Karasuma Line

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Karasuma Line
Subway KyotoKarasuma.png
Kyoto City 10 series EMU early type 001.JPG
A 10 series (first batch) EMU on an express service bound for Kintetsu Nara
Overview
Native name 烏丸線
Type Rapid transit
System Kyoto Municipal Subway
Locale Kyoto
Termini Kokusaikaikan
Takeda
Stations 15
Website http://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/kotsu/
Operation
Opened May 29, 1981
Operator(s) Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau
Depot(s) Takeda
Rolling stock 10 series EMUs
Technical
Line length 13.7 km (8.5 mi)[1]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed 75 km/h (45 mph)[1]
Route map
Subway Map
Karasuma Line
0.0 K01 Kokusaikaikan
1.6 K02 Matsugasaki
2.6 K03 Kitayama
Kamo River
3.8 K04 Kitaōji
4.6 K05 Kuramaguchi
5.4 K06 Imadegawa
6.9 K07 Marutamachi
Tozai Line (T13)→
7.6 K08 Karasuma Oike
Hankyu Kyoto Line
Karasuma
8.5 K09 Shijō
9.3 K10 Gojō
Sanin Main Line
10.3 K11 Kyoto
Tokaido Main Line
Kintetsu Kyoto Line
Tokaido Shinkansen
Nara Line
11.1 K12 Kujō
11.8 K13 Jūjō
Kamo River
13.0 K14 Kuinabashi
Kintetsu Kyoto Line
Takeda Depot
13.7 K15 Takeda
Kintetsu Kyoto Line
Shin-Tanabe
Yamato-Saidaiji
Kintetsu Nara Line
Kintetsu Nara

The Karasuma Line (烏丸線 Karasuma-sen?) is one of the two lines of the Kyoto Municipal Subway operated by Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau in Kyoto, Japan. On maps, diagrams and signboards, the line is colored green, and its stations are given numbers following the letter "K". It serves seven of Kyoto's eleven wards: Sakyō-ku, Kita-ku, Kamigyō-ku, Nakagyō-ku, Shimogyō-ku, Minami-ku, and Fushimi-ku. It connects Kokusaikaikan in Sakyō-ku and Takeda in Minami-ku.

Between Kitaōji and Jūjō, trains run beneath the north-south Karasuma Street, hence the name. They link to the other subway line, the Tozai Line, at Karasuma Oike. They also connect to the JR lines at Kyoto Station and the Hankyu Kyoto Line running beneath Shijō Street at the intersection of Shijō Karasuma, Kyoto's central business district. At Shijō Karasuma, the subway station is named Shijō, whereas Hankyu's station is called Karasuma.

The Transportation Bureau and Kintetsu Corporation jointly operate through services, which continue to the Kintetsu Kyoto Line to Kintetsu Nara Station in Nara. The Karasuma Line and the Kintetsu Kyoto Line connect at Kyoto and Takeda.

Stations[edit]

No. Station name Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
K01 Kokusaikaikan 国際会館 0.0   Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
K02 Matsugasaki 松ヶ崎 1.6  
K03 Kitayama 北山 2.6   Kita-ku, Kyoto
K04 Kitaōji 北大路 3.8  
K05 Kuramaguchi 鞍馬口 4.6   Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
K06 Imadegawa 今出川 5.4  
K07 Marutamachi 丸太町 6.9   Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
K08 Karasuma Oike 烏丸大池 7.6 Tozai Line (T13)
K09 Shijō 四条 8.5 Hankyu Kyoto Line (Karasuma Station) Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
K10 Gojō 五条 9.3  
K11 Kyoto 京都 10.3
K12 Kujō 九条 11.1   Minami-ku, Kyoto
K13 Jūjō 十条 11.8  
K14 Kuinabashi くいな橋 13.0   Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
K15 Takeda 竹田 13.7 Kintetsu Kyoto Line (through trains available)

Rolling stock[edit]

Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau[edit]

  • 10 series

Kintetsu Corporation[edit]

  • Kintetsu 3200 series
  • Kintetsu 3220 series

History[edit]

The section between Kitaōji and Kyoto was completed on May 29, 1981.[1] The line was extended from Kyoto to Takeda on June 11, 1988.[1] Through services from Kitaōji to Shin-Tanabe on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line started on August 28, 1988. The line was extended from Kitaōji to Kitayama on October 24, 1990. Oike Station was renamed Karasuma Oike Station on May 22, 1997, prior to the inauguration of the Tōzai Line running beneath the east-west Oike Street (御池通 Oike-dōri?). The line was extended from Kitayama to Kokusaikaikan on June 3, 1997. Express services from Kokusaikaikan to Kintetsu Nara in Nara started on March 15, 2000.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  • This article was translated from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on July 4, 2009.
  1. ^ a b c d Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 119. ISBN 4-87366-874-3. 

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