Nankai Kōya Line

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     Nankai Koya Line
Nankai11000Series01.jpg
A Rinkan limited express service
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Osaka Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture
Operation
Owner Nankai Electric Railway
Technical
Line length 64.5 km (40.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary
Operating speed 100 km/h (60 mph)

The Nankai Kōya Line (南海高野線 Nankai Kōya-sen?) is a railway line in Osaka Prefecture and Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Nankai Electric Railway. It connects Osaka and Koyasan, the capital of the Japanese Buddhist sect Shingon, via the suburbs of Osaka, such as Sakai, Osakasayama, Tondabayashi and Kawachinagano in Osaka Prefecture and Hashimoto and Kōya in Wakayama Prefecture. The Kōya Line is indicated, to distinguish it from other Nankai Lines, with pictograms of coniferous-like trees which infer Mount Koya, or with the line colour, green.

For historical reasons, the line formally begins at Shiomibashi Station in Osaka and crosses the Nankai Main Line, the company's other main line, at Kishinosato-Tamade Station, though operationally it starts at Namba Station together with the Nankai Line, diverges at Kishinosato-Tamade Station and goes to Gokurakubashi Station, to connect to Koyasan through Nankai Cable Line.

The section from Shiomibashi to Kishinosato-Tamade, called the "Shiomibashi Line" (汐見橋線?), has trains operating only in between those two stations. The section from Hashimoto to Gokurakubashi and the Koyasan Cable is named the "Koya Flower Railway" (こうや花鉄道?) by operating a sightseeing train "Tenku".

Route map
Stations of Nankai Railway line unless otherwise noted
4.1 Namba (first)-1980
3.9 Namba (second)1980- (for connections, see below)
3.0 Imamiyaebisu
2.5 Shin-Imamiya(for connections, see below)
1.9 Haginochaya
Tennoji Branch Line
Subway: Sakaisuji LineArrow Blue Right 001.jpeg (K20)
0.9 Tengachaya
Shiomibashi
Arrow Blue Left 001.jpeg"Shiomibashi Line"
  for details, see below
0.0 Kishinosato-Tamade
Arrow Blue Left 001.jpegNankai Main LineArrow Blue Up 001.jpeg
Hankai: Hankai Line
1.1 Tezukayama
Hankai: Uemachi Line (Kaminoki Station)
2.0 Sumiyoshihigashi
2.9 Sawanochō
3.2 Wakamiya-1917
3.5 Abikomae
Yamato River
4.8 Asakayama
6.4 Sakaihigashi
Arrow Blue Left 001.jpegJR-W: Hanwa LineArrow Blue Right 001.jpeg
7.9 Mikunigaoka
8.8 Mozuhachiman
Subway: Midosuji LineArrow Blue Right 001.jpeg (M30)
9.5 Nakamozu
Osaka Urban Development:
  Arrow Blue Down 001.jpegSemboku Rapid Railway
Kōmyōike
Izumi-Chūō
10.1 Mozu (freight)-1912?
10.4 (extra) Nakamozu Undojo-mae
10.5 Shirasagi
12.0 Hatsushiba
12.9 Hagiharatenjin
14.7 Kitanoda
Nishiyoke River
15.6 Sayama
Higashiyoke River
16.7 Ikejiri Signal Box-1914
17.2 Ōsakasayamashi
17.6 Daiichi Handa (freight)-1930?
18.2 Daini Handa (freight)-1930?
18.3 Kongō
20.0 Takidani
21.3 Chiyoda
Chiyoda Signal Box
Chiyoda Depot and Chiyoda Workshop
Kintetsu: Nagano LineArrow Blue Right 001.jpeg
23.4 Kawachinagano
Ishikawa River
Amami River
Amami River
Amami River
25.1 Mikkaichichō
Kagata Signal Box-1984
26.7 Mikanodai
28.6 Chihayaguchi
30.3 Amami
Arrow Blue Up 001.jpegOsaka Prefecture
Kimi Tunnel
Arrow Blue Down 001.jpegWakayama Prefecture
34.0 Kimitōge
35.3 Rinkanden'entoshi
36.2 Hashitani Signal Box-1983
37.3 Miyukitsuji
Oharada Signal Box
Oharada Inspection Depot
39.5 (extra) Ichiwakiyama-1918?
39.9 Hashimotocho (extra platform)-?
40.1 Hashimoto
40.6
0.0
Tsuma Signal Box-1959
JR-W: Arrow Blue Left 001.jpegWakayama LineArrow Blue Right 001.jpeg
-
0.6
Kinokawaguchi-1959
Kinokawa
43.2 Kii-Shimizu
45.8 Kamuro
47.6 Kudoyama
Nyugawa River
49.6 Kōyashita
Fudotani River
51.3 Shimo-Kosawa
2 tunnels
Naka-Kosawa Bridge
53.0 Kami-Kosawa
4 tunnels
Kasagi Bridge
2 tunnels
56.0 Kii-Hosokawa
7 tunnels
58.4 Kii-Kamiya
4 tunnels
59.9 Gokurakubashi
Arrow Blue Left 001.jpegKōyasan Cable funicular
Shiomibashi Branch
Subway: Arrow Blue Up 001.jpegSennichimae LineArrow Blue Right 001.jpeg (Sakuragawa)
Hanshin: Arrow Blue Left 001.jpegHanshin Namba LineArrow Blue Right 001.jpeg (Sakuragawa)
0.0 Shiomibashi
JR-W: Arrow Blue Left 001.jpegOsaka Loop Line (Ashiharabashi)
0.9 Ashiharachō
1.6 Kizugawa
2.6 Tsumori
3.6 Osaka Tram: Hankai Line
3.6 Nishi-Tengachaya
4.6 Kishinosato-TamadeArrow Blue Left 001.jpegNankai Main LineArrow Blue Right 001.jpeg
Arrow Blue Left 001.jpegKoya LineArrow Blue Right 001.jpeg
Details of Namba area
Subway: Arrow Blue Up 001.jpegArrow Blue Down 001.jpegYotsubashi Line (Y15)
Subway: Arrow Blue Up 001.jpegArrow Blue Down 001.jpegMidōsuji Line (M20)
Subway: Arrow Blue Left 001.jpegSennichimae LineArrow Blue Right 001.jpeg (S16)
Kintetsu: Namba Line (Osaka Namba)
Hanshin: Hanshin Namba Line (Osaka Namba)
Namba
Subway: Arrow Blue Up 001.jpegArrow Blue Down 001.jpegSakaisuji Line
Arrow Blue Left 001.jpegSubway: Daikokuchō
Imamiyaenisu
Arrow Blue Right 001.jpegSubway, Hankai: Ebisuchō
Hankai: Arrow Blue Down 001.jpegHankai Line
JR-W: Osaka Loop, Kansai Main (Yamatoji) lines
Shin-Imamiya
/Hankai: Minami-Kasumichō
Subway: Arrow Blue Left 001.jpegMidōsuji LineArrow Blue Right 001.jpeg (M22)
Subway: Dōbutsuen-mae
Subway: Arrow Blue Up 001.jpegArrow Blue Down 001.jpegSakaisuji Line (K19)
HaginochayaHankai: Imaike
Tengachaya
Nankai Line (left)/Koya Line (right)

Service patterns[edit]

Local (各駅停車 Kakueki Teisha?) (Lo)
Between Namba and Sakaihigashi, Kitanoda, Kongō, Chiyoda, Kawachinagano, Miikkaichichō, Rinkanden-entoshi or Hashimoto, and between Hashimoto and Kōyashita or Gokurakubashi.
Semi-Express (準急 Junkyū?) (SE)
All the southbound trains are operated from Namba to Kōmyōike or Izumi-Chūō on the Semboku Rapid Railway Line. On weekday mornings, northbound trains for Namba are operated from Mikkaichicho, Kawachinagano and Chiyoda in addition to the through trains from the Semboku Rapid Railway Line.
Sub Express (区間急行 Kukan Kyūkō?) (SbE)
Trains are operated between Namba and Kawachinagano, Miikkaichichō or Rinkanden-entoshi. Through trains from the Semboku Rapid Railway Line to Namba are available on weekday mornings.
Express (急行 Kyūkō?) (Ex)
Trains are operated mainly between Namba and Miikkaichichō, Rinkanden-entoshi or Hashimoto. Several trains are operated between Namba and Kōyashita or Gokurakubashi.
Rapid Express (快速急行 Kaisoku Kyūkō?) (RE)
All trains are operated between Namba and Gokurakubashi, and use a special "Zoomcar" rolling stock. On weekday evenings, southbound trains for Hashimoto from Namba are operated using other rolling stock.
Limited Express (特急 Tokkyū?) (LE)
The Kōya (こうや?) operates between Namba and Gokurakubashi, and the Rinkan (りんかん?) between Namba and Hashimoto. All seats of both trains are reserved.
Sightseeing train Tenku (観光列車「天空」?) (Tk)
From July 3, 2009, trains operate between Hashimoto and Gokurakubashi daily except Wednesdays and Thursdays from March until November, and on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays from December until February. They stop at Kamuro and Kudoyama.
  • For fare calculation, the distance between Tengachaya and Tezukayama is defined as 1.8 km

Stations[edit]

Namba - Kishinosato-Tamade - Gokurakubashi[edit]

Line name No. Station Stop Location
Nankai Main Line NK01 Namba Lo SE SB Ex RE    LE Chūō-ku, Osaka Osaka Prefecture
NK02 Imamiyaebisu Lo                   Naniwa-ku, Osaka
NK03 Shin-Imamiya Lo SE SB Ex RE    LE Nishinari-ku, Osaka
NK04 Haginochaya Lo                  
NK05 Tengachaya Lo SE SB Ex RE    LE
NK06 Kishinosato-Tamade Lo                  
Kōya Line
NK51 Tezukayama Lo                   Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
NK52 Sumiyoshihigashi Lo                  
NK53 Sawanochō Lo                  
NK54 Abikomae Lo                  
NK55 Asakayama Lo                   Sakai-ku, Sakai
NK56 Sakaihigashi Lo SE SB Ex RE    LE
NK57 Mikunigaoka Lo SE               
NK58 Mozuhachiman Lo SE               
NK59 Nakamozu Lo SE                Kita-ku, Sakai
NK60 Shirasagi Lo SE               
NK61 Hatsushiba Lo SE                Higashi-ku, Sakai
NK62 Hagiharatenjin Lo SE               
NK63 Kitanoda Lo SE SB Ex RE      
NK64 Sayama Lo SE SB             Osakasayama
NK65 Ōsakasayamashi Lo SE SB            
NK66 Kongō Lo SE SB Ex RE    LE
NK67 Takidani Lo SE SB             Tondabayashi
NK68 Chiyoda Lo SE SB             Kawachinagano
NK69 Kawachinagano Lo SE SB Ex RE    LE
NK70 Mikkaichichō Lo SE SB Ex RE      
NK71 Mikanodai Lo    SB Ex RE      
NK72 Chihayaguchi Lo    SB Ex         
NK73 Amami Lo    SB Ex         
NK74 Kimitōge Lo    SB Ex          Hashimoto Wakayama Prefecture
NK75 Rinkanden'entoshi Lo    SB Ex RE    LE
NK76 Miyukitsuji Lo    SB Ex RE      
NK77 Hashimoto Lo    SB Ex RE Tk LE
NK78 Kii-Shimizu Lo       Ex RE      
NK79 Kamuro Lo       Ex RE Tk   
NK80 Kudoyama Lo       Ex RE Tk    Kudoyama, Ito District
NK81 Kōyashita Lo       Ex RE      
NK82 Shimo-Kosawa Lo       Ex RE      
NK83 Kami-Kosawa Lo       Ex RE      
NK84 Kii-Hosokawa Lo       Ex RE       Koya, Ito District
NK85 Kii-Kamiya Lo       Ex RE      
NK86 Gokurakubashi Lo       Ex RE Tk LE

Shiomibashi - Kishinosato-Tamade[edit]

The section is known as the Shiomibashi Line (汐見橋線?).

No. Station Location
NK06-5 Shiomibashi Naniwa-ku, Osaka Osaka Prefecture
NK06-4 Ashiharachō
NK06-3 Kizugawa Nishinari-ku, Osaka
NK06-2 Tsumori
NK06-1 Nishi-Tengachaya
NK06 Kishinosato-Tamade