|Tōbu Tetsudō kabushiki gaisha|
|Founded||1 November 1897|
18-12 Oshiage 2-chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo,
(Registered in Tokyo Skytree East Tower, 1-2 Oshiage 1-chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
|Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Gunma, Tochigi|
| Nezu Kaichirō (former Representative Director)|
Yoshizomi Nezu (Representative Director)
|Total assets||¥1.3 trillion|
|Owner|| Investment trusts (JTSB 6.13%, TMTBJ 4.19%)|
Fukoku Life (2.47%)
SSBTC Treaty 505234 (2.26%)
Mizuho Bank (2.20%)
Number of employees
|3,470 (As of March 2022 [update] )|
|Subsidiaries||Various, including the operating company of Tokyo Skytree, Tobu Bus, Asahi Motor|
The Tobu Railway Company, Ltd. (東武鉄道株式会社, Tōbu Tetsudō kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese commuter railway and keiretsu holding company in the Greater Tokyo Area as well as an intercity and regional operator in the Kantō region. Excluding the Japan Railways Group companies, Tobu's 463.3 km (287.9 mi) rail system is the second longest in Japan after Kintetsu. It serves large portions of Saitama Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture and Tochigi Prefecture, as well as northern Tokyo and western Chiba Prefecture. The Tobu Railway Company is listed in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 index.
The Tobu corporate group is also engaged in road transportation (bus/taxi), real estate, and retail. It is the owner of the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world. The company is a member of the Fuyo Group keiretsu .
The name "Tobu" is formed from the kanji for east (東) and Musashi (武蔵), the initial area served.
Tobu is one of the oldest railway companies in Japan. It was established in November 1897 and began operation between Kita-Senju and Kuki in August 1899. The Tojo Railway was founded in 1911 as a separate company, but shared its president and head office with Tobu.
In 1905, Nezu Kaichirō became the president of Tobu Railway and successfully helped to grow the company to one of the largest private rail operators in the Kanto region.
Tobu was the first railway in the Kanto region to adopt quadruple tracks, on the Kita-Senju to Takenotsuka sector in 1974.The Tobu Dobutsu Koen (Tobu Animal Park) opened in 1981.
Tobu has two isolated networks which are connected by the Chichibu Railway for ferrying of its rolling stock.
The Tobu Main Line network has a tree topology starting at Asakusa in Tokyo, with the Isesaki line as the trunk, and the Tobu Kameido Line, Daishi Line, Tobu Urban Park Line, Tobu Sano Line, Koizumi Line, Tōbu Kiryū Line, and Nikkō Line forming the branches, with further branches into the Tobu Utsunomiya Line and Tobu Kinugawa Lines. It offers surcharged, seat-reserved limited express services from Tokyo to Nikkō and Kinugawa.
The Tojo Line runs northwest from Ikebukuro in Tokyo to central and western Saitama Prefecture. A branch, the Ogose Line, runs to Ogose from Sakado.
Tobu's terminals in Tokyo are at Asakusa (Main Line express services), Oshiage (most other Main Line services) and Ikebukuro (Tojo Line). The Skytree and Isesaki Lines interoperate with the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line and the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line to serve central, southwestern Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture, while the Tojo Line interoperates with the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line and Minatomirai Line to serve central and southwest Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture.
|Skytree Line||Asakusa – Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen||41.0 km (25.5 mi)|
|Kameido Line||Hikifune – Kameido||3.4 km (2.1 mi)|
|Daishi Line||Nishiarai – Daishimae||1.0 km (0.62 mi)|
|Isesaki Line||Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen – Isesaki||75.1 km (46.7 mi)|
|Sano Line||Tatebayashi – Kuzū||22.1 km (13.7 mi)|
|Koizumi Line||Tatebayashi – Nishi-Koizumi, Ōta – Higashi-Koizumi||12.0 km (7.5 mi)|
|Kiryū Line||Ōta – Akagi||20.3 km (12.6 mi)|
|Nikkō Line||Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen – Tōbu Nikkō||94.5 km (58.7 mi)|
|Utsunomiya Line||Shin-Tochigi – Tōbu Utsunomiya||24.3 km (15.1 mi)|
|Kinugawa Line||Shimo-Imaichi – Shin-Fujiwara||6.2 km (3.9 mi)|
|Urban Park Line (Formerly Noda Line)||Ōmiya – Kasukabe – Funabashi||62.7 km (39.0 mi)|
|Tojo Line||Ikebukuro – Yorii||75.0 km (46.6 mi)|
|Ogose Line||Sakado – Ogose||10.9 km (6.8 mi)|
As of 1 April 2016 [update] , Tobu Railway operates a fleet of 1,890 electric multiple unit (EMU) vehicles, the third largest fleet for a private railway operator in Japan after Tokyo Metro (2,728 vehicles) and Kintetsu (1,905).
Eight new three-car 500 series EMU trains were introduced on limited express services on lines from Asakusa on 21 April 2017.
Tobu plans to operate steam-hauled tourist services on the Kinugawa Line from 10 August 2017 using JNR Class C11 steam locomotive C11 207 loaned from JR Hokkaido together with JNR Class DE10 diesel locomotive DE10 1099 purchased from JR East, a fleet of six 12 and 14 series coaches purchased from JR Shikoku, and two Yo 8000 brake vans purchased from JR Freight and JR East.
The Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line is a subway line in Tokyo, Japan, owned and operated by Tokyo Metro. The line was named after the Hibiya area in Chiyoda's Yurakucho district, under which it passes. On maps, diagrams and signboards, the line is shown using the color silver, and its stations are given numbers using the letter "H".
The Tobu Tojo Line is a 75.0 km (46.6 mi) suburban railway line in Japan which runs from Ikebukuro Station in Toshima, Tokyo to Yorii Station in Yorii, Saitama, operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway. Its official name is the Tobu Tojo Main Line, but it is referred to as Tobu Tojo Line on Tobu signage and publicity information.
The Tobu Urban Park Line, formally known as the Tobu Noda Line, is a 62.7 km (39.0 mi) long railway line in Saitama and Chiba Prefectures operated by the Japanese private railway company Tobu Railway. It connects the satellite cities of Tokyo, such as Saitama, Kasukabe, Noda, Nagareyama, Matsudo, Kamagaya, Kashiwa, and Funabashi.
The Tobu Ogose Line is a 10.9-kilometre (6.8 mi), mostly single-track branchline in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway. It runs from Sakado Station on the Tobu Tojo Line to Ogose Station, connecting with the JR East Hachikō Line.
The Tobu Nikko Line is a 94.5-kilometre (58.7 mi) railway line in Japan operated by the private railway company Tobu Railway. It branches from Tōbu Dōbutsu Kōen Station in Miyashiro, Saitama on the Skytree Line, extending north to Tōbu Nikkō Station in Nikkō, Tochigi.
Sakado Station is a junction passenger railway station located in the city of Sakado, Saitama, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Tōbu Railway.
Tokyo Skytree Station is a railway station on the Tobu Skytree Line in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway. It is adjacent to the Tokyo Skytree and Skytree Town redevelopment, and was formerly known as Narihirabashi Station.
The Tobu Daishi Line is a 1.0 km (0.62 mi) railway line in Adachi, Tokyo, Japan, owned and operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway. It connects Nishiarai Station to Daishimae Station.
The Tobu 50000 series is a DC electric multiple unit (EMU) commuter train type operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway in Japan since March 2005, manufactured by Hitachi to its "A-train" concept. The trains represent the first use of aluminium body cars on Tobu commuter trains. They are also the first Tobu trains to feature bilingual automated passenger announcements.
The Tobu Kameido Line is a railway line operated by Japanese private railway company Tobu Railway in Tokyo. The line is in central Tokyo, a short 3.4 km branch off the Tobu Skytree Line at Hikifune, southbound to Kameido with connections to the JR East Chūō-Sōbu Line.
Nishi-Ōya Station is a passenger railway station located in the city of Sakado, Saitama, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Tōbu Railway.
Shin-Koshigaya Station is a passenger railway station located in the city of Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Tōbu Railway.
The Tobu 100 series, branded Spacia (スペーシア), is a limited express electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway in Japan since 1990. The trains are used on Kegon, Spacia Nikko, Kinu, and Spacia Kinugawa services to Nikkō and Kinugawa-Onsen.
The Tobu 20000 series is a DC electric multiple unit (EMU) commuter train type operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway in Japan since 1988.
The Tobu 6050 series is an electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated on the Tobu Nikko Line and the Aizu Line in Japan since 1985. These trains were operated by Tobu Railway and the connecting companies Aizu Railway and Yagan Railway, and provide "Local" and "Express/Section-Express" services. "Rapid/Section Rapid" services operated until April 2017. On 12 March 2022, Tobu Railway and Aizu Railway withdrew their fleets of 6050 series and 6050-100 series sets from service, respectively. Yagan Railway still has two formations of 6050-100 series, which operate on the Aizu-Kinugawa Line and the Tobu Kinugawa Line.
The Tobu Skytree Line is a section of the Tobu Isesaki Line operated by the private railway company Tobu Railway, extending from Asakusa Station in Tokyo to Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen Station in Saitama Prefecture. Some trains from the line continue to the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line. This section was branded the Tobu Skytree Line on 17 March 2012 in conjunction with the opening of the Tokyo Skytree Tower. However, in through services with the Hibiya line, the Tobu SkyTree Line actually does not stop anywhere near the Tokyo SkyTree.
The Tokyo Metro 13000 series is a Japanese DC commuter electric multiple unit (EMU) train type operated by the Tokyo subway operator Tokyo Metro on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Tobu Skytree Line inter-running services. Introduced into service on 25 March 2017, a total of 44 seven-car sets were built by Kinki Sharyo between 2016 and 2020 to replace the 03 series fleet.
The Tobu 70000 series is a Japanese DC electric multiple unit (EMU) commuter train type operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway on Tobu Skytree Line and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line inter-running services since 7 July 2017.
The TH Liner (THライナー) is a limited-stop "Home Liner"-style service to and from Kuki Station in Saitama on the Tobu Isesaki Line operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway in Japan since June 2020.