Japan Subway Systems: Yurakucho Line
Yurakucho Line 東京地下鉄有楽町線
The Yurakucho Line was built in stages from 1974 until 1988. The first section was the line between Ikebukuro and Ginza-itchome followed by the connection from Narimasu to Ikebukuro in 1983. In 1987 the line was extended from Narimasu to Wakoshi.
Women-only cars were introduced in 2005.
Yurakucho Line Stations
The complete list of 24 stations on the Yurakucho Line is:
Wakoshi - with connections to the Fukutoshin Line and Tobu Tojo Line.
Chikatetsu-Narimasu - with connections to the Fukutoshin Line and Tobu Tojo Line.
Chikatetsu-Akatsuka - with connections to the Fukutoshin Line and Tobu Tojo Line.
Heiwadai - with connections to the Fukutoshin Line.
Hikawadai - with connections to the Fukutoshin Line.
Kotake-Mukaihara - with connections to the Fukutoshin Line.
Senkawa - with connections to the Fukutoshin Line and Seibu Yurakucho Line.
Kanamecho - with connections to the Fukutoshin Line.
Higashi-Ikebukuro - with connections to the Toden Arakawa Line.
Gokokuji Gokokuji Temple - uniquely preserved - is very near Gokokuji Station.
Iidabashi - with connections to the Tozai Line, Namboku Line, Chuo-Sobu Line, Toei Oedo Line.
Ichigaya - with connections to the Namboku Line, Chuo-Sobu Line, Toei Shinjuku Line.
Kojimachi - a business district near the western edge of the Imperial Palace with a lot of good dining opportunities. From Exit 1 of Kojimachi Station, Hanzomon Station on the Hanzomon line is less than 5 minutes walk away, towards the Imperial Palace.
Nagatacho - with connections to the Hanzomon Line, Namboku Line, Ginza Line at Akasaka-mitsuke, Marunouchi Line at Akasaka-mitsuke.
Tsukishima - Toei Oedo Line.
Toyosu - Yurikamome.
Shin-Kiba - Keiyo Line, Rinkai Line.
Yurakucho Line Times
The first Yurakucho Line train leaves Wakoshi at 5.00am with the last train all the way to Shin-Kiba at 11.46pm.
The first Yurakucho Line train leaves Shin-Kiba at 5.00am with the last train all the way to Shin-Kiba at 11.50pm and to Ikebukuro at 12.08am.
Using the Tokyo Subway
Here are some useful tips for using the Tokyo subway system.
1. First buy a pre-paid card, such as a Suica or Pasmo. They require a refundable 500 yen initial charge, but make subway use infinitely easier than having to buy a paper ticket at a station whenever you ride a train. You only need to touch your card for a second on the sensor at the ticket wicket as you pass through.
2. Identify in advance the number of the exit you will need to take at the destination station and ...
3. having identified that exit, board the car closest to that destination exit. You will save time (and be less likely to get lost) if you can board the car that will stop closest to the destination station exit you will leave from. There are charts for that purpose on the station wall, telling you the appropriate cars for each exit at each station, or you can ask a station attendant. "[Name of destination station] no [Exit number] deguchi ni oriru no de, dono sharyo ni noreba ii desu ka."
4. Mind your manners. Don't eat or drink on the train, don't put luggage on the seat beside you, don't talk on your cell phone, and if you're talking to people, try and keep it subdued.