Tokyo Metro Namboku Line

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Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
Subway TokyoNamboku.png
Native name 東京地下鉄南北線
Locale Tokyo
Termini Meguro
Stations 19
Daily ridership 449,267 (FY2010)[1]
Opened November 29, 1991
Owner Tokyo Metro
Depot(s) Ōji
Rolling stock Tokyo Metro 9000 series, Saitama Rapid Railway 2000 series, Tokyu 3000 series, Tokyu 5080 series
Line length 21.3 km (13.2 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 Namboku Line (東京地下鉄南北線 Tōkyō Chikatetsu Nanboku-sen?) is a subway line owned and operated by the Tokyo subway operator Tokyo Metro in Tokyo, Japan. Its name literally means "South-North Line". The line runs between Meguro in Shinagawa and Akabane-Iwabuchi in Kita. The Namboku Line was referred to as Line 7 during the planning stages, thus the seldom-used official name is Line 7 Namboku Line (7号線南北線 Nana-gō-sen Namboku-sen?).


Trains run through onto the Tokyu Meguro Line for Hiyoshi and the Saitama Railway's Saitama Rapid Railway Line for Urawa-Misono. The portion between Shirokane-Takanawa and Meguro is shared with the Toei Mita Line.

The right-of-way and stations between Shirokane-Takanawa and Meguro are shared with the Toei Mita Line. Under an agreement between Tokyo Metro and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the fare for this section is calculated on the Toei fare system for passengers traveling to stations on the Mita Line past Shirokane-Takanawa, on the Metro fare system for passengers traveling to stations on the Namboku Line past Shirokane-Takanawa, and on the system "most beneficial to the passenger" (presently the Metro schedule) for travel solely on the shared sector.

On maps, diagrams and signboards, the Namboku Line is shown using the color "emerald" (), and its stations are given numbers using the letter "N".

Station list[edit]

All stations are located in Tokyo.

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
From N-01
Through-running to/from Hiyoshi via Tokyu MG line symbol.svg Tokyu Meguro Line
N-01 Meguro 目黒[* 1] - 0.0 Shinagawa
N-02 Shirokanedai 白金台[* 2] 1.3 1.3 Subway TokyoMita.png Toei Mita Line (I-02) (shared) Minato
N-03 Shirokane-Takanawa 白金高輪[* 2] 1.0 2.3 Subway TokyoMita.png Toei Mita Line (I-03) (shared)
N-04 Azabu-Jūban 麻布十番 1.3 3.6 Subway TokyoOedo.png Toei Oedo Line (E-22)
N-05 Roppongi-Itchōme 六本木一丁目 1.2 4.8  
N-06 Tameike-Sannō 溜池山王 0.9 5.7 Chiyoda
N-07 Nagatachō 永田町 0.9 6.6
N-08 Yotsuya 四ツ谷 1.3 7.9 Shinjuku
N-09 Ichigaya 市ケ谷 1.0 8.9
N-10 Iidabashi 飯田橋 1.1 10.0
N-11 Kōrakuen 後楽園 1.4 11.4 Bunkyō
N-12 Tōdaimae 東大前 1.3 12.7  
N-13 Hon-Komagome 本駒込 0.9 13.6  
N-14 Komagome 駒込 1.4 15.0 Yamanote Line Toshima
N-15 Nishigahara 西ケ原 1.4 16.4   Kita
N-16 Ōji 王子 1.0 17.4
N-17 Ōji-Kamiya 王子神谷 1.2 18.6  
N-18 Shimo 志茂 1.6 20.2  
N-19 Akabane-Iwabuchi 赤羽岩淵[* 3] 1.1 21.3 Saitama Rapid Railway Line
Through-running to/from Urawa-Misono via the Saitama Rapid Railway Line
  1. ^ Meguro is shared by Toei, Tokyo Metro, and Tokyu Corporation; Tokyu Corporation manages the station.
  2. ^ a b Shirokanedai and Shirokane-Takanawa are shared by Toei and Tokyo Metro; Tokyo Metro manages both stations.
  3. ^ Akabane-Iwabuchi is shared by Tokyo Metro and Saitama Rapid Railway; Tokyo Metro manages the station.

Rolling stock[edit]


The 21.3 km Namboku Line is one of Tokyo Metro's newest lines, featuring advanced technology including full automatic train operation and platform screen doors. Although the line was originally proposed in 1968, construction did not begin until the 1980s, partly due to the right-of-way to Meguro with the Toei Mita Line. The first segment from Komagome to Akabane-Iwabuchi opened on November 29, 1991.

The line initially operated with four-car EMUs. Upon its extension to Yotsuya in March 1996, the formations were extended to six cars. All stations are able to accommodate eight-car trains, but this length is not yet used.

The extension to Tameike-Sannō was completed in September 1997, and the last stretch from Tameike-Sanno to Meguro was completed on September 26, 2000, when through service to the Tokyu Meguro Line started. Through service with the Saitama Rapid Railway line commenced when it opened in March 2001 and accommodated traffic to and from Saitama Stadium during the 2002 World Cup.


  • 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.

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