Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro, Toei, Tobu)

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Asakusa Station
Tobu Asakusa Station, May 2012
Location Taitō, Tokyo
Operated by
  • Bus stop
Opened 1927

Asakusa Station (浅草駅 Asakusa-eki?) is a railway station in the Asakusa district of Taito, Tokyo, Japan, operated by Tobu Railway, Tokyo Metro, and Toei Subway. It formed one terminus of the original subway line in Tokyo, now the Ginza Line.


Asakusa Station is served by the following lines.

Station layout[edit]

There is a connecting passage from the Tobu station to the Tokyo Metro Station, and a connecting passage from the Tokyo Metro portion to the Toei portion. However, there are no direct connecting passages from the Toei portion to the Tobu portion or from the Tsukuba Express station to the rest of the station complex. Passengers wishing to transfer between the Toei and the Tobu stations have to walk at street level, while passengers transferring between the Tsukuba Express station and the rest of the complex must also walk at street level, as the Tsukuba Express station is located 600 meters to the west of the station complex.

Tobu Railway[edit]

The Tobu Railway terminal is a surface station, which occupies a portion of the Matsuya Department Store. The station is used by local and limited express trains. Although Asakusa is the most "central" terminal of the Isesaki Line, it is connected to the next major terminal, Kita-Senju Station, by a length of track with sharp curves, beginning with the first stretch leaving the station, where trains have to turn 90 degrees to the right at a maximum speed of 15 km/h to cross the Sumida River. In part due to the station's somewhat awkward location, many express and semi-express services on the Skytree Line run through Kita-Senju to the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line rather than continue to Asakusa.


1, 2  Local for Kita-Senju, Takenotsuka, Kita-Koshigaya, Kita-Kasukabe, Minami-Kurihashi, and Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen
 Section Semi-Express for Kita-Senju, Shin-Koshigaya, Kita-Koshigaya, Kasukabe, Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen, Kuki, and Minami-Kurihashi
 Section Express for Kita-Senju, Shin-Koshigaya, Kasukabe, Kuki, Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen, Minami-Kurihashi, Tatebayashi, Ōta, and Shin-Tochigi
3, 4  Limited Express Spacia Kegon for Tochigi and Tōbu Nikkō
 Limited Express Spacia Kinu for Tochigi and Kinugawa-onsen
 Limited Express Shimotsuke for Tochigi and Tōbu Utsunomiya
 Limited Express Kirifuri for Kasukabe, Minami-Kurihashi, Tochigi, and Tōbu-Nikkō
 Limited Express Ryōmō for Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen, Kuki, Tatebayashi, Ashikagashi, Ōta, Isesaki, Akagi, and Kuzū
5  Rapid, Section Rapid for Kasukabe, Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen, Shin-Tochigi, Tōbu Nikkō, Kinugawa-onsen, Aizukōgen-Ozeguchi, and Aizu-Tajima

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Tobu Skytree Line (TS-01)
Terminus   Limited Express Spacia   Tokyo Skytree (TS-02)
Terminus   Limited Express Ryōmō   Tokyo Skytree (TS-02)
Terminus   Limited Express Kirifuri   Tokyo Skytree (TS-02)
Terminus   Limited Express Shimotsuke   Tokyo Skytree (TS-02)
Terminus   Rapid   Tokyo Skytree (TS-02)
Terminus   Section Rapid   Tokyo Skytree (TS-02)
Terminus   Section Express   Tokyo Skytree (TS-02)
Terminus   Section Semi-Express   Tokyo Skytree (TS-02)
Terminus   Local   Tokyo Skytree (TS-02)

Tokyo Metro[edit]

Ginza Line Asakusa Station sign

The Tokyo Metro station is located underground to the south of the Tobu terminal.


1/2  Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for Ueno, Ginza, Akasaka-mitsuke, and Shibuya

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-19)
Tawaramachi (G-18) Terminus


Toei's station is located underground to the south of the Tokyo Metro station.


1  Toei Asakusa Line for Nihombashi, Sengakuji, Nishi-Magome, Haneda Airport, and Misakiguchi
2  Toei Asakusa Line for Oshiage, Narita Airport, Inba-Nihon-Idai, and Shibayama-Chiyoda

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Toei Asakusa Line (A-18)
Higashi-nihombashi (A-15)   Airport Ltd. Exp.   Oshiage (A-20)
Kuramae (A-17) - Honjo-azumabashi (A-19)


Today's Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station was one of the first underground stations in Japan, opening on 30 December 1927 as the eastern terminal of the Tokyo Underground Railway to Ueno, which was later extended to become the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.[1]

The Tobu Railway terminal opened on 25 May 1931 as Asakusa Kaminarimon Station (浅草雷門駅?). This was renamed "Asakusa Station" on 1 October 1945.[1]

The Toei Asakusa station opened on 4 December 1960 as part of the Toei Asakusa Line from Oshiage Station.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. pp. 197–215. ISBN 4-87366-874-3. 

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Coordinates: 35°42′43″N 139°47′54″E / 35.71194°N 139.79833°E / 35.71194; 139.79833