokyo to Nikkō and Kinugawa.

The Tōjō Line runs northwest from Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo to central and western Saitama Prefecture. A branch, the Ogose Line, runs to Ogose from Sakado Station.

Tobu Main Lines[edit]

  Name Stations Length (km)
     Isesaki Line Tōbu-Dōbutsu-KōenIsesaki 75.1
     Skytree Line Asakusa - Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen 41.0
     Kameido Line HikifuneKameido 3.4
     Daishi Line NishiaraiDaishimae 1.0
     Urban Park Line ŌmiyaKasukabe - Funabashi 62.7
     Nikkō Line Tōbu-Dōbutsu-KōenTōbu Nikkō 94.5
     Utsunomiya Line Shin-TochigiTōbu Utsunomiya 24.3
     Kinugawa Line Shimo-ImaichiShin-Fujiwara 16.2
     Sano Line TatebayashiKuzū 22.1
     Koizumi Line TatebayashiNishi-Koizumi, ŌtaHigashi-Koizumi 12.0
     Kiryū Line ŌtaAkagi 20.3

Tōbu Tōjō Lines[edit]

  Name Stations Length (km)
     Tōjō Line IkebukuroYorii 75.0
     Ogose Line SakadoOgose 10.9

Rolling stock[edit]

Express EMUs[edit]

Commuter EMUs[edit]

Withdrawn types[edit]

Express EMUs[edit]

Commuter EMUs[edit]



  • Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. pp. 56–57. ISBN 4-87366-874-3. 

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