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The 14.3km Ginza-sen is the oldest line in the Tokyo subway network, dating back to December 30, 1927, when a 2.2km stretch opened between Asakusa and Ueno.

Being the oldest subway in the city, it's also closest to the surface. Unlike the brand-new Toei Oedo Line, which is buried several stories underground, the Ginza Line is down a short flight of stairs from street level.

It also has the tiniest platforms and the shortest trains (6 cars) in the network, which make it among the worst trains to have to ride during rush hour. During midday and evening hours, the line is more palatable.

The line has 19 stops. From west to east, they are:

  1. Shibuya - trendy shopping, giant scramble crossing, lots and lots of people, Tokyu and Keio trains to west Tokyo and Yokohama
  2. Omotesando - less trendy but more stylish shopping
  3. Gaienmae - the Gaien
  4. Aoyama-itchome - condos, luxury car dealerships, big cemetery
  5. Akasaka-mitsuke - nice hotels, office towers
  6. Tameike-sanno - the Prime Minister, good restaurants
  7. Toranomon - the U.S. Embassy and Kasumigaseki government offices
  8. Shinbashi - the Yamanote Line, southbound JR trains to Yokohama, and the Yurikamome to Odaiba
  9. Ginza - expensive shopping
  10. Kyobashi - business district, full of love hotels after hours
  11. Nihonbashi - financial district, close to Tokyo Station
  12. Mitsukoshimae - the Mitsukoshi store
  13. Kanda - kind of close to Jimbocho for books and sporting goods
  14. Suehirocho - close to Akihabara, the electronics district
  15. Ueno-hirokoji - close to Okachimachi, one of the funniest-sounding train stations in Tokyo
  16. Ueno - Ueno Park, northbound Shinkansen
  17. Inaricho - kinda ghetto
  18. Tawaramachi - more ghetto
  19. Asakusa - Sensoji and Kaminarimon, fireworks on the Sumida River, Tobu Railway trains to Nikko

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