Toei Asakusa Line

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     Asakusa Line
Subway TokyoAsakusa.png
Tokyo-metropolitan-type-5300.jpg
Toei 5300 series EMU bound for Nishi-Magome Station
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Tokyo
Termini Nishi-Magome
Oshiage
Stations 20
Daily ridership 623,563 (FY2010)[1]
Operation
Opening December 4, 1960
Owner Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (Toei)
Depot(s) Magome
Technical
Line length 18.4 km (11.4 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed 70 km/h (43 mph)
Route map
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The Toei Asakusa Line (都営地下鉄浅草線 Toei Chikatetsu Asakusa-sen?) is a subway line in Tokyo, Japan, operated by the Tokyo subway operator Toei Subway. The line runs between Nishi-Magome in Ōta and Oshiage in Sumida. The Asakusa Line was the first subway line in Japan to offer through services with a private railway. Today, it has more through services to other lines than any other subway line in Tokyo. Keikyu operates through trains on the Keikyu Main Line to Misakiguchi and the Keikyu Airport Line to Haneda Airport. The Keisei Electric Railway operates through trains on the Keisei Oshiage Line to Inba-Nihon-Idai and the Keisei Main Line to Narita Airport, and the Shibayama Railway runs trains via the Keisei Main Line and the Shibayama Railway Line to Shibayama-Chiyoda.

On maps and signboards, the line is shown in "rose" (O). Stations carry the letter "A" followed by a two-digit number.

History[edit]

The Toei Asakusa Line was the first subway line constructed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Its planning name is Line 1: it was later named after the famous Asakusa district of Tokyo. In its original plan form, the line would have actually bypassed Asakusa Station entirely. However, the plan was changed to take advantage of the existing Tōbu Isesaki Line and Tokyo Metro Ginza Line connections at Asakusa.

The initial 3.2 km segment between Oshiage and Asakusabashi opened on December 4, 1960. The line then opened in stages from north to south:

  • May 1962: Asakusabashi to Higashi-Nihonbashi
  • September 1962: Higashi-Nihonbashi to Ningyōchō
  • February 1963: Ningyōchō to Higashi-Ginza
  • December 1963: Higashi-Ginza to Shinbashi
  • October 1964: Shinbashi to Daimon
  • June 1968: Daimon to Sengakuji (Through service with Keikyū begins)
  • November 15, 1968: Sengakuji to Nishi-Magome

From 1998 to 2002, the Asakusa Line was used as part of a rail connection between Tokyo's two major airports, Haneda and Narita. While a few trains still run between the airports (see below), the service has greatly diminished in frequency since 2002.

In 2005, a research group of government, metropolitan and railway company officials proposed that the Asakusa Line be connected to Tokyo Station via a spur to the north of Takarachō Station. This would provide Tokyo Station's first direct connection to the Toei subway network. It would also make it possible to reach Haneda Airport in 25 minutes (versus 35 minutes today) and Narita Airport in 40 minutes (versus 57 minutes today).[2] This plan has yet to be finalized or formally adopted.

Services[edit]

  • Local trains operate between Nishi-Magome and Sengakuji approximately every ten minutes and are timed to connect to Keikyu through service trains at Sengakuji.
  • Rapid service (快速 kaisoku) trains operate between Nishi-Magome and Keisei Sakura Station approximately every twenty minutes. They make all station stops on the Asakusa Line.
  • Limited express (快特 kaitoku) trains operate approximately every twenty minutes. They generally use Keikyu rolling stock and have a southern terminus at Misakiguchi Station or Keikyu Kurihama Station. They operate as limited express trains only on the Keikyu line, and provide local service on the Asakusa Line and Keisei Oshiage Line. Their northern terminus is generally either Aoto Station or Keisei Takasago Station.
  • Airport express (エアポート急行 Eapōto kyūkō) trains operate approximately every twenty minutes and make all stops (local service) on the Asakusa Line, providing express service on the Keikyu line between Sengakuji and Haneda Airport. Their northern terminus is usually either Inzai-Makinohara Station or Inba-Nihon-Idai Station on the Hokuso Railway.
  • Airport limited express (エアポート快特 eapōto kaitoku) trains operate approximately every twenty minutes, and skip certain stations while operating on the Asakusa Line. Their northern terminus alternates between "Access Express" (アクセス急行 akusesu kyūkō) service to Narita International Airport and local service to either Aoto or Takasago. The total travel time from Haneda Airport to Narita Airport on this train is approximately one hour and 46 minutes.

Station list[edit]

  • All stations are located in Tokyo.
  • The Airport Limited Express stops at stations marked "●", skips those marked "|". All other services stop at every station.
Station
No.
Station Japanese Distance (km) Airport Ltd. Exp. Transfers Location
Between
stations
From A-01
A-01 Nishi-Magome 西馬込 - 0.0 Keikyū Main Line
Through to Airport Line
  Ōta
A-02 Magome 馬込 1.2 1.2  
A-03 Nakanobu 中延 0.9 2.1 Tōkyū Ōimachi Line Shinagawa
A-04 Togoshi 戸越 1.1 3.2  
A-05 Gotanda 五反田 1.6 4.8 Yamanote Line
Tōkyū Ikegami Line
A-06 Takanawadai 高輪台 0.7 5.5   Minato
Keikyu through services: Via the Main Line & Airport Line to/from Haneda Airport
Via the Zushi Line from Shin-Zushi (northbound only)
Via the Main Line from Uraga (northbound only; southbound trains for Kurihama Line via Horinouchi)
Via the Main Line & Kurihama Line to/from Misakiguchi
A-07 Sengakuji 泉岳寺 1.4 6.9 Keikyū Main Line (Through service to lines/stations listed above) Minato
A-08 Mita 三田 1.1 8.0 Subway TokyoMita.png Toei Mita Line (I-04)
Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line (Tamachi)
A-09 Daimon 大門 1.5 9.5 Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-20)
Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line (Hamamatsuchō)
Tokyo Monorail (Hamamatsuchō)
A-10 Shimbashi 新橋 1.0 10.5 Subway TokyoGinza.png Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-08)
Tōkaidō Main Line, Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Yokosuka Line
Yurikamome (U-01)
A-11 Higashi-Ginza 東銀座 0.9 11.4 Subway TokyoHibiya.png Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-09)
Underground passage to Ginza, Hibiya and Yūrakuchō stations
Chūō
A-12 Takarachō 宝町 0.8 12.2  
A-13 Nihombashi 日本橋 0.8 13.0 Subway TokyoGinza.png Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-11), Subway TokyoTozai.png Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (T-10)
A-14 Ningyōchō 人形町 0.8 13.8 Subway TokyoHibiya.png Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-13)
A-15 Higashi-Nihombashi 東日本橋 0.7 14.5 Subway TokyoShinjuku.png Toei Shinjuku Line (Bakuro-Yokoyama: S-09)
Sōbu Line (Rapid) (Bakurochō)
A-16 Asakusabashi 浅草橋 0.7 15.2 Chūō-Sōbu Line Taitō
A-17 Kuramae 蔵前 0.7 15.9 Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-11)
A-18 Asakusa 浅草 0.9 16.8 Subway TokyoGinza.png Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-19)
Tobu Skytree Line
A-19 Honjo-Azumabashi 本所吾妻橋 0.7 17.5   Sumida
A-20 Oshiage 押上 0.8 18.3 Keisei Oshiage Line (through service to lines/stations listed below)
Subway TokyoHanzomon.png Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line (Z-14)
Tobu Skytree Line
Keisei through services: Via the Main Line to/from Narita Airport
Via the Main Line & Hokusō Railway to/from Inba-Nihon-Idai
Via the Main Line & Shibayama Railway to/from Shibayama-Chiyoda

Rolling stock[edit]

Toei 5300 series EMU between Shin-Baba and Kita-Shinagawa

A variety of rolling stock is in use due to the large number of through service operators on the line.

Toei[edit]

Keisei Electric Railway[edit]

Keikyu[edit]

Hokuso Railway[edit]

Chiba New Town Railway[edit]

Shibayama Railway[edit]

  • Shibayama 3600 series

Former[edit]

5200 series trains introduced to the line in 1976 and withdrawn in 2006
  • Toei: 5000, 5200
  • Keikyu: 1000
  • Keisei: 3000 (first model), 3050 (first model), 3100, 3150, 3200, 3500 (old model)
  • Hokuso: 7050, 7150, 7000, 7250

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