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Trains in Greater Tokyo will stop running earlier from spring 2021

Most major railway lines in Tokyo, including JR East and Tokyo Metro, are reducing service hours due to Covid-19

By
Tabea Greuner
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Most of Greater Tokyo’s railway companies have announced they will move up their last train times starting in spring 2021 due to a massive decrease in nighttime passengers because of Covid-19. The timetable revision will also allow more time for railway maintenance and overnight line inspections.

For more details on which train lines have been affected by the change, check out our blogs on each announcement: 

  • JR East: major lines including the Yamanote loop line, Chuo and Sobu lines; last trains will depart up to 30min earlier
  • Odakyu: Odawara, Enoshima and Tama lines; last trains will depart up to 20min earlier, while first trains in the morning will depart 15min later on all three lines
  • Seibu: ten lines, including the Seibu Shinjuku and Seibu Ikebukuro lines; last trains will depart 30min earlier
  • Tokyo Metro: all lines; last trains will depart up to 16min earlier
  • Tokyu: all lines except Kodomo no Kuni line; last trains will depart 15-30min earlier

 
But that’s not all. Other Tokyo train lines changing their timetables from spring include: 

  • Keikyu Railway: Keikyu Main, Kurihama, Zushi and Airport lines; last trains will depart 15-30min earlier
  • Keio Railway: Keio and Inokashira lines; last trains will depart 10-30min earlier
  • Keisei Railway: Keisei Main line; last trains will depart 10-20min earlier, while first trains in the morning will depart 5-10min later
  • Sagami Railway: Main Line and Izumino Line; last trains will depart 15-20min earlier
  • Tobu Railway: Tobu Skytree, Daishi, Nikko and Tobu Tojo lines; last trains will depart 10-15min earlier
  • Tokyo Monorail: new times yet to be announced


Further details are still to come, so keep an eye on the railway companies’ official websites.

There’s some good news for night owls, though: Toei Transportation won’t change the last train times for any Toei Subway lines, the Toden-Arakawa Line or the Nippori-Toneri Liner. 

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