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.
JR and Monorail Hamamatsucho station overview
Hamamatsucho station is located on Yamanote 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
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.
|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)
|Depature||Tennozu Isle, Haneda Airport|
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.
JR and Monorail Hamamatsucho stations have three ticket gate, north, central and south.
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.
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.
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.
Toei Subway Daimon station
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:
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.
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.
|1||Asakusa line||Sengakuji, Gotanda, Nishimagome
Shinagawa, Haneda airport via Keihin Kyuko Railway
Narita airport via Keisei Railway
|3||Oedo line||Roppongi, Shinjuku, Hikarigaoka|
|4||Shiodome, Tsukijishijo, Ryogoku, Tochomae|
Ticket gate and exit
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.