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Train and subway times in Tokyo on New Year's Eve 2021-2022

The latest updates on late-night timetables and extended operating hours for all major train and metro lines in Tokyo

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Time Out Tokyo Editors
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Even pre-Covid-19, getting home on New Year's Eve in Tokyo could be tricky. The good news is, train and subway lines in Greater Tokyo usually add extra late-night services to their timetables in order to accommodate the hordes of revellers out in the metropolis. The bad news is, you'll have to be prepared to wait longer and to squeeze into over-crowded carriages.

Now that you know, it's time to plan your New Year's Eve. Whether you're looking to visit shrines for the traditional new year prayers, take part in a spiritual bell-ringing ritual at a temple, or stay up to watch the first sunrise of a new year, here's how to get home safely.

JR lines

Yamanote line, 1am-5am

'Inner circle' (counter-clockwise, from Shinjuku toward Shinagawa, from Tokyo toward Ueno): departures every 15 minutes

'Outer circle' (clockwise, from Shinjuku toward Ikebukuro, from Tokyo toward Shinagawa): departures every 15 minutes

Keihin-Tohoku line, 1am-4am

Omiya-Sakuragicho: departures every 30-45 minutes

Chuo line (rapid), 12.30am-4.30am

Mitaka-Takao: departures every 20-60 minutes

There are a few trains departing from Shinjuku, but note that the trains won't stop at Koenji, Asagaya and Nishi-Ogikubo stations.

Chuo-Sobu line, 12.30am-5am

Mitaka-Chiba: departures every 20-50 minutes

Ome line, 2-5am

Departing Tachikawa: 2am, 3.20am

Departing Mitake: 2.51am, 4.11am

Note that trains don't stop at Miyanohira, Hinatawada, Ishigamimae, Futamatao, Ikusabata and Sawai stations.

Saikyo line, 1am-4am

Shinjuku-Omiya (with some departures from Osaki): departures every 60 minutes

Takasaki line (Ueno-Kagohara)

Departing Ueno: 2am, 4.01am 

Utsunomiya line (Omiya-Oyama-Utsunomiya)

Departing Omiya: 3.26am, 4.30am

Shonan-Shinjuku, Yokosuka lines, 12midnight-5am

Omiya-Ofuna-Zushi: departures every 60 minutes 

Sobu Main line, Narita line, 12.50am-4.30am

Chiba-Narita (doesn't stop at Higashi-Chiba Station): departures every 60 minutes

First Sunrise special trains

JR Special Rapid 'Sotobo Hatsu-Hinode'

Departing Ryogoku 0.50am, arrival 2.55am at Awa-Kamogawa, arrival 3.30am at Chikura.

Stops for sunrise at Awa-Kamogawa and Chikura stations.

JR Special Rapid 'Inubo Hatsu-Hinode'

Departing Ryogoku 1.30am, arrival 3.39am at Choshi. From Choshi Station you will take a special train to Inubo Station departing at 4.32am and 4.56am. You can remain seated in the Special Rapid 'Inubo Hatsu-Hinode' until the special train departs for Inubo Station.

JR Special limited express train 'Fuji Hatsumode'

Departing Shinjuku 5.21am, arrival 7.17am at Kawaguchiko.

Note that all trains require a special seating ticket, which you can purchase at ticket centres and machines at any JR station.

Odakyu 'New Year's Express'

Departing Shinjuku 4.50am, arrival 6.05am at Katase-Enoshima.

Note that you'll need a special seating ticket, which you can purchase at all Odakyu stations.

Odakyu local train

Departing Machida 4.30am, arrival 5.19am at Katase-Enoshima.

Subway lines

Tokyo Metro

Last train times are later than usual; late-night service only available on Ginza line

Ginza line  

Asakusa-Shibuya: last train departs at 1.02am

Asakusa-Ueno: departures every 15 minutes

Shibuya-Asakusa: last train departs at 1.41am

Ueno-Asakusa: departures every 15 minutes

Marunouchi line

Ikebukuro-Ginza: last train departs at 2.17am

Ginza-Ikebukuro: last train departs at 2.15am


Toei Subway

Last train times are later than usual; late-night service only available on Asakusa line

Asakusa line

Asakusabashi-Oshiage: departures every 30-40 minutes

Mita line

Hibiya-Nishi-Takashimadaira: last train departs at 1.40am

Nishi-Takashimadaira-Hibiya: last train departs at 1.23am

Oedo line

Kiyosumi-shirakawa-Tochomae: last train departs at 1.45am

Tochomae-Kiyosumi-shirakawa: last train departs at 1.05am

Other railway lines

Keisei Railway

Ueno-Narita: departures every 20-50minutes 

Oshiage-Kanamachi: departures every 20-40minutes 

Keio Railway

Keio line Shinjuku-Takasosanguchi; Keio New line Shinjuku-Sasazuka: departures every 60minutes

Keio Liner Geishun

Departures from Shinjuku to Takaosanguchi at 1am, 2am, 2.50am and 4.05am. Note that you'll need a seat reservation to board the train.

Tokyu Railway

Den-en-toshi line: departing Shibuya 1.25am, arrival 2.19am at Chuo Rinkan

Toyoko line: departing Shibuya 1.25am, arrival 2.04am in Yokohama

Tokyo Monorail

Details have not been announced yet.

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There is no late-night service on any lines operated by the following railway companies. They will all run on their respective weekend/holiday timetable; check the websites for the train schedules.

Keikyu Railway

Tobu Railway

Yurikamome

Seibu Railway

Odakyu Railway

Sagami Railway

Enoshima Electric Railway (The Enoden line operates to the same standard timetable every day)

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