Ueno Station

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Ueno Station
Ueno Station Main Building.jpg
Main building of the station
Prefecture Tokyo
(See other stations in Tokyo)
Ward Taitō
Neighborhood etc. 7 Ueno (JR Station)
3 Higashi-Ueno (Tokyo Metro)
Year opened 1883
Rail services
Operator(s) JR East
Tokyo Metro
Line(s) Tōhoku Shinkansen
Yamagata Shinkansen
Akita Shinkansen
Jōetsu Shinkansen
Nagano Shinkansen
Tōhoku Main Line
Takasaki Line
Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Yamanote Line
Jōban Line
Ginza Line
Hibiya Line

Ueno Station (上野駅 Ueno-eki?) is a major railway station in Tokyo's Taitō ward. It is the station used to reach the Ueno district and Ueno Park -- which contains Tokyo National Museum, The National Museum of Western Art, Ueno Zoo, Tokyo University of the Arts and other famous cultural facilities. A major commuter hub, it is also the traditional terminus for long-distance trains from northern Japan, although with the extension of the Shinkansen lines to Tokyo Station this role has diminished in recent years. A similar extension of conventional lines will extend the Takasaki Line, Utsunomiya Line and Joban Line to Tokyo Station via the Ueno-Tokyo Line from March 2015 on existing little-used tracks and a new viaduct.[1]

Ueno Station is close to Keisei-Ueno Station, the Tokyo terminus of the Keisei Main Line to Narita Airport Station.


This station is served by the following lines:

As this station was the traditional point of arrival and departure for journeys to northern Japan, it became the inspiration for many poems and song lyrics, including a famous tanka by Ishikawa Takuboku. There is a memorial plate about this poem in the station.

Station layout[edit]

Main hall
One of the entrances of the station

Like most major stations in Japan, Ueno station contains and is surrounded by extensive shopping arcades. Ueno's includes a branch of the Hard Rock Cafe.

JR East platforms[edit]

Platforms 14 and 15
Station layout in 2009 (before removal of track 18)

The station has two main levels of tracks and a deep underground station for the Tōhoku Shinkansen tracks. Through tracks 1 to 4 on two island platforms on the main level are used by Yamanote Line and Keihin-Tōhoku Line trains. Through tracks 5 to 9 on two island platforms and one side of a terminal platform, lead only to storage tracks near Akihabara Station for empty trains, but will in future continue on the Tōhoku Jūkan Line to Tokyo Station and beyond on the Tōkaidō Main Line. Tracks 10 to 12 terminate inside the building, and below these on a lower deck are further terminal tracks 13 to 17 (Track No.18 has been removed). Two subterranean island platforms serve Shinkansen tracks 19 to 22.

1 Keihin-Tohoku Line for Tabata, Akabane, Minami-Urawa, and Ōmiya
2 Yamanote Line for Tabata, Ikebukuro, and Shinjuku
3 Yamanote Line for Tokyo and Shinagawa
4 Keihin-Tohoku Line for Tokyo, Kawasaki, Yokohama, and Ōfuna
5-8 Takasaki Line for Ōmiya, Ageo, Kumagaya, and Takasaki
Utsunomiya Line for Ōmiya, Koga, Oyama, Utsunomiya, and Kuroiso
9 Takasaki Line for Ōmiya, Ageo, Kumagaya and Takasaki
Utsunomiya Line for Ōmiya, Koga, Oyama, Utsunomiya, and Kuroiso
Joban Line for Matsudo, Abiko, Tsuchiura, and Mito
10 Joban Line for Matsudo, Abiko, Tsuchiura, and Mito
11-12 Joban Line (Rapid) for Kita-Senju, Abiko, Toride, and Narita
13-15 Takasaki Line for Ōmiya, Ageo, Kumagaya, and Takasaki
Utsunomiya Line for Ōmiya, Koga, Oyama, Utsunomiya, and Kuroiso
16-17 Joban Line
(Limited express)
Ltd. Express Super Hitachi,Fresh Hitachi
for Tsuchiura, Mito, Hitachi, and Iwaki
Takasaki Line
(Limited express)
Ltd. Express Akagi / Swallow Akagi for Maebashi
Ltd. Express Kusatsu for Manza-Kazawaguchi
Ltd.Express Minakami for Minakami
19-20 Tohoku Shinkansen for Sendai, Morioka, and Shin-Aomori
Yamagata Shinkansen for Fukushima, Yamagata, and Shinjo
Akita Shinkansen for Morioka and Akita
Joetsu Shinkansen for Takasaki and Niigata
Nagano Shinkansen for Takasaki and Nagano
21-22 Shinkansen for Tokyo

Tokyo Metro platforms[edit]

Ginza Line platforms
Hibiya Line platforms

Both the Ginza and Hibiya line station have two tracks. However, unlike in other Tokyo Metro stations, each line's tracks are counted separately.

1 Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line for Ginza, Roppongi and Naka-Meguro
2 Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line for Kita-Senju, Kuki and Minami-Kurihashi (via Tobu Skytree Line)
1 Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for Shibuya
2 Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for Asakusa

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Tōhoku Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen
Jōetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen
Tokyo - Ōmiya
Yamanote Line
Okachimachi - Uguisudani
Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Akihabara   Rapid   Tabata
Okachimachi   Local   Uguisudani
Utsunomiya Line, Takasaki Line
Terminus   Akagi   Akabane
Terminus   Kusatsu   Akabane
Terminus   Minakami   Akabane
Terminus   Rapid   Akabane
Terminus   Commuter rapid   Oku
Terminus   Local   Oku
Jōban Line
Terminus   Super Hitachi   Tsuchiura
Terminus   Fresh Hitachi   Kashiwa
Terminus   Special Rapid   Nippori
Terminus   Rapid   Nippori
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-16)
Ueno-hirokōji (G-15) - Inarichō (G-17)
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-17)
Naka-Okachimachi (H-16) - Iriya (H-18)


Opening of current station building in 1932

The station opened on July 28, 1883. After the destruction of this first building in the fires caused by the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, Japanese Government Railways constructed the current station buildings. In 1927, Tokyo Underground Railway (now Tokyo Metro) opened Japan's first subway line from here to Asakusa Station. Following World War II, the neighbourhood in front of Ueno Station was a major center of black market activity. Today, that market is gathering people as a name of Ameya-Yokochō.


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°42′48″N 139°46′36″E / 35.713434°N 139.776725°E / 35.713434; 139.776725.