Overview

The Toei Shinjuku Line runs from Shinjuku in central Tokyo all the way to Motoyawata in Chiba Prefecture. The leaf green line is Tokyo's third busiest subway line and features twenty-one stations. Cutting straight through central Tokyo, the line provides easy access from one side of the capital to the other. Here is a simple guide to the line's stations and places to visit along the way.

Shinjuku, Shinjuku-sanchome, Akebonobashi

Shinjuku station offers access to almost anything a visitor could ask for, including the popular sushi train chain restaurant, Ganzosushi. Shinjuku-sanchome station takes Japanese movie fans to Shinjuku Wald 9 cinemas while Akebonobashi station is home to museums like the Fishing Culture Museum and the Shinjuku Historical Museum.

Shinjuku Wald 9 cinema (Photo: Dick Thomas Johnson)
Shinjuku Wald 9 cinema (Photo: Dick Thomas Johnson)

Ichigaya, Kudanshita, Jimbocho

Ichigaya station is right by the Ichigaya Fishing Centre where even beginners can fish, Kudanshita station takes you to the expansive Kitanomaru Park and its child-friendly Science Museum while Jimbocho station is home to the Hara Shobo Japanese Ukiyo-e Prints store.

Ichigaya Fishing Center (Photo: Dimitry B.)
Ichigaya Fishing Center (Photo: Dimitry B.)

Ogawamachi, Iwamotocho, Bakuro-yokoyama

Ogawamachi station is great for ramen lovers with its access to the extremely popular Tsukemen Tsujita dipping noodles bar. Iwamotocho station will take you to Yanagimori Shrine and the city recognised Ebihara Shoten building while Bakuro-yokoyama station is home to the local performing arts theatre, AQUAstudio.

Tsukemen Tsujita dipping noodles (Photo: Guilhem Vellut)
Tsukemen Tsujita dipping noodles (Photo: Guilhem Vellut)

Hamacho, Morishita, Kikukawa

Along the banks of Sumida River, Hamacho station provides immediate access to Hamacho Park, its camping ground and Seishoko-ji Temple. Morishita station is home to the lovely Basho Memorial Hall while Kikukawa station is close to the tiny 11-seat counter Sushi Sen bar.

Basho Memorial Hall (Photo: Elmo rainy day)
Basho Memorial Hall (Photo: Elmo rainy day)

Sumiyoshi, Nishi-ojima, Ojima

Along with Sarue Onshi Park, Sumiyoshi station is close to Sarue Shrine and Jugan-ji Temple. Nishi-ojima station will take you to Oshima Atago Shrine while Ojima station has a number of public spaces like Oshima Yonchome Park with children's play equipment.

Sarue Shrine (Photo: puffyjet)
Sarue Shrine (Photo: puffyjet)

Higashi-ojima, Funabori, Ichinoe

Higashi-ojima station is right by the expansive Ojima Komatsugawa Riverside Park and its BBQ and play areas along the Arakawa River. Across from the river, Funabori station is not far from the Honen-ji Buddhist Temple while Ichinoe station is close to Shinnaka River.

Ojima Komatsugawa Riverside Park (Photo: User:Kentin)
Ojima Komatsugawa Riverside Park (Photo: User:Kentin)

Mizue, Shinozaki, Moto-yawata

Mizue station will take you the the Edo period Ichinoe Nanushi Yashiki historical home, Shinozaki station is a comfortable walk to the beautiful Shunka-en Bonsai Museum. Finally, Moto-yawata station is home to the strongly flavoured and very late closing Naritake Ramen bar.

Ichinoe Nanushi Yashiki (Photo: Kabacchi)
Ichinoe Nanushi Yashiki (Photo: Kabacchi)