Meidaimae Station

Meidaimae Station (明大前駅, Meidaimae-eki) is a railway station in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Keio Corporation.

Meidaimae Station

Station entrance, September 2011
Location2-45-1 Matsubara, Setagaya, Tokyo
Operated by Keio Corporation
Other information
Station codeKO06 (Keiō Line)
IN08 (Inokashira line)
Previous namesKayakukomae; Matsubara (until 1935)
Passengers (FY2016)107,394 daily
Meidaimae Station
Location within Special wards of Tokyo
Meidaimae Station
Meidaimae Station (Japan)


Meidaimae Station is served by the Keio Line from Shinjuku in Tokyo, and by the 12.7 km Keio Inokashira Line from Shibuya in Tokyo to Kichijōji. On the Keio Line, it is located between Daitabashi and Shimo-Takaido, it is 5.2 km from the Shinjuku terminus.[1] On the Inokashira Line, it is located between Higashi-Matsubara and Eifukuchō, it is 4.9 km from the Shibuya terminus.[1]

Station layout

Meidaimae Station has three floors:

  • 2F: Keio Line platforms
  • 1F: Ticket gates
  • B1F: Keio Inokashira Line platforms

Both lines have two opposing side platforms serving two sets of tracks.[2]

There are upward-only escalators between the Inokashira Line platforms and the concourse. Between the Inokashira Line platform and the Keiō Line platform, on the east end is an upward-only escalator, and on the west end is a downward-only escalator. There are elevators between the Inokashira Line Kichijoji-bound platform and the concourse, between the concourse and the Keio line down platform, between the Inokashira Line Shibuya-bound platform and the concourse, and between the concourse and the Keio Line up line platform.

There are toilets on the first floor, inside the ticket gates, including multi-purpose toilets.

On March 31, 2007, a new ticket gate was opened in the middle section of the Inokashira Line Kichijoji-bound platform, called Frente Exit (フレンテ口, furente guchi). This exit is exit-only, and connects directly to the shopping building Frente Meidaimae (フレンテ明大前, Frente Meidaimae), connected to the station, which opened on May 24 of the same year, run by the Keio Group. The roof covering the Kichijoji-bound platform is attached to the first floor of this building. Additionally, some of the Frente Meidaimae stores are on (that is, face and open onto) the Kichijoji-bound platform.

In February 2001, a solar panel system was installed on the station roof, with the electricity generated used to power the lights in the station. This system was installed with cooperation from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, and generates up to 30 kW.


1 KO Keiō Line for Chōfu, Keiō Hachiōji
KO Keio Takao Line for Takaosanguchi
KO Keio Sagamihara Line for Hashimoto
2 KO Keiō Line for Sasazuka, and Shinjuku
KO Keio New Line for Shinjuku
S Toei Shinjuku Line for Motoyawata
3 IN Inokashira Line for Eifukuchō and Kichijōji
4 IN Inokashira Line for Shimo-Kitazawa and Shibuya

Adjacent stations

« Service »
Keiō Line KO06
Keio Liner: Does not stop at this station
Shinjuku KO01   Special Express   Chōfu KO18
Sasazuka KO04   Semi Special Express   Chitose-karasuyama KO12
Sasazuka KO04   Express   Sakurajōsui KO08
Sasazuka KO04   Semi Express   Sakurajōsui KO08
Sasazuka KO04   Rapid   Shimo-Takaido KO07
Daitabashi KO05   Local   Shimo-Takaido KO07
Keio Inokashira Line IN08
Shimo-Kitazawa IN05   Express   Eifukuchō IN09
Higashi-Matsubara IN07   Local   Eifukuchō IN09


The station first opened on 15 April 1913 as Kayakukomae Station (火薬庫前駅).[1] This was renamed Matsubara Station (松原駅) in 1917, and again renamed Meidaimae on 8 February 1935.[1] The Inokashira Line platforms opened on 1 August 1933.[2]

From 22 February 2013, station numbering was introduced on Keio lines, with Meidaimae Station becoming "KO06" on the Keio Line and "IN08" on the Inokashira Line.[3]

Surrounding area


  1. Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. pp. 204–206. ISBN 4-87366-874-3.
  2. Kawashima, Ryozo (April 2010). 日本の鉄道 中部ライン 全線・全駅・全配線 第1巻 東京駅―三鷹エリア [Railways of Japan - Chubu Line - Lines/Stations/Track plans - Vol 1 Tokyo Station - Mitaka Area]. Japan: Kodansha. pp. 8, 54. ISBN 978-4-06-270061-0.
  3. 京王線・井の頭線全駅で「駅ナンバリング」を導入します。 [Station numbering to be introduced on Keio Line and Inokashira Line] (PDF). News release (in Japanese). Keio Corporation. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013.

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