Keihan Keishin Line

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Series 800 running on a street.

The Keishin Line (京津線 Keishin-sen?) is an interurban railway line of Keihan Electric Railway. The 7.5 km line connects Misasagi Station in Kyoto and Hamaōtsu Station in the neighbouring city of Ōtsu.


The line was built in 1912 (dual track electrified at 600 VDC) to connect the city centers of Kyoto and Ōtsu by electric streetcars, as the steam-powered Tōkaidō Main Line was an indirect route between the two cities before its realignment in 1921.

The busiest section of the line, between Keishin-Sanjō Station and Misasagi Station, was replaced in 1997 by the Kyoto Subway Tōzai Line, and the voltage increased to 1500 VDC in conjunction with this project. One of the aims of the realignment was to move the tracks underground in the Kyoto area, in order to remove the former alignment along public roads. The line retains its public road alignment in Ōtsu.

Route data[edit]

  • Distance: 7.5 km (4.7 mi)
  • Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
  • Number of stations: 7 (including start and end)
  • Track: Dual
  • Electricity: DC 1500 V, overhead lines
  • Maximum gradient: 61/1000 (6.1% or ~1 in 16)

Train service[edit]

Except trains between Shinomiya Station and Hamaōtsu Station in early morning and late night, all trains go directly from Hamaōtsu Station to Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station or Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station on the Kyoto Subway Tōzai Line. During off peak hours, the line operates four services an hour.

Stations and connecting lines[edit]

Active section[edit]

Station Connection Location
Misasagi Kyoto Subway Tozai Line Yamashina-ku,
Keihan Yamashina JR West Tōkaidō Line (Biwako Line) and Kosei Line
Kyoto Subway Tozai Line
Oiwake Ōtsu, Shiga
Hamaōtsu Ishiyama Sakamoto Line
Abandoned stations on the active section
  • Midorigaoka Undōjō-mae: Shinomiya - Oiwake (extra station, abandoned in 1942)
  • Kamisekidera: Ōtani - Kamisakaemachi (abandoned on August 15, 1971)
  • Fudanotsuji: Kamisakaemachi - Hamaōtsu (abandoned on October 1, 1946)
Past connections
  • Otani: JNR Tokaido Line
  • Hamaotsu: Kōjak Railway

Abandoned section[edit]

The station list is as of 1997 when the section was abandoned due to replacement by the Tōzai Line subway. It also lists the corresponding subway stations that replaced the Keishin Line stations.

Station Connection / note Replaced by Location
Keishin-Sanjō Keihan Main Line, Ōtō Line Sanjō-Keihan Higashiyama-ku,
Higashiyama-Sanjō Higashiyama
Heianjingū-mae Abandoned in 1944
Okazakimichi Abandoned in 1931
Keage Keage
Kujōyama Yamashina-ku,
Hinooka Misasagi

Rolling stock[edit]

Series 800, four-car EMU serves exclusively this line.


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