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Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Guide

Rachel
Published May 25, 2017

Traveling in Tokyo is convenient because of its dense network of buses, trains and subways within the metropolitan city. To date, there are a total of 13 subway lines with 285 subway stations in Tokyo. It is easy to find yourself lost in the complicated subway system, but fret not!

In this article, I will focus on guiding you along the capital’s fourth subway line - Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (東京地下鉄日比谷線). Named after the district of Hibiya, under which the line passes, the first section of the Hibiya Line was opened on 28 March 1961. The entire line comprising of 21 stations, color coded in gray, connects Naka-Meguro in southwest Tokyo with Kita-Koshigaya in the northeast and was completed in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Follow me on a tour to some of the interesting districts served by the Hibiya Line that you should include in your next trip to Tokyo.

1. Ebisu Station

As the second station on the Hibiya Line, the area around Ebisu Station is a costly residential area drawing a more matured and affluent crowd. Despite being centrally located and nearby popular areas like Shibuya, the vibes around the neighborhood feel more laid back. The main attraction in Ebisu is the Yebisu Garden Place (恵比寿ガーデンプレイス), one of the most pleasant cities within a city in Tokyo. Built on the former site of a beer brewery, enjoy yourself any time of the day here, as you keep yourself entertained in the big complex with office space, dining, shopping and entertainment all rolled into one.

Japanese beer lovers must not miss the Museum of Yebisu Beer here, which showcases the history and science of brewing the long-standing Yebisu Beer brand in Japan established since 1890. A museum tour including two beer tastings costs a reasonable 500 JPY (4.50 USD) per adult. Or photography buffs can also visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, featuring a movie theatre. Known for its many lovely small restaurants, izakaya and tachinomiya (Japanese standing bars), end your day with a pleasant dining experience away from the crowds in ever-bustling areas in Tokyo.

Yebisu Garden Place (恵比寿ガーデンプレイス)

Address: 4-20 Ebisu, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo 150-6090

Price: Free admission

Opening Hours: opening hours vary for different shops and restaurants, but generally open from 11 am - 8 pm daily. The Beer Museum is closed on Mondays

Access: 5-minute walk from Ebisu Station east exit, connected by the Ebisu Skywalk

Contact: +81 354237111

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2. Roppongi Station

Home to the Japanese headquarters of reputable foreign companies such as Google and Goldman Sachs, the area around Roppongi Station is known to boast a vibrant nightlife with numerous bars, nightclubs and strip clubs in Tokyo. A visit to Roppongi in central Tokyo needs not be restricted to after dark though, because there are plenty of things you can do here in the day, at the Roppongi Art Triangle at Roppongi Hills.

Shop to your heart’s content at Tokyo Midtown, a large mixed-use development where you can find all kinds of shops. Check out photography and hands-on exhibitions for free at the Fujifilm Square. The National Art Centre Tokyo and Mori Art Museum are also located within short walking distance from one another. Fans of the Peanuts animation series will go ga-ga over the Snoopy themed shop and cafe at Tokyo Snoopy Museum.

Tokyo Midtown

Address: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo 107-0052

Price: Free admission

Opening Hours: shops open 11 am - 9 pm daily. Restaurants open 11 am - 12 am daily

Access: Direct link via underground passageway from Roppongi Station exit 4A on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Contact: +81 334753100

Tokyo Midtown

The National Art Center Tokyo

Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo 106-8558

Price: Admission fee varies for each exhibition

Opening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm daily, except Fridays 10 am - 8 pm. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed on Tuesdays, or the following day if Tuesday is a public holiday, and New Year’s holidays

Access: 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station exit 4A on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Contact: +81 357778600

The National Art Center Tokyo

Mori Art Museum

Address: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 53 F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Price: 1,800 JPY (16.20 USD) per adult; 1,200 JPY (10.80 USD) per university / high school student; 600 JPY (5.40 USD) per child age 4 up to junior high school student; 1,500 JPY (13.50 USD) per senior age 65 or over

Opening Hours: 10 am - 8 pm daily, except Tuesdays 10 am - 5 pm. Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Access: Direct access from Roppongi Station exit 1C on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Contact: +81 357778600

Mori Art Museum

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3. Kamiyacho Station

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Just one station away from Roppongi Station is Kamiyacho Station, a typical business district in Tokyo. Do not be quick to dismiss it as just another business town filled with skyscrapers. Nestled amongst the towering commercial buildings is Atago Jinja (愛宕神社), a small shrine atop the 26-meter (85-foot) tall Atago-yama Hill. Enter a world of beautiful tranquility, completely different from the surrounding buzzing city, as you ascend up the long flight of steep steps to reach the shrine. It is a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of city life where you can enjoy some quiet moments. Being the highest land point in Tokyo, you can also get a decent view of Tokyo Tower from the shrine.

Read also: Climb the “Shusse no Ishidan” (Stairway of Success) at Tokyo’s Atago Shrine

Atago Jinja

Address: 1-5-3 Atago, Minato Ward, Tokyo 105-0002

Price: Admission fee varies for each exhibition

Opening Hours: 9 am - 5 pm daily

Access: 5-minute walk from Kamiyacho Station exit 3 on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Contact: +81 334310327

Website: Atago Jinja (Japanese only)

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4. Hibiya Station

Hibiya Station is home to a few key attractions in Tokyo, with Hibiya Park as the top must-visit place here. Founded in 1903, Hibiya Park is Japan’s oldest city park built with a Western influence. The 16-hectare (40-acre) public park has two large Western-style flower gardens where you can admire beautiful tulips and roses as you stroll along the compounds. There are many pleasant mementos donated from around the world, including a Viking stone epitaph, a statue of Remus and Romulus as well as a block of gneiss from Antarctica.

Of course, do not forget to check out the refreshing symbol of the park - the great fountain with water jetting as high as 12 meters (39 feet). There is also a variety of flora and fauna you can find here. Visit the oasis right in the city to recharge and unwind any time you wish to escape from the chaos out on the buzzing streets!

Hibiya Park

Address: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo 100-0012

Price: free admission

Opening Hours: always open

Access: 2-minute walk from Hibiya Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Contact: +81 335016428

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5. Tsukiji Station

Tsukiji Market (築地市場) is best known as one of the largest fish markets in the world, located in central Tokyo about 5 minute by foot from Tsukji Station. While it is slated to move to a slightly more inconvenient location in Toyosu, there is no firm date as yet. If you love sushi, fish and fresh local produce, mark Tsukiji Market on your itinerary. Although it is most famous for its fish, it is a wholesale market dealing in fruit, vegetables and meat too. The action begins as early as 5 am at the fish market, starting with the popular tuna auction that only allows 120 visitors a day. Tuck into a hearty breakfast of fresh sashimi or sushi in one of the small restaurants after the auction.

By late-morning, you should be done touring Tsukiji Market. Head over to the unique Indian-style Tsukiji Honganji Temple (築地本願寺) across the road from the subway station. Don’t forget to look out for the Namiyoke Inari Jinja shrine at the market entrance too. Constructed in 1659, the Shinto shrine is said to protect workers from rough seas during the reclamation project of the Tsukiji area.

Tsukiji Market

Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-0045

Price: free admission

Opening Hours: Outer Market: varies by shop, typically 5 am - 2 pm; Wholesale Area: open to visitors after 9 am; Tuna Auction: open to visitors from 5.25 am - 6.15 am. Closed on Sundays, national holidays and some Wednesdays

Access: 5-minute walk from Tsukiji Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Contact: +81 335421111

Tsukiji Market

Tsukiji Honganji Temple (築地本願寺)

Address: 3-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-8435

Price: free admission

Access: 1-minute walk from Tsukiji Station exit 1 on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Contact: +81 335411131

Tsukiji Honganji Temple (築地本願寺)

Namiyoke Inari Jinja (波除稲荷神社)

Address: 6-20-37 Tsukiji, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-0045

Price: free admission

Opening Hours: 9 am - 5 pm daily

Access: 7-minute walk from Tsukiji Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Contact: +81 335418451

Namiyoke Inari Jinja (Japanese only)

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6. Akihabara Station

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Best known as the Mecca for electronics shopping, Akihabara is a hot spot for electronic and Japanese anime fans near Akihabara Station on the Hibiya Line. Besides the numerous electronics stores around the station, there is also a huge array of anime and manga (Japanese comics) shops dispersed in the neighborhood. There are also many uniquely-themed cafes and restaurants such as maid cafes in Akihabara where you can take a breather after all the shopping.

Japanese anime fans must make a stop at Gachapon Kaikan (ガチャポン会館), an interesting shop where you can pick and mix unique collectibles such as figurines, key chains, rings and so on into a gift box that you can purchase. There are over 450 different kinds of gift boxes to choose from. What’s more, 50 new boxes will be updated every month so you will always be in for surprises even if you visit the shop every now and then. It is a must-visit destination for fans of Japanese pop culture and otaku culture!

Gachapon Kaikan (ガチャポン会館)

Address: G-Store Akiba, 3-13-5, Sotokanda, Chiyoda Ward

Opening Hours: 11 am - 8 pm (Monday - Friday), 11 am - 10 pm (Saturday), 11 am - 7 pm (Sunday)

Access: 7-minute walk from Akihabara Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Contact: +81 352096020

Gachapon Kaikan (Japanese only)

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7. Ueno Station

The area around Ueno Station is filled with an artistic cultural atmosphere as it is home to art galleries, museums and fine art universities. This is one of the places in Tokyo where you can experience a taste of life in the bygone Edo era. Discover many fine Japanese and Asian art works at the Tokyo National Museum. Visit the oldest zoo in Japan in Ueno, where you can see many animals native to the country, such as the Japanese serow and the colorful bird - Lidth’s Jay.

Enjoy a walk down the vibrant Ameyoko (アメ横) shopping street while sinking your teeth into decadent local delights. Explore the many historical shrines in Ueno such as Kan'ei-ji (寛永寺) and Tōshō-gū Shrine (上野東照宮) to understand more about the traditional Japanese culture. Since it is located in between Asakusa, Tokyo’s famous old town and the ultra-modern electronics haven Akihabara, Ueno will be a good base for you to enjoy the best of Tokyo’s past and present!

Ueno Zoological Gardens

Address: 9-83, Ueno Park, Taito Ward, Tokyo 110-8711

Price: please refer to official website

Opening Hours: 9.30 am - 5 pm daily. Closed on Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday or Tokyo Citizen’s Day Oct 1), and December 29 through January 1

Access: 5 to 10-minute walk from Ueno Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Contact: +81 338285171

Ueno Zoological Gardens

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Explore fascinating districts in Tokyo easily with the Hibiya Line

Breeze through the Hibiya Line from Naka-Meguro Station in the southwest through the city centre to the northeastern Kita-Senju Station within 45 minutes with an affordable 240 JPY (2.20 USD). Get away from the touristy crowd and visit interesting cultural sights, parks, old and modern attractions, all conveniently located along the Hibiya Line. Have a great time exploring Tokyo’s neighborhoods off the beaten path!

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Rachel has forgotten when and exactly how she caught the travel bug. What she does remember is the triumphant feeling she enjoys when she sees the fascinating world out there with her own eyes. She...Read more

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