Akechi Line

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Akechi Line
Akechi 10 series diesel railcar 11
Native name明知線
StatusIn operation
OwnerAkechi Railway
LocaleGifu Prefecture
Operator(s)Akechi Railway
Rolling stockAkechi 10 series DMU
Opened24 May 1933
Line length25.1 km (15.6 mi)
Number of tracksEntire line single tracked
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius200 m
Operating speed60 km/h (37 mph)

The Akechi Line (明知線, Akechi-sen) is a Japanese railway line in Gifu Prefecture connecting Ena and Akechi stations, which are both located in Ena. There are stations located in Nakatsugawa city as well. This is the only railway line Akechi Railway (明知鉄道, Akechi Tetsudō) operates. The third-sector company took over the former Japanese National Railways line in 1985.


All stations are located in Gifu Prefecture.

  • Stations marked "▲" are stopped by the Inbound Rapid service. The Inbound Rapid service runs only on weekdays.
  • Stations marked "●" are stopped by Express service Taishō Roman Gō (大正ロマン号). The Taishō Roman Gō runs on all days excluding Mondays. It is possible for all passengers who use non-reserved seat to ride on the Taishō Roman Gō without Express Tickets. So, when you ride on the Dining Car, you have to reserve the seats and purchase Express Tickets.
No. Station Japanese Distance
Rapid Express
Taishō Roman Gō
Transfers Location
11 Ena 恵那 0.0 Chūō Main Line Ena
10 Higashino 東野 2.6  
9 Iinuma 飯沼 7.6   Nakatsugawa
8 Agi 阿木 9.9  
7 Iibama 飯羽間 12.7   Ena
6 Gokuraku 極楽 13.7  
5 Iwamura 岩村 15.0  
4 Hanashiro 花白 18.3  
3 Yamaoka 山岡 19.7  
2 Noshi 野志 23.1  
1 Akechi 明智 25.1  
Express Taisho Roman

Rolling stock[edit]

Akechi 10 series railcar 12 in March 2007

As of 1 April 2016, the line is operated using a fleet of five Akechi 10 series diesel railcars and one Akechi 6 series diesel railcar.[1]

A new Akechi 100 series diesel railcar (number 101) entered service on 8 April 2017, replacing the former Akechi 6 series car.[2]


The line opened on 24 May 1933, between Oi Station (present-day Ena Station) and Agi.[3] It was extended to Akechi on 24 June 1934.[3] Freight services were discontinued from 1 February 1981.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 私鉄車両編成表 2016 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2016. ISBN 978-4-330-70116-5.
  2. ^ 明知鉄道 アケチ100形 [Akechi Railway Akechi 100 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 57, no. 674. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. June 2017. p. 98.
  3. ^ a b c Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 121. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4.

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