Toei Oedo Line

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The Toei Oedo Line is a train line in Tokyo run by the Tokyo Bureau of Transportation. Opened for use December of 2000, the train is the 2nd longest Tokyo subway line, traveling 40.7 km from Shinjuku to Nerima. The distance of the Toei Oedo line is twice that of the Ginza Line. The entire train line is built underground (allowing it to travel much further unimpeded).


The Oedo line had been planned more than 30 years before it was actually implemented. The original plans were built in 1968, but production didn’t start until the early 1970’s. At the time, the route was not the Toei Oedo line when the first segment opened in 1991. It was known as Toei Line 12, and was only named the Toei Oedo line in 2000 after the Shinjuku to Kokuritsu-Kyōgijō section of the track had been constructed.

The public actually rejected the name Toei Oedo in favor of “Tokyo Loop Line” but the Governor, Shintaro Ishihara, rejected that name in favor of Toei Oedo.

Line Information

The Toei Oedo line, as the 2nd longest line in Tokyo, goes to 38 different stations in its route. An estimated 800,000 people use the line on any given day. The entire track is a complete loop. It uses 8 car seats.

Despite being one of the longest routes in Tokyo, it uses one of the slowest cars. The fastest speed of the Toei Oedo line is 70 km/h. The color of the line is “Ruby” (though it appears to be more of violet shade) and it is known as station “E.”

The line travels through many different sections of Tokyo. In order, the car travels to: Shinjuku Station, Bunkyo Station, Taitung Station, Sumida Station, Gangdong Station, Central District Station, Minato Station, Back to Shinjuku Station, Shibuya Station, Shinjuku a third time, Nakano Station, Shinjuku a fourth time, Nakano a second time, Nerima Station and back to Shinjuku again. It starts and ends at gate E-28, but it travels generally from 1 through 38 in order.

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