Keihan Keishin Line

The Keishin Line (京津線, Keishin-sen) is an interurban railway line in Japan operated by the private railway operator Keihan Electric Railway. The 7.5 km line connects Misasagi Station in Kyoto and Biwako-Hamaōtsu Station in the neighbouring city of Ōtsu.

Keihan Keishin Line
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A Keihan 800 series train on the street-running section
Native name京阪京津線
LocaleKyoto Prefecture and Shiga Prefecture
Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae or Uzumasa Tenjingawa
Operator(s)Keihan Electric Railway
Closed1997 (Misasagi - Keishin-Sanjo)
Line length7.5 km (4.7 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

Train serviceEdit

Except trains between Shinomiya Station and Hamaōtsu Station in early morning and late night, all trains go directly from Hamaōtsu Station to Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station or Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station on the Kyoto Subway Tōzai Line. During off peak hours, the line operates every 15 minutes.

Stations and connecting linesEdit

No. Station Transfers Location
Operations continue to Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tōzai Line.
T08 Misasagi   Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line (through trains) Yamashina-ku,
OT31 Keihan Yamashina JR West (Yamashina Station)
 A  Tōkaidō Line (Biwako Line)
 B  Kosei Line
  Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line (T07: Yamashina Station)
OT32 Shinomiya
OT33 Oiwake Ōtsu, Shiga
OT34 Ōtani
OT35 Kamisakaemachi
OT12 Biwako-Hamaōtsu Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line
Abandoned stations
  • Midorigaoka Undōjō-mae: Shinomiya - Oiwake (extra station, abandoned in 1942)
  • Kamisekidera: Ōtani - Kamisakaemachi (abandoned on August 15, 1971)
  • Fudanotsuji: Kamisakaemachi - Biwako-Hamaōtsu (abandoned on October 1, 1946)

Abandoned sectionEdit

The station list is as of 1997 when the section was abandoned due to replacement by the Tōzai Line subway. It also lists the corresponding subway stations that replaced the Keishin Line stations.

Station Connection / note Replaced by Location
Keishin-Sanjō Keihan Main Line, Keihan Ōtō Line Sanjō-Keihan Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Higashiyama-Sanjō Higashiyama
Heianjingū-mae Abandoned in 1944
Okazakimichi Abandoned in 1931
Keage Keage
Kujōyama Yamashina-ku, Kyoto
Hinooka Misasagi

Rolling stockEdit


The line was built in 1912 (dual track electrified at 600 V DC) to connect the city centers of Kyoto and Ōtsu by electric streetcars, as the steam-powered Tōkaidō Main Line was an indirect route between the two cities before its realignment in 1921.[citation needed]

The busiest section of the line, between Keishin-Sanjō Station and Misasagi Station, was replaced in 1997 by the Kyoto Subway Tōzai Line, and the voltage increased to 1,500 V DC in conjunction with this project.[citation needed] One of the aims of the realignment was to move the tracks underground in the Kyoto area, in order to remove the former alignment along public roads. The line retains its public road alignment in Ōtsu.[citation needed]


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