Walk, Don’t Ride! The Tokyo Subway Map by Walking Times

Greg Lane
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Not surprisingly it takes less time to walk between central Tokyo stations. | Photo by Greg Lane

Inspired by the Walking Tube Map showing the walking time in minutes between London Underground stations, Tokyo Cheapo has produced a walking map of the Tokyo subway system to both save you money and help you to walk off that 1,000-calorie bowl of lunchtime ramen.

View the map in its glorious entirety here.

While we would love to impress you by telling you we walked the entire 304 km (189 mi) of the Tokyo subway system, we got the walking times from good old Google Maps.

tokyo subway walking times
Photo by Greg Lane

Some interesting numbers

Of the 285 stations on the Tokyo Metro and the Toei Subway, the shortest walk between two stations is the 4-minute trot between Nijubashimae Station and Otemachi Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line while the longest is the 56-minute slog between Shinozaki Station and Motoyawata Station at the terminus of the Toei Shinjuku Line.

The shortest to walk from end to end is the Ginza Line at 3 hours and 10 minutes while if you feel the need to walk the lasso shaped Toei Oedo Line, you’ll be on your feet for 9 hours and 45 minutes. But just think of that 319 yen you now have to spend on yourself!

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5 Responses to “Walk, Don’t Ride! The Tokyo Subway Map by Walking Times”

  1. Disqusting

    In reality, less ride doesn’t always save up money. For instance, in my daily commute I can easily walk 10min to the second station instead of 1min to the first station, but both journeys cost me the same fare despite the fact that the former is a shorter journey.

  2. This is great but you also need to cover the times between stations that are not connected by subway lines. i.e. looking at the bottom of the map, I often walk between Shirokane Takanawa and Sengakuji which is a big time saver when changing from the Nanboku Line to the Asakasu/Keikyu Line. Also, Mita and Akebanebashi are pretty close and is quicker to walk than to double back.

    I always check Google Maps for how long it will take to walk as if it is less than five or ten minutes different, and not too wet or warm, I’ll walk it just for the exercise alone.

    • CheapoGreg

      Yeah, Nogizaka to Roppongi is another one. Visually it’s a bit challenging to indicate – if you put a number down in a space between 5 stations, it’s hard to tell what the start and end station are. Maybe we can do a separate map for that.

  3. Daniel

    It would have been really good if you had added times for the Yamanote Line. As no other Tokyo train line is as important or iconic.

    • CheapoGreg

      Thanks for the comment. The main reason I didn’t include Yamanote Line times is because of space and also the fact that the Yamanote Line is all above ground, so it’s not that hard to work out how far apart they are.
      Also, it was just drawing an arbitrary line. If I put the Yamanote Line in maybe I should put the Chuo Sobu Line, the Keiyo Line, Tokaido Line etc. You get the idea 🙂


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