The Tobu Skytree Line is a railway line operated by Tobu Railway that runs between Tobu Asakusa Station in Tokyo and Tobu-Dobutsu-Koen Station in Saitama Prefecture.
At Tobu-Dobutsu-Koen Station the Tobu Skytree Line connects with Tobu Railway’s Isesaki Line and Nikko Line. There is also an extension of the Tobu Skytree Line from Oshiage Station that joins the main line at Hikifune Station. Because Tobu is a private railway operator this line is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
There are 30 stations on the Tobu Skytree Line. Please note that, although it is officially part of the same line, Oshiage Station is actually connected to the main Tobu Skytree Line by a separate extension line that runs between Oshiage and Hikifune Stations.
Asakusa – Tokyo Skytree – (Oshiage) – Hikifune – Higashi-Mukojima – Kanegafuchi – Horikiri – Ushida – Kita-Senju – Kosuge – Gotanno – Umejima – Nishiarai – Takenotsuka – Yatsuka – Soka – Dokkyodaigakumae – Shinden – Gamo – Shin-Koshigaya – Koshigaya – Kita-Koshigaya – Obukuro – Sengendai – Takesato – Ichinowari – Kasukabe – Kita-Kasukabe – Himemiya – Tobu-Dobutsu-Koen
The key destinations with transfer points are given below, with example train fares and journey times given from Tobu Asakusa Station.
Tobu Asakusa Station
Located in the Ekimise department store building, Tobu Asakusa is ideally positioned for easy access to Asakusa’s best sightseeing, shopping, and dining locations. The iconic Kaminarimon or “thunder gate” of Sensoji Temple is just a five minute walk to the west. Tokyo Cruise pleasure boats can be boarded at the Asakusa Pier just 3 minutes’ walk to the east. And the area is very convenient for lively shopping arcades, specialty restaurants, and hotels to suit every price range.
Asakusa is also a busy transportation hub with three other “Asakusa Stations”. From Tobu Asakusa Station transfers can be quickly made to the nearby Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station for the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and the Toei Asakusa Station for the Toei Asakusa Line. The Tsukuba Express (TX) Asakusa Station is approximately 10 minutes’ walk to the west.
Tokyo Skytree Station
Exit here for Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest tower at 634 meters high. The tower is popular for its upper level observation decks which offer stunning views over the city. Lower levels contain a variety of restaurants and souvenir shops.
Train fare: 150 yen
Train time: 2 minutes
Oshiage Station is a 3 minute walk from Tokyo Skytree. Transfer here to the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, The Toei Asakusa Line and the Keisei Oshiage Line.
Train fare: 150 yen
Train time: 10 minutes (transfer at Hikifune)
Transfer here to The Tobu Kameido Line.
Train fare: 150 yen
Train time: 5 minutes
Exit here for the Tobu Museum, Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens, and the Seiko Museum. The Tobu Museum is a railway museum directly under Higashi-Mukojima Station which has several classic trains on display. Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens is a beautiful Edo era flower park a 5 minute walk to the west of the station. The Seiko Museum is dedicated to the general history of clocks and watches as well as that of the Seiko brand. It is located a 5 minute walk north of the gardens.
Train fare: 150 yen
Train time: 7 minutes
Ushida Station is close to Keisei-Sekiya Station and there you can transfer to the Keisei Main Line.
Train fare: 170 yen
Train time: 12 minutes
Kita-Senju is a commercial district dominated by two large department stores: Marui and Lumine. There are many shopping arcades around the station packed with cheap restaurants and bars. Transfer here to the JR Joban Line, the Tsukuba Express, and Tokyo Metro’s Chiyoda and Hibiya lines.
Train fare: 200 yen
Train time: 14 minutes
Transfer here to the Tobu Daishi Line.
Train fare: 250 yen
Train time: 19 minutes
Shin-Koshigaya Station is close to Minami-Koshigaya Station and there you can transfer to the JR Musashino Line.
Train fare: 360 yen
Train time: 30 minutes
Transfer here to the Tobu Urban Park Line.
Train fare: 520 yen
Train time: 43 minutes
This station is a 10 minute walk from Tobu Zoo. A “hybrid leisure land” the zoo also includes a theme park with 30 different rides, and a water park with a variety of pools including a wave pool and water sliders. At the zoo itself you can see 150 animal species including very rare white tigers. Transfer here to the Tobu Isesaki Line and the Tobu Nikko Line.
Train fare: 590 yen
Train time: 48 minutes
Services & Station Stops
At Tobu Asakusa Station most regular services on the Tobu Skytree Line depart from platforms 1 and 2 and Limited Express services depart from platforms 3 and 4. Regular services from platforms 1 and 2 include local trains, section semi express trains, semi express trains, section express trains, and express trains. To see which stations these services stop at download the Station Stop Guide from the Tobu Railway website
Many services from Tobu Asakusa Station continue beyond Tobu Dobutsu-Koen Station to destinations on either the Tobu Nikko or Tobu Isesaki lines. Tobu Railway also runs through services from the Tobu Skytree Line onto two Tokyo Metro lines. Local services bound for Naka-Meguro Station join the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line at Kitasenju Station. Semi-Express and Express services from Hikifune Station join the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line at Oshiage Station. Almost all of these through services on the Hanzomon Line join the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line after Shibuya Station and then continue as far as the final stop at Chuo-Rinkan Station in Kanagawa.
Fares between stations on this line range from 150 yen for adults and 80 yen for children, to 590 yen for adults and 300 yen for children. Adult fares are charged for anyone aged over 12 years of age. Child fares are charged for children between 6 – 11 years of age. Up to two infants (aged between 1 and 5) can ride for free if accompanied by a ticket holding adult or child. If there are more than two infants they will need a child’s ticket. Babies under 1 year old can ride for free. The Tobu website has a bilingual fare table showing all fares and connections from Tobu Asakusa Station.
Prepaid, rechargeable IC smart cards such as PASMO and other major regional cards can be used on Tobu Railway lines instead of regular tickets. PASMO cards are available from Tobu ticket vending machines and ticket counters. To use them simply touch the card to the card reader on a ticket gate and the fare is deducted automatically. Fares for these IC cards are cheaper than for regular tickets, and you can use these cards on other rail or bus services in Tokyo too.
You can download a PDF route map of all Tobu railway lines from the official Tobu website.
Tobu Railway offer free Wi-Fi at many of their stations as well as on some limited express trains. For details of how to access the Wi-Fi service please visit the Tobu Railway website.
Article by Michael Lambe. Photos by Michael Lambe and kazukiatuko/PIXTA(1). All rights reserved.