Seishin-Yamate Line

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Seishin-Yamate Line
Subway KobeSeishin.svg
Kobe Subway 6629 at Seishin-minami Station.jpg
A 6000 series train in 2021
Other name(s)Midori no U-Line
Native name西神山手線
Owner Kobe Municipal Transportation Bureau
Locale Kobe
Type Rapid transit
System Kobe Municipal Subway Logo.svg Kobe Municipal Subway
Operator(s)Kobe Municipal Transportation Bureau
Opened13 March 1977;45 years ago (1977-03-13)
Line length22.7 km (14.1 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed90 km/h (55 mph) [1]
Route map
Kobe subway lines KobeSubway.svg
Kobe subway lines

The Seishin-Yamate Line (西神山手線, Seishin-Yamate-sen), also known by its nickname of "Midori no U-Line" (Japanese : みどりのUライン, lit. 'The green "U" line'), is one of the two lines of the Kobe Municipal Subway. It links the central districts to the east and western suburbs of Kobe. The line color is       green.


Service pattern

The line has a reciprocal through service with the Hokushin Line (formerly the Hokushin Kyukuo Electric Railway); all trains run between either Tanigami or Shin-Kobe and Seishin-chūō, stopping at every station. During rush hours, additional trains run between Shin-Kobe and Myōdani.


On 15 October 1971, a railway license was issued to the Kobe Municipal Transportation Bureau to build a subway line linking the Myōdani district to the Shin-Kobe Shinkansen station; construction on the first segment of that line began on 25 November of that year. The first segment of the subway (between Shin-Nagata and Myodani, known as the Seishin Line) opened on 13 March 1977; a second segment of the line (between Shin-Nagata and Okurayama, known as the Yamate Line) opened on 17 February 1982. The line was extended to Shin-Kobe on 18 June 1985; a western extension to Gakuen-toshi (from Myodani) opened that same day. On 18 March 1987, the final segment of the subway line opened between Gakuen-toshi and Seishin-chūō.[ citation needed ]

The Hokushin Kyuko Electric Railway opened on 2 April 1988, providing service between Tanigami and Shin-Kobe. An infill station (Seishin-minami) opened in between Seishin-chūō and Ikawadani stations on 20 March 1993, expanding the line to a total of 16 stations. On 17 January 1995, the subway line was shut down due to damage caused by the Great Hanshin earthquake; the line resumed operation with limited service between Seishin-chūō and Itayado the following day, along with the entirety of the Hokushin Kyuko line. Limited service was resumed across the entire line on 16 February, and full service was restored in March 1995 after repairs were completed, albeit with speed restrictions remaining in place until 21 July of that year.[ citation needed ]

The subway began to accept the Surotto Kansai smart card in October 1999; it would start accepting PiTaPa in October 2006.

Women-only cars began to be used on the subway line from 16 December 2002. Currently, one car heading in the direction of Seishin-chūō (car number 4) is reserved for women only; the restriction applies throughout the entire day.

Women-only car


NameNo.NameJapaneseDistance (km)
Hokushin Line  S01  Tanigami 谷上–7.5 Kobe Municipal Subway Logo.svg Hokushin Line
Shintetsu Arima Line
Seishin-Yamate Line S02  Shin-Kobe 新神戸0.0 Shinkansen jrw.svg San'yō Shinkansen
Kobe Municipal Subway Logo.svg Hokushin Line
 S03  Sannomiya 三宮1.3
 S04  Kenchōmae 県庁前2.2 
 S05  Ōkurayama 大倉山
 S06  Minatogawa-Kōen 湊川公園
4.3 Hyōgo-ku
 S07  Kamisawa 上沢5.3 
 S08  Nagata (Nagatajinjamae) 長田(長田神社前)6.1 Kobe Kosoku Line (Kosoku-Nagata Station) Nagata-ku
 S09  Shin-Nagata 新長田(鉄人28号前)7.6
 S10  Itayado 板宿
8.8 Sanyo Railway Main Line
 S11  Myōhōji 妙法寺11.7  Suma-ku
 S12  Myōdani 名谷13.3 
 S13  Sōgō Undō Kōen 総合運動公園15.1 
 S14  Gakuen-Toshi 学園都市16.8  Nishi-ku
 S15  Ikawadani 伊川谷18.4 
 S16  Seishin-Minami 西神南20.1 
 S17  Seishin-Chuo 西神中央22.7 

Rolling stock

A 1000 series train in January 2008 Kobe-municipal-subway-1015.jpg
A 1000 series train in January 2008
A 2000 series train in 2015 Kobe Subway 2622F at Seishin-minami Station.JPG
A 2000 series train in 2015
A 3000 series train in 2015 Kobe Subway 3623F at Seishin-minami Station.JPG
A 3000 series train in 2015

All trains are based at Tanigami and Myōdani Depots.

A fleet of new trains (known as the 6000 series) is to be introduced on the line between fiscal 2018 and 2022; these trains will replace all existing trains on the line. Built by Kawasaki, the design of the new trains will be overseen by Ken Okuyama Design. [2]

The last of the 2000 series sets were retired in March 2021. [3]

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