Kusatsu Line

The Kusatsu Line (草津線, Kusatsu-sen) is a railway line in western Japan operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). It connects Tsuge on the Kansai Main Line with Kusatsu on the Biwako Line (Tōkaidō Main Line).

Kusatsu Line
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113 series on the Kusatsu Line
Native name草津線
OwnerJR West
LocaleMie Prefecture and Shiga Prefecture
TypeHeavy rail
SystemUrban Network
Rolling stock
  • 113 series EMU
  • 117 series EMU
  • 221 series EMU
  • 223-1000 series EMU
  • 223-2000 series EMU
  • 225-0 series EMU
  • 225-100 series EMU
Line length36.7 km (22.8 mi)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC, overhead line
Operating speed95 km/h (59 mph)


The Kansai Railway Co. opened the entire line in 1889/90, and was nationalised in 1907.

CTC signalling was commissioned in 1979, the line was electrified in 1980 and freight services ceased in 1987.

Construction of a new station, "Minami-Biwako", began in May 2006 and was planned to be completed in 2012; the station was proposed to allow passengers to transfer between the Tōkaidō Shinkansen and Kusatsu lines; however, in September 2006, the Otsu district court concluded that Ritto City issuing bonds to fund the station's construction was illegal under local finance law and the project was halted; the project was officially abandoned in October 2007.


Station km from
Connections Location
Tsuge 柘植 0.0   Kansai Main Line Iga, Mie Prefecture
Aburahi 油日 5.3   Kōka Shiga Prefecture
Kōka 甲賀 7.4  
Terashō 寺庄 10.5  
Kōnan 甲南 12.5  
Kibukawa 貴生川 15.3 Shigaraki Kōgen Railway Shigaraki Line
Ohmi Railway Main Line
Mikumo 三雲 20.5   Konan
Kōsei 甲西 24.3  
Ishibe 石部 27.6  
Tehara 手原 32.7   Ritto
Kusatsu 草津 36.7   Tokaido Main Line (Biwako Line) Kusatsu
Continuing service on the Biwako Line to Kyoto in mornings and evenings

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