Tōkaidō Main Line

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Tōkaidō Main Line
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An E233 series EMU on the Tōkaidō Main Line, January 2012
Overview
Type Heavy rail
Locale Kantō, Tōkai, Kansai regions
Termini Tokyo
Kōbe
Stations 166 (passenger only)
Operation
Opening 1872
Operator(s) JR East
JR Central
JR West
Technical
Track length 713.6 km (443.4 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed 130 km/h (80 mph)
Route map
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The Tōkaidō Main Line (東海道本線 Tōkaidō-honsen?) is the busiest[1] trunk line of the Japan Railways Group (JR Group), connecting Tokyo and Kōbe stations. It is 589.5 km (366.3 mi) long, not counting its many freight feeder lines around the major cities. The high-speed Tōkaidō Shinkansen runs largely parallel to the line.

The term "Tōkaidō Main Line" is largely a holdover from pre-Shinkansen days; now various portions of the line have different names which are officially used by JR East, JR Central, and JR West. Today, there are no passenger trains that operate over the entire length of the line (other than certain overnight services; see below), so longer intercity trips require several transfers along the way.

The Tōkaidō Main Line is owned and operated by three JR companies:

History[edit]

Chigasaki Station, circa 1898

The Tōkaidō route takes its name from the ancient road connecting the Kansai region (Kyoto, Osaka) with the Kantō region (Tokyo, then Edo) through the Tōkai region (including Nagoya.) Literally, it was the Tōkai road, or Road through Tōkai. The Tōkaidō line does not follow the old road exactly, since the latter diverges at Nagoya toward the Mie Prefecture coastline; to follow it by train, the Kansai Main Line and Kusatsu Line would have to be followed from Nagoya to Kusatsu. The largest population centers in Japan are along this route - Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. These centers have grown to occupy an ever more dominant role in the country's government, financial, manufacturing and cultural life.[1]

Historically, one of the first priorities of Japanese railway planners was to build a route from Tokyo to the Kansai region, either following the Tōkaidō route or the northern Nakasendō route. This decision remained unresolved as regional needs were addressed. The first railway in Japan was the route from Shinbashi to Sakuragicho in Yokohama, which opened in 1872; another segment of today's Tokaido Main Line, between Kyoto and Kobe, opened in 1877.

In 1883, the government decided to use the Nakasendo route, and construction of several segments commenced (including the modern-day Takasaki Line). Railways were opened between Ogaki and Nagahama (1884) and between Nagoya and Kisogawa (1886) in line with the Nakasendo plan. However, by 1886, it was clear that the Tokaido route would be more practical, and so the Nakasendo plan was abandoned.

The lines between Kisogawa and Ogaki, Yokohama and Kozu, and Hamamatsu and Obu were completed in 1887, and the first line from Tokyo to Kobe was completed in 1889, when Kozu and Hamamatsu were connected through the present-day Gotemba Line corridor, and the final segments were completed between Kasumigahara and Otsu. At the time, there was one Tokyo-Kobe train in each direction per day, taking over 20 hours each way.

The "Tokaido Line" name was formally adopted in 1895. In October 1895, following the Sino-Japanese War, through service to the Sanyo Railway (now Sanyo Main Line) began. Express service between Tokyo and Kobe began in 1896, sleeper service in 1900, and dining car service in 1901.

In 1906, all privately run main lines were nationalized under the newly created Japan Imperial Railway, which, at the time had a network of just over 7000 km. Automatic couplers were introduced on all freight wagons in 1926. In 1930 the first Tsubame ("swallow") express was introduced, reducing the travel-time from Tokyo to Kobe to nine hours - a significant reduction from the twenty hours required in 1889 and fifteen in 1903.[1]

Infrastructure improvements included the completion of double track on this route in 1913, and the opening of the 7.8 km long Tanna Tunnel, which shortened the route by omitting a detour round the mountains between Atami and Numazu. This was the last major change to the routing of the line.

By the early 1950s the Tōkaidō Line had become the main transportation artery of Japan. Although it was only 3 percent of the railway system by length, it carried 24 percent of JNR's passenger traffic and 23 percent of its freight, and the rate of growth was higher than any other line in the country. By 1956 electrification was completed along the Tokyo-Osaka section and with the introduction of new Kodama trains, travel time was cut to six and a half hours. The line became so popular that tickets regularly sold out within ten minutes of being put on sale, one month in advance of the travel date.[1]

The capacity constraints on the Tokaido Main Line had been clear since prior to World War II, and work started on a new 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge "bullet train" line in 1940. Intercity passenger traffic between Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka largely transferred to the Tōkaidō Shinkansen after it was completed in 1964. Since then, the Tokaido Main Line has been used as a commuter and freight line, serving a very small number of long-distance passenger trains (mainly overnight and sleeper services).

Following the Hanshin earthquake on January 17, 1995, the line was shut down between Takatsuki and Kobe, with certain segments remaining impassable until April 1.

Basic data[edit]

  • Total distance: 713.6 km (443.4 mi) (including branch lines; Tōkyō – Kōbe is 589.5 km (366.3 mi))
    • East Japan Railway Company (JR East) (Services and tracks)
      • Tōkyō – Atami: 104.6 km (65.0 mi)
      • Shinagawa – Shin-Kawasaki – Tsurumi: 17.8 km (11.1 mi)
      • Hamamatsuchō – Tōkyō Freight Terminal – Kawasaki Freight Terminal – Hama-Kawasaki: 20.6 km (12.8 mi) (Tōkaidō Freight Line)
      • Tsurumi – Hatchō-Nawate: 2.3 km (1.4 mi) (Tōkaidō Freight Line)
      • Tsurumi – Higashi-Takashima – Sakuragichō: 8.5 km (5.3 mi) (Takashima Line)
      • Tsurumi – Yokohama-Hazawa – Higashi-Totsuka: 16.0 km (9.9 mi) (Tōkaidō Freight Line)
    • Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) (Services and tracks)
      • Atami – Maibara: 341.3 km (212.1 mi) (3.3 km (2.1 mi) between Kanayama – Nagoya overlaps with Chuo Main Line)
      • Ōgaki – Mino-Akasaka: 5.0 km (3.1 mi) (Mino-Akasaka branch line)
      • Ōgaki – (Shin-Tarui) – Sekigahara: 13.8 km (8.6 mi) (Shin-Tarui Line)
    • West Japan Railway Company (JR West) (Services and tracks)
      • Maibara – Kōbe: 143.6 km (89.2 mi)
      • Kyōto Freight Terminal – Tambaguchi: 3.3 km (2.1 mi) (not in use by passenger trains)
      • Suita – (Miyahara Rail Yard) – Amagasaki: 10.7 km (6.6 mi) (Hoppō Freight Line)
      • Suita – Umeda – Fukushima: 8.5 km (5.3 mi) (Umeda Freight Line, used by Haruka limited expresses)
    • Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight) (Tracks and services)
      • Sannō Signal – Nagoya-Minato: 6.2 km (3.9 mi) (Nagoya-Minato Line)
      • Suita Signal – Ōsaka Freight Terminal: 8.7 km (5.4 mi) (Ōsaka Terminal Line)
    • Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight) (Services only)
      • Shinagawa – Atami: 97.8 km (60.8 mi)
      • Shinagawa – Shin-Tsurumi Signal: 13.9 km (8.6 mi)
      • Tōkyō Freight Terminal – Hama-Kawasaki: 12.9 km (8.0 mi)
      • Tsurumi – Yokohama-Hazawa – Higashi-Totsuka: 16.0 km (9.9 mi)
      • Tsurumi – Hatchō-Nawate: 2.3 km (1.4 mi)
      • Tsurumi – Shinkō – Sakuragichō: 11.2 km (7.0 mi)
      • Atami – Maibara: 341.3 km (212.1 mi)
      • Minami-Arao Signal – Sekigahara: 10.7 km (6.6 mi)
      • Minami-Arao Signal – Mino-Akasaka: 1.9 km (1.2 mi)
      • Maibara – Kōbe: 139.0 km (86.4 mi) (via Hoppō Freight Line)
      • Kyōto Freight Terminal – Tambaguchi: 3.3 km (2.1 mi)
      • Suita – Umeda – Fukushima: 8.5 km (5.3 mi)
  • Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) Narrow gauge railway
  • Stations:
    • Passenger: 166 (does not include Shinagawa – Shin-Kawasaki – Tsurumi section or branches other than Mino-Akasaka branch line)
      • JR East: 34
      • JR Central: 82
      • JR West: 50
    • Freight only: 14
  • Tracks:
    • Four or more
      • Tōkyō – Odawara: 83.9 km (52.1 mi)
      • Nagoya – Inazawa: 11.1 km (6.9 mi)
      • Kusatsu – Kōbe: 98.1 km (61.0 mi)
    • Two
      • Odawara – Nagoya
      • Inazawa – Kusatsu
      • Shinagawa – Shin-Kawasaki – Tsurumi
      • Hamamatsuchō – Tōkyō Freight Terminal – Kawasaki Freight Terminal – Hama-Kawasaki
      • Tsurumi – Hatchō-Nawate
      • Tsurumi – Higashi-Takashima
      • Tsurumi – Yokohama-Hazawa – Higashi-Totsuka
      • Suita – Umeda
      • Suita – (Miyahara Rail Yard) – Amagasaki
    • Single-track: All other sections
  • Electrification: 1500 V DC (except for Sannō Signal – Nagoya-Minato)
  • Railway signalling: Automatic Train Control
  • Maximum speed:
    • Tōkyō – Ōfuna, Odawara – Toyohashi: 110 km/h (68 mph)
    • Ōfuna – Odawara, Toyohashi – Maibara: 120 km/h (75 mph)
    • Minami-Arao Signal – Tarui – Sekigahara, Minami-Arao Signal – Mino-Akasaka: 85 km/h (53 mph)
    • Maibara – Kōbe: 130 km/h (81 mph)

Station list[edit]

JR East[edit]

Tōkaidō Line shown in orange in this map of the southern approaches to Tōkyō

This section is operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

The Tōkaidō Main Line in the Greater Tokyo Area is often referred to as Shōnan densha (湘南電車?). It has rapid services called Rapid Acty (快速アクティー Kaisoku akutī?) and Commuter Rapid (通勤快速). It runs on dedicated tracks parallel to the Yamanote Line in central Tokyo, the Keihin-Tōhoku Line between Tokyo and Yokohama, and the Yokosuka Line between Tōkyō and Ōfuna. Some Shōnan-Shinjuku Line trains share the segment south of Yokohama to Ōfuna and Odawara.

The Tōhoku Jūkan Line, a JR East project, will extend the services of the Utsunomiya Line, the Takasaki Line, and the Jōban Line to Tokyo Station, connecting through to/from the Tōkaidō Line.[2]

Almost all trains along this section of the line have "Green Cars" with forward-facing seats, which can be used after paying an additional fee.

Station Japanese Distance (km) Rapid
Acty
Comm.
Rapid
Transfers Location
Between
Stations
Total
Tōkyō 東京 - 0.0 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Jōetsu Shinkansen, Yamanote Line, Chūō Main Line, Sōbu Main Line, Yokosuka Line, Keiyō Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line(M-17), Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (Ōtemachi Station: T-09)
Chiyoda Tokyo
Shimbashi 新橋 1.9 1.9 Yamanote Line, Yokosuka Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line(G-08)
Toei Asakusa Line(A-10)
Yurikamome
Minato
Shinagawa 品川 4.7 6.8 Yokosuka Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Yamanote Line
Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Keikyu Main Line
Kawasaki 川崎 11.4 18.2 Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Nambu Line
(Keikyu-Kawasaki) Keikyu Main Line, Keikyu Daishi Line
Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki Kanagawa
Yokohama 横浜 10.6 28.8 Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Negishi Line, Yokosuka Line
Tōkyū Tōyoko Line
Keikyu Main Line
Sagami Railway Main Line
Yokohama City Transportation Bureau: Yokohama municipal subway line 3 (Blue Line)
Minatomirai Line
Nishi-ku, Yokohama
Totsuka 戸塚 12.1 40.9 Yokosuka Line
Yokohama City Transportation Bureau: Yokohama municipal subway line 1 (Blue Line)
Totsuka-ku, Yokohama
Ōfuna 大船 5.6 46.5 Negishi Line, Yokosuka Line
Shonan Monorail
Sakae-ku, Yokohama
Kamakura
Fujisawa 藤沢 4.6 51.1 Odakyū Enoshima Line
Enoshima Electric Railway
Fujisawa
Tsujidō 辻堂 3.7 54.8
Chigasaki 茅ヶ崎 3.8 58.6 Sagami Line Chigasaki
Hiratsuka 平塚 5.2 63.8   Hiratsuka
Ōiso 大磯 4.0 67.8   Ōiso, Naka District
Ninomiya 二宮 5.3 73.1   Ninomiya, Naka District
Kōzu 国府津 4.6 77.7 Gotemba Line Odawara
Kamonomiya 鴨宮 3.1 80.8  
Odawara 小田原 3.1 83.9 Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Odakyū Odawara Line
Hakone Tozan Line, Izu-Hakone Railway: Daiyūzan Line
Hayakawa 早川 2.1 86.0  
Nebukawa 根府川 4.4 90.4  
Manazuru 真鶴 5.4 95.8     Manazuru, Ashigarashimo District
Yugawara 湯河原 3.3 99.1     Yugawara, Ashigarashimo District
Atami 熱海 5.5 104.6   Itō Line
Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Atami Shizuoka
  • Shōnan Liner services are special, all-reserved commuter express trains with comfortable seating. They operate from Odawara to Tōkyō on weekday mornings, with a few services terminating in Shinagawa. Return services run from Tōkyō to Odawara on weekday evenings. Like commuter rapid trains, Shōnan Liner services normally make no stops between Shinagawa and Fujisawa. Between Fujisawa and Odawara, varying stops are made. In addition to the standard fare, a reserved seat fee of ¥500 is required to use the Shōnan Liner.
  • Keihin-Tōhoku Line stations between Tōkyō and Yokohama officially are a part of the Tōkaidō Main Line. These stations are: Yūrakuchō, Hamamatsuchō, Tamachi, Ōimachi, Ōmori, Kamata, Tsurumi, Shin-Koyasu and Higashi-Kanagawa.
  • Yokosuka Line stations between Tōkyō and Ōfuna officially are a part of the Tōkaidō Main Line. These stations are: Nishi-Ōi, Musashi-Kosugi, Shin-Kawasaki, Hodogaya and Higashi-Totsuka. The route of the Yokosuka Line between Shinagawa and Tsurumi is separate from the main line and is referred to as the Hinkaku Line (品鶴線 -sen?), on which Nishi-Ōi, Musashi-Kosugi, and Shin-Kawasaki stations are located.

JR Central[edit]

The Tōkaidō Line between Atami and Maibara is operated by JR Central, and covers the Tōkai region - Shizuoka Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture.

Station Japanese Distance (km) Rapid Services Home Liner Transfers Location
Between
Stations
Total
(From
Tokyo)
Semi
Rapid
Rapid New
Rapid
Special
Rapid
Atami 熱海 104.6           Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Itō Line
Atami Shizuoka
Kannami 函南 9.9 114.5             Kannami, Tagata District
Mishima 三島 6.2 120.7           Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Izuhakone Railway Sunzu Line (some morning/evening through services)
Mishima
Numazu 沼津 5.5 126.2         Gotemba Line Numazu
Katahama 片浜 4.1 130.3          
Hara 2.5 132.8          
Higashi-Tagonoura 東田子の浦 4.6 137.4           Fuji
Yoshiwara 吉原 3.9 141.3         Gakunan Railway Line
Fuji 富士 4.9 146.2         Minobu Line
Fujikawa 富士川 3.5 149.7          
Shin-Kambara 新蒲原 2.8 152.5           Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka
Kambara 蒲原 2.4 154.9          
Yui 由比 3.5 158.4          
Okitsu 興津 5.9 164.3          
Shimizu 清水 4.7 169.0          
Kusanagi 草薙 5.2 174.2         Shizuoka Railway Shizuoka-Shimizu Line
Higashi-Shizuoka 東静岡 3.5 177.7           Aoi-ku, Shizuoka
Shizuoka 静岡 2.5 180.2         Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Shizuoka Railway Shizuoka-Shimizu Line (Shin-Shizuoka)
Abekawa 安倍川 4.3 184.5           Suruga-ku, Shizuoka
Mochimune 用宗 2.1 186.6          
Yaizu 焼津 7.1 193.7           Yaizu
Nishi-Yaizu 西焼津 3.3 197.0          
Fujieda 藤枝 3.3 200.3           Fujieda
Rokugo 六合 4.6 204.9           Shimada
Shimada 島田 2.9 207.8          
Kanaya 金谷 5.1 212.9         Oigawa Railway Oigawa Main Line
Kikugawa 菊川 9.3 222.2           Kikugawa
Kakegawa 掛川 7.1 229.3         Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Tenryū Hamanako Railroad
Kakegawa
Aino 愛野 5.3 234.6           Fukuroi
Fukuroi 袋井 3.5 238.1          
Iwata 磐田 7.8 245.9           Iwata
Toyodachō 豊田町 2.9 248.8          
Tenryūgawa 天竜川 3.9 252.7           Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu
Hamamatsu 浜松 4.4 257.1     Tokaido Shinkansen
Enshū Railway Line (Shin-Hamamatsu)
Naka-ku, Hamamatsu
Takatsuka 高塚 5.3 262.4         Minami-ku, Hamamatsu
Maisaka 舞阪 5.1 267.5         Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu
Bentenjima 弁天島 2.3 269.8        
Araimachi 新居町 3.1 272.9         Kosai
Washizu 鷲津 3.7 276.6        
Shinjohara 新所原 5.8 282.4       Tenryū Hamanako Railroad
Futagawa 二川 4.3 286.7         Toyohashi Aichi
Toyohashi 豊橋 6.9 293.6 Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Iida Line
Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line
Toyohashi Railway Atsumi Line (Shin-Toyohashi), Toyohashi Railroad Azumada Main Line (Ekimae)
Nishi-Kozakai 西小坂井 4.8 298.4   Toyokawa
Aichi-Mito 愛知御津 3.7 302.1  
Mikawa-Ōtsuka 三河大塚 3.1 305.2   Gamagori
Mikawa-Miya 三河三谷 3.1 308.3  
Gamagori 蒲郡 2.3 310.6 Meitetsu Gamagōri Line
Mikawa-Shiotsu 三河塩津 2.3 312.9 Meitetsu Gamagōri Line (Gamagōri-Kyōteijō-Mae)
Sangane 三ヶ根 2.6 315.5   Kōta, Nukata District
Kōda 幸田 3.0 318.5  
Aimi 相見 3.1 321.6  
Okazaki 岡崎 7.4 325.9 Aichi Loop Line Okazaki
Nishi-Okazaki 西岡崎 4.2 330.1  
Anjō 安城 3.6 333.7   Anjō
Mikawa-Anjō 三河安城 2.6 336.3 Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Higashi-Kariya 東刈谷 1.8 338.1   Kariya
Noda-Shinmachi 野田新町 1.6 339.7  
Kariya 刈谷 1.9 341.6 Meitetsu Mikawa Line
Aizuma 逢妻 1.9 343.5  
Ōbu 大府 3.0 346.5 Taketoyo Line Ōbu
Kyōwa 共和 3.0 349.5  
Minami-Ōdaka 南大高 2.3 351.8   Midori-ku, Nagoya
Ōdaka 大高 1.8 353.6  
Kasadera 笠寺 3.2 356.8   Minami-ku, Nagoya
Atsuta 熱田 4.0 360.8   Atsuta-ku, Nagoya
Kanayama 金山 1.9 362.7 Chūō Main Line
Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line
Nagoya Municipal Subway: Meijō Line (M01), Meikō Line (E01)
Naka-ku, Nagoya
Otōbashi 尾頭橋 0.9 363.6   Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya
Nagoya 名古屋 2.4 366.0 Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Kansai Main Line, Chūō Main Line
Kintetsu Nagoya Line (Kintetsu-Nagoya)
Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line (Meitetsu-Nagoya)
Higashiyama Line (H08), Sakura-dōri Line (S02)
Aonami Line (AN01)
Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
Biwajima 枇杷島 4.0 370.0 Tōkai Transport Service Jōhoku Line Kiyosu
Kiyosu 清洲 3.8 373.8   Inazawa
Inazawa 稲沢 3.3 377.1  
Owari-Ichinomiya 尾張一宮 6.0 383.1 Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line, Meitetsu Bisai Line (Meitetsu-Ichinomiya) Ichinomiya
Kisogawa 木曽川 3.5 388.6  
Gifu 岐阜 7.7 396.3 Takayama Main Line
Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line, Meitetsu Kagamihara Line (Meitetsu Gifu)
Gifu Gifu
Nishi-Gifu 西岐阜 3.2 399.5
Hozumi 穂積 1.0 400.5   Mizuho
Ōgaki 大垣 9.5 410.0 Tōkaidō Main Line (Mino-Akasaka, Shin-Tarui branch lines)
Kintetsu Yoro Line
Tarumi Railway Tarumi Line
Ōgaki
Tarui 垂井 8.1 418.1   Tarui, Fuwa District
Sekigahara 関ヶ原 5.7 423.8 Tōkaidō Main Line (Shin-Tarui branch line) Sekigahara, Fuwa District
Kashiwabara 柏原 7.1 430.9     Maibara Shiga
Ōmi-Nagoka 近江長岡 4.3 435.2    
Samegai 醒ヶ井 4.6 439.8    
Maibara 米原 6.1 445.9   Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Hokuriku Main Line, Biwako Line (Tōkaidō Main Line)
Ohmi Railway Main Line

Branch lines[edit]

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Both the Mino-Akasaka and Tarui branch lines separate from the Main Line at Minami-Arao junction (南荒尾信号場?), located 3.1 km west of Ōgaki Station.

Mino-Akasaka Branch Line[edit]
Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Between
Stations
Total (from Ōgaki)
Ōgaki 大垣 - 0.0 Tōkaidō Main Line Ōgaki Gifu
Arao 荒尾 3.4 3.4  
Mino-Akasaka 美濃赤坂 1.6 5.0  
Tarui Branch Line[edit]

Between Ōgaki and Sekigahara, there is a 25 per mil grade. In 1944, a single track bypass was built to avoid this steep slope of the main line and the old westbound track was removed. In 1946, a branch line was constructed on the site of the former westbound main line track; it is commonly referred to as the Tarui Line.[citation needed] Presently, local trains use the Tarui Line track while express and freight trains use the bypass track when climbing the slope from Ōgaki to Sekigahara.

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Between
Stations
Total (from Ōgaki)
Ōgaki 大垣 - 0.0 Tōkaidō Main Line Ōgaki Gifu
Tarui 垂井 8.1 8.1 Tarui, Fuwa District
Sekigahara 関ヶ原 5.7 13.8 JR Central: Tōkaidō Main Line Sekigahara

JR West[edit]

The western part of the Tōkaidō Main Line from Maibara to Kōbe is operated by JR West and forms the main trunk of the company's Urban Network in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan area. Although the line is divided into three segments, known as the Biwako Line, JR Kyoto Line, and JR Kobe Line, they are part of a single contiguous network, with many services traversing multiple sections. The Biwako Line includes a segment of the Hokuriku Main Line. Some services on the Kosei, JR Takarazuka and Gakkentoshi lines run through onto the Tōkaidō Main Line.

Biwako Line[edit]

See the Biwako Line article.

The section between Maibara and Kyoto is known as the Biwako Line. The line also includes the section of the Hokuriku Main Line between Maibara and Nagahama, where some Kyoto-bound trains originate.

JR Kyoto Line[edit]

See the JR Kyoto Line article.

The section between Kyoto and Ōsaka is known as the JR Kyoto Line. Trains from the Biwako and Kosei lines travel through onto the JR Kyoto Line and continue west towards the JR Kobe Line at Ōsaka.

JR Kobe Line[edit]

See the JR Kobe Line article.

The westernmost section between Ōsaka and Kōbe is part of the JR Kobe Line, which continues west to Himeji on the Sanyō Main Line. Although Kōbe is the official terminus of the Tōkaidō Main Line, most trains continue to Nishi-Akashi, Himeji and beyond.

Limited express services[edit]

In addition to standard local, rapid, and special rapid service trains, the Tōkaidō Main Line also hosts a number of limited express services.

Daytime trains[edit]

Overnight trains[edit]

Overnight trains on the Tōkaidō Line go from Tokyo to western Honshū and Shikoku.

  • Sunrise Izumo (Tokyo – Izumo via Okayama) (Operates daily)
  • Sunrise Seto (Tokyo – Takamatsu) (Operates daily)
  • Sunrise Yume (Tokyo – Hiroshima) (Operates seasonally)
  • Moonlight Nagara (Tokyo – Ōgaki) (Operates seasonally - rapid service with reserved seats)

Discontinued trains[edit]

  • Overnight limited express Sakura (Tōkyō – Nagasaki (discontinued March 2005), Tokyo – Sasebo (discontinued 1999))
  • Overnight limited express Izumo (Tōkyō – Izumo via Tottori), discontinued March 2006
  • Limited express Wide View Tōkai (Tōkyō – Shizuoka), discontinued March 2007
  • Overnight express Ginga (Tōkyō – Ōsaka), discontinued March 2008
  • Overnight limited express Fuji (Tōkyō – Ōita), discontinued March 2009
  • Overnight limited express Hayabusa (Tōkyō – Kumamoto), discontinued March 2009

Rolling stock for local and rapid services[edit]

JR Central 313 series EMU
JR West 223-1000 series EMU
JR West 321 series EMU

JR East[edit]

JR Central[edit]

JR West[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Smith, Roderick A. (2003). "The Japanese Shinkansen". The Journal of Transport History (Imperial College, London) 24/2: 222–236. 
  2. ^ An Interview with the President on JR East website, retrieved 2009-05-13

External links[edit]