Shonan Monorail

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Shonan Monorail
Shonan Monorail 5000 Ofuna.jpg
Locale Kanagawa Prefecture
Transit type suspended monorail
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 8
Began operation March 7, 1970
Operator(s) Shonan Monorail Co., Ltd
System length 6.6 km
A Shonan Monorail train at Shōnan-Fukusawa station with track switch at upper left

The Shonan Monorail (湘南モノレール Shōnan Monorēru?) is a suspended SAFEGE monorail in the cities of Kamakura and Fujisawa in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.[1][unreliable source?] It is operated by the Shonan Monorail Co., Ltd (湘南モノレール株式会社 Shōnan Monorēru Kabushiki-gaisha?), it opened March 7, 1970, the first monorail of its kind in Japan.[2]

Enoshima Line (江ノ島線 Enoshima-sen?) travels 6.6 km (4.1 mi) every seven to eight minutes between Ōfuna Station and Enoshima, making six stops.[2] The average length of a single trip is 14 minutes.[3]

As the monorail is within commuting distance of Tokyo, it is an important means of transportation for local residents.[4]


The monorail was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, based on a carriage and box-beam track design developed in the late 1950s by SAFEGE in France.[1] The line opened March 7, 1970 between Ōfuna and Nishi-Kamakura. The rest of the line opened on July 2, 1971.[2]


Station Distance
Transfer Location
Ōfuna Station 0.0 Tokaido Main Line, Yokosuka Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line, Negishi Line Kamakura Kanagawa prefecture
Fujimichō Station* 0.9  
Shōnan-Machiya Station 2.0  
Shōnan-Fukasawa Station* 2.6  
Nishi-Kamakura Station* 4.7  
Kataseyama Station 5.5  
Mejiroyamashita Station* 6.2   Fujisawa
Shōnan-Enoshima Station 6.6 Enoshima Electric Railway: Enoshima Electric Railway Line (Enoshima Station)
Odakyu Enoshima Line (Katase-Enoshima)

* Track switching possible at these stations

Rolling stock[edit]

  • 500 series (since 1991)
  • 5000 series (since 2004)


  • 300 series (from 1970 until 1992)
  • 400 series (from 1980 until 2004)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Shonan Monorail Photo Essay - page one". Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  2. ^ a b c "Shonan Monorail-Stations". Retrieved 2007-09-02. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Sarukoen 猿公園: July 2007 Archives". Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Shonan and Enoden". Retrieved 2007-09-02. 

External links[edit]

35°21′08″N 139°31′53″E / 35.352339°N 139.531417°E / 35.352339; 139.531417(Ōfuna)35°18′43″N 139°29′16″E / 35.311887°N 139.487806°E / 35.311887; 139.487806(Shōnan-Enoshima)