Odakyu Electric Railway

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Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Native name
Romanized name
Odakyū Dentetsu kabushiki gaisha
Type Public ( kabushiki gaisha )
Industry Public transport
PredecessorOdawara Express Railway Co., Ltd.
Founded Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan (June 1, 1948 (1948-06-01))
Headquarters1-8-3, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-8309, Japan
Key people
Koji Hoshino, President & CEO
Revenue¥166.445 billion (FY2016)
¥39.824 billion (FY2016)
Number of employees
3,593 (as of 2016/8/1)
Website www.odakyu.jp

The Odakyu Electric Railway Company, Ltd. (小田急電鉄株式会社, Odakyū Dentetsu kabushiki gaisha), commonly known as Odakyū, is a major railway company based in Tokyo, Japan, best known for its Romancecar series of limited express trains from Tokyo to Odawara, Enoshima, Tama New Town, and Hakone.


The Odakyu Electric Railway Company forms the core of the Odakyu Group, which comprises 101 companies (as of July 14, 2017) and includes the Enoshima Electric Railway, Hakone Tozan Railway, Odakyu Bus  [ ja ], Odakyu Department Store  [ ja ], and Hyatt Regency Tokyo  [ ja ] hotel. It is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225.



Former Odakyu Head Office Building near Minami-Shinjuku station Odakyu Headquarters Building.jpg
Former Odakyu Head Office Building near Minami-Shinjuku station

The 83 km line from Shinjuku to Odawara opened for service on April 1, 1927. Unlike the Odawara line, rarely were pre-World War II Japanese private railways constructed with double-track and fully electrified from the first day of operation. Two years later, April 1, 1929, the Enoshima Line was added.

The original full name of the railroad was Odawara Express Railway Company, Ltd. (小田原急行鉄道株式会社, Odawara Kyūkō Tetsudō kabushiki gaisha), [1] but this was often shortened to Odawara Kyūkō (小田原急行, "Odawara Express"). The abbreviation Odakyu was made popular by the title song of the 1929 movie Tōkyō kōshinkyoku and eventually became the official name of the railroad on March 1, 1941. [2] [ page needed ]

On May 1, 1942, Odakyu merged with the Tokyo-Yokohama Electric Railway company (now Tokyu Corporation), which controlled all private railway services west and south of Tokyo by the end of World War II.


Odakyu 5000 series EMU near Mukogaoka-Yuen Station Model 5200-First of Odakyu Electric Railway.JPG
Odakyu 5000 series EMU near Mukōgaoka-Yūen Station

The company regained its independence on June 1, 1948, and it obtained a large amount of Hakone Tozan Railway stocks, instead of separating Keio Inokashira Line for Keio Corporation. Odakyu restarted Non-stop Limited Express service between Shinjuku and Odawara in 1948. In 1950, Odakyu trains ran through to Hakone-Yumoto on Hakone Tozan Line. Odakyu uses 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow gauge tracks, but the Hakone Tozan Railway is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge , so one track of the section from Odawara to Hakone-Yumoto (6.1 km) was changed to a dual gauge system. Odakyu operated the first Romancecar (1710 series) limited express in 1951.

After the 1950s, due to rapid Japanese economic growth, Odakyu was faced with an explosive increase of population along with its lines. Commuter passengers had to use very crowded trains every morning, and complained strongly with the delay of improvements from the railway company. Odakyu began construction on the - "Shinjuku Station Great Improvement Project" setting 5 lines and 10 platforms long enough for 10 standard commuter cars with service on the Chiyoda Line, among others. Plans for a four-track system in 1964 were prevented by residents of Setagaya Ward in Tokyo, as such the system remains uncompleted. The Setagaya Residents' opposition set the stage for a long-term and remarkable case in the courts and legislature. Odakyu could not take main part of transport from Tama New Town Area, though Odakyu started the operation of Tama Line in 1974. To serve its Mukōgaoka-Yūen Amusement Park, Odakyu operated the Mukōgaoka-Yūen Monorail Line between Mukōgaoka-Yūen and Mukōgaoka-Yūen-Seimon (1.1 km, 2 stations) beginning in 1966 using a Lockheed Corporation style monorail system; the system was closed in 2001 when the amusement park was shut down.


An Odakyu 50000 series VSE Romancecar near Shin-Yurigaoka station OER 50000 Blue Ribbon Awards.jpg
An Odakyu 50000 series VSE Romancecar near Shin-Yurigaoka station

Since 2000, Odakyū has been adding track in both directions from Izumi-Tamagawa Station, on Tama River, the border station of Tokyo, to just outside Setagaya-Daita Station for expanding the availability of express trains, especially for morning commuter service. The lines between Setagaya-Daita and Higashi-Kitazawa Station are still under construction, however. Odakyu announced that the bottle-neck will be resolved by 2013.

All of its lines are double- or quadruple-tracked within Tokyo Metropolis as of March 2018, a project first decided in December 1964 but due to NIMBY land acquisition difficulties, complex and expensive workarounds were constructed and finished, taking 1/2 a century. The main or Odawara Line acts as a bypass route for the Tōkaidō Main Line from Tokyo to western Kanagawa. The Romancecar 3000 series "SE" was tested at speeds of up to 145 km/h in 1957, achieving a world record for narrow gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) lines at the time. These tests also provided important data on high-speed electric multiple units (EMU), which Japanese National Railways (JNR) used for its limited express EMUs, 151 series, and 0 Series Shinkansen introduced in the early 1960s.

Odakyu celebrated its 80th anniversary in April 2007. The 50th anniversary of the Romancecar was celebrated in September 2007.

Odakyu are the current shirt sponsors of football club Machida Zelvia.

On August 6, 2021, a mass stabbing incident occurred on one of its commuters when a man stabbed nine passengers, seriously injuring a woman before trying to ignite a fire on the compartment. The man escaped and was arrested hours later. [3]


Odakyu owns three railway lines directly, and another three lines via subsidiaries. It also operates trains onto the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, JR East Jōban Line, and JR Central Gotemba Line.

LineSectionLength (km)StationsDate opened
Odawara Line Shinjuku - Odawara 82.547April 1, 1927
Enoshima Line Sagami-Ōno - Katase-Enoshima 27.417April 1, 1929
Tama Line Shin-Yurigaoka - Karakida 10.68June 1, 1974 (in part)
March 27, 1990 (full)
Total3 lines120.570 

Train classification

(As of March 17, 2018 timetable revision)

ColorClassificationJapaneseRuns betweenLine(s)
 Limited Express特急Shinjuku, Kita-Senju, and Shin-Kiba to Hakone-Yumoto, Katase-Enoshima, Karakida or NumazuOdakyū Odawara, Enoshima, Tama; Hakone Tozan; JR Central Gotemba; and Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Yūrakuchō lines
 Rapid Express快速急行Shinjuku to Odawara or Fujisawa (one service on weekdays to Katase-Enoshima)Odakyū Odawara and Enoshima lines
 Express急行Shinjuku to Odawara, Katase-Enoshima or KarakidaOdakyū Odawara, Enoshima, and Tama lines
 Commuter Express通勤急行All services operate in the weekday morning rush hour for Shinjuku from Karakida on the Odakyu Tama LineOdakyū Odawara, Tama Lines
 Commuter Semi Express通勤準急All Services operate in the weekday morning rush hour for Yoyogi-Uehara through to the Chiyoda Line from Hon-AtsugiOdakyu Odawara Line, Chiyoda Line, Joban Line
 Semi Express準急All services operate between Yoyogi-Uehara and Isehara during the offpeak and evening rush hourOdakyū Odawara Line, Chiyoda Line, Joban Line
 Local各駅停車In all sections, includes to/from Hakone-Yumoto on Hakone Tozan Line (occasionally between Odawara and Shin-Matsuda)Odakyū Odawara, Enoshima, Tama; and Hakone Tozan lines

Romancecar limited express services require a supplementary surcharge.

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Limited express service

Shinjuku Station routes

Commuter service is shown on each line's page.

StationJapaneseDistance (km) Super Hakone  [ ja ] Hakone  [ ja ] Sagami  [ ja ] Mt. Fuji Enoshima Home WayLines
Shinjuku 新宿- Odakyū Odawara Line
Mukōgaoka-Yūen 向ヶ丘遊園15.8
Shin-Yurigaoka 新百合ヶ丘21.5
Machida 町田30.8
Sagami-Ōno 相模大野32.3
Hon-Atsugi 本厚木45.4
Hadano 秦野61.7
Shin-Matsuda 新松田71.8
Odawara 小田原82.5
Hakone-Yumoto 箱根湯本88.6  Hakone Tozan Line
Yamato 大和39.9    Odakyū Enoshima Line
Fujisawa 藤沢55.4   
Katase-Enoshima 片瀬江ノ島59.9   
Odakyū-Nagayama 小田急永山28.3     Odakyū Tama Line
Odakyū-Tama-Center 小田急多摩センター30.6    
Karakida 唐木田32.1    
Matsuda 松田71.8     JR Central Gotemba Line
Suruga-Oyama 駿河小山86.2     
Gotemba 御殿場97.1     

Tokyo Metro routes

Commuter services are shown on each line's page.

StationJapaneseDistance (km)Metro HomewayMetro HakoneMetro SagamiBay ResortLines
Shin-Kiba 新木場     Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line
Toyosu 豊洲    
Kita-Senju 北千住0.0 Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Ōtemachi 大手町9.9
Kasumigaseki 霞ヶ関12.1
Omotesandō 表参道16.2
Yoyogi-Uehara 代々木上原19.3****
Odakyū Odawara Line
Seijōgakuen-Mae 成城学園前27.4
Shin-Yurigaoka 新百合ヶ丘37.3
Machida 町田46.6
Hon-Atsugi 本厚木61.2
Odawara 小田原98.3  
Hakone Tozan Line
Hakone-Yumoto 箱根湯本104.4  
Odakyū-Nagayama 小田急永山44.1    Odakyū Tama Line
Odakyū-Tama-Center 小田急多摩センター46.4   
Karakida 唐木田47.9   


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Rolling stock

Romancecar sets

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Odakyu Electric Railway in media

The Odakyu Railway has been included in several Japanese language train simulator programs as well as the English language Microsoft Train Simulator program. Microsoft Train Simulator includes the railway's Odawara and Hakone Tozan lines, collectively referred to as the "Tokyo-Hakone" route, with the 2000 series commuter trainset and the 7000 series "LSE" Romancecar trainset being player driveable. Several "activities", or scenarios, are included.

Various Odakyu add-ins are available for the BVE Train Simulator, a freeware cab view train simulator for Microsoft Windows.

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