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The Sōbu Line (Rapid) (総武快速線, Sōbu-kaisoku-sen) is a railway service on the Sōbu Main Line in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It connects Tokyo Station in Chūō, Tokyo with Chiba Station in Chūō-ku, Chiba via the cities of Ichikawa, Funabashi, and Narashino.

Services

Rapid services on the Sōbu Line are primarily operated between Tokyo and Chiba, although there are many through services onto the Yokosuka Line as well as some through services operated from the Yokosuka Line via Tokyo terminating at Tsudanuma. During weekday morning peak periods Tokyo-bound trains arrive once every 3–4 minutes; this is reduced to 10 Chiba-bound trains per hour during weekday evening peak periods. At other times there are approximately six trains per hour. There are many through services operated onto other lines. In addition, there is an hourly Airport Narita rapid service that runs to Narita Airport, complementing the non-stop Narita Express service.

Commuter rapid trains, operated during weekday peak periods in the mornings and evenings, make fewer stops that normal rapid trains. There are two Zushi-bound trains from Narita in the morning and a single Narita-bound train from Tokyo in the evening.

There are five Home Liner Chiba commuter liner services that operate every weekday evening, four of which start from Tokyo and another which starts at Shinjuku. It stops at the stations shown in the list below (the service departing from Shinjuku stops once at Akihabara).

For information on the Narita Express, Shiosai, Ayame, and other limited express services, see their respective articles.

Sōbu Line (Rapid) trains travel through onto the Yokosuka Line to Ōfuna, Zushi, and Kurihama. Trains also travel through beyond Chiba to as far as:

Station list

  • For information on local services between Kinshichō and Chiba, see the Chūō-Sōbu Line article.
  • Trains stop at stations marked "●" and pass those marked "|".
Station
No.
Station Japanese Distance (km) Rapid Comm.
Rapid
Home Liner
Chiba
Transfers Location
Between
stations
Total
TYOJO19
Tokyo 東京 - 0.0 Chiyoda Tokyo
JO20 Shin-Nihombashi 新日本橋 1.2 1.2 Chūō
JO21 Bakurochō 馬喰町 1.1 2.3
JO22 Kinshichō 錦糸町 2.5 4.8 Sumida
JO23 Shin-Koiwa 新小岩 5.2 10.0 JB Chūō-Sōbu Line (JB25) Katsushika
JO24 Ichikawa 市川 5.4 15.4 JB Chūō-Sōbu Line (JB27) Ichikawa Chiba
JO25 Funabashi 船橋 7.8 23.2
Funabashi
JO26 Tsudanuma 津田沼 3.5 26.7
Narashino
JO27 Inage 稲毛 9.2 35.9 JB Chūō-Sōbu Line (JB37) Inage-ku, Chiba
JO28 Chiba 千葉 3.3 39.2
Chūō-ku, Chiba

Note: Special Rapid service was discontinued on 4 March 2017.[1]

Rolling stock

References

  1. ^ 2017年3月ダイヤ改正について [Timetable revision in March 2017] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 

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