Overview

One of Tokyo's relatively recent train lines, the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line features 19 stations. Its emerald line starts from Meguro station in the south-west, cutting essentially straight north, before ending at Akabane-iwabuchi station in the north-west. Here is a simple guide to the line's stations and places to visit along the way.

Meguro, Shirokanedai, Shirokane-takanawa

Meguro station is close to the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum while Shirokanedai station can take you to the Institute for Nature Study. Shirokane-takanawa station provides access to the site where men of the infamous 47 ronin fame committed ritual suicide after their arrest.

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (Photo: Wiiii)
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (Photo: Wiiii)

Azabu-juban, Roppongi-itchome, Tameike-sanno

The cosmopolitan ambience surrounding Azabu-juban station is also home to the Juban Inari shrine. Roppongi-itchome station is great access to the Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum while Tameike-sanno station is close to not only the Prime Minister's residence but also the local Hashigo spicy hot ramen bar.

Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum (Photo: mariemon)
Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum (Photo: mariemon)

Nagatacho, Yotsuya, Ichigaya, Iidabashi

The National Engei Hall can be visited from Nagatacho station. Yotsuya station is good for Sainen-ji Temple, grave site of ninja, Hattori Hanzo. Ichigaya station takes you to the Ministry of Defence where celebrated author Yukio Mishima controversially ended his life while Iidabashi station is a short stroll to the popular Kagurazaka-dori shopping and dining street.

Kagurazaka (Photo: Daderot)
Kagurazaka (Photo: Daderot)

Korakuen, Todaimae, Hon-komagome

Korakuen station, besides the fabulous Korakuen Garden, takes you to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Todaimae station is good for Saikyou-ji Temple and its bell tower while the cluster of temples surrounding Hon-komagome station, makes visiting temples like Ryuko-ji and Jotoku-ji very convenient.

Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (Photo: Chi-Hung Lin)
Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (Photo: Chi-Hung Lin)

Komagome, Nishi-gahara, Oji

Komagome station is home to the beautiful Rikugien Garden and the Toki-no-wasuremono Art Gallery. Nishi-gahara station takes you to the Tokyo Goethe Memorial Museum, the Earthquake Science Museum or even the Kyu-Furukawa Teien Garden. Oji station is good for a trip to the Shibusawa Memorial Museum or the family-friendly Asukayama Park.

Asukayama Park (Photo: English: Abasaa 日本語: あばさー)
Asukayama Park (Photo: English: Abasaa 日本語: あばさー)

Oji-kamiya, Shimo, Akabane-iwabuchi

There is a nice children's play and water area at Kamiyabori Park close to Oji-kamiya station and Shimo station is good for a trip to the local sushi restaurant Miyako Sushi while the final station, Akabane-iwabuchi station, takes you to a smattering of local temples that stretch out to Shingashi River and its park.

Shingashi River (Photo: kontenten)
Shingashi River (Photo: kontenten)