New Marunouchi Line subway trains (Photo: 江戸村のとくぞう / CC BY-SA 4.0)
New Marunouchi Line subway trains (Photo: 江戸村のとくぞう / CC BY-SA 4.0)
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The Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Places to visit along the red line


Tokyo's second subway line and the first to be constructed after World War II, the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line is one of the city's busiest with twenty-eight stations, including three stations along a small branch line. Beginning in Ogikubo in central Tokyo's west, the red line cuts through to Shinjuku before looping back and ending in Ikebukuro. Here is a simple guide to the line's stations and places to visit along the way.

Ogikubo, Minami-asagaya, Shin-koenji, Higashi-koenji

A short walk from Ogikubo station lies the beautiful strolling garden of Otaguro Park while Kadokawa Garden can be found near Miniami-asagaya station. Head out of Shin-koenji station and take a tour of local temples like Saisho-ji, Saiho-ji, and Shugyo-ji. Continuing the theme of public spaces is Sanshi no Mori Park, not far from Higashi-koenji station.

Otaguro Park
Otaguro Park (Photo: kakidai / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Shin-nakano, Nakano-sakanue, Branch line stations

Tengoshoku Benzaiten shrine, with its Mt. Fuji-like stone mound is right by Shin-nakano station. Nakano-sakanue station gives access to the spacious Hosenji Temple and its garden. The branch station of Nakano-shimbashi is close to Fujigami Inari shrine and its elegant fox-god statue, Nakano-fujimicho station is a short stroll to the twin temples of Teonji & Ryuhoji while Honancho station opens out onto Honan Ginza Shotengai, a retro-shopping street.

Ryuhoji Temple
Ryuhoji Temple (Photo: Kentin / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-sanchome, Shinjuku-gyoemmae

Nishi-shinjuku station is close to the iconic LOVE Sculpture while Shinjuku station, the world's busiest station and home to everything, includes the famous Omoide Yokocho street stall alleyway. Shinjuku-sanchome is right by Shinjuku Marui Annex, a great shopping and dining location. Shinjuku-gyoemmae station is next to the incredible must-see that is the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (Photo: redlegsfan21 / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Yotsuya-sanchome, Yotsuya, Akasaka-mitsuke

The Shinjuku Historical Museum is a short walk from Yotsuya-sanchome station while Yotsuya station itself takes you to the incredible Akasaka Imperial Property. A few minutes away from Akasaka-mitsuke station are the stunning free gardens of Hotel New Otani.

Akasaka Palace
Akasaka Palace (Photo: Wiiii / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Kokkai-gijidomae, Kasumigaseki, Ginza, Tokyo

The impressive government National Diet Building is accessible via Kokkai-gijidomae station. Kasumigaseki station takes you to the beautifully kept Kensei Memorial Park while Ginza station is heaven for high-end shopping at Mitsukoshi Department Store. Servicing the nation's capital is Tokyo station, whose superb architecture and shopping turns the station into a destination in and of itself.

Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station (Photo: Zairon / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Otemachi, Awajicho, Ochanomizu, Hongo-sanchome

Along with the Imperial Palace, Otemachi station is home to the eerie grave of samurai Taira no Masakado. Awajicho station is a few minutes from Awaji Park, a public space right by Waterras shopping mall. Ochanomizu station is close to Yushima Seido, a 17th century Confucian temple while Hongo-sanchome station takes you to the Japan Football Museum.

Yushima Seido Confucian Temple
Yushima Seido Confucian Temple (Photo: Ocdp / CC0 1.0)

Korakuen, Myogadani, Shin-otsuka, Ikebukuro

Korakuen station is perfect access to the amazing Tokyo Dome City and Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. Myogadani station takes you to the old wooden Taisho-era Isono House while Shin-otsuka station is home to the Shintaro Suzuki Memorial Museum. Finally, Ikebukuro station, one of Tokyo's major commercial districts, features Ikebukuro Nishi-guchi park, a public space full of open-air festivals and entertainment.

Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen (Photo: Kimon Berlin, Gribeco / CC BY-SA 4.0)
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Elizabeth S 4 years ago
Marunouchi Line isn't my main pipe into Tokyo, but it's great for short hops, and the stations aren't overwhelmingly huge. Recently, I explored Ochanomizu. There is so much there - great dining, shrines, temples, the Origami Kaikan and Tokyo Waterworks Museum.
Sleiman Azizi Author 4 years ago
It was never my main entry into Tokyo either but whenever I rode the line, I felt successful, lol.
Sherilyn Siy 4 years ago
I like how this line surfaces in certain stretches.
Sleiman Azizi Author 4 years ago
It's interesting, right? It's not entirely underground.
Kim 4 years ago
So many lovely parks and gardens!
Sleiman Azizi Author 4 years ago
It's a pleasant surprise to discover just how many good Japanese gardens there actually are out there.
Paul McInnes 4 years ago
I've always liked the Marunouchi Line. It stops at some pretty nice places. Thanks for sharing, Sleiman.
Sleiman Azizi Author 4 years ago
It's a nice colour too, lol. But yeah, lots of places to visit.
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