Hachinohe Line

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Hachinohe Line
JRE Kiha48 JoyfulTrain-UMINEKO.jpg
Umineko local train at Hachinohe Station
Type Heavy rail
Locale Aomori, Iwate prefectures
Termini Hachinohe
Stations 25
Opened 1894
Owner JR East
Rolling stock KiHa 40 series, KiHa 48 series DMUs
Line length 64.9 km (40.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification None
Route map
JR Hachinohe Line linemap.svg

The Hachinohe Line (八戸線?, Hachinohe-sen) is a railway line in the Tohoku Region of Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It links Hachinohe Station in Hachinohe, Aomori with Kuji Station in Kuji, Iwate. The line stretches 106.9 km along the Pacific Ocean coast with a total of 25 stations. The section between Hachinohe and Same stations is also known as the Umineko Rail Hachinohe-Shinai Line (うみねこレール八戸市内線?). The Hachinohe Line is operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

Basic data[edit]

  • Operators, services:
  • Stations: 25
  • Double-tracked section: None
  • Electrification: None
  • Railway signalling:
    • Hachinohe — Hachinohe (freight): Single-track automatic
    • Hachinohe (freight) — Hon-Hachinohe: Special Automatic, a simplified automatic system.
    • Hon-Hachinohe — Kuji: Special Automatic, a simplified automatic system.
  • CTC center: Morioka Operations Control Center


◇, ∨, ∧ - Trains can pass each other at this station
| - Trains cannot pass
Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers   Location
Hachinohe 八戸 - 0.0 Tōhoku Shinkansen
Aoimori Railway Line
Hachinohe Aomori
Naganawashiro 長苗代 3.4 3.4  
Hon-Hachinohe 本八戸 2.1 5.5  
Konakano 小中野 1.8 7.3  
Mutsu-Minato 陸奥湊 1.7 9.0  
Shirogane 白銀 1.3 10.3  
Same 1.5 11.8  
Mutsu-Shirahama 陸奥白浜 1.3 17.5  
Tanesashi-Kaigan 種差海岸 2.1 19.6  
Ōkuki 大久喜 2.2 21.8  
Kanehama 金浜 3.0 24.8  
Ōja 大蛇 1.0 25.8   Hashikami, Sannohe District
Hashikami 階上 1.7 27.5  
Kadonohama 角の浜 2.0 29.5   Hirono, Kunohe District Iwate
Hiranai 平内 2.6 32.1  
Taneichi 種市 2.1 34.2  
Tamagawa 玉川 3.9 38.1  
Shukunohe 宿戸 1.9 40.0  
Rikuchū-Yagi 陸中八木 3.1 43.1  
Uge 有家 2.7 45.8  
Rikuchū-Nakano 陸中中野 2.6 48.4  
Samuraihama 侍浜 6.0 54.4   Kuji
Rikuchū-Natsui 陸中夏井 7.3 61.7  
Kuji 久慈 3.2 64.9 Sanriku Railway Kita-Rias Line

Rolling stock[edit]

In November 2014, JR East announced that it was tendering for the procurement of a fleet of new diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains for the line to be delivered in 2017.[1] The planned fleet will consist of six single-car units and six two-car units (19 vehicles in total).[1]


The first line to Hachinohe was opened in 1891 by the Nippon Railway Co., which connected Ueno in Tokyo with Aomori in Aomori Prefecture. This line later became the Tōhoku Main Line. However, the route bypassed the centre of Hachinohe.[citation needed]

In 1894, a spur line connecting Shiriuchi (now Hachinohe) on the Tōhoku Main Line with Hachinohe (now Hon-Hachinohe was completed. This line was soon extended south to the now-defunct Minato Station. After the nationalization of the Nippon Railway in 1907, the spur line was renamed the Hachinohe Line in 1909. From 1924, the line's name was written with its current characters, and the southern terminus of the line was extended to Taneichi in Iwate Prefecture. The following year it reached Rikuchū-Yagi, and in 1930 it reached its present southern terminus of Kuji where it connected to the Sanriku Railway Kita-Riasu Line, which links Kuji with Miyako in southern Iwate. Freight operations were phased out at most stations between 1982 and 1986.[citation needed]

With the privatization of the Japanese National Railways (JNR) on April 1, 1987, the Hachinohe Line came under the control of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East), with remaining freight operations transferred to the Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight) at Hachinohe Freight Terminal.

When CTC signalling was commissioned on the line in 2006, it replaced the last mechanical semaphore signals on the JR network, at Rikuchuyagi station.[citation needed]

2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami[edit]

The line was damaged by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, and services were suspended on the section between Taneichi and Kuji, with a number of vehicles trapped at Kuji Station. Services over the entire line resumed on March 17, 2012.[2]

See also[edit]


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

  • Harris, Ken and Clarke, Jackie. Jane's World Railways 2008-2009. Jane's Information Group (2008). ISBN 0-7106-2861-7
  1. ^ a b "Re: Procurement of Diesel Railcars for Hachinohe Line" (PDF). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  2. ^ 八戸線で試運転とキハ40系の回送 [KiHa 40s test run on Hachinohe Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 

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