Naruto Line

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     Naruto Line
Naruto railway station (platform).jpg
Naruto railway station
Type Heavy rail
Locale Tokushima Prefecture
Termini Ikenotani
Stations 7
Opening 1916
Operator(s) JR Shikoku
Line length 8.5 km (5.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None
Operating speed 85 km/h (53 mph)
Route map
Map railroad japan naruto rough.png

The Naruto Line (鳴門線 Naruto-sen?) is a railway line in Japan operated by Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku). It connects Ikenotani Station and Naruto Station in Naruto, Tokushima.


In 1916 the Awa Electric Railway Co. opened a line from Nakahara to Naruto, including the Yoshinari - Ikenotani section, which is now part of the Kotoku Line.

In 1933 the company was nationalised.

CTC signalling was commissioned in 1977, and freight services ceased in 1984.


Although the official start of the line is at Ikenotani, rail services from Naruto are considered outbound, with the reverse being inbound. This is to allow for more efficient connecting service to the Kōtoku Line at Ikenotani.

All regular trains are local service trains. Most trains run through to Tokushima, with a few with service through onto the Mugi Line. There is no through service to or from Takamatsu, forcing passengers to transfer at Ikenotani. Moreover, connections to the Uzushio limited express service on the Kōtoku Line are poor, with waits of thirty minutes to an hour for a train.

Some trains are wanman driver-only operated, with others also having a conductor on board. Due to short platform lengths, the trains of three cars or more only allow the doors of certain cars to open at those stations. In addition, the entire line is single-tracked, with no passing permitted anywhere along the line except at the terminuses of Ikenotani and Naruto.

Station list[edit]

  • All stations are located in Naruto, Tokushima.
  • Local trains stop at all stations.
  • Trains can pass one another at stations marked "◇" and "^" and cannot pass at those marked "|".
Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers  
N04 Ikenotani 池谷 - 0.0 Kōtoku Line (T04)
Most trains through to Tokushima
N05 Awa-Ōtani 阿波大谷 1.3 1.3  
N06 Tatsumichi 立道 1.7 3.0  
N07 Kyōkaimae 教会前 1.9 4.9  
N08 Konpiramae 金比羅前 0.8 5.7  
N09 Muya 撫養 1.5 7.2  
N10 Naruto 鳴門 1.3 8.5  

See also[edit]


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

External links[edit]

Media related to Naruto Line at Wikimedia Commons