Ikoma Cable Line

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Ikoma Cable Line (Ikoma Cable)
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Motorable level crossing
at the passing loop of Hōzanji Line
Native name生駒鋼索線 (生駒ケーブル)
Owner KintetsuLogo.svg Kintetsu Railway
Line number Y
Locale Ikoma, Nara, Japan
Color on map     (#B1865B)
Type Cable railway
SystemKintetsu Railway
Operator(s)Kintetsu Railway
OpenedAugust 29, 1918;104 years ago (1918-08-29)
Line length2 km (1.2 mi)
Number of tracks4
CharacterCable railway
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 200 V DC
Operating speed10.8 km/h (6.7 mph)
Maximum incline Hōzanji Line: 22.7%
Sanjō Line: 33.3%
Route map


Hōzanji Line
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Ikoma, Keihanna
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Toriimae Crossing 1
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Toriimae Crossing 2
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Toriimae Crossing 3
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Sanjō Line
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Hozanji Crossing
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Kasumigaoka Crossing
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The Ikoma Cable Line (生駒鋼索線, Ikoma kōsaku sen), referred to as Ikoma Cable (生駒ケーブル, Ikoma kēburu), is a cable railway line owned and operated by the Kintetsu Railway, a Japanese major private railway. The line connects Toriimae to Ikomasanjo, all of which are within Ikoma, Nara, Japan.

Basic data


The Ikoma Cable Line is actually made up of two different lines; Hōzanji Line (宝山寺線, Hōzanji-sen) between Toriimae and Hōzanji, Sanjō Line (山上線, Sanjō-sen) between Hōzanji and Ikoma-Sanjō. The Hōzanji Line is the oldest commercially operated funicular in Japan, opened in 1918. It runs to Hōzan-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple. Sanjō Line climbs up Mount Ikoma, reaching Ikoma Sanjo Amusement Park.

The Hōzanji Line is the only double-track funicular in the country. However, the two tracks are treated as different lines, called Hōzanji Line 1 (宝山寺1号線, Hōzanji Ichi-gō-sen) and Hōzanji Line 2 (宝山寺2号線, Hōzanji Ni-gō-sen). Normally, only Hōzanji Line 1 and Sanjō Line are used. Hōzanji Line 2 is operated in holiday seasons, and for safety inspections of the Line 1. Since the Hōzanji Line runs along a fairly urbanized area, it also functions as a commuter line. However, the line does not accept PiTaPa, a smart card ticketing system, nor Surutto Kansai, a prepaid magnetic card ticketing system.

In 2021, the line became a Civil Engineering heritage site. [1]

Rolling stocks

Hōzanji Line 1 used classical 1928 cars until 2000, when they were replaced by the current fancy-decorated cars. Since then, bulldog-faced "Bull" and calico cat-faced "Mike" serve the line, both officially being Type Ko 11. Sanjō Line uses organ-like "Do-Re-Mi", cake-decorated "Sweet", both officially Type Ko 15. Hōzanji Line 2 uses ordinary-shaped Type Ko 3 cars, nicknamed "Yume-Ikoma".


line nameNo.Station nameJapaneseDistance
 Y17  Toriimae 鳥居前0.0
Ikoma Nara
 Y18  Hōzanji 宝山寺0.9
 Y19  Umeyashiki 梅屋敷1.2|
 Y20  Kasumigaoka 霞ヶ丘1.6|
 Y21  Ikoma-Sanjo 生駒山上2.0

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Coordinates: 34°41′12.4″N135°41′23.9″E / 34.686778°N 135.689972°E / 34.686778; 135.689972