JR East’s Keihin Tohoku line
Posted by redracer on March 6, 2007
The Keihin Tohoku line is one of Tokyo’s busiest major suburban lines.
- The Keihin Tohoku (literally Tokyo-Yokohama South-North) line (京浜東北線) runs for just over 80kms from Ofuna way past Yokohama on the Tokaido line to Omiya which is also the terminus of the Saikyo line. Actually, technically it only runs to Yokohama, but most trains continue on to Ofuna via the Negishi line (根岸線).
- There are 46 stations and the total journey takes around 2 hours.
- Between Tamachi & Tabata, the line runs parallel to the Tokyo’s busy Yamanote loop line, and the platforms are arranged so you can transfer from one train to another.
- During the middle of the day, between around 10:30am to 3:30pm, the Keihin Tohoku offers an express service between Hamamatsucho & Tabata, stopping only at Tokyo, Akihabara, and Ueno, and skipping Shimbashi, Yurakucho, Kanda, Okachimachi, Uguisudani, Nippori and Nishi Nippori. This saves around 3 minutes, but if you are not 100% sure what you are doing, use the Yamanote line instead !!!
- Trains are 10 car sets with 4 sets of doors on each side – during peak hour, trains run every 2-3 minutes and at other times, every 5 minutes.
- In 1995, one Saha208 car with SIX doors on each side was added to the train. These cars have small seats along the sides that are locked up during peak hour, so more passengers can stand !!!
- Trains were originally the blue 103 sets which were finally retired as recently as 1998, and these were upgraded to the 209 series in 1992-93. Some of the 205 series also ran between 1989 & 1996. By 2008, the 209 will be replaced by new E233 sets, now already being rolled out on the Chuo line.
For details of the 209 models available, please see this page.