The Karasuma Line (烏丸線, Karasuma-sen) is one of the two lines of the Kyoto Municipal Subway operated by Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau in Kyoto, Japan. On maps, diagrams and signboards, the line is colored green, and its stations are given numbers following the letter "K". It serves seven of Kyoto's eleven wards: Sakyō-ku, Kita-ku, Kamigyō-ku, Nakagyō-ku, Shimogyō-ku, Minami-ku, and Fushimi-ku. It connects Kokusaikaikan in Sakyō-ku and Takeda in Minami-ku.
A 10 series (first batch) EMU on an express service bound for Kintetsu Nara
|System||Kyoto Municipal Subway|
|Operator(s)||Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau|
|Rolling stock||10 series EMUs|
|Opened||May 29, 1981|
|Line length||13.7 km (8.5 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead catenary|
|Operating speed||75 km/h (45 mph)|
Between Kitaōji and Jūjō, trains run beneath the north-south Karasuma Street, hence the name. They link to the other subway line, the Tozai Line, at Karasuma Oike. They also connect to the JR lines at Kyoto Station and the Hankyu Kyoto Line running beneath Shijō Street at the intersection of Shijō Karasuma, Kyoto's central business district. At Shijō Karasuma, the subway station is named Shijō, whereas Hankyu's station is called Karasuma.
The Transportation Bureau and Kintetsu Railway jointly operate through services, which continue to the Kintetsu Kyoto Line to Kintetsu Nara Station in Nara. The Karasuma Line and the Kyoto Line connect at Kyoto and Takeda.
This line covers a total distance of 13.7 km in 26 minutes and the average daily ridership in 2009 was 411,881 passengers.
|No.||Station name||Japanese||Distance (km)||Transfers||Location|
|K08||Karasuma Oike||烏丸御池||7.6||Tozai Line (T13)|
|K09||Shijō||四条||8.5||Hankyu Kyoto Line (HK-85: Karasuma Station)||Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto|
|K15||Takeda||竹田||13.7||Kyoto Line (B05, through trains available)|
Kyoto Municipal Transportation BureauEdit
- 10 series
Kintetsu Railway Co., Ltd.Edit
The section between Kitaōji and Kyoto was completed on May 29, 1981. The line was extended from Kyoto to Takeda on June 11, 1988. Through services from Kitaōji to Shin-Tanabe on the Kyoto Line started on August 28, 1988. The line was extended from Kitaōji to Kitayama on October 24, 1990. Oike Station was renamed Karasuma Oike Station on May 22, 1997, prior to the inauguration of the Tōzai Line running beneath the east-west Oike Street (御池通, Oike-dōri). The line was extended from Kitayama to Kokusaikaikan on June 3, 1997. Express services from Kokusaikaikan to Kintetsu Nara in Nara started on March 15, 2000.
- This article was translated from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on July 4, 2009.
- Public transport in Kyoto (Kyoto City Web)