Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line

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Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Subway TokyoFukutoshin.png
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line The first anniversary event 20090606.jpg
A line up of Fukutoshin Line rolling stock, June 2009
Type Heavy rail rapid transit
Locale Tokyo
Termini Wakōshi
Stations 16
Daily ridership 330,096 (2010)[1]
Opening December 7, 1994 (as Yūrakuchō New Line)
June 14, 2008 (as Fukutoshin Line)
Owner Tokyo Metro
Depot(s) Wakō
Rolling stock 7000 series, 10000 series, etc.
Line length 20.2 km (12.6 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map

The Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line (東京地下鉄副都心線 Tōkyō Chikatetsu Fukutoshin-sen?), formally the No. 13 Fukutoshin Line (13号線(副都心線) Jūsangō-sen (Fukutoshin-sen)?), is a Tokyo Metro subway line in west-central Tokyo, Japan. The newest line in the Tokyo subway network, it opened in stages between 1994 and 2008.[2]


The Fukutoshin Line is the deepest metro line in Tokyo, with an average depth of 27 meters.[3] At Shinjuku-sanchōme Station, the line passes under the Marunouchi and above the Shinjuku lines at a depth of 15 meters, with a gap of only 11 centimeters to the Shinjuku Line tunnel.[3] The deepest section is at the immediately adjacent Higashi-Shinjuku Station, where the line goes down to 35 meters, partly due to an underground space reservation for a possible future extension of the Jōetsu Shinkansen to Shinjuku.[3]

It is the second Tokyo Metro line to feature express services, after the Tōzai Line; however, unlike the Tōzai Line (where rapid services are only offered on the TōyōchōNishi-Funabashi section), the Fukutoshin Line offers express services throughout the line, a first for Tokyo Metro. Express trains pass local trains at Higashi-Shinjuku, where additional tracks are installed for this purpose. Local trains stop at all stations.

Through services run to Kawagoeshi Station on the Tōbu Tōjō Line and Hannō Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line. From 16 March 2013, the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line moved to share the line's Shibuya terminus, enabling through services on the Minatomirai Line to Motomachi-Chūkagai Station in Yokohama.[4][5]

Between Kotake-Mukaihara Station and Shibuya Station the Fukutoshin Line operates as a one-man operation subway line where chest-high platform edge doors are installed on the station platforms to aid the drivers.[6]

Like most Tokyo Metro lines, the first carriage of the Fukutoshin Line is designated a "women only car" before and during the morning rush hour. During these hours only women, children of elementary school age or younger and physically disabled passengers (and their carers) may board the first carriage.[7]

Station list[edit]

  • Express and commuter express trains stop at stations marked "●" and pass those marked "|". Express services stop at stations marked "▲" on weekends and holidays only.
  • Local trains stop at all stations.
Station Japanese Distance (km) Comm.
Express Transfers Location
From F-01
F-01 Wakōshi 和光市[* 1] - 0.0 Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-01) (same tracks)
Tōbu Tōjō Line (some through services to Shinrinkōen)
Wakō Saitama
F-02 Chikatetsu-Narimasu 地下鉄成増 2.2 2.2 Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-02) (same tracks)
Tōbu Tōjō Line (Narimasu)
Itabashi Tokyo
F-03 Chikatetsu-Akatsuka 地下鉄赤塚 1.4 3.6 Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-03) (same tracks)
Tōbu Tōjō Line (Shimo-Akatsuka)
F-04 Heiwadai 平和台 1.8 5.4 Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-04) (same tracks)
F-05 Hikawadai 氷川台 1.4 6.8 Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-05) (same tracks)
F-06 Kotake-Mukaihara 小竹向原[* 2] 1.5 8.3 Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-06) (same tracks)
Seibu Yūrakuchō Line, Seibu Ikebukuro Line via Nerima (through trains from Shibuya to Hannō)
F-07 Senkawa 千川 1.1 9.4 Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-07) Toshima
F-08 Kanamechō 要町 1.0 10.4 Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y-08)
F-09 Ikebukuro 池袋 0.9 11.3 Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-25), Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Yūrakuchō Line (Y-09) (for Shin-Kiba)
Yamanote Line, Saikyō Line, Shōnan Shinjuku Line
Tōbu Tōjō Line
Seibu Ikebukuro Line
F-10 Zōshigaya 雑司が谷 1.8 13.1 Toden Arakawa Line (Kishibojinmae)
F-11 Nishi-Waseda 西早稲田 1.5 14.6   Shinjuku
F-12 Higashi-Shinjuku 東新宿 0.9 15.5 Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Ōedo Line (E-02)
F-13 Shinjuku-Sanchōme 新宿三丁目 1.1 16.6 Subway TokyoMarunouchi.png Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-09)
Subway TokyoShinjuku.png Toei Shinjuku Line (S-02)
F-14 Kitasandō 北参道 1.4 18.0   Shibuya
F-15 Meiji-Jingūmae 明治神宮前 1.2 19.2 Subway TokyoChiyoda.png Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (C-03)
Yamanote Line (Harajuku)
F-16 Shibuya 渋谷[* 3] 1.0 20.2 Tōkyū Tōyoko Line (through service to Motomachi-Chūkagai on the Minatomirai Line), Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line
Subway TokyoHanzomon.png Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line (Z-01), Subway TokyoGinza.png Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-01)
Yamanote Line, Saikyō Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
Keiō Inokashira Line
  1. ^ Wakōshi is shared by both Tobu and Tokyo Metro; Tobu manages the station.
  2. ^ Kotake-Mukaihara is shared by both Seibu Railway and Tokyo Metro; Tokyo Metro manages the station.
  3. ^ Shibuya is shared by both Tokyu Corporation and Tokyo Metro; Tokyu Corporation manages the station.

Rolling stock[edit]

Tokyo Metro[edit]

Other operators[edit]


Construction at Kitasandō Station, 2006

Fukutoshin is Japanese for "secondary city center", and the Fukutoshin Line connects three of Tokyo's secondary city centers: Ikebukuro, Shinjuku and Shibuya. Prior to its opening, only JR East had rail service between the three (on the Yamanote Line, the Saikyō Line and the Shōnan-Shinjuku Line). The new line was conceived to relieve congestion along this busy corridor, and to provide convenient through service between the northwest, the southwest and the central part of Tokyo served by the Yamanote Line.

The line was initially planned in 1972 as a run from Shiki, Saitama to Shinjuku, with the possibility of further extension to Shibuya, Shinagawa and Haneda Airport. In 1985, a second Ministry of Transportation committee proposed that the line terminate at Shibuya. Part of the northern end of the original plan line became unnecessary following improvements to the Tōbu Tōjō Line and the beginning of through service from the Yūrakuchō Line.

The original plan for the Fukutoshin Line only contained fifteen stations, however in May 1999 a plan for an additional station "Shin-Sendagaya" (later renamed Kitasandō) between Shinjuku-Sanchōme and Meiji-Jingūmae was included due to an increase in demand from the area.[8]

A 3.2 km segment from Kotake-Mukaihara to Ikebukuro, running parallel to the Yūrakuchō Line on separate tracks began operation in 1994. This segment was initially known as the Yūrakuchō New Line (有楽町新線 Yūrakuchō Shin-sen?), and was operated with no intermediate stops.

The newest segment connecting the districts of Shinjuku and Shibuya via Zōshigaya, Sendagaya and Harajuku opened for service on 14 June 2008, officially completing the Fukutoshin Line. Service to the Senkawa and Kanamechō stations, which had been bypassed by the Yūrakuchō New Line, also started on the same day.
Technical problems resulted in delays of up to 30 minutes during the Fukutoshin Line's first few days of operation.[9]

On 6 March 2010, express services began stopping at Meiji-Jingūmae Station on weekends and holidays.[10]

From 10 September 2012, 10-car 5050-4000 series sets entered revenue service on the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, with inter-running through to the Seibu Ikebukuro Line (via Seibu Yurakucho Line) and Tobu Tojo Line.[11]


  1. ^ Tokyo Metro station ridership in 2010 Train Media (sourced from Tokyo Metro) Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c
  4. ^ 東武東上線がより便利に! 自由が丘、横浜、元町・中華街方面とつながります! [The Tojo Tobu Line will be even more convenient! Linked with Jiyugaoka, Yokohama, and Motomachi-Chukagai] (PDF). Tobu News (in Japanese). Tobu Railway. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rail linkup to ease metro commute". The Japan Times. Japan: The Japan Times Limited. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  6. ^ [] 14 May 2008. Accessed 1 August 2013.
  7. ^ [1] Accessed 1 August 2013.
  8. ^ より便利な地下鉄を目指して 20 May 1999. Accessed 1 August 2013.
  9. ^
  10. ^ 3月6日(土)有楽町線・副都心線のダイヤ改正 3 February 2010. Accessed 8 March 2010.
  11. ^ 東急5050系が西武鉄道池袋線で営業運転開始 [Tokyu 5050 series enters service on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line]. RM News (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 

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