The Chuo Line (中央線, Chūō-sen) is the only JR line to cross the circle of the Yamanote Line.
Two types of trains run on the Chuo Line in central Tokyo: orange colored rapid trains (kaisoku) and yellow colored local trains (futsu).
The rapid trains stop only at Shinjuku, Yotsuya, Ochanomizu, Kanda and Tokyo Station, while the local trains stop at all stations between Shinjuku and Ochanomizu and then continue to operate on the Sobu Line to Chiba.
West of Shinjuku, the Chuo Line serves the city wards of Nakano and Suginami and the Tama Region (Tachikawa, Hachioji, etc.). The yellow local trains stop at every station and operate only as far as Mitaka, while the orange trains stop only at selected stations and operate further into the Tama Region.
Beyond the borders of Tokyo, the Chuo Line leads through Yamanashi and Nagano Prefectures, before terminating in Nagoya, almost 400 kilometers west of Tokyo. No trains run along the entire line.
Below are more details about the stations of the Chuo Line in central Tokyo in their actual order:
Further connecting the Tama Region
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