Fujikyuko Line

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Fujikyuko Line
2000 series Fujisan Limited Express train
Native name 富士急行線
Type Commuter rail
Locale Yamanashi Prefecture
Termini Ōtsuki
Stations 18
Opened September 21, 1900
Operator(s) Fuji Kyuko
Line length 26.6 km (16.5 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Route map
Chūō Main Line
0.0 Ōtsuki
0.6 Kamiōtsuki
3.0 Tanokura
Yamanashi Test Track
Katsura River
Katsura River
5.6 Kasei
7.1 Akasaka
8.6 Tsurushi
9.4 Yamuramachi
10.6 Tsuru-bunkadaigaku-mae
Katsura River
11.5 Tōkaichiba
13.1 Higashi-Katsura
Chūō Expressway
15.8 Mitsutōge
18.8 Kotobuki
Chūō Expressway
20.2 Yoshiikeonsenmae
21.1 Shimoyoshida
21.9 Gekkōji
↑Ōtsuki Line
23.6 Fujisan
↓Kawaguchiko Line
25.0 Fujikyu-Highland
Chūō Expressway
26.6 Kawaguchiko

The Fujikyuko Line (富士急行線 Fuji-Kyūkō-sen?) is a Japanese private railway line in Yamanashi Prefecture, between Ōtsuki Station in Ōtsuki and Kawaguchiko Station in Fujikawaguchiko. It is the only railway line operated by Fuji Kyuko.

The railway line officially consists of the Ōtsuki Line (大月線 Ōtsuki-sen?) and Kawaguchiko Line (河口湖線 Kawaguchiko-sen?), but the two lines are operated as one. The line can be traced back to the Tsuru Horse-drawn Tramway (都留馬車鉄道?) which began operation in 1900.[citation needed]

Service outline[edit]

Local trains (which stop at all stations) run about every 30 minutes. As well as these, several Fujisan Tokkyu (Mount Fuji express) services are operated. The line is mountainous, climbing from Otsuki (358 metres above sea level) to Kawaguchiko (857 metres above sea level): a 500 metre ascent over the 26.6 kilometre route. In many places, Mount Fuji can be seen from the train.

The Fujikyuko Line is only railway service to access the northern Yamanashi side of Mount Fuji and Fuji Five Lakes, part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. However, direct and frequent highway bus services from Shinjuku terminal to Fujiyoshida and Kawaguchiko are faster and more convenient when travelling from Tokyo. There are not many direct services from Tokyo to the Fuji Kyūkō Line apart from a few seasonal rapid trains on the weekend and some commuter local trains.

Fuji Kyuko railway and bus lines accept Pasmo, Suica, and other IC farecards. The railway was provided with the capability from 14 March 2015.[1]

Basic data[edit]

  • Distance (Ōtsuki — Kawaguchiko): 26.6 km
    • Ōtsuki Line (Ōtsuki — Fujisan): 23.6 km
    • Kawaguchiko Line (Fujisan — Kawaguchiko): 3.0 km



Station stops - O: Trains stop, *: Some passing trains, |: Trains pass.
Line Name Elevation (m) Between (km) Distance (km) Local Rapid Fuji Tozan Densha Mt. Fuji Ltd. Exp. Transfers Location
Ōtsuki Line Ōtsuki 大月 358 - 0.0 O O O Chūō Main Line Ōtsuki
Kamiōtsuki 上大月 358 0.6 0.6 * | |  
Tanokura 田野倉 392 2.4 3.0 O | | Tsuru
Kasei 禾生 421 2.6 5.6 O | |
Akasaka 赤坂 445 1.5 7.1 O | |
Tsurushi 都留市 467 1.5 8.6 O O |
Yamuramachi 谷村町 484 0.8 9.4 O | |
Tsuru-bunkadaigaku-mae 都留文科大学前 503 1.2 10.6 O O O
Tōkaichiba 十日市場 520 0.9 11.5 O | |
Higashi-Katsura 東桂 561 1.6 13.1 O | |
Mitsutōge 三つ峠 616 2.7 15.8 O O | Nishikatsura
Kotobuki 寿 710 3.0 18.8 O | | Fujiyoshida
Yoshiikeonsenmae 葭池温泉前 739 1.4 20.2 O | |
Shimoyoshida 下吉田 753 0.9 21.1 O O |
Gekkōji 月江寺 776 0.8 21.9 O | |
Fujisan 富士山 809 1.7 23.6 O O O
Kawaguchiko Line
Fujikyu-Highland 富士急ハイランド 829 1.4 25.0 O O O Fujikawaguchiko
Kawaguchiko 河口湖 857 1.6 26.6 O O O


The Tsuru Horse-drawn Tramway opened a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge line from Tsurushi to Shimoyoshida in 1900.[citation needed] In 1903, the Fuji Horse-drawn Tramway opened a 610 mm (2 ft) gauge line from Otsuki to Kasei, the same year the Tsuru Horse-drawn Tramway was extended from Tsurushi to Kasei, and from Shimoyoshida to Fuji-yoshida (present-day Fujisan).[citation needed] In 1921, the two companies merged, converted the Otsuki to Kasei section to 762 mm gauge, and electrified the line.[citation needed]

On 18 September 1926, the Fuji Electric Railway (富士山麓電気鉄道?) was founded, and on 19 June 1929, it starting operating a new 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) line from Otsuki to Fuji-yoshida, electrified at 1,500 V DC overhead.[2] The line was extended from Fuji-yoshida to Kawaguchiko, opening on 24 August 1950.[2] The operating company was renamed Fujikyuko from 25 May 1960.[2]

Freight services on the line were discontinued from 1 April 1978.[2]

Rolling stock[edit]

In December 2014, it was announced that Fuji Kyuko planned to purchase the former JR Central 371 series EMU trainset, and reform it as a three-car set for use on Fujisan Tokkyu services later in fiscal 2015, replacing the remaining 2000 series set still in use.[4]

See also[edit]


This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia

  1. ^ 富士急行線にICカード乗車券システム「Suica」を導入します ["Suica" IC card ticketing system to be introduced on Fujikyuko Line] (pdf). Press release (in Japanese). Japan: Fujikyuko. March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d 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. 82. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 
  3. ^ 富士急、新型『フジサン特急』8000系を公開. Response (in Japanese). Japan: IID Inc. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  4. ^ 富士急行,JR東海371系を購入 [Fuji Kyuko to purchase JR Central 371 series]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

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