Skyrail Midorizaka Line

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Skyrail Midorizaka Line tracks, viewed from Seno Station, Sanyō Main Line

The Skyrail Midorizaka Line (スカイレールみどり坂線, Sukairēru Midorizaka-sen) is a monorail line, or a people mover line, operated by Skyrail Service. The line runs between Midoriguchi and Midori-Chūō, all within the new town called Skyrail Town Midorizaka, Aki, Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan. The line is officially called Hiroshima Short Distance Transit Seno Line (広島短距離交通瀬野線, Hiroshima Tankyori Kōtsū Seno-sen). The line is also known as the first Japanese public transport to introduce a smart card, simply called IC Commuter Pass (IC定期券, Aishī Teikiken), from the time the line itself opened on August 28, 1998.

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  • Distance: 1.3 km/0.8 mi.
  • Vertical interval: 160 m/525 ft.
  • System: Suspended monorail
  • Stations: 3
  • Double-track line: Whole line
  • Electric supply: Whole line (440 V DC)
  • Passenger capacity: 25


A skyrail is a new rail transport system developed by Kobe Steel (Kobelco), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and others. It is a fusion between a suspended monorail, an aerial lift, and a people mover. Driverless gondola-sized cars, suspended from a single steel track, are moved by an attached cable. Inside each station, cars release the cable and move by linear motors. Cars can climb steep slopes like aerial lifts (270 or 15° at max), while the track can still curve like normal monorails.


There is roughly one service per ten minutes. It takes five minutes from Midoriguchi to Midori-Chūō. The fare is ¥150.


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Coordinates: 34°25′39″N 132°35′45″E / 34.4275°N 132.5957°E / 34.4275; 132.5957