Hōhi Main Line

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Hōhi Main Line
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Type Heavy rail
Locale Kyushu
Termini Ōita
Stations 37
Opened 1 April 1914
Owner JR Kyushu
Line length 148.0 km (92.0 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 20 kV AC (60 Hz)
Route map
Hōhi Main Line

The Hōhi Main Line (豊肥本線, Hōhi-honsen) is a railway line in Kyushu, southern Japan, operated by the Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu). It connects the west and east coasts of the island. The line originates at Kumamoto Station in Kumamoto and ends at terminal of Ōita Station in Ōita.

In 2012, part of the line was seriously damaged by heavy rain, making it impassable. It took a year to rebuild.[1]


  • Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Length: 148.0 km
  • Stations: 37 (including terminals)
  • Track: Single track
  • Electrification:
    • Kumamoto - Higo Ōzu: 20 kV AC (60 Hz)
    • Higo Ōzu - Ōita: None
  • Maximum service speed: 95 km/h


•: Stops, |: Passes through
Stations Distance
Hōhi Liner
Transfers Location
Kumamoto 0.0 Kagoshima Main Line, Kyushu Shinkansen
Kumamoto City Transportation Bureau: Trunk Line・Tasaki Line (Kumamoto-Ekimae Station)
Nishi-ku, Kumamoto Kumamoto
Heisei 2.7 |   Chūō-ku, Kumamoto
Minami Kumamoto 3.6 |  
Shin Suizenji 5.2 Kumamoto City Transportation Bureau: Trunk Line (Suizenji-Ekidori Station)
Suizenji 5.8  
Tōkai Gakuen-mae 7.8 |   Higashi-ku, Kumamoto
Tatsutaguchi 8.9 |   Kita-ku, Kumamoto
Musashizuka 12.9  
Hikari no Mori 14.8  
Sanrigi 15.8 |   Kikuyō
Haramizu 18.9 |  
Higo Ōzu 22.6   Ōzu
Seta 27.2    
Tateno 32.3   Minami Aso Railway Takamori Line Minamiaso
Akamizu 40.2     Aso
Ichinokawa 42.6    
Uchinomaki 46.4    
Aso 49.9    
Ikoi no Mura 51.2    
Miyaji 53.4    
Namino 64.1    
Takimizu 69.0    
Bungo-Ogi 75.2     Taketa Ōita
Tamarai 84.9    
Bungo-Taketa 88.0    
Asaji 93.9     Bungo Ōno
Ogata 100.3    
Bungo-Kiyokawa 105.4    
Miemachi 111.9    
Sugao 117.3    
Inukai 125.2    
Takenaka 130.8     Ōita
Nakahanda 136.3    
Ōita-Daigaku-mae 138.8    
Shikido 140.2    
Takio 142.9    
Ōita 148.0   Nippō Main Line, Kyudai Main Line


Construction of the line commenced from both Oita and Kumamoto in 1914, with connection being achieved with the opening of the Miyaji - Tamarai section in 1928.

Steam locomotives were withdrawn from the line in 1973, and CTC signalling was commissioned on the entire line in 1983. The 22.5 km Kumamoto - Higoozu section was electrified in 1999.

Typhoon damage[edit]

In 1990-91, the line was severed for a year by landslides caused by torrential rain, with a further eight-month period of disruption occurring in 1993-94.

A three-month period of disruption occurred in 2004, and the line was severed from July 2012 until August 2013 due to further landslides induced by torrential rainfall.

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Minami Kumamoto Station: the 29 km Yūen Railway to Tomochi opened in sections between 1915 and 1932, and closed in 1964.
  • Kamikumamoto Station: the 22 km 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge Kumamoto Light Railway to Otsu opened 1907 and 1914, with a 2.4 km branch to Suizenji. Despite proposals to regauge the line to 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge and electrify it, the anticipated development of the area did not occur at an acceptable rate and the line was closed in 1921.


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

  1. ^ "豊肥線 復旧へ1年L 2012年08月01日". mytown.asahi.com. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.