Sakai Line

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Sakai Line
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Nezumi Otoko Train I
Native name境線
Owner JR West
Locale Tottori Prefecture
Termini Yonago
Line length17.9 km (11.1 mi)
Number of tracks1
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification Overhead lines 1500 V DC (Yonago - Goto, only for trains that enter and exit Goto train depot)

The Sakai Line (境線, Sakai-sen) is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. The line connects Yonago and Sakaiminato.



All stations are in Tottori Prefecture. The stations have nicknames corresponding to monsters that appear in GeGeGe no Kitaro . [1] [2]

NameNicknameBetween (km)Distance (km)RapidTransfersLocation
Yonago 米子Nezumi-Otokoねずみ男-0.0 JRW san-A.svg JRW san-D.svg Sanin Main Line Yonago
Bakurōmachi 博労町 Koro-pok-guru コロポックル1.01.0 
Fujimichō 富士見町 Zashiki-warashi ざしきわらし0.51.5 
Gotō 後藤Doro-ta-bōどろたぼう0.72.2 
Sambommatsuguchi 三本松口Sodehiki-Kozōそでひき小僧1.13.3 
Kawasakiguchi 河崎口 Kasabake 傘化け2.05.3 
Yumigahama 弓ヶ浜 Azukiarai あずきあらい1.97.2 
Wadahama 和田浜Tsuchikorobiつちころび2.59.7 
Ōshinozuchō 大篠津町Sunakake Babā砂かけばばあ1.411.1 
Yonago Airport 米子空港Betobeto-sanべとべとさん1.612.7  Sakaiminato
Nakahama 中浜 Ushi-oni 牛鬼0.513.2 
Takamatsuchō 高松町Sunekosuriすねこすり1.114.3 
Amariko 余子Konaki-jijiこなきじじい0.715.0 
Agarimichi 上道 Ittan-momen 一反木綿1.316.3 
Babasakichō 馬場崎町 Kijimuna キジムナー0.917.2 
Sakaiminato 境港 Kitaro 鬼太郎0.717.9 


The entire line opened in 1902. The section to Goto was electrified in 1982, and freight services ceased in 1986.[ citation needed ]

In 2008, Oshinozu Station was closed and the line relocated 800 m east to serve Yonago Airport, with the new station named accordingly.[ citation needed ]

JR West announced an 800 million yen renovation of the line's rolling stock (22 cars) in October 2017, to be completed by spring 2019. The renovation will introduce on-board fare payment using ICOCA proximity cards (as well as Suica and other major Japanese transit cards). Most stations on the line are unmanned, requiring fares to be paid to the train conductor; the upgrade is intended to increase efficiency, and to better serve travelers from Tokyo, Osaka and other metropolitan areas where proximity cards are commonly used. [3]

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