In line with the redevelopment projects (read: the never-ending construction) at Shibuya Station and its surrounding areas, Ginza line’s platforms and railway tracks are getting a new look and location as well. In order to complete their relocation 130 metres towards Omotesando before Tokyoites get back to work after the New Year holidays, Ginza line is scheduled to partially suspend its service for six days from Saturday December 28 2019 to Thursday January 2 2020.
Affected are the routes between Shibuya and Omotesando as well as Aoyama-itchome and Tameike-sanno. However, Ginza line will continue running between Omotesando and Aoyama-Itchome stations as well as between Tameike-sanno and Asakusa stations.
As one of Tokyo’s oldest subway lines – launched in 1927 – Ginza line is one of the most used subway lines in central Tokyo, connecting Shibuya and Asakusa with stops in popular shopping district Ginza and museum hub Ueno. If you’ve already made plans for New Year’s Eve, whether you’re going to a countdown party, a Hatsumode shrine visit or a temple bell-ringing ritual, make sure to use the Yamanote, Hanzomon and Fukutoshin lines as an alternative to Tokyo’s Ginza line.
The affected Ginza line platforms mentioned above will be in service from Friday January 3 2020, and you can expect wider platforms and safety doors.
Going out on New Year’s Eve? Read up on the 2019/2020 New Year train schedules across Tokyo before you go.