Toei Subway - Get Familiar With One of Tokyo's Main Metro Lines

The Toei Subway, together with Tokyo Metro, is one of Tokyo’s major subway systems. Unlike the numerous Tokyo Metro lines, the Toei Subway only has four lines, but they are super convenient and connect to travel hubs and sightseeing destinations like Asakusa. Below you'll find maps of the Toei Subway lines to help you navigate Tokyo like a pro, along with a breakdown of the Tokyo Metro vs Toei Subway, and more!

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What is the Toei subway?


Toei Subway – run by the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation, an agency of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. It operates 106 stations in four lines. The minimum price for one ride is 170 yen.

At first glance, and the first few times, the Tokyo subway system can be extremely confusing, and if you have the JR visitor pass you won't be able to use that on the subway lines (though you can use an IC card such as Pasmo or Suica). However, if you plan ahead through a service such as the directions feature on Google Maps, you'll be able to get to your destination with little trouble, and you'll get to see another side of Tokyo. The Toei subway also connects to the JR line as well as the Tokyo Metro.

How do I know if it's a Toei subway station?

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If the station has this symbol (either in green or gray) on the main sign with the station name, then you are at a Toei subway station. The name of the station will also be accompanied by the other subway lines that service the station. If the Tokyo Metro also services the station, the metro symbol will appear next to the Toei symbol.

Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway operate the subways in Tokyo. At the entrance to each station, you will see the subway sign and the name of the subway station. Be sure to remember the station name, number, and line color (circular colored outline) of the subway line you want to ride. You will see the combination of a letter (representing the line) and a number (representing the station) within a circular colored outline (representing the color of the line), which is called a station number.

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Toei Subway Lines

Oedo Line (Magenta)

Major stations: Tochomae, Shinjuku, Yoyogi, Roppongi, Daimon (Tokyo Tower), Tsukishima

Asakusa Line (Rose)


Major stations: Gotanda (for transfer), Daimon (Tokyo Tower), Shimbashi, Asakusa, Oshiage (Skytree)

Mita Line (Dark blue)

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Major stations: Otemachi (for transfer), Sugamo, Itabashi area

Shinjuku Line (Light green)

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Major stations: Shinjuku, Shinjuku-sanchome, Kudanshita (Imperial Palace)

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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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