Tokyo, Japan


Tokyo is rail enthusiasts paradise, home to one of the worlds most complex and confusing public transport systems. Rail services in the city are operated by these major operators:

In addition to this there is a number of other privately operated railways, either operating on their own rights of way or over parts of either the TOEI or Tokyo Metro Subway Lines. The largest of these operators is the Keisei Electric Railway and the Keio Corporation's lines.

On the street, the majority of local bus services are also operated by TOEI, as is the sole remaining tram line, the Toden Arakawa Line.

Fares are distance based and are approximately ¥200-300. TOEI's bus fares are ¥200 at the time of writing. Most commuters use either a Suica or one of the new PASMO smart cards which have the advantage of free transfers between lines with no common fare zone connecting the platforms and also to buses. Pasmo has the advantage of being accepted on all modes and companies operating in the Kanto area whereas the Suica was originaly for use just on East JR lines, but since the Pasmo introduction its usage has been expanded to more operators.

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Information on this page compiled with the assistance of UrbanRail.Net and Wikipedia.

Photo Gallery



TOEI Buses & Trams


Mitsubishi Fuso 766 in Shibuya.
15/09/2007.

Hino Rainbow 922 waiting to depart Shimbashi Station.
20/09/2007.

Hino Blue Ribbon II 1216 waiting to depart Shimbashi Station.
20/09/2007.

Inside a TOEI Mitsubishi Fuso approaching Shibuya crossing.
15/09/2007.

Inside a TOEI Mitsubishi Fuso approaching Shibuya crossing.
15/09/2007.

Inside TOEI Isuzu Cubic approaching Roppongi.
21/09/2007.

TOEI Tram 7030 at Oji Ekimae Station.
17/09/2007.

TOEI Tram 8503 at Oji Ekimae Station.
17/09/2007.

TOEI Tram 8503 at Kishibojin-mae Station.
17/09/2007.

TOEI Bus 520 at Ochanomizu.
22/02/2008.

TOEI Tram 7513 at Minowabashi.
01/03/2008

TOEI Tram 7513 at Minowabashi.
01/03/2008

Not an historic car, but a brand new one.
Car 9001 is the first of a new fleet entering service from 2008.
01/03/2008

TOEI Bus 1573 near the eastern exit of Tokyo Station.
22/02/2008

TOEI Bus 111 in Akasaka.
28/11/2007


Tokyo Subway (Tokyo Metro & TOEI)


A Class 12-000 set waiting to depart Akabanebashi Stn on the TOEI Oedo Line.
15/09/2007.

Hikarigaoka bound TOEI Oedo Line EMU departing Akebanebashi Station.
15/09/2007.

Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Set arriving at Akasaka.
15/09/2007.

Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Set departing Akasaka.
16/09/2007.

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line EMU at Awajicho Station.
15/09/2007.

TOEI Shinjuku Line set at Shimbashi-nihombashi.
15/09/2007.

An East JR set operating on the Chiyoda Line at Kokkai-Gijidome Station.
15/09/2007.

Tokyo Metro set at Kokkai-Gijidomae on a Chiyoda Line service.
15/09/2007.

Tokyo Metro set at Kokkai-Gijidomae on a Chiyoda Line service.
15/09/2007.

Tokyo Metro set at Kokkai-Gijidomae on a Marunouchi Line service.
16/09/2007.

Tokyo Metro set at Kokkai-Gijidomae on a Marunouchi Line service.
16/09/2007.

Tokyo Metro set at Kokkai-Gijidomae on a Chiyoda Line service.
16/09/2007.

Tokyo Metro Nambouku Line set at Meguro.
15/09/2007.

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line set at Otemachi station.
15/09/2007.

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line set at Otemachi station.
15/09/2007.

TOEI Shinjuku Line set at Shinjuku-Sanchome Station.
15/09/2007.

Marunouchi Line set at Tokyo Station.
15/09/2007.

Marunouchi Line set at Tokyo Station.
15/09/2007.

Film clip of Marunouchi Line set departing Tokyo Station.
15/09/2007.

Shibuya bound Ginza Line service stopping at Omote-sando.
22/02/2008.

Asakusa bound Ginza Line service stopping at Omote-sando.
22/02/2008.

Mita Line 6300 series EMU about to stop at Shibakoen.
22/02/2008.

Marunouchi Line 02 series EMU arriving at Shinjuku.
22/02/2008.

Ginza Line 01 series EMU about to depart Asakusa.
28/02/2008.

Ginza Line 01 series EMU about to depart Asakusa.
28/02/2008.

Marunouchi Line 02 set crossing the Kanda River at Ochanomizu.
22/02/2008.

Marunouchi Line 02 set crossing the Kanda River at Ochanomizu.
22/02/2008.

Marunouchi Line 02 set crossing the Kanda River at Ochanomizu.
22/02/2008.

Marunouchi Line 02 set crossing the Kanda River at Ochanomizu.
22/02/2008.

Hibiya Line 03 series set arriving at Kamiyacho. Formed by thru service from the local JR Joban Line.
28/11/2007

Chiyoda Line service formed by JR 203 series at Kasumigaseki.
27/11/2008

Ginza Line 01 set awaiting departure from Tameike-Sanno.
28/11/2008

Ginza Line 01 set arriving at Tameike-Sanno.
28/11/2008

TOEI Metro Shinjuku Line 10-000 set at Shin-Ochanomizu.
23/03/2008

TOEI Metro Shinjuku Line 10-300 set at Shin-Ochanomizu.
23/03/2008

Tokyo Metro 02 Marunouchi Line set at Tokyo.
27/11/2007

TOEI Oedo Line 12-000 set at Ueno-Okachimachi.
28/11/2007

TOEI Oedo Line 12-000 set at Ueno-Okachimachi.
28/11/2007

Ginza Line 01 set terminating at Shibuya.
04/03/2008

TOEI Shinjuku Line set 10-230 at Higashi-Ojima.
23/04/2008

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line 02 set at Kokkai-Gijidomae.
26/11/2007

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line 02 set at Kokkai-Gijidomae.
26/11/2007

TOEI Asakasa Line 5300 set at Aoto.
29/06/2006

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line 02 set at Nakano Sakaue.
12/07/2008

Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line 02 set at Ikebukuro.
12/07/2008

Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line 7000 set at Ikebukuro.
12/07/2008

Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line 10000 set at Wakoshi.
12/07/2008

Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line 10000 set at Shibuya.
12/07/2008

Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line 10000 set at Shibuya.
12/07/2008


JR East


An East JR Chuo Sobu Line E231 set at Akihabara Stn.
15/09/2007.

An East JR Chuo Sobu Line E231 set departing Akihabara.
15/09/2007.

An East JR Chuo Sobu Line E231 set arriving at Akihabara.
15/09/2007.

An E231 set on a Chuo Express line service passing Iidabashi.
17/09/2007.

An E231 set on a Chuo Sobu Line local service arriving at Iidabashi.
17/09/2007.

An E231 set on a Chuo Express line service passing Iidabashi.
17/09/2007.

An E231 set on a Chuo Express line service passing Iidabashi.
17/09/2007.

Film clip of a E231 set on a Chuo Express line service passing Iidabashi.
17/09/2007.

Kehin-Tohoku Line E231 set at Oji Station.
17/09/2007.

Tohoku Line service races past Oji Station.
17/09/2007.

Tohoku Line E231 set passing Oji Station.
17/09/2007.

Kehin-Tohoku Line E231 set about to depart Oji Station.
17/09/2007.

Evening view of Kehin Tohoku service at Shimbashi Station.
18/09/2007.

Another view of Kehin Tohoku service at Shimbashi Station in the evening.
18/09/2007.

Class 211 set about to depart Shinagawa on a Tokaido Line service.
16/09/2007.

Kehin Tohoku service at Shinagawa.
16/09/2007.

A Yamanote Line E231 set approaching Tokyo on an outer circle service.
15/09/2007.

Yamanote Line E231 set about to depart Tokyo Station.
15/09/2007.

Kehin Tohoku service at Tokyo Station.
15/09/2007.

Yamanote Line E231 set departing Tokyo Station.
15/09/2007.

Kehin Tohoku service at Tokyo Station.
15/09/2007.

This Tokaido Line service has just terminted at Tokyo. The guard is securing the cab.
16/09/2007.

A Yamanote Line service arriving at Ueno.
22/09/2007.

A Yamanote Line service arriving at Ueno.
22/09/2007.

Kehin Tohoku service about to depart Yokohama.
16/09/2007.

Yamanote Line service about to depart Ebisu.
21/02/2008.

Yamanote Line service arriving at Ebisu.
22/02/2008.

TWR 70-000 series EMU passing Harajuku bound for Shin-Kiba.
21/02/2008.

Saikyo Line 205 Series EMU passing Harajuku bound for Omiya.
21/02/2008.

Saikyo Line 205 Series EMU passing Harajuku bound for Omiya.
21/02/2008.

Chuo Rapid Line E233 at Ogikubo.
21/02/2008.

Chuo-Sobu Line set crossing the arch at Ochanomizu besides a 183 series express unit.
22/02/2008.

Chuo-Sobu Line set crossing the arch at Ochanomizu.
22/02/2008.

Chuo Rapid Line E233 series EMU departing Ochanomizu bound for Tokyo.
22/02/2008

Negishi Line service about to arrive at Ishikawacho.
02/03/2008

Kehin-Tohoku Line service about to arrive at Ishikawacho.
02/03/2008

Kehin-Tohoku Line service about to arrive at Ishikawacho.
02/03/2008

Joban Line E231 service arriving at Minami Senju.
01/03/2008

Tokaido Line E231 service departing Shimbashi.
02/03/2008.

Tokaido Line Class 211 service arriving at Shimbashi.
02/03/2008.

2 Yamanote Line E231's paused at Shimbashi.
02/03/2008.

E231 set arriving at Ueno, completing a Tohoku Line service.
01/03/2008

Tohoku Line E231 set waiting for departure from Ueno.
01/03/2008

Joban Line E233 series set at Ueno waiting for its next service.
01/03/2008

A Narita Express 253 series set wait for departure from Shinjuku.
25/11/2007

Chuo-Sobu E231 arriving at Suidobashi.
22/03/2008

Chuo-Sobu E231 arriving at Suidobashi.
23/03/2008

Chuo-Sobu E231 arriving at Suidobashi.
24/03/2008

Yamanote Line service at Shinjuku.
15/09/2007

Chuo-Sobu service at Shinjuku.
15/09/2007

Class 211 set waits for departure from Tokyo.
16/09/2007

Westbound Chuo-Sobu Line service waiting to depart Yoyogi.
24/03/2008

Yamanote Line inner circle service arriving at Yoyogi.
24/03/2008

Yamanote Line outer circle service about to depart Yoyogi.
24/03/2008

Yamanote Line outer circle service about to depart Shibuya.
29/02/2008

An E231 set operating a Shonan-Shinjuku Line service arrives at Omiya.
25/11/2007

Cab ride on Kehin-Tohoku Line between Hamamatsucho and Tokyo.
15/06/2008

Cab ride on Keiyo Line between Shiomi and Shin-Kiba.
29/06/2008

Cab ride on Keiyo Line between Shin-Kiba and Kasai-rinkaikoen.
29/06/2008

Cab ride on Keiyo Line between Kasai-rinkaikoen and Maihama .
29/06/2008

Cab ride on Keiyo Line between Maihama and Shin-Urayasu.
29/06/2008

Keiyo Line 205 Series at Tokyo's Keiyo Line platform.
29/06/2008

Keiyo Line 205 Series at Shin-Urayasu.
29/06/2008

Keiyo Line 201 Series at Shin-Urayasu.
29/06/2008

201 & 205 EMU's at Shin-Urayasu on the Keiyo Line.
29/06/2008

Sobu Line 111 Series at Naruto.
29/06/2008

Sobu Line 111 Series at Chiba.
29/06/2008

Musashino Line 204 Series at Fuch?-Hommachi.
05/07/2008

Musashino Line 204 Series at Fuch?-Hommachi.
05/07/2008

Musashino Line 204 Series at Niiza.
05/07/2008

Musashino Line 204 Series at Yoshikawa.
05/07/2008

Kehin-Tohoku Line 209 set at Chigasaki.
19/07/2008

Tokaido Line 231 Series at Chigasaki.
19/07/2008

Sagami Line 205 Series at Chigasaki.
19/07/2008

Sagami Line 205 Series at Chigasaki.
19/07/2008

Sagami Line 205 Series at Hashimoto.
19/07/2008

Sagami Line 205 Series at Kagawa.
19/07/2008

Hachiko Line 111 Series DMU at Komagawa.
19/07/2008

Hachiko Line 111 Series DMU and 209 series EMU at Komagawa.
19/07/2008

Hachiko Line 111 Series DMU at Komagawa.
19/07/2008

Ryomo Line 115 Series EMU at Takasaki.
19/07/2008

Ryomo Line 115 Series EMU at Takasaki.
19/07/2008


Other Private Rail Operators (Keio, Kesei & Tokyu)


Keisei 3700 Class set operating on the Shinjuku Line departing Shimbashi-nihombashi.
15/09/2007.

Keio Corp class 9000 set on the TOEI Shinjuku Line at Shinjuku-Sanchome Station.
15/09/2007

Tokyu Corp set running on the Hibiya Line at Ebisu.
29/02/2008

Y500 series set owned by the Yokohama Minatomirai Railway
Company terminating at Motomachi-Chukagai. This service departs from Tokyu's Shibuya Station.
02/03/2008

Another Y500 series awaits departure for Shibuya at Motomachi-Chikagai.
02/03/2008

Cab ride on Tokyu Oimachi Line between Hatanodai and Oimachi.
23/06/2008

Cab ride on Tokyu Oimachi Line between Oimachi and Nakanobou.
24/06/2008

Tokyu Oimachi Line 8500 series at Hatanodai.
29/06/2008

Keisei 3700 series at Aoto.
29/06/2008

Keisei 3000 series at Aoto.
29/06/2008

Keisei 3000 series at Tsudama.
29/06/2008

Keisei Shin-Keisei Line 8000 set at Tsudama.
29/06/2008

Keisei 3700 series at Tsudama.
29/06/2008

Keio 1000 series at Shin Daita.
12/07/2008
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