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The Kure Line (呉線, Kuresen) is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) within Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. It begins at Mihara Station in Mihara and terminates at Kaitaichi Station in Kaita. It is one of the main lines of JR West. The section between Mihara Station to Hiro Station is branded the "Setouchi Sazanami Line" (Seto Inland Sea Ripple Line) as the sightseeing line. On the section between Mihara Station and Hiro Station, most trains operate from Hiro Station through Mihara Station to Itozaki Station. On the section between Hiro Station and Kaitaichi Station, most trains operate from Hiro Station through Kaitaichi Station to Hiroshima Station or Iwakuni Station.

Kure Line
Setouchi Marine View
The Setouchi Marine View tourist trainset
Other name(s)Setouchi Sazanami Line (Mihara to Hiro)
Native name呉線
LocaleHiroshima Prefecture
Opened27 December 1903 (1903-12-27)
OwnerJR logo (west).svg JR West
Operator(s)JR logo (west).svg JR West
Line length87.0 km (54.1 mi)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC overhead
Operating speed95 km/h (59 mph)


Special trainsEdit

A 115 series train on an Akiji Liner service
  • Akiji Liner: Runs the section between Hiroshima Station to Kure Station in about 30 minutes.
  • Setouchi Marine View: Sightseeing train operated since October 1, 2005


Name Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Mihara 三原 0.0 Sanyō Shinkansen
Sanyō Main Line
Mihara Hiroshima
Sunami 須波 5.1  
Akisaizaki 安芸幸崎 11.8  
Tadanoumi 忠海 17.2   Takehara
Akinagahama 安芸長浜 20.0  
Ōnori 大乗 21.8  
Takehara 竹原 25.3  
Yoshina 吉名 30.0  
Akitsu 安芸津 34.7   Higashihiroshima
Kazahaya 風早 37.9  
Yasuura 安浦 44.2   Kure
Ato 安登 48.7  
Akikawajiri 安芸川尻 52.8  
Nigata 仁方 57.6  
Hiro 60.2  
Shin-Hiro 新広 61.5  
Akiaga 安芸阿賀 62.9  
Kure 67.0  
Kawaraishi 川原石 68.7  
Yoshiura 吉浦 71.0  
Karugahama かるが浜 72.2  
Tennō 天応 74.3  
Kure-Portopia 呉ポートピア 75.6  
Koyaura 小屋浦 77.1   Saka,
Aki District
Mizushiri 水尻 79.3  
Saka 81.8  
Yano 矢野 84.4   Aki-ku, Hiroshima
Kaitaichi 海田市 87.0 Sanyō Main Line Kaita, Aki District

Rolling stockEdit

New 2- and 3-car 227 series electric trains are scheduled to be introduced on the Kure Line from around 2015, replacing older 115 series trains.[1]


The Kaitashi - Kure section was opened as a private line in 1903, and leased to the Sanyo Railway Co. the following year, before being nationalised in 1906. Individual section opening dates are given below.

The Mihara - Sumani section opened in 1930, and the two sections were connected in 1935. Work to duplicate the line at Kure commenced in 1940, but was abandoned due to material shortages in 1945.

The entire line was electrified in 1970, and freight services ceased in 1986.

Kure LineEdit

Sango LineEdit


After integrationEdit

  • Closed Kawaraishi Station on December 1, 1940.
  • Renamed Mitsuuchinoumi Station to Yasuura Station on May 1, 1946.
  • Renamed Akimitsu Station to Akitsu Station on December 20, 1949.
  • Re-opened Kawaraishi Station on August 1, 1958.
  • Closed temporary stations (Karyugahama Station and Akihamasaki Station) on August 1, 1967.
  • Electrified the rail way on September 15, 1970.
  • Stopped cargo services on December 1, 1986.
  • Privatized as JR West on April 1, 1987.
  • Opened Kure-Portopia Station on March 19, 1992.
  • Opened Akinagahama Station on October 1, 1994.
  • Opened Karugahama Station and Mizushiri Station and moved Kawaraishi Station on February 7, 1999.
  • Opened Shinhiro Station on March 23, 2002.


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

  1. ^ "JR西日本、広島地区に227系近郊形直流電車を投入" [JR West to introduce 227 series DC suburban trains in Hiroshima area]. The Page (in Japanese). Japan: Wordleaf Corporation. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.