Hankyu Arashiyama Line

The Hankyu Arashiyama Line (嵐山線, Arashiyama-sen) is a railway line in Kyoto, Japan, operated by private railway operator Hankyu Railway. It connects Katsura and Arashiyama on the west side of the city, linking the area along the line to the Hankyu Kyoto Main Line that extends east to central Kyoto and south to Osaka. The line is 4.1 km long.[1]

Hankyu Arashiyama Line
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Arashiyama Line train (6300 series)
Native name阪急嵐山線
Operator(s)Hankyu Railway
Rolling stock6300 series EMU
Line length4.1 km (2.5 mi)
Number of tracksSingle
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC, overhead line
Operating speed70 km/h (43 mph)

Trains on the line mainly use 4-car Hankyu 6300 series electric multiple unit trains, which were originally built for limited express services on the main line from 1975 and refurbished for Arashiyama Line services from 2009.


The line opened as 1435mm gauge dual track electrified at 1500 VDC in November 1928.

One line of the dual track was removed in 1944 for metal collection as part of the Japanese war effort. Crossing loops at both intermediate stations were built in 1950.[2]


No. Station Japanese Distance
Transfers Places of interest
HK-81 Katsura Station 0.0   Hankyu Kyoto Main Line
HK-96 Kami-Katsura Station 上桂 1.4 Nishikyo Ward Office, Saihō-ji Temple
HK-97 Matsuo-taisha Station 松尾大社 2.8 Matsunoo Shrine, Umemiya Shrine
HK-98 Arashiyama Station 嵐山 (嵯峨野) 4.1 Arashiyama Park

All four stations on the line are in Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto. While the entire line is single track, both the intermediate stations are equipped with crossing loops.


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

  1. ^ JTB Timetable March 2010 issue, p. 841
  2. ^ Keihanshin Kyūkō Dentetsu (1957). 京阪神急行電鉄五十年史 [Fifty-Year History of Keihanshin Kyūkō Dentetsu] (in Japanese). p. 55.