Japan’s busiest railway lines

Advertisement

In yesterday’s post I pondered out loud about whether or not the line I commute on is the busiest one in the Osaka area or not, so I decided to look for some statistics. With surprisingly little effort, I found the data for last year, 2007, for Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya areas.

The degree of crowding was averaged over one hour over all the trains passing through the segment between two stations, and I presume also averaged over the year. As a baseline, 100% is full, not just all seats taken, but also the straps and a few people around the doors. 150% is touching shoulders, but can still easily read a newspaper. 180% is bodies touching, but can just manage to read. 200% is just a bit too close, but you can still just manage a magazine or book. 250% is sardines.

So without further ado, here they are for the main lines around each of the cities:

Tokyo area railway conjestion statistics for 2007

LineStationsOvercrowding
Tobu Isesaki LineKosuge to Kita-senju145%
Tobu Tojo LineKita-ikebukuro to Ikebukuro136%
Seibu Ikebukuro LineShiinamachi to Ikebukuro158%
Seibu Shinjuku LineShita-ochiai to Takadanobaba160%
Keisei Oshiage LineHikifune to Oshiage160%
Keisei Main LineDaijingu-shita to Keisei-funabashi151%
Keio LineShimo-takaido to Meidaimae169%
Keio Inokashira LineShinsen to Shibuya146%
Odakyu Odawara LineSetagaya-daita to Shimo-kitazawa192%
Tokyu Toyoko LineYutenji to Naka-meguro172%
Tokyu Den-en-toshi LineIkejiri-Ohashi to Shibuya198%
Keikyu Main LineTobe to Yokohama153%
Toei Asakusa LineHonjo-azumabashi to Asakusa133%
Toei Mita LineNishi-sugamo to Sugamo164%
Toei Shinjuku LineNishi-ojima to Sumiyoshi173%
Tokyo Metro Hibaya LineMinowa to Iriya164%
Tokyo Metro Ginza LineAsasaka-mitsuke to Tameike-Sanno168%
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi LineShin-otsuka to Myogadani159%
Tokyo Metro Tozai LineKiba to Monzen-nakacho199%
Tokyo Metro Yurakucho LineHigashi-ikebukuro to Gokokuji173%
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda LineMachiya to Nishi-Nippori181%
Tokyo Metro Hanzomon LineShibuya to Omotesando173%
JR Tokaido LineKawasaki to Shinagawa191%
JR Yokosuka LineShin-kawasaki to Shinagawa182%
JR Chuo Rapid LineNakano to Shinjuku198%
JR Chuo Sobu LineYoyogi to Sendagaya91%
JR Keihin-Tohoku LineUeno to Okachimachi209%
JR Joban Rapid LineMatsudo to Kita-senju176%
JR Joban Sobu LineKameari to Ayase176%
JR Sobu Rapid LineShin-koiwa to Kinshicho180%
JR Sobu LineKinshicho to Ryokoku206%
 Average of all 31 lines171%

Osaka area railway conjestion statistics for 2007

LineStationsOvercrowding
Kintetsu Nara LineKawachi-eiwa to Fuse141%
Kintetsu Osaka LineShuntokumichi to Fuse141%
Kintetsu Minami Osaka LineKita-tanabe to Koboreguchi142%
Kintetsu Kyoto LineMukaijima to Momoyamagoryomae143%
Nankai Koya LineMozuhachiman to Mikunigaoka130%
Namkai Main LineMinato to Sakai131%
Keihan Main LineNoe to Kyobashi126%
Hankyu Takarazuka LineMikuni to Juso147%
Hankyu Kobe LineKanzakigawa to Juso148%
Hankyu Kyoto LineKami-shinjo to Awaji130%
Hanshin Main LineYodogawa to Noda115%
Osaka Municipal Subway Midosuji LineNamba to Shinsaibashi134%
Osaka Municipal Subway Tanamachi LineTennoji to Shitenn?ji-mae Y?higaoka120%
Osaka Municipal Subway Yotsubashi LineNamba to Yotsubashi99%
Osaka Municipal Subway Sakaisuji LineNipponbashi to Nagahoribashi113%
JR Tokaido Rapid LineIbaraki to Shin-osaka122%
JR Tokaido LineShin-osaka to Osaka119%
JR Osaka Loop LineTsuruhashi to Tamatsukuri149%
JR Katamachi (Gakkentoshi) LineShigino to Kyobashi137%
JR Hanwa LineSakaishi to Tennoji141%
 Average of all 20 lines133%

Nagoya area railway conjestion statistics for 2007

LineStationsOvercrowding
Meitetsu Main Line (East)Jingu-mae to Kanayama140%
Meitetsu Main Line (West)Sako to Meitetsu Nagoya137%
Kintetsu Nagoya LineKomeno to Nagoya143%
Nagoya Municipal Subway Higashiyama LineNagoya to Fushimi174%
Nagoya Municipal Subway Meijo LineKanayama to Higashi Betsuin160%
Nagoya Municipal Subway Tsurumai LineKawana to Gokiso138%
JR Tokaido LineBiwajima to Nagoya145%
JR Chuo LineShin-moriyama to Ozone128%
 Average of all 8 lines146%

Data taken from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport web site.

Read more on: ,,,,

1 Comment »

  1. AA said,
    July 16, 2015 @ 17:33

    While I may be a bit late to the party on this (are there updated numbers?), this would make for both a beautiful and useful map in regard to real estate concerns. (Over)Population hot spots, etc.

Leave a Comment

 

2 Trackbacks \ Pings »

  1. February 4, 2014 @ 03:16

    […] lontano da madre Shibuya e pure su una delle linee metropolitane più affollate ever (leggi: Den’entoshi sen). Disponeva però di stanze singole, a differenza della maggior parte dei dormitori in centro dove […]

  2. September 18, 2014 @ 23:36

    […] streetcar was quite full already, but since the Japanese are used to be like sardines in a can while commuting I still found my way in somehow. Back at Shinjuku I explored the Eastern […]