JR Kyoto Line

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JR Kyoto Line
local service
223-2000 series EMU on a Special Rapid Service, July 2009
Native name JR京都線
Type Heavy rail
System Urban Network
Locale Kyoto Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture
Termini Kyoto (Tōkaidō Line)
Osaka (Tōkaidō Line)
Opened July 26, 1876 (as part of Tōkaidō Main Line)
March 13, 1988 (renamed as JR Kyoto Line)
Owner JR West
Operator(s) JR West
JR Freight
Line length 42.8 km (26.6 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed outer tracks: 130 km/h (81 mph)
inner tracks: 120 km/h (75 mph)

The JR Kyoto Line (JR京都線, JR Kyōto-sen) is a commuter rail line in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area owned and operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The name applies to the section of the Tōkaidō Main Line between Kyoto Station and Osaka Station.

The Kyoto Line operates in combination with the Biwako Line and the JR Kobe Line, and offers through service trains to the Kosei Line and the JR Takarazuka Line.

Basic data[edit]


Commuter trains are classified in three types:

  • Special Rapid Service (新快速, Shin-Kaisoku)
    • Continuing service from the Biwako Line and the Kosei Line. Trains stop at Kyōto, Takatsuki, Shin-Ōsaka, and Ōsaka. Trains continue from Ōsaka on the JR Kōbe Line to Himeji and beyond. 223 series EMUs are used. Daytime trains depart every 15 minutes and take 28 minutes from Kyōto to Ōsaka and vice versa.
  • Rapid Service (快速, Kaisoku)
    • Continuing service from the Biwako Line and the Kosei Line. Trains stop at Kyōto, Nagaokakyō, Takatsuki, Ibaraki, Shin-Ōsaka, and Ōsaka. After the morning, trains also stop at all other stations between Kyōto and Takatsuki and occasionally called local trains on this section. Trains continue from Osaka on the JR Kōbe Line to Himeji and beyond. 223 series EMUs and 221 series EMUs are used.
  • Local (普通, Futsū)
    • Service from Kyōto to Nishi-Akashi on the JR Kōbe Line, and from Takatsuki to Shin-Sanda on the JR Takarazuka Line. Trains stop at all stations. 321 series EMUs and 207 series EMUs are used.

In addition to the three types of commuter trains, long-distance limited express trains connecting the Kyoto-Osaka region with Kansai International Airport (Haruka services), Hokuriku region (Thunderbird and Raichō services) and other areas also frequently operate on the line. Freight trains also operate on the line except for the section near Osaka Station where freight trains use separate freight lines.


Local trains stop at all stations. Rapid Service trains stop at stations marked "R" (all day) and "r" (except in the morning). Special Rapid Service trains stop at stations marked "S".

No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Stops Transfers Location
Through services from Biwako Line and Kosei Line
JR-A31 Kyoto 京都 0.0 R S Shinkansen jrc.svg Tōkaidō Shinkansen
 A  Biwako Line
 B  Kosei Line
 D  Nara Line
 E  Sagano Line
 B  Kintetsu Kyoto Line (B01)
Subway KyotoKarasuma.png Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line (K11)
Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto Kyoto
JR-A32 Nishiōji 西大路 2.5 r | Minami-ku, Kyoto
JR-A33 Katsuragawa 桂川
5.3 r |
JR-A34 Mukōmachi 向日町 6.4 r | Mukō
JR-A35 Nagaokakyō 長岡京 10.1 R | Nagaokakyō
JR-A36 Yamazaki 山崎 14.1 r | Ōyamazaki
JR-A37 Shimamoto 島本 16.3 r | Shimamoto Osaka
JR-A38 Takatsuki 高槻 21.6 R S Takatsuki
JR-A39 Settsu-Tonda 摂津富田 24.5 | |
JR-A40 JR-Sōjiji(Tentative)
(scheduled to open in 2018)
JR総持寺(仮称) 26.2 Ibaraki
JR-A41 Ibaraki 茨木 28.2 R |
JR-A42 Senrioka 千里丘 31.1 | | Settsu
JR-A43 Kishibe 岸辺 32.8 | | Suita
JR-A44 Suita 吹田 35.2 | |
JR-A45 Higashi-Yodogawa 東淀川 38.3 | | Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
JR-A46 Shin-Ōsaka 新大阪 39.0 R S Shinkansen jrc.svg Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Shinkansen jrw.svg Sanyō Shinkansen
 F  Osaka Higashi Line (2019)
Midosuji Line Logo.svg Osaka Municipal Subway Midōsuji Line (M13)
JR-A47 Ōsaka 大阪 42.8 R S  A  JR Kōbe Line
 G  JR Takarazuka Line
 O  Osaka Loop Line
 H  JR Tōzai Line (Kitashinchi Station)
Number prefix Hankyu Kobe line.png Hankyu Kobe Main Line, Number prefix Hankyū Takarazuka line.png Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line, Number prefix Hankyu Kyoto line.png Hankyu Kyoto Main Line (HK-01:Umeda Station)
Number prefix Hanshin Railway.png Hanshin Main Line (HS 01:Umeda Station)
Midosuji Line Logo.svg Osaka Municipal Subway Midōsuji Line (M16: Umeda Station)
Tanimachi Line Logo.svg Osaka Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line (T20: Higashi-Umeda Station)
Yotsubashi Line Logo.svg Osaka Municipal Subway Yotsubashi Line (Y11: Nishi-Umeda Station)
Kita-ku, Osaka
Through services on JR Kobe Line and JR Takarazuka Line

Closed station[edit]

From September 5, 1876 to the opening of Kyoto Station on February 6, 1877, Ōmiyadōri Temporary Station (大宮通仮停車場, Ōmiyadōri Kari Teishajō) was the station for the city of Kyoto. The temporary station was located at 40 chains (0.80 km) west of Kyoto Station construction site, or 3 miles and 47 chains (5.77 km) away from Mukōmachi Station.

Rolling stock[edit]


321 series EMU on a local service, July 2006
  • 207 series (from 1991, through service with Fukuchiyama Line)
  • 321 series (from 2005, through service with Fukuchiyama Line)

Special Rapid and Rapid[edit]

Limited express[edit]



The line now called the JR Kyoto Line opened in 1876, only four years after the opening of the first railway in Japan. On July 26, 1876, the Japanese Government Railways opened the section between Ōsaka and Mukōmachi with an intermediate station at Takatsuki. On August 9, 1876, Yamazaki Station, Ibaraki Station and Suita Station opened. Kyoto Station opened on February 6, 1877.

On June 1, 1949, operation of the line was taken over by Japanese National Railways (JNR).

  • October 1, 1964 – Shin-Ōsaka Station opens with a Tōkaidō Shinkansen connection
  • October 1, 1970 – Operation of Special Rapid Service starts
  • April 1, 1987 - JR West becomes the operator of the line following privatization of JNR
  • March 13, 1988 – JR West starts the use of the line name JR Kyoto Line