Kyoto Line (Kintetsu)

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Kyoto Line
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A limited express train
Native name京都線
Owner KintetsuLogo.svg Kintetsu Railway
Line number B
Locale Kyoto Prefecture
Nara Prefecture
Color on map     (#e7a61a)
System KintetsuLogo.svg Kintetsu Railway
Operator(s)Kintetsu Railway
  • Shin-Tanabe
  • Saidaiji
  • Miyazu
Opened3 November 1928;94 years ago (1928-11-03)
Line length34.6 km (21.5 mi)
Number of tracks Double-track
  • Heavy rail
  • Commuter rail
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 1,500 V DC (Overhead line)
Operating speed105 km/h (65 mph)
Signalling Automatic closing block
Train protection system Kintetsu ATS, ATS-SP
Route map


Kintetsu Lines unless noted

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closed 1946
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Kyoto Tram
Kujō Line
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original JNR Nara Line
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Kintetsu Tambabashi
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Kizu-Gawa Bridge
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closed 1974
Shin-Tanabe Depot
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Kintetsu Nara
Nara Line
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The Kyoto Line (京都線, Kyōto sen) is a Japanese railway line owned and operated by the Kintetsu Railway, a private railway operator. It connects the cities of Kyoto, Uji, and Nara, and competes with the Nara Line of West Japan Railway Company (JR-West), which also connects those cities.

Many trains on the line continue to the Nara Line to Kintetsu Nara Station or the Kashihara Line via Yamato-Saidaiji Station. The line also provides the through train services with the Karasuma Line of Kyoto Municipal Subway.


The Kyoto Line was built by Nara Electric Railway (奈良電気鉄道, Nara Denki Tetsudō) in November 1928 as dual track electrified at 600 V DC. The track between Kyoto Station and Horiuchi Station (present-day Kintetsu-Tambabashi Station) was placed on the site of a removed railway, which had been rerouted and is now called the JR Nara Line. [1]

The railway provided the through services to the lines of Kintetsu (originally, Osaka Electric Tramway) from the beginning. As of September 1961, Kintetsu was the largest shareholder of Nara Electric Railway with 980,000 shares out of the company's 1.9 million shares, while Keihan Electric Railway owned 710,000 shares. Through a deal between the two major shareholders, the shares owned by Keihan were transferred to Kintetsu in April 1962 and the company was merged into Kintetsu from October 1963. [1]

Between 1945 and 1968, there were through services with the Keihan Main Line using crossovers at Tambabashi. [2] The line voltage was increased to 1,500 V DC in 1969, and in 1988 through services with the Karasuma Line were introduced.[ citation needed ]


 B01  Kyōto 京都0.0SSS Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture
 B02  Tōji 東寺0.9SS| Minami-ku, Kyoto
 B03  Jūjō 十条1.5|||
 B04  Kamitobaguchi 上鳥羽口2.5||| Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
 B05  Takeda 竹田3.6SS| Subway KyotoKarasuma.svg Karasuma Line (K15)
 B06  Fushimi 伏見4.9|||
 B07  Kintetsu-Tambabashi 近鉄丹波橋6.0SSS Number prefix Keihan lines.png Keihan Main Line (Tambabashi) (KH30)
 B08  Momoyamagoryōmae 桃山御陵前6.5SS|
 B09  Mukaijima 向島8.6S||
 B10  Ogura 小倉11.4S|| Uji
 B11  Iseda 伊勢田12.7S||
 B12  Ōkubo 大久保13.6SS|
 B13  Kutsukawa 久津川14.6S|| Jōyō
 B14  Terada 寺田15.9S||
 B15  Tonoshō 富野荘17.4S||
 B16  Shin-Tanabe 新田辺19.6SS| Kyōtanabe
 B17  Kōdo 興戸21.1M|
 B18  Miyamaki 三山木22.4M|
 B19  Kintetsu Miyazu 近鉄宮津23.1M|
 B20  Komada 狛田24.4|| Seika
 B21  Shin-Hōsono 新祝園26.7S| H Gakkentoshi Line (Hōsono) (JR-H20)
 B22  Kizugawadai 木津川台28.2||
 B23  Yamadagawa 山田川29.2||
 B24  Takanohara 高の原30.8SX Nara Nara Prefecture
 B25  Heijō 平城33.5||
 B26  Yamato-Saidaiji 大和西大寺34.6SS B Kashihara Line (through service) (B26)
A Kintetsu-Nara Line (A26)

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