Ikenotani Station

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Ikenotani Station
Ikenotani Station in 2010
Location Yanaginomoto-100 Ōasachō Ikenotani, Naruto-shi, Tokushima-ken 779-0303
Coordinates 34°9′11″N 134°31′44″E / 34.15306°N 134.52889°E / 34.15306; 134.52889Coordinates: 34°9′11″N 134°31′44″E / 34.15306°N 134.52889°E / 34.15306; 134.52889
Operated by JR logo (shikoku).svg JR Shikoku
  • 64.2 km from Takamatsu (Kōtoku Line)
  • 0 km (Official start point of Naruto Line)
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 4
Structure type At grade
Disabled access No - island platforms accessed by footbridge
Other information
Status Unstaffed
Station code T04, N04
Opened 1 July 1916 (1916-07-01)
Ikenotani Station is located in Japan
Ikenotani Station
Ikenotani Station
Location within Japan

Ikenotani Station (池谷駅, Ikenotani-eki) is a railway in Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan. It is the junction between the Kōtoku Line and the Naruto Line and is operated by JR Shikoku. It has two station numbers: "T04" for the Kōtoku Line and "N04" for the Naruto Line.[1][2]


On the Kōtoku Line, the station is 64.2 km from the beginning of the line at Takamatsu and all local trains stop.

On the Naruto Line, the station is the official start point of the line. However many of the local trains on the Naruto Line provide a through service using the Kōtoku Line track to end and start again at Tokushima.

In addition, some trains of the Uzushio limited express between Okayama, Takamatsu and Tokushima also stop at the station.[3]


The station consists of two island platforms set in a "V"-shape. The island platform to the west serves two tracks of the Kōtoku Line while the one to the east serves two tracks of the Naruto Line. A station building is located in the centre of the "V". This is unstaffed and serves only as a waiting room. An "E"-shaped footbridge provides access from the station building to either island platform. South of the platforms, the four tracks merge through a series of points into a single track towards Tokushima. Steps and an elevator provide access to the island platform at the second level. Parking for bicycles is available under the elevated tracks.[2][4][5]

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
JR Limited Express Services
Itano Uzushio Shōzui
Kōtoku Line
Bandō Local Shōzui
Naruto Line
Terminus Local Awa-Ōtani


  • 1 July 1916: the station was opened by the privately run Awa Electric Railway (later the Awa Railway). It was an intermediate station on a new stretch of track laid down by the company from Muya to Yoshinari and the now closed Furokawa.
  • 15 February 1923: a stretch of track was laid to Awa-Ōdera (now Itano) and Kajiyabara (now closed).
  • 1 July 1933: the Awa Railway was nationalized and Japanese Government Railways (JGR) took over control of the station. The station was operated as part of the Awa Line.
  • 20 March 1935: the station became part of Kōtoku Main Line with through traffic from Takamatsu to Sako. The stretch of track to Muya became the Muya Line with Ikenotani now designated as the official start of the line, In the process of these changes, the station was moved to its present location.
  • 1 March 1952: The Muya Line is renamed the Naruto Line.
  • 1 April 1987: JNR (the successor to JGR) was privatized. JR Shikoku assumed control of the station.
  • 1 June 1988: the Kōtoku Main Line was renamed the Kōtoku Line.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shikoku Railway Route Map" (PDF). JR Shikoku. Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "池谷" [Ikenotani]. hacchi-no-he.net. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "Ikenotani Station Timetable" (PDF). JR Shikoku. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "池谷駅" [Ikenotani Station]. shikoku.org.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Kawashima, Ryōzō (2013). 図説: 日本の鉄道 四国・九州ライン 全線・全駅・全配線・第1巻 四国東部エリア [Japan Railways Illustrated. Shikoku and Kyushu. All lines, all stations, all track layouts. Volume 1 Eastern Shikoku] (in Japanese). Kodansha. pp. 35, 69, 70. ISBN 9784062951609. 
  6. ^ Ishino, Tetsu et al. (eds.) (1998). 停車場変遷大事典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). II. Tokyo: JTB Corporation. pp. 650, 652. ISBN 4533029809. 
  7. ^ Ishino, Tetsu et al. (eds.) (1998). 停車場変遷大事典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). I. Tokyo: JTB Corporation. pp. 215–216. ISBN 4533029809.