Ibusuki Makurazaki Line

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Ibusuki Makurazaki Line
Nishi-Oyama Station.jpg
Nishi-Ōyama Station with Kaimondake volcano in the background, and a post marking it as the southernmost railway station in Japan
Overview
Locale Kagoshima Prefecture
Termini Kagoshima-Chūō
Makurazaki
Stations 36
Operation
Opening 1930
Owner JR Kyushu
Rolling stock KiHa 40/47/140, KiHa 200 series
Technical
Line length 87.8 km (54.6 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 85 km/h (55 mph)
(Kagoshima-Chūō–Yamakawa)
65 km/h (40 mph)
(Yamakawa–Makurazaki)
Route map
Map railroad japan ibusukimakurazaki rough.png
Nanohana rapid service

Ibusuki Makurazaki Line (指宿枕崎線 Ibusuki Makurazaki-sen?) is a railway line in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, operated by the Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu). It runs from Kagoshima-Chūō Station in Kagoshima, extending south to Makurazaki Station in Makurazaki, running along the eastern and southern coast of Satsuma Peninsula.

The first section of the line, between Nishi-Kagoshima (now Kagoshima-Chūō) and Goino, opened in 1930. The extension was completed in 1963. Excluding the Okinawa Monorail in Okinawa, this is the southernmost railway line in Japan, with Nishi-Ōyama Station being the southernmost station overall.

Services[edit]

The line is operationally divided into two sections. The section between Kagoshima-Chūō and Yamakawa functions as a commuter rail of Kagoshima. As such, there are relatively many local trains. From Kagoshima-Chūō, there is roughly one train per 20 minutes to Goino, one per 20 to 40 minutes to Kiire, and one per one hour to Ibusuki or Yamakawa. The Ibusuki no Tamatebako limited express and Nanohana (なのはな?) rapid services operate on this section. The limited express train runs three times a day, and the rapid train runs southward three times a day, northward four times a day.

The section between Yamakawa and Makurazaki is an extremely quiet local line. During the daytime, there is no train service for six hours. In this section, all but Nishi-Ei are unmanned stations, including Makurazaki, the terminus.

The Nanohana DX (なのはなDX?) rapid service was discontinued from the start of the revised timetable on March 12, 2011.

Stations[edit]

The Ibusuki Makkurazaki Line is entirely in Kagoshima Prefecture.

1 All trains stop at stations marked "+". Some trains stop at "*". No trains stop at "-".
Station Nanohana:1 Location
Kagoshima-Chūō 鹿児島中央 + Kagoshima
Kōrimoto 郡元 +
Minami-Kagoshima 南鹿児島 +
Usuki 宇宿 +
Taniyama 谷山 +
Jigenji 慈眼寺 +
Sakanoue 坂之上 +
Goino 五位野 *
Hirakawa 平川 *
Sesekushi 瀬々串 *
Nakamyō 中名 -
Kiire 喜入 +
Maenohama 前之浜 -
Nukumi 生見 -
Satsuma-Imaizumi 薩摩今和泉 * Ibusuki
Miyagahama 宮ヶ浜 *
Nigatsuden 二月田 *
Ibusuki 指宿 +
Yamakawa 山川 +
Ōyama 大山  
Nishi-Ōyama 西大山
Satsuma-Kawashiri 薩摩川尻
Higashi-Kaimon 東開聞
Kaimon 開聞
Irino 入野
Ei 頴娃 Minamikyūshū
Nishi-Ei 西頴娃
Goryō 御領
Ishikaki 石垣
Mizunarikawa 水成川
Ei-Ōkawa 頴娃大川
Matsugaura 松ヶ浦
Satsuma-Shioya 薩摩塩屋
Shirasawa 白沢 Makurazaki
Satsuma-Itashiki 薩摩板敷
Makurazaki 枕崎

See also[edit]