Tokyo Metro line date
Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd. is a private company jointly owned by the Japanese government and the Tokyo metropolitan government. It replaced the Teito Rapid Transit Authority commonly Eidan or TRTA, on April 1, 2004.
TRTA was administered by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and jointly funded by the national and metropolitan governments. It was formed in 1941, although its oldest lines date back to 1927. The other metro operator in Tokyo is the government of Tokyo, through the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation, which operates the Toei system. Metro and Toei trains form completely separate networks. While users of prepaid rail passes can freely interchange between the two networks, regular ticket holders must purchase a second ticket, or a special transfer ticket, to change from a Toei line to a Metro line and vice versa.
The Tokyo Metro forms part of one of the most complex public transportation systems in the world. It is extremely well maintained and clean, although some stations on older lines are beginning to show their age. Much effort is made to make the system accessible to non-Japanese speaking users.
Train stops are announced in both English and Japanese. (However, the English announcement repeat the station names in Japaneases, thus making some non-Japanease speaking users hard to understand the announcement) Announcements also provide connecting line information.
Ticketing machines can switch between English and Japanese user interfaces. Train stations are signposted in English, Japanese (in kanji and hiragana). Train stations are now also consecutively numbered on each color-coded line, allowing even non-English speakers to be able to commute without necessarily knowing the name of the station. For example, Shinjuku Station on the Marunouchi Line is also signposted as M-08 with the familiar red colored circle surrounding it; Even if a commuter could not read the English or Japanese station names on signs or maps, they can simply look for the red line and then find the appropriately numbered station on said line.
Although ticket machines are plentiful at every station, many regular Tokyo Metro commuters purchase Tokyo Metro SF Cards for convenience. These SF (Stored Fare) Cards can be purchased in pre-paid amounts of A:1000yen, A:3000yen and A:5000yen. These cards can currently be used on most private railways in the Kanto region as well through PASSNET. Tokyo Metro stations will begin accepting PASMO contactless cards in 2007.
The Tokyo Metro is extremely punctual and has regular trains arriving less than five minutes apart most of the day and night. It does not however run 24 hours a day. Lines tend to stop service between midnight and 1:00am and commence again approximately 5:00am.
Tokyo metro lines
- Color on maps Mark Line Number Line Japanese Route Length
- Orange G Line 3 Ginza Line Shibuya to Asakusa 14.3km
- Red M Line 4 Marunouchi Line Ogikubo to Ikebukuro 24.2km
- Marunouchi Line Branch Line Nakano-sakaue to Honancho 3.2km
- Gray H Line 2 Hibiya Line Naka-meguro to Kita-senju 20.3km
- Blue T Line 5 Tozai Line Nakano and Nishi-funabashi 30.8km
- Green C Line 9 Chiyoda Line Yoyogi-uehara to Kita-ayase 24.0km
- Yellow Y Line 8 Yurakucho Line Wakoshi to Shin-kiba 28.3km
- Purple Z Line 11 Hanzomon Line Shibuya to Oshiage 16.8km
- Emerald green N Line 7 Namboku Line Meguro to Akabane-iwabuchi 21.3km
- Brown Y Line 13 Yurakucho Line New Line
operational: Kotake-mukaibara to Ikebukuro 3.2km
under construction: Ikebukuro to Shibuya 8.9km
Through services to other lines
- G Ginza Line none
- H Hibiya Line Tokyu Toyoko Line (Naka-meguro to Kikuna)
- Tobu Isesaki Line (Kita-senju to Tobu-dobutsu-koen)
- T Tozai Line JR East Chuo Line (Nakano to Mitaka)
- JR East Sobu Line (Nishi-funabashi to Tsudanuma)
- Toyo Rapid Line (Nishi-funabashi to Toyo Katsutadai)
- C Chiyoda Line Odakyu Odawara Line and Odakyu Tama Line (Yoyogi-uehara to Karakida and Hon-atsugi)
- JR East Joban Line (Ayase to Toride)
- Y Yurakucho Line Tobu Tojo Line (Wakoshi to Shinrin-koen
- Seibu Yurakucho Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line (Kotake-mukaibara to Hannou)
- Z Hanzomon Line Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line (Shibuya to Chuo-rinkan)
- Tobu Isesaki Line and Tobu Nikko Line (Oshiage to Minami-kurihasi or Kuki)
- N Namboku Line Tokyu Meguro Line (Meguro to Musashi-kosugi)
- Saitama Rapid Railway Line (Akabane-iwabuchi to Urawa-misono)
- Y Yurakucho Line New Line Tobu and Seibu line (same as main line)
- Tokyu Toyoko Line (from Shibuya, planned)