Sōbu Line (Rapid)

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Sōbu Line (Rapid)
Type  Commuter rail
Locale Tokyo, Chiba prefectures
Termini Tokyo
Stations 10
Opened 1972
Operator(s) JR East
Line length 60.2 km (37.4 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed 120 km/h (75 mph)
Route map

The Sōbu Line (Rapid) (総武快速線 Sōbu-kaisoku-sen?) is a railway service on the Sōbu Main Line in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It connects Tokyo Station in Chūō, Tokyo with Chiba Station in Chūō-ku, Chiba via the cities of Ichikawa, Funabashi, and Narashino.


Rapid services on the Sōbu Line are primarily operated between Tokyo and Chiba, although there are many through services onto the Yokosuka Line as well as some through services operated from the Yokosuka Line via Tokyo terminating at Tsudanuma. During weekday morning peak periods Tokyo-bound trains arrive once every 3–4 minutes; this is reduced to 10 Chiba-bound trains per hour during weekday evening peak periods. At other times there are approximately six trains per hour. There are many through services operated onto other lines. In addition, there is an hourly Airport Narita rapid service that runs to Narita Airport, complementing the non-stop Narita Express service.

Commuter rapid trains, operated during weekday peak periods in the mornings and evenings, make fewer stops that normal rapid trains. There are two Zushi-bound trains from Narita in the morning and a single Narita-bound train from Tokyo in the evening.

There are four Home Liner Chiba commuter liner services that operate every weekday evening, three of which start from Tokyo and another which starts at Shinjuku. It stops at the stations shown in the list below (the service departing from Shinjuku stops once at Akihabara).

For information on the Narita Express, Shiosai, Ayame, and other limited express services, see their respective articles.

Sōbu Line (Rapid) trains travel through onto the Yokosuka Line to Ōfuna, Zushi, and Kurihama. Trains also travel through beyond Chiba to as far as:

Station list[edit]

  • For information on local services between Kinshichō and Chiba, see the Chūō-Sōbu Line article.
  • Trains stop at stations marked "●" and pass those marked "|".
Station Japanese Distance (km) Rapid Comm.
Home Liner Chiba Transfers Location
Tokyo 東京 - 0.0 Yokosuka Line (through service), Tōhoku Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Jōetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen, Chūō Line, Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Tōkaidō Line, Keiyō Line
Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-17)
Chiyoda Tokyo
Shin-Nihombashi 新日本橋 1.2 1.2 Subway TokyoGinza.png Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (Mitsukoshimae: G-12)
Subway TokyoHanzomon.png Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line (Mitsukoshimae: Z-09)
Bakurochō 馬喰町 1.1 2.3 Subway TokyoAsakusa.png Toei Asakusa Line (Higashi-Nihonbashi: A-15)
Subway TokyoShinjuku.png Toei Shinjuku Line (Bakuro-Yokoyama: S-09)
Kinshichō 錦糸町 2.5 4.8 Chūō-Sōbu Line
Subway TokyoHanzomon.png Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line (Z-13)
Shin-Koiwa 新小岩 5.2 10.0 Chūō-Sōbu Line Katsushika
Ichikawa 市川 5.4 15.4 Chūō-Sōbu Line Ichikawa Chiba
Funabashi 船橋 7.8 23.2 Chūō-Sōbu Line
Tōbu Noda Line
Keisei Main Line (Keisei Funabashi)
Tsudanuma 津田沼 3.5 26.7 Chūō-Sōbu Line
Shin-Keisei Line (Shin-Tsudanuma)
Inage 稲毛 9.2 35.9 Chūō-Sōbu Line Inage-ku, Chiba
Chiba 千葉 3.3 39.2 Sōbu Main Line (for Chōshi), Chūō-Sōbu Line, Uchibō Line, Sotobō Line, Narita Line
Chiba Urban Monorail: Line 1, Line 2
Keisei Chiba Line (Keisei Chiba)
Chūō-ku, Chiba

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