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Ueno Station

Main building of the station
Location 7 Ueno (JR Station)
3 Higashi-Ueno (Tokyo Metro)
Taitō, Tokyo
Operated by
  • Bus stop
Opened 1883

Ueno Station (上野駅 Ueno-eki) is a major railway station in Tokyo's Taitō ward. It is the station used to reach the Ueno district and Ueno Park -- which contains Tokyo National Museum, The National Museum of Western Art, Ueno Zoo, Tokyo University of the Arts and other famous cultural facilities. A major commuter hub, it is also the traditional terminus for long-distance trains from northern Japan, although with the extension of the Shinkansen lines to Tokyo Station this role has diminished in recent years. A similar extension of conventional lines will extend the Takasaki Line, Utsunomiya Line and Joban Line to Tokyo Station via the Ueno-Tokyo Line from March 2015 on existing little-used tracks and a new viaduct.[1]

Ueno Station is close to Keisei-Ueno Station, the Tokyo terminus of the Keisei Main Line to Narita Airport Station.


  • Lines 1
  • Station layout 2
    • JR East platforms 2.1
    • Tokyo Metro platforms 2.2
  • Adjacent stations 3
  • History 4
  • Passenger statistics 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


This station is served by the following lines:

As this station was the traditional point of arrival and departure for journeys to northern Japan, it became the inspiration for many poems and song lyrics, including a famous tanka by Ishikawa Takuboku. There is a memorial plate about this poem in the station.

Station layout

Main hall
One of the entrances of the station

Like most major stations in Japan, Ueno station contains and is surrounded by extensive shopping arcades. Ueno's includes a branch of the Hard Rock Cafe.

JR East platforms

Platforms 14 and 15
Station layout in 2009 (before removal of track 18)

The station has two main levels of tracks and a deep underground station for the Tōhoku Shinkansen tracks. Through tracks 1 to 4 on two island platforms on the main level are used by Yamanote Line and Keihin-Tōhoku Line trains. Tracks 5 to 9 on two island platforms and one side of a terminal platform lead to the Ueno-Tokyo Line to Tokyo Station and beyond on the Tōkaidō Main Line. Tracks 10 to 12 terminate inside the building, and below these on a lower deck are further terminal tracks 13 to 17 (Track No.18 has been removed). Two subterranean island platforms serve Shinkansen tracks 19 to 22.

1  Keihin-Tohoku Line for Tabata, Akabane, Minami-Urawa, and Ōmiya
2  Yamanote Line for Tabata, Ikebukuro, and Shinjuku
3  Yamanote Line for Tokyo and Shinagawa
4  Keihin-Tohoku Line for Tokyo, Kawasaki, Yokohama, and Ōfuna
5-8  Takasaki Line for Ōmiya, Ageo, Kumagaya, and Takasaki
 Utsunomiya Line for Ōmiya, Koga, Oyama, Utsunomiya, and Kuroiso
 Joban Line for Matsudo, Abiko, Tsuchiura, and Mito
 Joban Line Ltd. Express Hitachi/Tokiwa for Mito and Katsuta
7-9  Ueno-Tokyo Line for Tokyo, Shinagawa, Yokohama and Odawara
 Joban Line for Matsudo, Abiko, Tsuchiura, and Mito
10  Joban Line for Tokyo and Shinagawa
11-12  Joban Line (Rapid) for Kita-Senju, Abiko, Toride, and Narita
13-15  Takasaki Line for Ōmiya, Ageo, Kumagaya, and Takasaki
 Utsunomiya Line for Ōmiya, Koga, Oyama, Utsunomiya, and Kuroiso
16-17  Joban Line
(Limited express)
Ltd. Express Super Hitachi,Fresh Hitachi
for Tsuchiura, Mito, Hitachi, and Iwaki
 Takasaki Line
(Limited express)
Ltd. Express Akagi / Swallow Akagi for Maebashi
Ltd. Express Kusatsu for Manza-Kazawaguchi
Ltd.Express Minakami for Minakami
19-20  Tohoku Shinkansen for Sendai, Morioka, and Shin-Aomori
 Yamagata Shinkansen for Fukushima, Yamagata, and Shinjo
 Akita Shinkansen for Morioka and Akita
 Joetsu Shinkansen for Takasaki and Niigata
 Hokuriku Shinkansen for Nagano, Toyama, and Kanazawa
21-22  Shinkansen for Tokyo

Tokyo Metro platforms

Ginza Line platforms
Hibiya Line platforms

Both the Ginza and Hibiya line station have two tracks. However, unlike in other Tokyo Metro stations, each line's tracks are counted separately.

1  Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line for Ginza, Roppongi and Naka-Meguro
2  Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line for Kita-Senju, Kuki and Minami-Kurihashi (via Tobu Skytree Line)
1  Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for Shibuya
2  Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for Asakusa

Adjacent stations

« Service »
Tohoku Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen
Joetsu Shinkansen, Hokuriku Shinkansen
Tokyo - Ōmiya
Yamanote Line
Okachimachi - Uguisudani
Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Akihabara   Rapid
Okachimachi   Rapid
(weekends and national holidays)
Okachimachi   Local   Uguisudani
Ueno-Tokyo Line
Tokyo All services see below
Utsunomiya Line, Takasaki Line, Ueno-Tokyo Line
Terminus   Akagi   Akabane
Terminus   Kusatsu   Akabane
Terminus   Minakami   Akabane
Tokyo   Rapid   Akabane
Terminus   Commuter rapid   Oku
Tokyo   Local   Oku
Jōban Line, Ueno-Tokyo Line
Tokyo   Hitachi   Tsuchiura
Tokyo   Tokiwa   Kashiwa
Tokyo   Special Rapid   Nippori
Tokyo   Rapid   Nippori
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-16)
Ueno-hirokōji (G-15) - Inarichō (G-17)
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-17)
Naka-Okachimachi (H-16) - Iriya (H-18)

A few Shinkansen trains pass non-stop through this station.


Opening of current station building in 1932

The station opened on July 28, 1883. After the destruction of this first building in the fires caused by the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, Japanese Government Railways constructed the current station buildings. In 1927, Tokyo Underground Railway (now Tokyo Metro) opened Japan's first subway line from here to Asakusa Station. Following World War II, the neighbourhood in front of Ueno Station was a major center of black market activity. Today, that market is gathering people as a name of Ameya-Yokochō.

Passenger statistics

In fiscal 2013, the JR East station was used by 181,880 passengers daily (boarding passengers only), making it the thirteenth-busiest station operated by JR East.[2] In fiscal 2013, the Tokyo Metro station was used by an average of 211,539 passengers per day (exiting and entering passengers), making it the eighth-busiest station operated by Tokyo Metro.[3]

The daily passenger figures for each operator in previous years are as shown below.

Fiscal year JR East Tokyo Metro
1999 195,654[4]
2000 189,388[5]
2005 179,978[6]
2010 172,306[7]
2011 174,832[8] 201,602[9]
2012 183,611[10] 212,509[11]
2013 181,880[2] 211,539[3]
  • Note that JR East figures are for boarding passengers only.

See also


  1. ^ JR東日本:東京−上野の新線 愛称を「上野東京ライン」 [JR East names new line between Tokyo and Ueno "Ueno-Tokyo Line"]. Mainichi Shimbun (in Japanese). Japan: The Mainichi Newspapers. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b 各駅の乗車人員 (2013年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2013)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b 各駅の乗降人員ランキング [Station usage ranking] (in Japanese). Tokyo Metro. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  4. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (1999年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 1999)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  5. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2000年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2000)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  6. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2005年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2005)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  7. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2010年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2010)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  8. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2011年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2011)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  9. ^ 駅別乗降人員順位表(2011年度1日平均) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2011)] (in Japanese). Japan: Tokyo Metro. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  10. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2012年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2012)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  11. ^ 各駅の乗降人員ランキング (2012年) [Station usage ranking (2012)] (in Japanese). Tokyo Metro. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 

External links

  • Ueno Station (Tokyo Metro) (Japanese)
  • Ueno Station (JR East) (Japanese)
  • JR East Ueno Station map
  • Ueno Station Panorama


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