Hibiya Line 東京地下鉄日比谷線
Hibiya Line: the Hibiya Line of the Tokyo Metro runs from Kita-Senju in the north east to Naka-Meguro in Meguro-ku in the south west of Tokyo.
The Hibiya Line (color-coded "Gray") of Tokyo metro runs 20.3km between Naka-Meguro in Meguro-ku in southwest Tokyo and Kita-Senju in Adachi-ku in the northeast.
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.
Hibiya Line Stations
There are 22 stations on the Hibiya Line.
0 KM - Naka-Meguro Station 中目黒駅 H-01
Change here for the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line.
1,0 KM - 00H02 Ebisu Station 恵比寿駅 H-02
Change here for the Yamanote Line, Saikyō Line, and Shōnan-Shinjuku Line. Nearby is the Yebisu Garden Place cultural, shopping and dining complex.
2,5 KM - 00H05 - Hiro-O Station 広尾駅 H-03
(Pronounced like the English "hero," but with the accent on the "ro"). Hiroo has a lot of housing for expatriates and shopping catering to expatriate tastes. There are also several Tokyo embassies in the area.
4,2 KM - 00H08 - Roppongi Station六本木駅 H-04
Change here for the Ōedo Line (E-23). Roppongi is full of cultural and shopping opportunities by day, and a vast array of nightlife opportunities by night.
5,7 KM - 00H11 - Kamiyachō Station神谷町駅 H-05
Tokyo Tower and Shiba Park are 10 minutes walk from Kamiyachō Station.
6,2 KM - 00H12 - Toranomon Hills Station 虎ノ門ヒルズ駅 H-06
This new station opened in 2020 for the Tokyo Olimpics. Change here for the Ginza Line.
7,0 KM - 00H14 - Kasumigaseki Station霞が関駅 H-07
Change here for the Marunouchi Line and Chiyoda Line). Kasumigaseki Station is right next to the Tokyo High Court and amid several government ministries.
8,2 KM - 00H17 - Hibiya Station日比谷駅 H-08
Change here for the Metro Chiyoda Line, Yūrakuchō Line, Tōei Mita Line, Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line. Hibiya Park is right next to Hibiya Station.
8,6 - 00H18 - Ginza Station 銀座駅 H-09
Read more about the high-class shopping district of Ginza. Change here for the Ginza Line and Marunouchi Line.
9,0 KM - 00H20 - Higashi-Ginza Station 東銀座駅 H-10
Change here for the Tōei Asakusa Line. Higashi-ginza Station is next to the Kabukiza kabuki theater.
9,6 KM - 00H22 - Tsukuji Station 築地駅 H-11
Read more about Tsukiji. Change here for the Yūrakuchō Line (Aboveground only, 130 meters from Exit 0).
10,6 KM - 00H24 - Hatchōbori Station 八丁堀駅 H-12
Change here for the Keiyō Line. There is the middling Sakuragawa Park nearby, accessible from Exit A2.
11,1 KM - 00H26 - Kayabachō Station茅場町駅 H-13
Change here for the Tōzai Line.
12,0 - 00H29 - Ningyōchō Station 人形町駅 H-14
Change here for the Tōei Asakusa Line. Ningyōchō captures something of the feel of old Tokyo in its townscape.
12,6 KM - 00H31 - Kodemmachō Station 小伝馬町駅 H-15
Change here for the Sōbu Main Line.
13,5 KM - 00H33 - Akihabara Station 秋葉原駅 H-16
Read more about Akihabara Station. Change here for the Chūō-Sōbu Line, Yamanote Line, Tsukuba Express, Keihin-Tōhoku Line. Akihabara is an electronics/home appliance district that has also become a center of otaku (geek) culture.
14,5 KM - 00H35 - Naka-Okachimachi Station仲御徒町駅 H-17
Change here for the Ginza Line, Yamanote Line, Tōei Ōedo Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line. Okachimachi is a bustling market area for foodstuffs, with Tokyo's most famous mainland Asian foods market, and is also well-known for shoes, second-hand golfing equipment, jewelry, and pawn shops.
15,0 KM - 00H36 - Ueno Station 上野駅 H-18
Read more about Ueno Station. Change here for the Ginza Line, Tohoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Jōetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen, Hokuriku Shinkansen, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Yamanote Line, Jōban Line, Takasaki Line, Tōhoku Main Line, Keisei Main Line. Ueno is a combination of high culture, with numerous nationally famous art galleries, and low-town entertainment, being full of generally cheaper shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities.
16,2 KM - 00H38 - Iriya Station 入谷駅 H-19
There are no changes at Iriya. Iriya Station is near Onoterusaki Shrine, which has its own miniature "Mt. Fuji" and is famous as a shrine for actors and scholars seeking advancement.
17,4 KM - 00H40 - Minowa Station 三ノ輪駅 H-20
Change here for the Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden-Arakawa Line).
18,2 KM - 00H42 - Minami-Senju Station南千住駅 H-21
Change here for the Jōban Line and Tsukuba Express. Minami-Senju Station has a large railway yard just to its east.
20,3 KM - 00H45 - Kita-Senju Station Kita-Senju Station 北千住駅 H-22
Read more about Kita-Senju Station. Change here for the Jōban Line, Tsukuba Express, Chiyoda Line, Tōbu Skytree Line - the through service for Tōbu Dōbutsu Kōen (Tōbu Zoo) and Minami-Kurihashi on the Tōbu Nikkō Line.
Hibiya Line Times
The first Hibiya Line train leaves Naka-Meguro at 5.00 am with the last train all the way to Kita-Senju at 11.47 am. There are trains up until 12.28 am running to Hiroo. The first train leaves Kita-Senju at 5.00 am with the last train at 12.02 am. There are two later departures but they go only one stop to Minami-Senju.
Subway services are a little less frequent on weekends and public holidays. There are things you can do if you miss the last subway and have to wait until the first train the next morning.
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. " no 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, remove your backpack if the train is crowded, don't talk on your cell phone, and if you're talking to people, try and keep it subdued.