Jōetsu Line

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     Jōetsu Line
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Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Gunma, Niigata prefectures
Termini Takasaki
Miyauchi
Stations 34
Operation
Opening 1920
Operator(s) JR East
Technical
Line length 162.6 km (101.03 mi)
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Route map
JR Jōetsu Line linemap.svg

The Jōetsu Line (上越線 Jōetsu-sen?) is a major railway line in Japan, owned by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It runs from Takasaki Station in Gunma Prefecture, to Miyauchi Station in Niigata Prefecture, linking the northwestern Kantō region and the Sea of Japan coast of the Chūbu region. The name refers to the old provinces of Kōzuke (野) and Echigo (後), which the line connects.

Services[edit]

Before the opening of the Jōetsu Shinkansen in 1982, the Jōetsu Line had frequent service by express trains connecting Tokyo and Niigata. With the opening of the Jōetsu Shinkansen, however, the line became dominated by local and freight trains.

The branch of the Jōetsu Shinkansen between Echigo-Yuzawa Station and Gala-Yuzawa Station (the Gala-Yuzawa Line) technically belongs to the Jōetsu Line.

Stations[edit]

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Between
Stations
Total
Takasaki 高崎 - 0.0 Jōetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen, Takasaki Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line, Hachikō Line, Shin'etsu Main Line
Jōshin Dentetsu: Jōshin Line
Takasaki Gunma
Takasakitonyamachi 高崎問屋町 2.8 2.8  
Ino 井野 1.2 4.0  
Shin-Maebashi 新前橋 3.3 7.3 Ryōmō Line Maebashi
Gumma-Sōja 群馬総社 4.8 12.1  
Yagihara 八木原 5.6 17.7   Shibukawa
Shibukawa 渋川 3.4 21.1 Agatsuma Line
Shikishima 敷島 6.4 27.5  
Tsukuda 津久田 3.0 30.5  
Iwamoto 岩本 5.8 36.3   Numata
Numata 沼田 5.0 41.3  
Gokan 後閑 5.2 46.5   Minakami, Tone District
Kamimoku 上牧 7.1 53.6  
Minakami 水上 5.4 59.0  
Yubiso 湯檜曽 3.7 62.7  
Doai 土合 6.6 69.3  
Tsuchitaru 土樽 10.8 80.1   Yuzawa, Minamiuonuma District Niigata
Echigo-Nakazato 越後中里 7.3 87.4  
Iwappara-Ski-jō-mae 岩原スキー場前 3.7 91.1  
Echigo-Yuzawa 越後湯沢 3.1 94.2 Jōetsu Shinkansen, Jōetsu Line (for Gala-Yuzawa)
Ishiuchi 石打 6.4 100.6   Minamiuonuma
Ōsawa 大沢 4.0 104.6  
Jōetsu-Kokusai-Ski-jō-mae 上越国際スキー場前 1.0 105.6  
Shiozawa 塩沢 2.3 107.9  
Muikamachi 六日町 3.9 111.8 Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line
Itsukamachi 五日町◇ 6.6 118.4  
Urasa 浦佐 5.5 123.9 Jōetsu Shinkansen
Yairo 八色 3.1 127.0  
Koide 小出 5.2 132.2 Tadami Line Uonuma
Echigo-Horinouchi 越後堀之内 2.5 134.7  
Kita-Horinouchi 北堀之内 3.4 138.1  
Echigo-Kawaguchi 越後川口 4.7 142.8 Iiyama Line Nagaoka
Ojiya 小千谷 6.6 149.4   Ojiya
Echigo-Takiya 越後滝谷 7.2 156.6   Nagaoka
Miyauchi 宮内 6.0 162.6 Shinetsu Main Line (for Naoetsu)
Through to Nagaoka on the Shinetsu Main Line
Nagaoka 長岡 1.6 165.6 Jōetsu Shinkansen, Shinetsu Main Line (for Niigata) Nagaoka Niigata

History[edit]

The 2004 Chūetsu earthquake seriously damaged the Jōetsu Line, causing JR East to close it for about two months.

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