Nippori-Toneri Liner
A Nippori-Toneri Liner 330 series train
Native name日暮里・舎人ライナー
OwnerTokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (Toei)
TypeAutomated guideway transit
Rolling stock300 series, 330 series, 320 series
Opened30 March 2008
Line length9.7 km (6.0 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,700 mm (5 ft 7 in)
Electrification600 V 50 Hz 3-phase AC Third rail
Operating speed60 km/h (35 mph)
Route map

The Nippori-Toneri Liner (日暮里・舎人ライナー, Nippori-Toneri-rainā) is an automated guideway transit (AGT) system between Nippori Station in Arakawa and Minumadai-shinsuikōen Station in Adachi, Tokyo, Japan. The line opened on 30 March 2008. It is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (Toei).


The fully elevated, double-tracked line is 9.7 km (6.0 mi) long with 13 stations, and it provides access to the Yamanote Line at both Nippori and Nishi-Nippori stations. A journey from end to end takes 20 minutes, compared to as long as 60 minutes by bus during rush hour.

In fiscal 2008, an average of 48,943 people used the line each day.[1] This compares to a 2007 forecast of 51,000 passengers per day.[2] By 2018, ridership grew to 90,737 passengers per day.[3] In 2018, the Nippori Toneri Liner peaked at 189% capacity[a] on the AM peak hour between Nishi-Nippori and Akado-shogakkomae stations.[4] This level of crowding rivaled other bustling train lines in Tokyo, slotting in between the Tokaido line in Tokyo and the Keihin-Tohoku line, but at the time, the line was only operating with headways every 3-4 minutes during the AM rush.[4][3]

Station list

All stations are located in Tokyo.

No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
NT01 Nippori 日暮里 - 0.0
NT02 Nishi-Nippori 西日暮里 0.7 0.7
  • JK Keihin-Tōhoku Line (JK33)
  • JY Yamanote Line (JY08)
  • C Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (C-16)
NT03 Akado-shōgakkōmae 赤土小学校前 1.0 1.7  
NT04 Kumanomae 熊野前 0.6 2.3 Tokyo Sakura Tram (SA09)
NT05 Adachi-odai 足立小台 0.7 3.0   Adachi
NT06 Ōgi-ōhashi 扇大橋 1.0 4.0  
NT07 Kōya 高野 0.5 4.5  
NT08 Kōhoku 江北 0.6 5.1  
NT09 Nishiaraidaishi-nishi 西新井大師西 0.9 6.0  
NT10 Yazaike 谷在家 0.8 6.8  
NT11 Toneri-kōen 舎人公園 0.9 7.7  
NT12 Toneri 舎人 1.0 8.7  
NT13 Minumadai-shinsuikōen 見沼代親水公園 1.0 9.7  

Rolling stock

As of April 2020, services on the line are operated using:[5]

From its opening, the line has used a fleet of 300 series trainsets with stainless steel bodies.[5] From 10 October 2015, one new 330 series trainset was introduced on the line.[5] This five-car set was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and has an aluminium body.[5] A new 320 series trainset (set 21) entered service on the line on 10 May 2017.[6] Like the 330 series, this set has two pairs of sliding doors on the side of each car, and all seating is longitudinal bench seating.[6]


The western part of Adachi is poorly served by public transport and planning of the line started in 1985, with the initial intention of constructing a full-fledged subway. However, this was scrapped due to the high cost and projected low ridership, and a more cost-efficient AGT system was selected instead. Construction of the line started in 1997, and service commenced on 30 March 2008.[7] The main contractor was the Tokyo Metropolitan Subway Construction Company, which also built the Toei Oedo Line.[citation needed]


A 5.9 magnitude earthquake[8] partly derailed three cars of a train of the Nippori-Toneri Liner at 10:41 pm on Thursday, 7 October 2021. Three passengers were injured, but there were no fatalities. Repair works were expected to last several days.[9][needs update]


  1. ^ 平成20年度 運輸成績総表 Accessed March 8, 2010. (in Japanese)
  2. ^ 日暮里・舎人ライナーが開業 Asahi Shimbun, March 30, 2008. (in Japanese)
  3. ^ a b "日暮里・舎人ライナー" (PDF).
  4. ^ a b "混雑率データ(平成30年度)" [Congestion rate data (2018)] (PDF) (in Japanese). Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. 18 July 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 September 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d 私鉄車両編成表 2016 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2016. p. 34. ISBN 978-4-330-70116-5.
  6. ^ a b 東京都交通局 日暮里・舎人ライナーに320形を導入 [320 series introduced on Toei Nippori-Toneri Liner]. Tetsudo Daiya Joho Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 46, no. 399. Japan: Kotsu Shimbun. July 2017. p. 69.
  7. ^ "新交通システム「日暮里・舎人線」(仮称)路線名・駅名決定!" [New transportation system "Nippori-Toneri Line" (provisional name) route name and station name decided!]. (in Japanese). 13 November 2006. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  8. ^ "Tokyo jolted by strongest earthquake since 2011 disaster". Japan Times. 8 October 2021. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  9. ^ "Strong quake in Tokyo derails train, injures commuters". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 8 October 2021.


a. ^ Crowding levels defined by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism:[1][2]

100% — Commuters have enough personal space and are able to take a seat or stand while holding onto the straps or hand rails.
150% — Commuters have enough personal space to read a newspaper.
180% — Commuters must fold newspapers to read.
200% — Commuters are pressed against each other in each compartment but can still read small magazines.
250% — Commuters are pressed against each other, unable to move.
  1. ^ "混雑率の推移" [Changes in congestion rate]. (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 31 May 2022.
  2. ^ Kikuchi, Daisuke (6 July 2017). "Tokyo plans new effort to ease commuter hell on rush-hour trains". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on 6 July 2017.