Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line

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Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
A lineup of Chiyoda Line rolling stock: 16000 series, 06 series, 6000 series
Type Heavy rail rapid transit
Locale Tokyo
Termini Yoyogi-Uehara
Ayase (main line)
Stations 20
Daily ridership 1,131,379 (2010)[1]
Opened December 20, 1969
Owner Tokyo Metro
Depot(s) Ayase, Yoyogi
Rolling stock Tokyo Metro 6000 series, Tokyo Metro 05 series, Tokyo Metro 16000 series
Line length 24.0 km (14.9 mi) (main and branch)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)

The Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (東京地下鉄千代田線?, Tōkyō Chikatetsu Chiyoda-sen) is a rapid transit line owned and operated by Tokyo Metro in Tokyo, Japan.


The 21.9 km main line serves the wards of Adachi, Arakawa, Bunkyō, Chiyoda, Minato and Shibuya, and a short stretch of tunnel in Taitō with no station. A 2.1 km branch line between Ayase and Kita-Ayase is located in Adachi. Its official name, rarely used, is Line 9 Chiyoda Line (9号線千代田線?, kyūgō sen Chiyoda-sen).

On maps, diagrams and signboards, the line is shown using the color green, and its stations are given numbers using the letter "C".

Trains have through running onto other railway lines on both ends. More than half of these are trains to the northeast beyond Ayase onto the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) Joban Line to Toride. The rest run to the southwest beyond Yoyogi-Uehara onto the Odakyū Odawara Line to Hon-Atsugi and to Karakida on the Odakyu Tama Line.

According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation, as of June 2009 the Chiyoda Line was the second most crowded subway line in Tokyo, at its peak running at 181% capacity between Machiya and Nishi-Nippori stations.[2]

Basic data[edit]

  • Distance: 24.0 km (14.91 mi)
    • Main line: 21.9 km (13.61 mi)
    • Branch line: 2.1 km (1.30 mi)
  • Double-tracking: Entire line
  • Railway signalling: CS-ATC

Station list[edit]

  • All stations are located in Tokyo.
  • Stopping patterns:
    • Local trains stop at every station.
    • Odakyū Romancecar limited express services stop at stations marked "●" and does not stop at those marked "|".
    • The Odakyū Bay Resort limited express service does not stop at stations marked "▲". (It leaves the Chiyoda Line at Kasumigaseki.)

Main line[edit]

No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Limited
Transfers Location
From C-01
Through-services to/from Hon-Atsugi via the Odakyu Odawara Line and Karakida via the Tama Line; limited expresses run to Hakone-Yumoto via the Hakone Tozan Railway
Yoyogi-Uehara 代々木上原[* 1] - 0.0 No passengers[* 2] Odakyu Odawara Line Shibuya
Yoyogi-koen 代々木公園 1.0 1.0
Meiji-Jingūmae (Harajuku) 明治神宮前 1.2 2.2 Subway TokyoFukutoshin.png Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line (F-15)
Yamanote Line (Harajuku)
Omotesandō 表参道 0.9 3.1 Subway TokyoHanzomon.png Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line (Z-02), Subway TokyoGinza.png Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-02) Minato
Nogizaka 乃木坂 1.4 4.5  
Akasaka 赤坂 1.1 5.6  
Kokkai-Gijidō-mae 国会議事堂前 0.8 6.4 Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-14), Subway TokyoNamboku.png Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (Tameike-Sannō: N-06), Subway TokyoGinza.png Ginza Line (Tameike-Sannō: G-06) Chiyoda
Kasumigaseki 霞ケ関 0.8 7.2 Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-15), Subway TokyoHibiya.png Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-06)
Hibiya 日比谷 0.8 8.0 Subway TokyoHibiya.png Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-07), Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Yūrakuchō: Y-18)
Subway TokyoMita.png Toei Mita Line (I-08)
Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line (Yūrakuchō)
Underground passage to Ginza, Higashi-Ginza stations
Nijūbashimae 二重橋前 0.7 8.7  
Ōtemachi 大手町 0.7 9.4 Subway TokyoTozai.png Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (T-09), Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Marunouchi Line (M-18), Subway TokyoHanzomon.png Hanzōmon Line (Z-08)
Subway TokyoMita.png Toei Mita Line (I-09)
Shin-Ochanomizu 新御茶ノ水 1.3 10.7 Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (Awajichō: M-19)
Subway TokyoShinjuku.png Toei Shinjuku Line (Ogawamachi: S-07)
Chūō-Sōbu Line, Chūō Line (Rapid) (Ochanomizu)
Yushima 湯島 1.2 11.9   Bunkyō
Nezu 根津 1.2 13.1  
Sendagi 千駄木 1.0 14.1  
Nishi-Nippori 西日暮里 0.9 15.0 Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Nippori-Toneri Liner (02)
Machiya 町屋 1.7 16.7 Keisei Main Line
Toden Arakawa Line (Machiya-Ekimae)
Kita-Senju 北千住[* 3] 2.6 19.3 Subway TokyoHibiya.png Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-21)
Joban Line
Tobu Skytree Line
Tsukuba Express (05)
Ayase 綾瀬[* 3] 2.6 21.9 Terminates at
Jōban Line
Subway TokyoChiyoda.png Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (for Kita-Ayase)
Through-services to/from Toride via the Jōban Line
  1. ^ Yoyogi-Uehara is shared by both Odakyu Electric Railway and Tokyo Metro; Odakyu Electric Railway manages the station.
  2. ^ Limited express services stop at Yoyogi-Uehara to change drivers and conductors, but passengers may not board or disembark at this station.
  3. ^ a b Kita-Senju and Ayase are shared by both JR East and Tokyo Metro; Tokyo Metro manages the station.

Branch line[edit]

Both stations are located in Adachi, Tokyo.

No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers
From C-01
Ayase 綾瀬 - 21.9 Subway TokyoChiyoda.png Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (for Yoyogi-Uehara)
Jōban Line
Kita-Ayase 北綾瀬 2.1 24.0  

Rolling stock[edit]

Listed below are currently used, all are 10-car formations unless otherwise indicated. Numbers in parentheses are of formations currently in service.

Tokyo Metro[edit]


JR East[edit]

Former rolling stock[edit]

  • 207-900 series (from 1986 until December 2009)
  • 203 series (from August 27, 1982 until September 26, 2011)[7]
  • 5000 series 3-car trains (x2) (from 1969 until 2014, used on branch line)
  • 6000 series 3-car train (x1) (prototype of the series built in 1968, used on branch line)
  • 06 series (x1) (from 1993 until January 2015)[8]
  • 07 series (x1) (from 2008)


The Chiyoda Line was originally proposed in 1962 as a line from Setagaya in Tokyo to Matsudo, Chiba; the initial name was "Line 8". In 1964, the plan was changed slightly so that through service would be offered on the Joban Line north of Tokyo, and the number was changed to "Line 9".

Line 9 was designed to pass through built-up areas in Chiyoda, and also intended to relieve the busy Ginza Line and Hibiya Line, which follow a roughly similar route through central Tokyo.

The first stretch was opened on December 20, 1969 between Kita-Senju and Ōtemachi. The line was almost completed by October 10, 1972 when it reached Yoyogi-Kōen, although the 1 km section to Yoyogi-Uehara was not completed until March 31, 1978.

The branch line to Kita-Ayase was opened on December 20, 1979. This branch primarily serves as a connection to Ayase Depot, but also serves Kita-Ayase station constructed in the area. A three-car shuttle service operates between Ayase and Kita-Ayase.

The Chiyoda Line was one of the lines targeted in the Aum sarin gas attack on 20 March 1995.

On May 15, 2006, women-only cars were introduced on early-morning trains from Toride on the Joban Line to Yoyogi-Uehara.

On March 18, 2008, the Chiyoda Line became the first subway line in Japan with operations by reserved-seating trains when Odakyu Romancecar limited express services began running between Kita-Senju and Hakone-Yumoto (on the Hakone Tozan Line) and Karakida (on the Odakyu Tama Line). Trains also run from/to Shin-Kiba using tracks connecting to the Yurakucho Line.


  • Shaw, Dennis and Morioka, Hisashi, "Tokyo Subways", published 1992 by Hoikusha Publishing
  1. ^ Tokyo Metro station ridership in 2010 Train Media (sourced from Tokyo Metro) Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  2. ^ Metropolis, "Commute", June 12, 2009, p. 07. Capacity is defined as all passengers having a seat or a strap or door railing to hold on to.
  3. ^ "東京地下鉄千代田線用05系" [Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line 05 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 54 no. 640. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. August 2014. pp. 67–70. 
  4. ^ Tokyo Metro news release: 環境配慮型の新型車両16000系 千代田線に導入決定!! (Environmentally friendly new 16000 series trains to be introduced on Chiyoda Line), (21 December 2009). Retrieved 22 December 2009. (Japanese)
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ 203系が営業運転から離脱 [203 series withdrawn from revenue service]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  8. ^ 東京地下鉄06系、新木場へ [Tokyo Metro 06 series moved to Shinkiba]. RM News (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 

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