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The JR Kobe Line (JR神戸線, JR Kōbe sen) is the nickname of portions of the Tokaido Main Line and the Sanyo Main Line, between Osaka Station in Osaka, Osaka Prefecture and Himeji Station in Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture. The line, along with the JR Kyoto Line and the Biwako Line, forms a contiguous service that is the main trunk of West Japan Railway Company's Urban Network commuter rail network in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area. The line also offers continuous service to the Gakkentoshi Line via the JR Tōzai Line.

JR Kobe Line
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Special rapid services on on tōkaidō main line 225 100.jpg
225-100 series on a Special Rapid Service, November 2016
Overview
Native nameJR神戸線
SystemUrban Network
LocaleOsaka Prefecture and Hyōgo Prefecture
TerminiOsaka (Tokaido Main Line)
Himeji (Sanyo Main Line)
Stations38
Operation
OpenedMay 11, 1874 (as part of Tokaido Main Line)
March 13, 1988 (renamed as JR Kobe Line)
OwnerJR West
Operator(s)JR West
JR Freight
Technical
Line length87.9 km (54.6 mi)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed130 km/h (81 mph)

TrainsEdit

Sleeper Limited Express (寝台特急, Shindai tokkyuu)

Limited Express (特急, tokkyuu)

Commuter Limited Express (通勤特急, Tsuukin tokkyuu)

Special Rapid Service (新快速, shin-kaisoku)

  • Continuing service from the Kyoto Line, trains stop at Osaka, Amagasaki, Ashiya, Sannomiya, Kobe, Akashi, Nishi-Akashi, Kakogawa and Himeji. Service extends beyond Himeji on Sanyo Main Line to Aboshi, Kamigori and Ako Line to Banshu-Ako.

Rapid Service (快速, kaisoku)

  • Continuing service from the Kyoto Line, trains stop at Osaka, Amagasaki, Nishinomiya, Ashiya, Sumiyoshi, Rokkomichi, Sannomiya, Motomachi, Kobe, Hyōgo, Suma, Tarumi, Maiko and Akashi as rapid service trains and every station after Akashi as local trains. Service extends beyond Himeji on Sanyo Main Line to Aboshi, Kamigori and Ako Line to Banshu-Ako. In the morning and at night, trains pass Suma, Tarumi and Maiko.

Local trains (普通, futsu)

  • Continuing service from the Kyoto Line at Osaka and the JR Tōzai Line at Amagasaki. Makes every stop to Nishi-Akashi, with some extended service to Kakogawa during rush hour.

StationsEdit

Stations are listed from east to west.

●: Trains stop at all times
|: Trains pass at all times
▲: Eastbound trains pass in the morning
◯:Trains stop at morning of Weekdays only

Official line name No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Stop Transfers Location
Between stations from Osaka Local Rapid Special Rapid Ward, City Prefecture
Through service to/from the JR Kyoto Line
Tokaido Main Line  A47  Osaka 大阪 - 0.0  A  JR Kyoto Line (Tokaido Main Line)
 G  JR Takarazuka Line (JR-G47)
 O  Osaka Loop Line (JR-O11)
 H  JR Tōzai Line (JR-H44:Kitashinchi Station)
  Hankyu Kobe Main Line,   Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line,   Hankyu Kyoto Main Line (HK-01:Umeda Station)
  Hanshin Main Line (HS 01:Umeda Station)
  Osaka Metro:
Kita-ku, Osaka Osaka
 A48  Tsukamoto 塚本 3.4 3.4 | | Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
 A49  Amagasaki 尼崎 4.3 7.7  G  JR Takarazuka Line (Fukuchiyama Line) (JR-G49)
 H  JR Tōzai Line (JR-H49)
Amagasaki Hyōgo
 A50  Tachibana 立花 3.0 10.7 | |
 A51  Koshienguchi 甲子園口 2.2 12.9 | | Nishinomiya
 A52  Nishinomiya 西宮 2.5 15.4 |
 A53  Sakura Shukugawa さくら夙川 1.5 16.9 | |
 A54  Ashiya 芦屋 2.3 19.2 Ashiya
 A55  Kōnan-Yamate 甲南山手 1.4 20.6 | | Higashinada-ku, Kobe
 A56  Settsu-Motoyama 摂津本山 1.5 22.1 | |
 A57  Sumiyoshi 住吉 1.6 23.6 | Kobe New Transit Rokko Island Line (R01)
 A58  Rokkomichi 六甲道 2.2 25.9 | Nada-ku, Kobe
 A59  Maya 摩耶 1.4 27.3 | |
 A60  Nada 0.9 28.2 | |
 A61  Sannomiya 三ノ宮 2.4 30.6   Hankyu Kobe Line,   Kobe Kosoku Line (HK-16: Kobe Sannomiya Station)
  Hanshin Main Line (HS 32: Kobe Sannomiya Station)
  Kobe New Transit Port Island Line (P01)
  Kobe Municipal Subway Seishin-Yamate Line (S03: Sannomiya Station)
  Kobe Municipal Subway Kaigan Line (K01: Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae Station)
Chuo-ku, Kobe
 A62  Motomachi 元町 0.8 31.4 |   Hanshin Main Line,   Kobe Kosoku Line (HS 33)
 A63  Kobe 神戸 1.7 33.1   Hanshin Kobe Kosoku Line, Hankyu Kobe Kosoku Line (HS 35: Kōsoku Kōbe Station)
  Kobe Municipal Subway Kaigan Line (K04: Harborland Station)
Sanyo Main Line
 A64  Hyōgo 兵庫 1.8 34.9 | Wadamisaki Line(Sanyo Main Line Wadamisaki Branch) Hyogo-ku, Kobe
 A65  Shin-Nagata 新長田 2.3 37.2 | | Kobe Municipal Subway:  Seishin-Yamate Line (S09),   Kaigan Line (K10) Nagata-ku, Kobe
 A66  Takatori 鷹取 1.0 38.2 | | Suma-ku, Kobe
 A67  Suma-Kaihinkōen 須磨海浜公園 0.9 39.1 | |
 A68  Suma 須磨 1.3 40.4 |   Sanyo Railway Main Line (SY 06: Sanyo Suma Station)
 A69  Shioya 塩屋 2.0 43.3 | |   Sanyo Railway Main Line (SY 08: Sanyo Shioya Station) Tarumi-ku, Kobe
 A70  Tarumi 垂水 2.9 46.2 |   Sanyo Railway Main Line (SY 11: Sanyo Tarumi Station)
 A71  Maiko 舞子 2.0 48.2 |   Sanyo Railway Main Line (SY 13: Maiko-koen Station)
 A72  Asagiri 朝霧 1.9 50.1 | | Akashi
 A73  Akashi 明石 2.4 52.5   Sanyo Railway Main Line (SY 17: Sanyo Akashi Station)
 A74  Nishi-Akashi 西明石 3.4 55.9   Sanyō Shinkansen
 A75  Okubo 大久保 2.8 58.7 |
 A76  Uozumi 魚住 3.5 62.2 |
 A77  Tsuchiyama 土山 3.1 65.3 | Harima
 A78  Higashi-Kakogawa 東加古川 3.3 68.6 | Kakogawa
 A79  Kakogawa 加古川 3.6 72.2  I  Kakogawa Line
 A80  Hoden 宝殿 3.3 75.5 | Takasago
 A81  Sone 曽根 4.0 79.5 |
 A82  Himeji Bessho ひめじ別所 2.0 81.5 | Himeji
 A83  Gochaku 御着 2.1 83.6 |
 A84  Higashi-Himeji 東姫路 2.4 86.0 |
 A85  Himeji 姫路 1.9 87.9   Sanyo Shinkansen
 A  Sanyo Main Line
 J  Bantan Line
 K  Kishin Line
  Sanyo Railway Main Line (SY 43: Sanyo Himeji Station)
Through service to/from the Sanyo Main Line and the Ako Line

Rolling stockEdit

LocalEdit

 
321 series on a local service, March 2007
  • 207 series (from 1991, through service with Fukuchiyama Line and Katamachi Line via JR Tōzai Line)
  • 321 series (from 2005, through service with Fukuchiyama Line and Katamachi Line via JR Tōzai Line)

Special Rapid and RapidEdit

Limited ExpressEdit

FormerEdit

 
201 series, August 2004

ReferencesEdit

See alsoEdit