Wednesday, 11 April 2018

2018 Sakura Season in Tokyo: The Toei-Shinjuku Line

EMU Toei 10-300 series arrives at Funabori Station on the Shinjuku Line

Sakura (cherry) blossom season in the Tokyo metropolitan area is almost over. Having endless sorrow at parting with the 2018 sakura season, I am going to continue to show you some more of this year's sakura scenes in Tokyo.

The Toei-Shinjuku line is one of 13 subway lines in Tokyo. It was opened in 1978 as Tokyo's 10th subway route. Connecting Shinjuku, a subcenter of Tokyo and Motoyawata, an interchange station with the JR East Sobu Line, the total operating length is 23.5 km. The Shinjuku line is operated by the Transportation Bureau of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Most trains are directly operated onto the Keio line so that you can see both Toei and Keio trains on the line. 

The Shinjuku line penetrates the downtown areas such as Ichigaya and Kudanshita; while the route is also located in residential areas in the eastern part of Tokyo such as Koto and Edogawa wards. Along with Kudanshita in the downtown area, Higashi-Ojima is another place famous for its sakura blossoms. It is called "Komatsugawa Senbon-zakura", which means "one thousand sakura trees in the Komatsugawa area". As its name suggests, there are 1,102 sakura trees on the bank of the river Arakawa according to the Edogawa Ward Office. In early April, local people spread mats and enjoy parties under the fully bloomed sakura trees. They welcome the herald of spring after the cold winter. It is indeed a precious time for local people.

Spring is in full bloom on the Toei-Shinjuku line.

Komatsugawa Sembon-zakura near Higashi-Ojima Station on the Toei-Shinjuku Line

Official information about the trains on the Toei-Shinjuku Line (in Japanese):