Ichibata Electric Railway

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Ichibata Electric Railway Co., Ltd. is the name of two related, yet different companies in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Ichibata Denki Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha (一畑電気鉄道株式会社?) was a railway operator until 2006, when it became a holding company of the Ichibata Group, spinning off its railway division to the newly founded Ichibata Densha Kabushiki-gaisha (一畑電車株式会社?). Although the two have different names in Japanese, their official English names are completely same.


The rail link in Shimane Prefecture opened in 1911. The railway currently only has two lines:

  • the Kita Matsue Line
It runs for 33.9 km from Dentetsu Izumo-shi Station in Izumo to Matsue Shinji-ko Onsen Station in Matsue.
  • the Taisha Line
It runs for 8.3 km, entirely in the city of Izumo, from Kawato Station (on the Kita Matsue Line) to Izumo Taisha-mae Station, near Izumo Taisha.

Dentetsu Izumo-shi Station is adjacent to Izumo-shi Station of the Sanin Main Line of West Japan Railway (JR West).

Part of the Kita Matsue Line runs along Lake Shinji.

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