Tōkai Transport Service Jōhoku Line

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Jōhoku Line
TKJ KiHa 11 local train at Biwajima
Native name 城北線 – Jōhoku-sen
System JR Central
Status operational
Locale Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Termini Kachigawa Station
Biwajima Station
Stations 6
Opening 1991
Owner JR Central
Operator(s) Tōkai Transport Service Company (TKJ)
Line length 11.2 km (7.0 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The Jōhoku Line (城北線 Jōhoku-sen?) is a Japanese commuter rail line between Kachigawa Station in Kasugai and Biwajima Station in Kiyosu in Aichi Prefecture. Trains are operated by Tōkai Transport Service, or TKJ in short, while its rail facilities belong to Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central). TKJ, a wholly owned subsidiary of JR Central, only operates this line.

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In 1976, a construction of the planned freight rail line of Japanese National Railways (JNR), called Seto Line (瀬戸線 Seto-sen?), began. However, the construction halted later due to the huge deficit of JNR. The line consisted of two separated sections, one between Setoshi and Kōzōji, another between Kachigawa and Biwajima. The construction of the both sections resumed later, as passenger lines but by different operators. The former section, the current Aichi Loop Line, was succeeded by Aichi Loop Railway, while the latter, the current Jōhoku Line, was succeeded by JR Central and TKJ. The first section of Jōhoku Line, between Kachigawa and Owari-Hoshinomiya, opened in 1991. The section between Owari-Hoshinomiya and Biwajima opened in 1993.


There is no rapid service. All trains make stop at all stations. The train runs extremely infrequently as a commuter rail line in large Japanese city, once per an hour in daytime, 2 or 3 times per an hour in morning and evening.


All stations are in Aichi Prefecture.

Station Dist.
Transfers Location
Kachigawa 勝川 0.0 Kasugai
Ajiyoshi 味美 1.8
Hira 比良 4.5 Nishi, Nagoya
Otai 小田井 6.7
Owari-Hoshinomiya 尾張星の宮 9.3 Kiyosu
Biwajima 枇杷島 11.2

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