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     Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line

Lineup of Yūrakuchō Line trains in
2006 (10000, 07, and 7000 series from left)
Type Rapid transit
Locale Tokyo
Termini Wakōshi
Stations 24
Opened 1974
Owner Tokyo Metro
Depot(s) Wakō, Shin-Kiba
Rolling stock 7000 series, 10000 series
Line length 28.3 km
Track gauge 1,067 mm
Electrification Overhead catenary 1,500 V DC
Route map


The Yūrakuchō Line (有楽町線 Yūrakuchō-sen ?) is a mass rapid transit line in Tokyo, Japan, part of the Tokyo Metro system. The 28.3 km line connects Wakōshi Station in Wakō, Saitama with Shin-Kiba Station in Kōtō, Tokyo. On maps and signboards, the line is shown in gold, often taken as yellow; stations carry the letter Y and a two-digit number.

The proper name as given in an annual report of the Ministry, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport[1] is Line 8 Yūrakuchō Line (8号線有楽町線 Hachi-gō-sen Yūrakuchō-sen ?), but in the reports of Tokyo urban transportation plan, it is more complicated. The line number assigned to the section south from Kotake-Mukaihara to Shin-Kiba is Line 8, but that of north of Kotake-Mukaihara to Wakōshi is Line 13, which indicates the section is a portion of Fukutoshin Line which shares the same number.



The Yūrakuchō Line has inter-running counterparts on its northern side, both of which are "major" Japanese private railway companies in Greater Tokyo. One is the Tōbu Railway at Wakōshi, north to Shinrinkōen. The other is the Seibu Railway at Kotake-Mukaihara with its bypass line Seibu Yūrakuchō Line connecting to its main Ikebukuro Line, through trains north to Kotesashi or Hannō.

Semi-express (準急) services were introduced on the Yūrakuchō Line from June 14, 2008. These operate twice hourly between Wakōshi and Shin-Kiba. Between Wakōshi and Ikebukuro, semi-express trains stop only at Kotake-Mukaihara; between Ikebukuro and Shin-Kiba, trains stop at all stations. The semi-express services run between rush hours during the week, and more frequently on weekends and holidays.


  • October 30, 1974: Ikebukuro - Ginza-itchōme opens.
  • March 27, 1980: Ginza-itchōme - Shintomichō opens.
  • June 24, 1983: Eidan Narimasu (present Chikatetsu Narimasu) - Ikebukuro
  • October 1, 1983: Seibu Railway Seibu Yūrakuchō Line Kotake-Mukaihara - Shin-Sakuradai opened, through operation.
  • August 25, 1987: Wakōshi - Eidan Narimasu. Through service to Tōbu Tōjō Line.
  • June 8, 1988: Shintomichō - Shin-kiba, current line completed.
  • March 18, 1993: 07 series EMUs introduced.
  • December 7, 1994: Quadruple-track from Kotake-Mukaihara to Ikebukuro. New double track section was named "Yūrakuchō New Line", all trains made Ikebukuro their terminus, and did not stop at Senkawa nor Kanamechō. Through service from Shin-Kinba or Ikebukuro (on the New Line) to Nerima on Seibu Yūrakuchō Line due to completion of the line.
  • March 26, 1998: Through operation to Seibu Ikebukuro Line .
  • April 1, 2004: According to its privatization, the management subject changed from Teito Rapid Transit Authority (TRTA, Eidan) to Tokyo Metro.
  • October 31, 2005: Women-only cars introduced.
  • September 1, 2006: 10000 series introduced.
  • May 3, 2008: Limited Express "Bay Resort" (operated first from/to Odakyu Line)
  • June 14, 2008: Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line began service. Yurakuchō New Line annexed to a part of Fukutoshin Line, and Yurakuchō Line share double tracks with Fukutoshin Line between Wakōshi and Kotake-Mukaibara. Semi-Express service started.
  • October 2008: CS-ATC enabled on the Yurakuchō Line.

Future developments

A branch line is planned from Toyosu Station, heading north via Kameari Station (on the Jōban Line) to Noda in northwest Chiba Prefecture.


Rolling stock

All types are formed as 10-car sets.


Tokyo Metro

Other operators


Station Dis.
LTD Connections Location
Y-01 Wakōshi 和光市 0.0 S [3] Wakō Saitama
Y-02 Chikatetsu-Narimasu 地下鉄成増 2.2 /
  • Tokyo Metro: Fukutoshin Line (F-02) (same tracks)
  • Tōbu Railway: Tōjō Line (At Narimasu Station)
Itabashi Tokyo
Y-03 Chikatetsu-Akatsuka 地下鉄赤塚 3.6 /
  • Tokyo Metro: Fukutoshin Line (F-03) (same tracks)
  • Tōbu Railway: Tōjō Line (At Shimo-Akatsuka Station)
Y-04 Heiwadai 平和台 5.4 /
  • Tokyo Metro: Fukutoshin Line (F-04) (same tracks)
Y-05 Hikawadai 氷川台 6.8 /
  • Tokyo Metro: Fukutoshin Line (F-05) (same tracks)
Y-06 Kotake-mukaihara 小竹向原 8.3 S
Y-07 Senkawa 千川 9.3 /
  • Tokyo Metro: Fukutoshin Line (F-07)
Y-08 Kanamechō 要町 10.3 /
  • Tokyo Metro: Fukutoshin Line (F-08)
Y-09 Ikebukuro 池袋 11.5 S
Y-10 Higashi-Ikebukuro 東池袋 12.4 S
Y-11 Gokokuji 護国寺 13.5 S   Bunkyo
Y-12 Edogawabashi 江戸川橋 14.8 S  
Y-13 Iidabashi 飯田橋 16.4 S Shinjuku
Y-14 Ichigaya 市ヶ谷 17.5 S
  • JR East: Chūō-Sōbu Line
  • Tokyo Metro: Namboku Line (N-09)
  • Toei: Shinjuku Line (S-04)
Y-15 Kōjimachi 麹町 18.4 S  
Y-16 Nagatachō 永田町 19.3 S

At Akasaka-mitsuke Station:

  • Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line (G-05), Marunouchi Line (M-13)
Y-17 Sakuradamon 桜田門 20.2 S /  
Y-18 Yūrakuchō 有楽町 21.2 S /

At Hibiya Station:

Y-19 Ginza-itchōme 銀座一丁目 21.7 S /   Chūō
Y-20 Shintomichō 新富町 22.4 S /  
Y-21 Tsukishima 月島 23.7 S /
  • Toei: Ōedo Line (E-16)
Y-22 Toyosu 豊洲 25.1 S S Kōtō
Y-23 Tatsumi 辰巳 26.8 S /  
Y-24 Shin-kiba 新木場 28.3 S S

Train depots

‎7000 series undergoing inspection at Shin-Kiba Depot
  • Wakō Depot (和光検車区)
  • Shin-Kiba Depot (新木場検車区)
    • Responsible for minor examinations. For major ones, EMUs are forwarded to Ayase Works (綾瀬工場) on the Chiyoda Line via an underground connecting line.
  • Shin-Kiba Car Renewal (新木場CR)
    • Specializes in refurbishment. Also for Chiyoda Line and Hanzōmon Line cars.

See also


  • Shaw, Dennis and Morioka, Hisashi, "Tokyo Subways", published 1992 by Hoikusha Publishing
  1. ^ Railway Report (鉄道要覧 Tetsudō Yōran ?), annualy
  2. ^ Metropolis, "Commute", June 12, 2009, p. 07. Capacity is defined as all passengers having a seat or a strap or door railing to hold on to.
  3. ^ Limited Express (Odakyu "Romancecar") "Bay Resort" runs from/to Odakyu Electric Railway Odawara Line Hon-Atsugi Station, by connect line between Sakuradamon and Kasumigaseki on Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line. It runs about once per month in weekends.

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