Tokyo Area Trains

Train Status in the Tokyo area (Last updated June 28 2013)


Train schedules are subject to abrupt changes.

Though we try hard to provide details on railroad operations, information here is not updated in real-time. Temporary (additional) service curtailments may be imposed due to power shortages and safety reasons. Fortunately they have not happened since April 2011; it seems the power supply has stabilized.

As of May 30 2013 almost all Tokyo area lines are operating on normal schedules. Standard timetables changed in March 2012 on most lines again in March 2013.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) cannot turn on nuclear reactors until the cause of the Fukushima Daiichi accident are fully understood and preventive measures implemented. The company is not likely to regain public confidence soon.

Electricity demand rises during summer, but the rail operators got through the Summer 2012 season without service curtailments: electricity saving measures went no more beyond dimming lights, adjusting air conditioner settings and such.

Sources: official websites of railway companies.

Other informative services

  NAVITIME offers well-updated train information.
NAVITIME Train Information
service available in English, Chinese and Spanish(Espanol).

  Jorudan offers automated timetable search facilities.
JORUDAN Traffic Information
service available in English and Chinese. They say that the special timetables of many operators are implemented in their route finder.

  Automated path finder. You enter the start and end points and desired departure or arrival time. Not accurate when an operator is running on a modified timetable - which is not likely to happen.

English, Chinese and Japanese.

Other online timetables and internet path finders
  Article on these services, written before the earthquake: Japan Train Timetable from

JR Lines

JR East Narita Express to Narita Airport

Updated: 9:53 March 5 2013

 JR East timetables will change on March 16 2013.

Serivice Section Time: Tokyo-Narita Aiport Status
Ltd. Narita Express Tokyo - Narita Airport 60 minutes Normal timetable from September 3 2011.
Rapid Airport Narita Tokyo - Narita Airport 90-100 minutes All runs in operation. Hourly service.

For information consult JR East's global information center:
or JR East Infoline (phone):

JR East Rapid Airport Narita to Narita Airport

Updated: 5:35 July 29 2011

 All Airport Narita runs are in operation.

Rapid Airport Narita is a commuter-type train. No extra fare unless you use the Green Car. It departs hourly from the Sobu Underground platforms of Tokyo Terminal. Follow the Narita Express (N'Ex) markers.

Important: Airport Narita does not come to Ikebukuro, Shinjuku and Shibuya. Departures from "Narita Express" platforms at these stations do not go toward the airport unless they are actually Narita Express. From Shinjuku it is easier to take the yellow train and transfer to Airport Narita at Kinshicho, a smaller station than Tokyo Terminal. If in a hurry take the orange train and transfer to the yellow train at Ochanomizu. From other stations take the Yamanote Line to Shinagawa or Tokyo.

Airport Narita runs along the navy blue line #2 on this map:

For timetable consult Hyperdia. (Works because Airport Narita is running as normal)

Narita Airport Station timetable:
JP: (weekday)
JP: (weekend & holiday)
Airport Narita in blue. Narita Express in red.

JR East Kanto area (Tokyo and around Tokyo)

Updated: 9:55 March 5 2013

 JR East timetables will change on March 16 2013.   Services will improve on many sections.

Line Section Status
Joban Rapid and long distance Ueno - Mito - Hitachi - Iwaki Normal timetable from July 1 2011. No limited express service north of Iwaki.

For details consult the JR East global information center:
or JR East Infoline (phone):

JR Central (Shizuoka)

Updated: 9:53 March 5 2013

Line Section Status
Tokaido Atami - Fuji Commuter trains normal. Odoriko Ltd. normal from July 2011.
Tokaido Fuji - Shizuoka - Hamamatsu - Nagoya - Maibara Normal.
Minobu Fuji - Kofu Normal. Recovered from damage by typhoon March 2012.
Gotemba Numazu - Gotemba - Kouzu Normal. All Asagiri runs in service.
See also Odakyu for Asagiri services.

Asagiri services between Gotemba and Numazu ended March 16 2012. The number of runs between Shinjuku and Gotemba was reduced from 4 each way to 3.

Non-JR Lines Tokyo area (Last updated June 28 2013)

Keisei (Skyliner to Narita Airport)

Updated: 5:47 October 11 2012

 Skyliner normal from September 10 2011.

Schedule for September 10 2011 onward:
Weekday timetable for weekday, weekend timetable for weekend, both with modifications.

Line/Service Section Status
Skyliner Ueno - Nippori - Narita Airport Normal
Morningliner Normal
Eveningliner Normal
Cityliner Ueno - Tsudanuma - Narita Only 2 runs each way per day. Most runs canceled.
Cityliner Narita - Narita Airport Out of service. No service to airport.
Commuter trains all Normal all hours, including through services to Subway Asakusa Line and through services to Shin-Keisei.

Above changes are still in effect as of October 2012.

Timetables by station (all trains):

Keisei timetables will change on October 21 2012.

An early morning Skyliner run arriving at Narita Airport 6:42AM will be added.
The number of inbound Skyliner runs will increase during the afternoon.
The Access Express will run faster by about 10 minutes. (No extra charge for this train.)
Cityliner will decrease to one run per day each way. (No service to airport.)

Tokyo Haneda Monorail

Updated: 15:56 September 11 2011

 Normal from September 10 2011

Keikyu (Haneda Airport)

Updated: 11:04 August 1 2012

 Normal from September 23 2011.

Electricity saving measures ended September 22 2011. On September 23, a new timetable came into effect.

Haneda Airport access guide and inquiries in English:

Keikyu timetables will change drastically on October 21 2012. Haneda Airport access runs will increase to 6 per hour each from Shinagawa and Yokohama.


Updated: 9:56 March 5 2013

 All operations normal from September 10 2011.

Seibu timetables will change on March 16 2013.

Automated pathfinder:


Updated: 9:59 March 5 2013

Slight reductions on the Inokashira Line were abolished with the timetable change on February 22 2013.

Keio timetables changed radically February 22 (Friday) 2013.

Special Express resumed operation, adding Bubai-Gawara and Kitano as stops. In other words Semi-Special Express (Jun-Tokkyuu) was nominally promoted to Special Express (Tokkyuu).

A new Semi-Special Express has been installed. It stops at all stations between Kitano and Takao-Sanguchi. (This train does not go to Hachioji.)

Special Express trains have come (back) to the Sagamihara Line. One run every 20 minutes most hours.

Commuter Rapid (Tsuukin Kaisoku) changed name to Semi-Express (Kukan-Kyuukou).

Weekday daytime frequency on the Inokashira Line improved to 8 locals and 8 express trains each way per hour. (Restored to the pre-quake level.)

Details in Japanese:
New express chart has station names in romanized alphabet and legend in English.


Updated: 16:27 March 10 2012

 Normal operations from September 12 2011.

Current timetables by station:

Romance Car services September 10 2011 onward:

All regular Romance Car runs will run.

Odakyu timetables will change significantly on March 17 2012.

  • Asagiri will terminate at Gotemba. (No service to Numazu.)
  • Metro Bay Resort will disappear for good. (This run started at Hon-Atsugi and went to Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line Shin-Kiba. It was convenient for families living along Odakyu visiting Tokyo Disney Resort.)
  • Metro Hakone services will be expanded into weekdays. (This run is convenient for tourists staying at hotels in central Tokyo.)

For inquiries call their sightseeing information center:

Tokyu and Minatomirai

Updated: 11:30 June 28 2013

 Normal from September 23 2011.

Toyoko Line timetables changed drastically on March 16 2013. Toyoko Line combined with the Subway Fukutoshin Line at Shibuya; most trains from Yokohama stop at the underground Fukutoshin Line platforms and continue to Shinjuku-Sanchome and Ikebukuro. The new platforms are far from JR Yamanote Line, Subway Ginza Line and Keio Inokashira Line platforms. See an extra 10 minutes for transfer even if you were familiar with the prior station layout.

Avoid transfers at Tokyu Shibuya during rush hours. Congestion is severe on the Den'en-toshi Line Platform (also underground.) You don't want to be deep underground with the crowd when the next major earthquake hits.

Slight changes will be in effect on the Tokyu Tamagawa Line and the Ikegami Line July - September 2013. Weekday morning only. (7AM -9AM)


Tobu Isesaki Line, Nikko Line, Noda Line
Updated: 10:03 March 5 2013

 Standard timetable will change March 16 2013

All sections open all hours.

Operations March 17 2012 onward:

Narihirabashi Station changed name to "Tokyo Sky Tree". All southbound and a handful of northbound limited express runs stop. However, faster commuter-type trains continue to skip the station.

A direct Nikko to Aizu-Wakamatsu service is now available:

Northbound Tobu Nikko 11:35 Aizu Wakamatsu 14:08
Southbound Aizu Wakamatsu 8:00 Tobu Nikko 10:56
Operates daily.

If you need information on rapid/express stops etc. try Wikipedia: Tobu Railway (English).

For inquiries in English contact their tourist service center:

Tobu Tojo Line
Updated: 10:05 March 5 2013

Normal from September 10 2011.

Standard timetable and express patterns will change March 16 2013. A new train type "Rapid" (Kaisoku) will appear. Note that on Tobu, Rapid is above Express. No extra charge for the new Rapid train.

Tokyo Metro

Updated: 11:11 July 10 2012

 Normal from September 10 2011.
 No reductions Summer 2012.

Congestion due to anti-nuclear power protests
Updated: 9:18 March 19 2013

Civilian protests against the use of nuclear are held in the political center of Tokyo between 6PM-8PM on Fridays. Organizers claim that 150,000 - 200,000 participated in demonstrations on June 29 and July 6 2012.

Asahi Shimbun on March 16 2013 reports that the number has declined to the thousands.

In any case avoid transfers at Kokkai-Gijido-mae, including transfers involving Tameike-Sanno connected underground. They involve long walks underground; long-time Tokyo residents avoid them in any case. For alternate routes, consult someone familiar with local geography, say the hotel concierge. (In many cases you will be told to use a different subway station at the destination.)

How bad the congestion can get is hard to estimate. The number of participants will fluctuate. Newspapers give disparate figures for participants in past marches: some say the actual count is but one tenth of what the organizers claim.

The following lines converge at the demonstration grounds:
Marunouchi Line, Chiyoda Line, Ginza Line.

If possible, use JR East and the following subway lines, which do not go near the area:
Tozai Line, Asakusa Line, Mita Line, Shinjuku Line, Oedo Line.

Toei Subway

Updated: 5:15 September 23 2011

 All lines normal from September 23 2011.


Updated: 7:53 September 26 2011

 Normal from September 23 2011.

Yurikamome revised its timetable on September 23.

Yokohama Subway

Updated: 19:52 November 10 2011

 Normal from November 1 2011.

Sagami Railway (Sotetsu)

Updated: 5:23 September 10 2011

 Normal from September 10 2011.

Note that there is also a JR Sagami Line.

Tsukuba Express

Updated: 11:10 August 1 2012

 Normal from September 10 2011.

Tsukuba Express timetables will change on October 15 2012. A new fast train "commuter rapid" will appear.

Tama Monorail

Updated: 5:24 September 7 2011

 Normal from September 10.

Tokyo area foot links

Stations within walking distance of each other, not obvious from public transportation maps.

Station Station Status
JR Narita Keisei Narita About 5 minutes
JR Kamata
Tokyu Kamata
Keikyu Kamata About 10 minutes
JR Tamachi Toei Subway Mita Just cross the street
JR/Subway Akihabara Toei Shinjuku Line Iwamoto-cho About 10 minutes
Seibu Ikebukuro Line Shin-Akitsu JR Musashino Line Akitsu About 5 minutes
Seibu Tamagawa Line Shiraitodai Keio Main Line Musashinodai About 5 minutesMap posted both stations
Keio Main Line Fuchu JR Nambu Line Musashino Line Fuchu-Honmachi About 10 minutes
Seibu Tamagawa Line Koremasa JR Nambu Line Minami-Tama Cross bridge. About 15 minutes
JR/Subway Nishi-Funabashi Keisei Nishi-Funa About 10 minutes
(Used when Sobu Line is closed)

最終更新:2013年07月02日 13:03


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