Hamamtsucho station guide. How to trasnsfer JR, Tokyo Monorail and Subway lines

JR Hamamatsucho stations platforms
JR Hamamatsucho stations platforms

Hamamatsucho is one of the stations on Yamanote line in downtown Tokyo. This station is not a mega station, such as Tokyo, Shinjuku. But this station is the hub of local transportation in downtown Tokyo. JR Yamanote line and JR Keihin Tohoku line connects many places in downtown Tokyo. Tokyo Monorail connects Haneda airport and Hamamatsucho.

And there is subway Daimon station. This stations is different name from Hamamatsucho station. But actually these stations are located in same place. You can catch Toei subway Asakusa line and Oedo line at Daimon station.

I believe many of travelers who visit Tokyo may use this station. I would like to tell you about these stations in this post

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

JR and Monorail Hamamatsucho station overview

Stairs to South and Central gates
Stairs to South and Central gates

Hamamatsucho station is located on Yamanotel line between Tokyo and Shinagawa. Only trains of Yamanote line and Keihin Tohoku line depart and arrive at Hamamatsucho station. Yamanote line is loop line. You can access to most part of Tokyo, such as Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Tokyo, Ueno, Akihabara and Shinagawa. Keihin Tohoku line runs between Omiya and Yokohama. It runs through eastern part of Tokyo, such as Ueno, Akihabara, Tokyo, Shinagawa.

Hamamatsucho station is the terminal station of Tokyo Monorail too. It connects Hamamatsucho and Haneda airport. If you arrive and/or depart at Heneda airport, you may take this monorail trains.

Station structure, tracks and platforms

Signage of tracks and platforms of JR lines
Signage of tracks and platforms of JR lines

Before I start to explain about this station, I would like you to refer the station map in JR East official site. It is shown in English.
JR East official site, Hamamatsucho station English map

Hamamatsucho station is four levels structure on the ground. JR trains, Keihin Tohoku line and Yamanote line platforms are located on the second floor. Tokyo Monorail platforms are located on fourth floor. These platforms are connected walkway on third floor.

You can go up and down to transfer among these station by stairs, escalators and elevators.

Platforms (JR)

Track# Lines/Trains Destination
1 Keihin Tohoku line Tokyo, Ueno, Omiya
2 Yamanote line Tokyo, Ueno, Ikebukuro
3 Yamanote line Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku
4 Keihin Tohoku line Shinagawa, Yokohama, Kannai, Ofuna

JR Hamamatsucho station has only two platforms and very simple layout. You cannot miss the direction.

Platforms (Tokyo Monorail)

Track Destination
Arrival alighting only
Depature Tennozu Isle, Haneda Airport
Monorail departure platform
Monorail departure platform

Tokyo Monorail Hamamatsucho station has only one track. The platforms are both side of track. One platform is for arrival and the other is for departure. This is very simple too.

Ticket gate/Exit

South gate
South gate

JR and Monorail Hamamatsucho stations have three ticket gate, north, central and south.

This map shows location of gates
This map shows location of gates

Central and south gates are located on the bridge at third floor. Central gate is basically transfer gate to Tokyo Monorail. If you transfer from JR trains to Monorail, you can go through Central gate to change the trains. You do not need to go up and down. You can move at same level.

Walkway to transfer gate to Monorail
Walkway to transfer gate to Monorail
Monorail Central gate
Monorail Central gate

But if you transfer from Monorail to JR trains, you have to go down and up after exit Monorail station to enter JR station at South gate. Please see the movie below about transfer from Monorail to JR trains.

If you use JR Pass, JR East Pass, Tokyo Wide Pass, Hokuriku Arch Pass, just show your pass to go through ticket gate. All these passes cover Tokyo Monorail too.

South gate is also connected with the walkway to World Trade Center building.

North gate is located at the north end of Hamamatsucho station and it is on the ground floor. If you change Toei subway lines, you can find the entrance to subway Daimon station near this gate.

Stairs to North gate
Stairs to North gate
North gate
North gate
Outside of North gate
Outside of North gate

Toei Subway Daimon station

Asakusa line ticket gate (C) Nyao148 [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Asakusa line ticket gate (C) Nyao148 [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

As I mentioned above, subway Daimon station is same location as Hamamatsucho station. You can find the entrance to Daimon station near north gate of Hamamatsucho.

You can catch two subway line trains at Daimon station.

  • Asakusa line – Oshiage, Asakusa, Sengakuji, Gotanda, Nishimagome
  • Oedo line – Shinjuku, Yoyogi, Tsukijishijo, Hikarigaoka

Please refer the map of Tokyo subway system in the link below:

Route map of Tokyo subway lines

Tip for traveler who wants to go to Asakusa from Haneda

When you go to Asakusa from Haneda (or reverse), you can catch Tokyo Monorail from Haneda to Hamamatsucho and take subway Asakusa line from Hamaatsucho to Asakusa. Especially if you will use JR Pass, JR East Pass or Tokyo Wide Pass, you can take Tokyo Monorail by these passes. You can save your cost for Haneda to Hamaamtsucho.

However if you want to take more convenient and easier way, you can catch Keihin Kyuko railway train from Haneda. Many Keihin Kyuko trains run through subway Asakusa line. You can get Asakusa from Haneda directly. Even though this route is not covered by JR Pass, JR East Pass or Tokyo Wide Pass at all, Keihin Kyuko and subway route is the easiest way for getting Asakusa from Haneda

Station structure, tracks and platforms

Unfortunately only Japanese station map is available. I put the link below.

Toei Subway Daimon station map (Japanese)

It looks very complicated. But each lines have two tracks. Asakusa line depart and arrive at track #1 and #2 on basement first floor. Oedo line depart at track #3 and #4 on basement 5th floor. Oedo line is much newer line and runs in very deep underground. There was no space in shallow underground.

Platforms

Track# Lines/Trains Destination
1 Asakusa line Sengakuji, Gotanda, Nishimagome
Shinagawa, Haneda airport via Keihin Kyuko Railway
2 Asakusa, Oshiage
Narita airport via Keisei Railway
3 Oedo line Roppongi, Shinjuku, Hikarigaoka
4 Shiodome, Tsukijishijo, Ryogoku, Tochomae

Ticket gate and exit

B2 entrance is located just in front of JR Hamamtsucho station North gate.
B2 entrance is located just in front of JR Hamamtsucho station North gate.

There are many exits in this station. All exits have number, such as A1, B1. B2 is the nearest exit to Hamamatsucho station.

Both Asakusa line and Oedo line have ticket gates. But both platforms are connected inside ticket gate. If you enter at the wrong line, you still can proceed to the platform where you want to take subway train. There are many signage in the station. Just follow the signage and you can find the location.

I am glad if this post assist you to build your plan.

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