Etsumi-Hoku Line

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     Etsumi-Hoku Line
(Kuzuryū Line)
Ichijodani Station platform 200507.jpg
JR West KiHa 120 DMU at Ichijōdani Station
Type Heavy rail
Locale Fukui Prefecture
Termini Echizen-Hanandō
Stations 22
Opening 1960
Owner JR West
Operator(s) JR West
Line length 52.5 km
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None
Route map
JR Etsumihoku Line linemap.svg

The Etsumi-Hoku Line (越美北線 Etsumi-hoku-sen?) is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. The line extends 52.5 km from Echizen-Hanandō Station in Fukui to Kuzuryūko Station in Ōno with a total of 22 stations. It is also referred to as the Kuzuryū Line (九頭竜線 Kuzuryū-sen?).

The line was originally planned to connect to what is now the Nagaragawa Railway, but the last 24km section that would have involved extensive tunneling was never commenced. A bus service provided a connection between the two lines until it ceased in 2002.

Route data[edit]


  • December 15, 1960: Minami-Fukui — Echizen-Hanandō — Kadohara section (43.1 km) opens. Freight operations begin between Minami-Fukui — Echizen-Ōno.
    • Echizen-Hanandō, Rokujō, Echizen-Tōgō, Ichijōdani, Ichinami, Kowashōzu, Miyama, Echizen-Yakushi, Echizen-Ōmiya, Hakariishi, Ushigahara, Echizen-Ōno, Echizen-Tomida, Shimo-Yuino, Kakigashima, Kadohara stations open.
  • May 20, 1964: Asuwa, Echizen-Takada, Echizen-Tano stations open.
  • October 15, 1965: Freight operations begin between Echizen-Ōno — Kadohara.
  • March 25, 1968: Kita-Ōno Station opens.
  • October 1, 1968: Freight operations end at Kadohara Station.
  • December 15, 1972: Extension from Kadohara to Kuzuryūko (10.2 km) opens, including the 5251m Arashima tunnel.
  • April 1, 1973: Freight operations end between Echizen-Ōno — Echizen-Tomida
  • October 1980: Seasonal rapid train "Okuetsu-gō" begins operation.
  • November 15, 1982: Freight operations end between Minami-Fukui — Echizen-Ōno, ending freight service on the entire line.
  • April 1, 1987: With the breakup and privatization of Japan National Railways, line becomes part of West Japan Railway Company (JR West). Beginning of line moved 800 meters to Echizen-Hanandō Station.
  • June 1, 1990: Driver-only operation begins.
  • September 1, 1992: Regular rapid service begins.
  • September 12, 1995: "Kuzuryū Line" name goes into use.
  • September 1, 1997: Seasonal rapid train "Okuetsu-gō" ceases operation.
  • March 3, 2001: Regular rapid service ends.
  • July 18, 2004: Due to heavy rains, five railway bridges are washed away, forcing operations to stop.
  • July 20, 2004: Service restored between Echizen-Ōno — Kuzuryūko.
  • September 11, 2004: Service restored between Echizen-Hanandō — Ichijōdani, Miyama — Echizen-Ōno.
  • June 30, 2007: Service restored between Ichijōdani — Miyama, allowing full service on the line to resume.
KiHa 120 DMU at Fukui Station

Plan for Etsumi Line[edit]

There was originally a plan for an Etsumi Line (越美線?) to connect the prefectures of Fukui (the ancient province of Echizen (?)) and Gifu (Mino (?) province). The plan was not completed; the Etsumi-Hoku Line is the northern half of what would have been the Etsumi Line. The southern half, Etsumi-Nan Line (越美南線 Etsumi-nan-sen?, "Etsumi South Line"), became part of the third-sector Nagaragawa Railway.


  • All trains stop at all stations.
  • Between Echizen-Hanandō and Fukui trains run on the Hokuriku Main Line.
  • All stations located in Fukui Prefecture.
Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Tracks Location
From Echizen-Hanandō
Hokuriku Main Line
Fukui 福井駅 - 2.6 JR West: Hokuriku Main Line (for Obama)
Echizen Railway: Katsuyama Eiheiji Line, Mikuni Awara Line
Fukui Railway: Fukubu Line (Fukui-Ekimae)
Etsumi-Hoku Line
Echizen-Hanandō 越前花堂駅 2.6 0.0 JR West: Hokuriku Main Line (for Tsuruga) Fukui
Rokujō 六条駅 2.3 2.3  
Asuwa 足羽駅 1.4 3.7  
Echizen-Tōgō 越前東郷駅 2.0 5.7  
Ichijōdani 一乗谷駅 2.6 8.3  
Echizen-Takada 越前高田駅 3.1 11.4  
Ichinami 市波駅 1.2 12.6  
Kowashōzu 小和清水駅 2.0 14.6  
Miyama 美山駅 2.9 17.5  
Echizen-Yakushi 越前薬師駅 2.0 19.5  
Echizen-Ōmiya 越前大宮駅 2.7 22.2  
Hakariishi 計石駅 2.2 24.4  
Ushigahara 牛ヶ原駅 3.2 27.6   Ōno
Kita-Ōno 北大野駅 1.8 29.4  
Echizen-Ōno 越前大野駅 2.0 31.4  
Echizen-Tano 越前田野駅 2.9 34.3  
Echizen-Tomida 越前富田駅 1.4 35.7  
Shimo-Yuino 下唯野駅 3.1 38.8  
Kakigashima 柿ヶ島駅 1.0 39.8  
Kadohara 勝原駅 2.5 42.3  
Echizen-Shimoyama 越前下山駅 6.5 48.8  
Kuzuryūko 九頭竜湖駅 3.7 52.5  


  • ◇ - stations with passing loops
  • ∥ - double-tracked section
  • |- single-tracked section

See also[edit]


This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia