List of aerial lifts in Japan

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The list of aerial lifts in Japan lists aerial lifts in the nation.


In Japan, aerial lift, or "ropeway" (索道, sakudō), includes means of transport such as aerial tramway, funitel, gondola lift, funifor, as well as chairlift. All of them are legally considered as a sort of railway. Chairlift is officially called "special ropeway" (特殊索道, tokushu sakudō), while colloquially called "lift" (リフト, rifuto). Other aerial lifts are officially called "normal ropeway" (普通索道, futsū sakudō), or colloquially "ropeway" (ロープウェイ or ロープウェー, rōpuwei or rōpuwē). Technical names exist for each "normal ropeway", such as "double single-cabled automatic loop normal ropeway" (複式単線自動循環式普通索道, fukushiki tansen jidō junkan-shiki futsū sakudō) for funitel gondola lifts, but those names are hardly used outside authorities; most people don't distinguish them. Number of Japanese "normal ropeways" listed here are as follows.

SystemsFull year
Gondola lifts623294
Aerial tramways68472
Funitel gondola lifts303
Funitel aerial tramways101

It is also notable that the word "cable car" (ケーブルカー, kēburukā) does not refer to aerial lifts in Japan, but to cable railways, such as cable cars proper or funiculars. (However, Japan currently does not have any cable cars proper, but funiculars.)

This article only lists "normal ropeways"; in other words, aerial lifts excluding chairlifts. Names might be tentative.

Italicized name: Aerial lifts that operate seasonal, mostly in ski resorts.
T: Aerial tramways. (Those without T are gondola lifts.)
F: Funitels.


Mt. Hakodate Ropeway. The background is Tsugaru Strait. Mt-Hakodate-Ropeway-05.jpg
Mt. Hakodate Ropeway. The background is Tsugaru Strait.

Tōhoku region

Hakkoda Ropeway in snow. Hakkoda Ropeway.jpg
Hakkōda Ropeway in snow.
Zao Ropeway funitel Yamagata-zao ski 1 (200712).jpg
Zaō Ropeway funitel

Aomori Prefecture

Iwate Prefecture

Akita Prefecture

Miyagi Prefecture

Yamagata Prefecture

Fukushima Prefecture

Kantō region

Hakone Ropeway is the second funitel in Japan. Hakone Ropeway 2.jpg
Hakone Ropeway is the second funitel in Japan.
Hakone Komagatake Ropeway. Hakone komagatake ropeway01.JPG
Hakone Komagatake Ropeway.

Gunma Prefecture

Tochigi Prefecture

Ibaraki Prefecture

Chiba Prefecture

Saitama Prefecture

Kanagawa Prefecture

Chūbu region

Katsuragiyama Ropeway, Shizuoka. Katsuragiyama Ropeway.jpg
Katsuragiyama Ropeway, Shizuoka.
Komagatake Ropeway, Nagano. Komagatake Ropeway.jpg
Komagatake Ropeway, Nagano.
Gozaisho Ropeway, Mie. Gozaisho Ropeway.jpg
Gozaisho Ropeway, Mie.

Shizuoka Prefecture

Yamanashi Prefecture

Nagano Prefecture

Niigata Prefecture

Ishikawa Prefecture

Toyama Prefecture

Gifu Prefecture

Mie Prefecture

Kansai region

Yoshino Ropeway is the oldest surviving aerial lift in Japan, operated from 1929. YoshinoRopeway.jpg
Yoshino Ropeway is the oldest surviving aerial lift in Japan, operated from 1929.
Shin-Kobe Ropeway and the skyscrapers of Kobe. Shin kobe ropeway01s3200.jpg
Shin-Kōbe Ropeway and the skyscrapers of Kōbe.

Shiga Prefecture

Nara Prefecture

Kyōto Prefecture

Ōsaka Prefecture

Hyōgo Prefecture

Chūgoku region

Miyajima Ropeway Momijidani Line, Miyajima, Hiroshima. Miyajima Ropeway.jpg
Miyajima Ropeway Momijidani Line, Miyajima, Hiroshima.

Hiroshima Prefecture

Yamaguchi Prefecture

Shimane Prefecture

Shikoku region

Bizan Ropeway, Tokushima. Bizan01.jpg
Bizan Ropeway, Tokushima.

Kagawa Prefecture

Tokushima Prefecture

Ehime Prefecture

Kyūshū region

Unzen Ropeway on an active volcano Unzen Ropeway.jpg
Unzen Ropeway on an active volcano

Ōita Prefecture

Nagasaki Prefecture

Kumamoto Prefecture

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