Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
Shibuya Station - Transferring Between JR Lines And Other Train Lines
Written by MATCHA
In this article, we explain using photos how to transfer between the various train lines at the complicated Shibuya Station. Starting from the JR Yamanote Line platform, we will be explaining how to get to Tokyo Metro Lines and other major lines.
Shibuya station is a very large train station with a total of nine railway lines passing through it. The lines other than the Japan Railway lines (Yamanote Line, Saikyō Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line) are the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, the Tokyu Toyoko Line, the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line, and the Keio Inokashira Line.
This station is convenient for heading towards various areas of Japan, but the transfers between railways can be complicated.
Today we will be showing you the transfer routes from JR Shibuya station to each line. This time, we put emphasis on how easy it is to get there. Therefore these routes may not always be the shortest.
In order to make things easy, we will start at the Hachiko exit of the JR station and reach the other lines (except the Keio Inokashira Line). In order to find out how to get to the Hachiko exit from the JR platform, check this article.
1. Transfer To The Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line And Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line
The Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line and Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line are different railway companies, but they operate from the same platform within the Shibuya station, so you can just head for the same platform for both.
Let's start at the Hachiko exit. On your left you will see a large building. In the photo, you see the entrance nearest to you is indicated with a red square. This is the entrance that leads toward the Ginza Line.
Leaving the station building, you'll see some stairs that lead underground on your right. You will head down these stairs.
Once you have reached the bottom of the stairs, turn right.
You will find some more stairs heading downward, so continue in that direction.
At the bottom of the stairs you will see a T-intersection. Here you'll find direction boards in front of you. Check the sign for the "Den-en-toshi Line" and the "Hanzomon Line". Following these sign boards, turn left.
After turning left you will see a large underground passage like this. Continue straight.
Once you've reached the ticket machines, you'll turn right. There is a direction board here as well to make sure you are going in the right direction.
Turn right and continue forward to reach the Den-en-toshi Line and Hanzomon Line turnstiles. There are stairs in front of the entrance, but be careful not to climb up those.
2. Transfer To The Tokyu Toyoko Line And Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Next we will focus on how to reach the Tokyu Toyoko Line headed toward Yokohama and the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line for Ikebukuro.
Follow the same directions as the Den-en-toshi Line and Hanzomon Line until partway.
From the Hachiko exit head underground to the T-intersection.
For the Den-en-toshi Line and the Hanzomon Line we turned left, but this time we'll be turning right.
Continue straight through the large passageway.
Continuing straight, you will see ticket machines on your left and the turnstiles in the distance. We're almost there.
We have reached the entrance. However, after passing through the Tokyu Toyoko Line and Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line turnstiles, the space is still pretty large. Be careful to follow the direction boards until you reach the platform. The Tokyu Toyoko Line has a pink square mark, and the Fukutoshin Line has a round brown mark with an "F" in it.
3. Transfer To The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Next we will explain how to transfer to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, which will take you to popular tourist spots in Tokyo like Ginza and Asakusa.
The Ginza line is a subway line, but the entrance to this line within Shibuya station is located above the ground.
Let's start at Hachiko exit. Have a look at the picture. You will see a large building on the left. The entrance on the near side indicated by the purple square is the entrance to the Ginza Line.
Passing through the entrance you will find a staircase on the left. Climb up to the third floor.
On reaching the third floor, the Ginza Line Shibuya station turnstile is on the left.
4. Transfer To The Keio Inokashira Line
By using the Keio Inokashira Line, you can reach Kichijoji. From Kichijoji you can walk to the Ghibli Museum. To transfer to the Keio Inokashira Line, let's start at the central exit of the JR lines. For directions on how to get to the central exit, check here.
Leaving the central exit, the street parts into two. Head toward the stairs on your left.
After going down the stairs, turn right.
Here you will find a passageway like this. Turn left at the end of the passageway.
Now all you have to do is continue straight.
The Keio Inokashira Line turnstile is at the end of the passageway.
Many Transfer Routes
Today we introduced the easiest routes to transfer to different railways. There are many entrances and exits to Shibuya station, so there are routes that might get you to your destination faster, or maybe even without getting wet from rain.
Once you've got the hang of transferring by these routes, it might be fun to search around yourself for new different ones.
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Dogenzaka 1
Hours: 04:37-25:07 (Depends on first and last train. Follows special schedule during year-end and New Year holidays.)
Information In Other Languages: English, Chinese, Korean
Phone Number: +81-50-2016-1600 (JR East Info Line 06:00～24:00)
+81-50-2016-1603 (JR East Info Line for English, Chinese, Korean 10:00～18:00)
Official Website: JR East Japan: Shibuya Station (Japanese)