Sanyo Electric Railway Main Line

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Sumaurakoen st02s2048.jpg
Sumaura-koen Station, looking east
Type Commuter rail
Locale Hyogo Prefecture
Termini Nishidai
Sanyo Himeji
Stations 43
Owner Sanyo Electric Railway
Line length 54.7 km (34.0 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Minimum radius 160 m
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary
Operating speed 110 km/h (70 mph)[1]
Route map
Sanyo Main Line (JR Kobe Line) Right
Dentetsu HyōgoUntil 1968
DownSanyo Main (JR Kobe) Line
Daikai-dōriUntil 1952
NagataUntil 1968
LeftKōsoku Nagata
UpKobe Kosoku Line
0.0 Nishidai
Nishidai depot
LeftKobe Municipal Subway: Seishin-Yamate LineRight
1.0 Itayado
1.8 Higashi-Suma
Higashi-Suma depot
2.6 Tsukimiyama
3.3 Sumadera
UpSanyo Main Line
3.7 Sanyo SumaRightSuma
IchinotaniUntil 1946
AtsumorizukaUntil 1948
5.1 Sumaura-kōen
LeftSumaura Ropeway
Higashi-ShioyaUntil 1932
6.8 Sanyo ShioyaRightShioya
7.8 Takinochaya
8.6 Higashi-Tarumi
9.6 Sanyo TarumiRightTarumi
GoshikiyamaUntil 1951
10.7 Kasumigaoka
UtashikiyamaUntil 1964
11.5 Maiko-kōenRightMaiko
12.4 Nishi-Maiko
14.3 Ōkuradani
Akashi KōjomaeUntil 1948
14.9 Hitomarumae
YūenchimaeUntil 1946
15.7 Sanyo AkashiLeftAkashi
AkashiUntil 1939
LeftSanyo Main Line
16.9 Nishi-Shimmachi
18.4 Hayashisaki-Matsuekaigan
20.4 Fujie
21.8 Nakayagi
23.5 Eigashima
24.9 Nishi-Eigashima
25.6 Sanyo Uozumi
27.3 Higashi-Futami
Higashi-Futami depot
28.6 Nishi-Futami
29.9 Harimachō
LeftBefu Railway: Noguchi LineRight
32.2 BefuRightBefuguchi
34.1 Hamanomiya
LeftJNR: Takasago LineDown
35.5 Onoenomatsu
Kako River
37.3 TakasagoRightTakasago-kitaguchi
UpJNR: Takasago LineRight
38.5 Arai
39.7 Iho
41.3 Sanyo Sone
42.8 Ōshio
44.2 Matogata
46.2 Yaka
47.6 Shirahamanomiya
49.0 Mega
r)DownBantan Line "Shikamakō Line"
50.9 ShikamaRightShikama (JNR)
Aboshi LineRight
Shikama depot
52.3 KameyamaRightKameyama (JNR)
53.4 TegaraRightTegarayama
LeftSanyo ShinkansenRight
LeftSanyo Main LineRight
JR-W: LeftBantan Line/Kishin LineRight
LeftHimeji City MonorailUp
54.7 Sanyo Himeji

The Sanyo Electric Railway Main Line (山陽電気鉄道本線 Sanyō Denki Tetsudō Honsen?) is a railway line in Japan operated by the private railway operator Sanyo Electric Railway. It stretches from Kobe west to Himeji via Akashi, Kakogawa and other municipalities in Hyōgo Prefecture. The line runs parallel to West Japan Railway Company (JR West) Sanyo Main Line, with closest sections between Sanyo Suma and Sanyo Akashi stations, and competes with the JR line for its entire stretch.


Nishidai is nominal as the start of the line, thus all trains of Sanyo start or end beyond, in Kobe Rapid Railway, or further Hanshin stations, namely Sannomiya stations on Hankyū's Kobe Main Line and on Hanshin's Main Line for Locals, Umeda terminal of Hanshin in Osaka.

The line accepts trains of Hanshin via Kobe Rapid, down (west) to Sumaura-kōen. In the Sanyo Main Line, all Hanshin trains stop all stations on their way, though in Hanshin's Main Line some are operated as Locals and some as Limited Express.

Rapid service[edit]

Abbreviations are tentative for this article.

All day operation:

Hanshin-Sanyō Limited Express (直通特急 Chokutsū Tokkyū?) (HS)
Umeda of Hanshin - Sanyo Himeji. Jointly operated by Hanshin Electric Railway and Sanyo, this train makes limited stops on both the Hanshin's Main Line and the Sanyo's Main Line.
Local (普通 Futsū?) (Lo)
Hankyu Sannomiya or Hanshin Sannomiya or Sanyo Suma - Sanyo Himeji, makes every stop on the Sanyo Railway Main Line and the Kobe Kosoku Line. At night, down (westbound) trains start at Kōsoku Kobe and up (eastbound) trains terminate at Shinkaichi.
Hanshin trains (HT)
Hanshin's Limited Express trains from Umeda stop at all stations in the line to Sumaura-kōen.

Morning and night only:

Sanyo Limited Express (山陽特急 Sanyōtokkyū?) (sy)
Mainly operated between Higashi-Futami and Sanyo Himeji, there is a westbound train from Kosoku Kobe for Sanyo Himeji in the early morning. The same stops as the Hanshin-Sanyo Limited Express (HS) but does not go east beyond Kosoku kobe.
S Limited Express (S特急 S Tokkyū?) (sl)
Hanshin Sannomiya - Sanyo Himeji, more stops than HS, sy. Operates up (eastbound) in the mornings from Shikama, Takasago or Higashi-Futami to Sanyo Suma or Hanshin Sannomiya, and down (westbound) late nights from Sannomiya to Sanyo Himeji.


Abbreviations of rapid service trains, see above section. Lower cases show limited hour/service.

Station Distance (km) Services Connection Location
Nishidai 0.0 Lo HT sl    hs   Nagata-ku, Kōbe Hyōgo Prefecture
Itayado 1.0 Lo HT sl sy HS
  • Kobe Municipal Subway Seishin-Yamate Line
Suma-ku, Kōbe
Higashi-Suma 1.8 Lo HT       hs  
Tsukimiyama 2.6 Lo HT sl sy HS  
Sumadera 3.3 Lo HT       hs  
Sanyo Suma 3.7 Lo HT sl sy HS
  • Sanyo Main Line (Suma)
Sumaura-kōen 5.1 Lo HT           
Sanyo Shioya 6.8 Lo             Tarumi-ku, Kōbe
Takinochaya 7.8 Lo    sl    hs  
Higashi-Tarumi 8.6 Lo              
Sanyo Tarumi 9.6 Lo    sl sy HS
Kasumigaoka 10.7 Lo    sl        
Maiko-kōen 11.5 Lo       sy HS
  • Sanyo Main Line (Maiko)
Nishi-Maiko 12.4 Lo              
Ōkuradani 14.3 Lo               Akashi
Hitomarumae 14.9 Lo              
Sanyo Akashi 15.7 Lo    sl sy HS
  • Sanyo Main Line (JR Kobe Line) (Akashi)
Nishi-Shimmachi 16.9 Lo              
Hayashisaki-Matsuekaigan 18.4 Lo              
Fujie 20.4 Lo    sl        
Nakayagi 21.8 Lo              
Eigashima 23.5 Lo              
Nishi-Eigashima 24.9 Lo              
Sanyo Uozumi 25.6 Lo              
Higashi-Futami 27.3 Lo    sl sy HS  
Nishi-Futami 28.6 Lo    sl        
Harimachō 29.9 Lo    sl         Harima, Kako District
Befu 32.2 Lo    sl         Kakogawa
Hamanomiya 34.1 Lo    sl        
Onoenomatsu 35.5 Lo    sl        
Takasago 37.3 Lo    sl sy HS   Takasago
Arai 38.5 Lo    sl s* hs  
Iho 39.7 Lo    sl        
Sanyo Sone 41.3 Lo    sl        
Ōshio 42.8 Lo    sl sy HS   Himeji
Matogata 44.2 Lo    sl        
Yaka 46.2 Lo    sl        
Shirahamanomiya 47.6 Lo    sl s* hs  
Mega 49.0 Lo    sl        
Shikama 50.9 Lo    sl sy HS
Kameyama 52.3 Lo    sl        
Tegara 53.4 Lo    sl        
Sanyo Himeji 54.7 Lo    sl sy HS


The line first opened on 15 March 1910 as the Hyogo Electric Tramway (兵庫電気軌道?) between Hyogo and Suma (present-day Sanyo Suma). This was a 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge line with a 600 V DC overhead power supply.[1]


On 12 February 2013, at around 15:50, a non-stop 6-car limited express service bound for Umeda collided with the rear end of a truck which was protruding onto a level crossing to the west of Arai Station. The first two cars of the train derailed and slid 170 m before hitting the edge of the station platform and coming to rest. 15 people were injured in the collision, including the train driver and truck driver.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 144. ISBN 4-87366-874-3. 
  2. ^ "15 hurt in Japan train-truck collision". The Japan Times Online. Japan: The Japan Times Ltd. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "列車脱線、乗客ら15人重軽傷=踏切で接触事故、ホームに乗り上げる-兵庫県警" [15 injured in train derailment]. (in Japanese). Japan: Jiji Press Ltd. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.