The Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line features fourteen stations as well as a host of through stations to other parts of Tokyo and Saitama. The purple line starts from Shibuya station and cuts across central Tokyo to end up in Oshiage station. It's stations provide access to a great variety of quality attractions. Here is a simple guide to the line's stations and places to visit along the way.

Shibuya, Omote-sando, Aoyama-itchome

Shibuya station is home to Tokyo's youth culture and art including the cutting edge Nanzuka Gallery. Omote-sando station and its modern surrounds are also a short walk to Zenkoji Temple while Aoyama-itchome station takes you to the splendid Jingu Gaien Gingko Avenue of gingko trees.

Jingu Gaien Gingko Avenue
Jingu Gaien Gingko Avenue (Photo: Kakidai / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Nagatacho, Hanzomon, Kudanshita

Nagatacho station is a short walk to the famous ninja-themed Ninja Akasaka restaurant. Hanzomon station will take you to the Imperial Palace moat side Chidorigafuchi Park and the JCII Camera Museum while Kudanshita station is close to the National Showa Memorial Museum.

Chidorigafuchi Park
Chidorigafuchi Park (Photo: Yoshikazu TAKADA / CC BY 2.0)

Jimbocho, Otemachi, Mitsukoshimae

Secondhand book lovers will enjoy getting off at Jimbocho station and heading straight to Yasukuni-dori with its scores of book stores. Otemachi station is a short walk to the exhibition filled Ootemori shopping and dining centre while Mitsukoshimae station takes you to the Bank of Japan Currency Museum.

Jimbocho (Photo: Nick-D / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Suitengumae, Kiyosumi-shirakawa

Suitengumae station is a short walk to Suintengu Shrine and the Nihonbashi Auditorium performing arts theatre. Kiyosumi-shirakawa station will take you to the Fukugawa Edo Museum and the beautiful Kiyosumi Teien Garden.

Kiyosumi Teien Garden
Kiyosumi Teien Garden (Photo: Irina Gelbukh / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Sumiyoshi, Kinshicho, Oshiage

Sumiyoshi station is right by the huge green space of Sarue Onshi Park while Kinshicho station is close to the Sumida Triphony Concert Hall and right next to the pleasant child-friendly green space of Kinshi Park. Finally, Oshiage station is right by Japan's tallest building, Tokyo Skytree.

Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree (Photo: 潇 文 / Unsplash.com)