Akita Nairiku Line

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Akita Nairiku Line
Akita Nairiku Jūkan Railway Moriyoshi Express train, October 2005
Native name秋田内陸線
OwnerAkita Nairiku Jūkan Railway Company
LocaleAkita Prefecture
TypeHeavy rail
Operator(s)Akita Nairiku Jūkan Railway Company
Rolling stockAN8800 series DMU, AN8900 series DMU, AN2000 series DMU
Line length94.2 km (58.5 mi)
Number of tracksEntire line single tracked
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Operating speed85 km/h (53 mph)
AN-8800 series

The Akita Nairiku Line (秋田内陸線, Akita Nairiku-sen) is a Japanese railway line located in Akita Prefecture in northern Japan. It operates between Takanosu in the city of Kitaakita and Kakunodate in the city of Senboku. The Akita Nariku Line is the only railway line operated by the Akita Nairiku Jūkan Railway (秋田内陸縦貫鉄道, Akita Nairiku Jūkan Tetsudō, "Akita Inland Longitudinal Railway").

Service outlines[edit]

Trains on the line are operated as "Local" (all-stations), "Rapid", "Special Rapid", and the Moriyoshi Express service.

Station list[edit]

All stations are in Akita Prefecture.

Transfers are available only at Takanosu (JR Ou Main Line) and Kakunodate (JR Tazawako Line and Akita Shinkansen).

  • Local trains stop all stations.
    • Rapid = You can ride on only fare.
    • Express Moriyoshi = Express fare costs 160 yen when you ride on this train by 50 km, 320 yen when you ride on this train at 51 km and over.
    • ●:All trains stop
    • ◆・▲・▼:Partly trains stop(▲:Only inbound、▼:Only outbound)
    • |:Pass
Stations km Rapid Express Moriyoshi Connects Locale
Distance Amount distance
Aniai Line Takanosu Station 鷹巣 - 0.0 JR EastOu Main LineTakanosu Station Kita-Akita
Nishi-Takanosu Station 西鷹巣 1.3 1.3
Jōmon-Ogata Station 縄文小ヶ田 2.4 3.7
Onodai Station 大野台 2.4 6.1
Aikawa Station 合川 3.6 9.7
Kamisugi Station 上杉 2.4 12.1
Yonaizawa Station 米内沢 2.9 15.0
Katsurase Station 桂瀬 5.5 20.5
Ani-Maeda Onsen Station 阿仁前田温泉 4.7 25.2
Maeda-Minami Station 前田南 1.9 27.1
Kobuchi Station 小渕 2.0 29.1
Aniai Station 阿仁合 3.9 33.0
Arase Station 荒瀬 2.4 35.4
Kayakusa Station 萱草 2.7 38.1
Okashinai Station 笑内 2.8 40.9
Iwanome Station 岩野目 2.4 43.3
Hitachinai Station 比立内 2.7 46.0
New Line Okuani Station 奥阿仁 3.7 49.7
Ani-Matagi Station 阿仁マタギ 2.6 52.3
Tozawa Station 戸沢 8.9 61.2 Senboku
Kami-Hinokinai Station 上桧木内 4.7 65.9
Sadori Station 左通 1.8 67.7
Ugo-Nakazato Station 羽後中里 4.0 71.7
Kakunodate Line Matsuba Station 松葉 3.3 75.0
Ugo-Nagatoro Station 羽後長戸呂 2.9 77.9
Yatsu Station 八津 5.0 82.9
Saimyoji Station 西明寺 4.0 86.9
Ugo-Ota Station 羽後太田 3.0 89.9
Kakunodate Station 角館 4.3 94.2 JR East:Akita ShinkansenTazawako Line


Aniai Line[edit]

On December 10, 1934, the Japanese Government Railways (JGR) opened the Aniai Line (阿仁合線) connecting Takanosu with Yonaizawa over a length of 15.1 kilometers.[1] Following World War II, the JGR became the Japanese National Railways (JNR), and the line was further extended to Hitachinai by October 15, 1963.[1]

Kakunodate Line[edit]

On November 1, 1971, the JNR Kakunodate Line began operations from Kakunodate to Matsuba,[1] with construction continuing north towards Hitachinai to provide a connection to the Aniai Line. However construction was suspended in 1980 due to JNR funding constraints.


The Kakunodate Line was closed by JNR on 11 September 1981, and the Aniai Line on 22 June 1984.


The third-sector Akita Nairiku Jūkan Railway Company reopened both the Aniai Line (as the Akita Nairiku Kita Line) and the Kakunodate Line (as the Akita Nairiku Minami Line) on November 1, 1986.[1] It also recommenced construction of the suspended link (known as the New Line) which opened on April 1, 1989 creating the current through-route.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 26. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4.

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