Meishō Line

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Meishō Line
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KiHa 11 series DMU at Ieki Station
Type Heavy rail
Locale Mie Prefecture
Termini Matsusaka
Stations 15
Owner JR Central
Line length 43.5 km (27.03 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 65 km/h (40 mph)

The Meishō Line (名松線, Meishō-sen) is a railway line of Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) in Mie Prefecture, Japan, connecting Matsusaka and Ise-Okitsu stations.

The line takes its name from the kanji characters of the cities of Nabari () and Matsusaka (). Although this line was planned to connect them, the section from Ise-Okitsu to Nabari was never built, due to the prior completion of the present Kintetsu Osaka Line.


The section between Matsusaka and Ieki opened in stages between 1929 and 1931, and was extended to Ise-Okitsu in 1935.

Freight services ceased in 1965.

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Ise-Kawaguchi station - The Dainippon Railway Co. operated a 15 km 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge line to Hisai on the Kintetsu Nagoya Line between 1925 and 1943.

Service disruptions[edit]

Damage from Typhoon Vera closed the line between Ise-Takehara and Ise-Okitsu for 2 months in 1959.

The entire line was closed for 9 months in 1982/3 due to damage caused by Typhoon Bess.

In October 2009, Typhoon Melor struck the area, resulting in over 40 washouts on the section between Ieki and Ise-Okitsu, and the section remained closed for six years after. A special JR bus served the section during its closure. The section reopened in March 2016 after extensive repair work.[1]

Basic data[edit]


The Meishō Line is a rural line in inland of Mie Prefecture. The service is 8 laps a day. Three up trains from Ise-Okitsu are operated through to Kisei Main Line to Taki, Iseshi, Toba stations (the latter 2 in Sangū Line).


All stations are located in Mie Prefecture.

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Total Between
Matsusaka 松阪 - 0.0 Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central): Kisei Main Line
Kintetsu: Yamada Line
Kaminoshō 上ノ庄 4.2 4.2  
Gongemmae 権現前 2.8 7.0  
Ise-Hata 伊勢八太 4.7 11.7   Tsu
Ichishi 一志 1.3 13.0 Kintetsu: Osaka Line (Kawai-Takaoka)
Isegi 井関 2.6 15.6  
Ise-Ōi 伊勢大井 2.9 18.5  
Ise-Kawaguchi 伊勢川口 2.8 21.3  
Sekinomiya 関ノ宮 2.0 23.3  
Ieki 家城 2.5 25.8  
Ise-Takehara 伊勢竹原 3.7 29.5  
Ise-Kamakura 伊勢鎌倉 4.3 33.8  
Ise-Yachi 伊勢八知 2.8 36.6  
Hitsu 比津 3.1 39.7  
Ise-Okitsu 伊勢奥津 3.8 43.5  


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

  1. ^ "JR Meisho Line (Mie Prefecture) resumes full service after an interval of approximately 6 years!". The Foundation for Kansai Region Promotion. Retrieved 2016-05-11.