Tokyo Subway: Hibiya Line 東京地下鉄日比谷線
The Hibiya Line was Tokyo's fourth subway line after the Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line and Toei Asakusa Line with the first section opening in 1961. The whole line was completed in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
A new station is planned to open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics between Kamiyacho and Kasumigaseki.
Hibiya Line Stations
The complete list of stations on the Hibiya Line is: Naka-Meguro (Tokyu Toyoko Line), Ebisu (Yamanote Line, Saikyo Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line), Hiroo, Roppongi (Toei Oedo Line), Kamiyacho, Kasumigaseki (Marunouchi Line, Chiyoda Line), Hibiya (Metro Chiyoda Line, Yurakucho Line, Toei Mita Line, Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line), Ginza (Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line), Higashi-ginza (Toei Asakusa Line), Tsukiji, Hatchobori (Keiyo Line), Kayabacho (Tozai Line), Ningyocho (Toei Asakusa Line), Kodemmacho, Akihabara (Chuo-Sobu Line, Yamanote Line, Tsukuba Express, Keihin-Tohoku Line), Naka-Okachimachi (Ginza Line, Yamanote Line, Toei Oedo Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line), Ueno Station (Ginza Line, Tohoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen, Hokuriku Shinkansen, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Yamanote Line, Joban Line, Takasaki Line, Tohoku Main Line, Keisei Main Line), Iriya, Minowa (Toden Arakawa Line), Minami-Senju (Joban Line, Tsukuba Express), Kita-Senju (Joban Line, Tsukuba Express, Chiyoda Line, Tobu Skytree Line - through service for Tobu-Dobutsu-Koen and Minami-Kurihashi on Tobu Nikko Line.
Hibiya Line Times
The first Hibiya Line train leaves Naka-Meguro at 5.00am with the last train all the way to Kita-Senju at 11.47am. There are trains up until 12.28am running to Hiroo. The first train leaves Kita-Senju at 5.00am with the last train at 12.02am. There are two later departures but they go only one stop to Minami-Senju.
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.