Tōkyū Setagaya Line

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Tōkyū Setagaya Line
A Tokyu 300 series trainset in November 2005
OwnerTokyu Corporation
LocaleSetagaya, Tokyo
TypeLight rail (tramway)
Operator(s)Tokyu Corporation
Rolling stockTokyu 300 series
Daily ridership57,541 passengers per day (2017)[1]
OpenedJanuary 18, 1925 (1925-01-18)
Line length5 km (3.1 mi)
Number of tracksDouble track
Track gauge1,372 mm (4 ft 6 in) Scotch Gauge
Electrification600 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed40 kilometres per hour (25 mph)
Route map
Linemap of Tokyu Setagaya Line.PNG
Tōkyū Setagaya Line train running on the tracks, 2017

The Tōkyū Setagaya Line (東急世田谷線, Tōkyū Setagaya-sen) is a light rail line in Tokyo, Japan, operated by Tokyu Corporation. It connects Sangen-Jaya to Shimo-Takaido in Setagaya, Tokyo.[1]

Unlike other Tokyu lines that are heavy rail commuter lines, the Setagaya Line is governed under the Tramways Act (軌道法, kidou-hou) of the Japanese government. Despite this, the entire line is located on its own right-of-way because it is a branch line of the former Tamagawa Line (玉川線), which is not the same line as the present-day Tōkyū Tamagawa Line.[2]


The Setagaya Line was opened by the Tamagawa Electric Railway (玉川電気鉄道, Tamagawa Denki Tetsudō, "Tamaden") in 1923, running on surface streets between Shibuya and the Tama River. Since the railway merged with Tokyu in 1938, the balance of the line closed in 1969, leaving this isolated section as the sole Tokyu line to use 1,372 mm (4 ft 6 in) gauge.[2]

The Setagaya Line and the Toden Arakawa Line (the only surviving line of the former Tokyo Toden network) are the only railway lines in Tokyo proper to be legally classified as tramways.

The line has its own smart card system called Setamaru, which cannot be used on other Tokyu lines. Since March 2007 the PASMO contactless card has also been accepted on the Setagaya and other Tokyu lines.


All stations are located in Setagaya.

No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers
SG01 Sangen-Jaya 三軒茶屋 0.0 Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line
SG02 Nishi-Taishidō 西太子堂 0.3
SG03 Wakabayashi 若林 0.9
SG04 Shōin-Jinjamae 松陰神社前 1.4
SG05 Setagaya 世田谷 1.8
SG06 Kamimachi 上町 2.2
SG07 Miyanosaka 宮の坂 2.7
SG08 Yamashita 山下 3.4 Odakyū Odawara Line (Gōtokuji)
SG09 Matsubara 松原 4.2
SG10 Shimo-Takaido 下高井戸 5.0 Keiō Line


  1. ^ a b Barrow, Keith (March 25, 2019). "Tokyo light rail line to run on renewable energy". railjournal.com. Simmons-Boardman Publishing. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "年譜 |東急電鉄". www.tokyu.co.jp. Retrieved 2020-03-18.

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