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Monday, April 20, 2009

Chuo-Sobu Line Tokyo


The 60km-long JR Chuo-Sobu Line is a major east-west commuter line in Tokyo. In general Chuo Line trains (orange stripe) are express (kaisoku) and the Sobu Line (yellow stripe) are local (futsu or kanko) trains stopping at every station.

The Chuo-Sobu Line runs between Mitaka Station (三鷹) and Kichijoji in the west and Chiba Station (千葉) in the east.

The Chuo Line connects with the Yamanote Line at Tokyo Station, Kanda Station, Yoyogi Station and Shinjuku Station. The Sobu Line intersects the Yamanote Line at Akihabara, Yoyogi & Shinjuku stations.
Ochanomizu and Yotsuya are also busy intersections between the two types of trains.

Chuo-Sobu Line Tokyo

Women only cars operate in the rush hour and the seats of the train can be pushed up to produce more space. The Chuo Line (the quicker of the two) has a reputation as being the train preferred by Tokyo suicides. Riding the Chuo-Sobu Line out of the rush-hour period is a good way to get a glimpse of central Tokyo.

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