Tokaido Main Line
|Tokaido Main Line (東海道本線; Tōkaidō Honsen)|
|Location||Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo Prefecture(s)|
|Terminal Stations||Tokyo Station and Kobe Station (Hyogo)|
|Major Stations||Tokyo Station, Yokohama Station, Odawara Station, Atami Station, Shizuoka Station, Hamamatsu Station, Nagoya Station, Gifu Station, Maibara Station, Otsu Station, Yamashina Station, Kyoto Station, Shin-Osaka Station, Osaka Station, Sannomiya Station, Kobe Station|
|Train Types||Futsu, Shin-kaisoku|
|Train Schedule||Atami-Maibara schedule at ekikara.jp Maibara-Kyoto schedule at ekikara.jp|
|Total Distance||Tokyo to Kobe: 589.5 km|
|Opened||The first segment between Shimbashi and Yokohama (Sakuragicho) Stations opened in 1872. The train line between Tokyo and Kobe completed in 1889.|
|Operator||JR West, JR East, JR Tokai|
|Others||Railways in Shiga, Railways in Japan|
by Philbert Ono
Also called Tokaido Line, this is Japan's busiest train corridor and oldest train line running from Tokyo Station to Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. Some segments have a nickname such as Biwako Line between Kyoto Station and Nagahama Station.
Starting from Tokyo and going to Kobe. Transfer lines and popular destinations along the stations are as follows.
- Tokyo Station 東京駅: Tokaido Shinkansen, Tohoku Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen, Yamanote Line, Chuo Main Line, Sobu Main Line, Yokosuka Line, Keiyo Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Tokyo Metro:○Marunouchi Line(M-17), ○Tozai Line (Otemachi Station: T-09)
- Shimbashi Station 新橋駅: Yamanote Line, Yokosuka Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Tokyo Metro: ○Ginza Line(G-08), ○Toei Asakusa Line(A-10), Yurikamome
- Shinagawa Station 品川駅: Yokosuka Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Yamanote Line, Tokaido Shinkansen, Keikyu Main Line
- Kawasaki Station 川崎駅: Keihin-Tohoku Line, Nambu Line, Keikyu-Kawasaki Station, Keikyu Daishi Line
- Yokohama Station 横浜駅: Keihin-Tohoku Line, Negishi Line, Yokosuka Line, Tokyo Kyuko Electric Railway: Tokyu Toyoko Line, Keihin Electric Express Railway: Main Line, Sagami Railway: Main Line, Yokohama City Transportation Bureau: Yokohama municipal subway line 3 (Blue Line)]], Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Company: Minatomirai Line
- Totsuka Station 戸塚駅: Yokosuka Line
Yokohama City Transportation Bureau: Yokohama municipal subway line 1 (Blue Line)
- Ofuna Station 大船駅: Negishi Line, Yokosuka Line, Shonan Monorail
- Fujisawa Station 藤沢駅: Odakyu Enoshima Line, Enoshima Electric Railway
- Tsujido Station 辻堂駅:
- Chigasaki Station 茅ヶ崎駅: Sagami Line
- Hiratsuka Station 平塚駅:
- Oiso Station 大磯駅:
- Ninomiya Station 二宮駅:
- Kozu Station 国府津駅: Gotemba Line
- Kamonomiya Station 鴨宮駅:
- Odawara Station 小田原駅: Tokaido Shinkansen, Odakyu Odawara Line, Hakone Tozan Line, Izu-Hakone Daiyuzan Line
- Hayakawa Station 早川駅:
- Nebukawa Station 根府川駅:
- Manazuru Station 真鶴駅:
- Yugawara Station 湯河原駅:
- Atami Station 熱海駅: Tokaido Shinkansen, Ito Line
- Kannami Station 函南駅:
- Mishima Station 三島駅: Tokaido Shinkansen, Izu-Hakone Railway Sunzu Line
- Numazu 沼津駅: Gotemba Line
- Katahama Station 片浜駅:
- Hara Station 原駅:
- Higashi-Tagonoura Station 東田子の浦駅:
- Yoshiwara Station 吉原駅:
- Fuji Station 富士駅: Minobu Line
- Fujikawa Station 富士川駅:
- Shin-Kambara Station 新蒲原駅:
- Kambara Station 蒲原駅:
- Yui Station 由比駅:
- Okitsu Station 興津駅:
- Shimizu Station 清水駅:
- Kusanagi Station 草薙駅: Shizuoka Railway
- Higashi-Shizuoka Station 東静岡駅:
- Shizuoka Station 静岡駅: Tokaido Shinkansen, Shizuoka Railway Shin-Shizuoka Station
- Abekawa 安倍川駅:
- Mochimune Station 用宗駅:
- Yaizu Station 焼津駅:
- Nishi-Yaizu Station 西焼津駅:
- Fujieda Station 藤枝駅:
- Rokugo Station 六合駅:
- Shimada Station 島田駅:
- Kanaya Station 金谷駅: Oigawa Railway Oigawa Main Line
- Kikugawa Station 菊川駅:
- Kakegawa Station 掛川駅: Tokaido Shinkansen, Tenryu-Hamanako Railway
- Aino Station 愛野駅:
- Fukuroi Station 袋井駅:
- Iwata Station 磐田駅:
- Toyodacho Station 豊田町駅:
- Tenryugawa Station 天竜川駅:
- Hamamatsu Station 浜松駅: Tokaido Shinkansen, Enshu Railway Shin-Hamamatsu Station
- Takatsuka Station 高塚駅:
- Maisaka Station 舞阪駅:
- Bentenjima Station 弁天島駅:
- Araimachi Station 新居町駅:
- Washizu 鷲津駅:
- Shinjohara Station 新所原駅: Tenryu-Hamanako Railway
- Futagawa Station 二川駅:
- Toyohashi Station 豊橋駅: Tokaido Shinkansen, Iida Line, Toyohashi Railway: Toyohashi Railway Atsumi Line (Shin-Toyohashi Station)
- Nishi-Kozakai Station 西小坂井駅:
- Aichi-Mito Station 愛知御津駅:
- Mikawa-Otsuka Station 三河大塚駅:
- Mikawa-Miya Station 三河三谷駅:
- Gamagori Station 蒲郡駅: Nagoya Railway: Meitetsu Gamagori Line
- Mikawa-Shiotsu Station 三河塩津駅: Nagoya Railway: Gamagori Line (Gamagori-Kyoteijo-mae Station)
- Sangane Station 三ヶ根駅:
- Koda Station 幸田駅:
- Okazaki Station 岡崎駅: Aichi Loop Line
- Nishi-Okazaki Station 西岡崎駅:
- Anjo Station 安城駅:
- Mikawa-Anjo Station 三河安城駅: Tokaido Shinkansen
- Higashi-Kariya 東刈谷駅:
- Kariya Station 刈谷駅: Nagoya Railway: Meitetsu Mikawa Line
- Aizuma Station 逢妻駅:
- Obu Station 大府駅: Taketoyo Line
- Kyowa 共和駅:
- Odaka Station 大高駅:
- Kasadera Station 笠寺駅:
- Atsuta Station 熱田駅:
- Kanayama Station 金山駅: Chuo Line, Nagoya Railway: Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line, Nagoya City Subway Meijo Line
- Otobashi Station 尾頭橋駅:
- Nagoya 名古屋駅: Tokaido Shinkansen, Kansai Main Line, Chuo Line, Nagoya Railway: Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line, Nagoya City Subway: Nagoya City Subway Higashiyama Line, Nagoya City Subway Sakura-Dori Line
- Biwajima Station 枇杷島駅: Tokai Transport Service Company Johoku Line
- Kiyosu Station 清洲駅:
- Inazawa Station 稲沢駅:
- Owari-Ichinomiya Station 尾張一宮駅: Nagoya Railway (Meitetsu-Ichinomiya Station): Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line, Meitetsu Bisai Line
- Kisogawa 木曽川駅:
- Gifu Station 岐阜駅: Takayama Main Line, Nagoya Railway (Meitetsu-Gifu Station): Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line, Meitetsu Kagamihara Line
- Nishi-Gifu Station 西岐阜駅:
- Hozumi Station 穂積駅:
- Ogaki Station 大垣駅: [[[Kintetsu Yoro Line]], Tarumi Railway Tarumi Line
- Tarui Station 垂井駅:
- Sekigahara Station 関ヶ原駅:
- Kashiwabara Station (柏原駅) - The station after Sekigahara Station in Gifu. A former stage town on the Nakasendo Road. A local history museum, Tokugen-in Temple, and Kitabatake grave.
- Omi-Nagaoka Station (近江長岡駅) - Gateway to Mt. Ibuki and Mishima Pond. Bicycle rental at Green Park Santo (accessible by bus).
- Samegai Station (醒ヶ井駅) - Former stage town on the Nakasendo Road. Famous for the Samegai Trout Farm and baikamo underwater river flowers in sumer.
- Maibara Station (米原駅) - Tokaido shinkansen bullet train stop and where the Tokaido/Biwako Line and Hokuriku Line intersect. You can transfer to the Hokuriku Line to travel to Fukui, Ishikawa, and Toyama Prefectures.
- Hikone Station (彦根駅) - One of Shiga's major cities and tourist bases with Hikone Castle, Hikone Port (for Chikubushima), and shrines and temples.
- Minami-Hikone Station (南彦根駅) - Viva City shopping center and movie theaters.
- Kawase Station (河瀬駅) -
- Inae Station (稲枝駅) -
- Notogawa Station (能登川駅) - Giant water wheel is the town's symbol, and the station's facade is also partially shaped like a water wheel. Bicycle rental at the station.
- Azuchi Station (安土駅) - Rent a bicycle and cycle to Azuchi Castle ruins, House of Nobunaga, and the archeaological museum. Bicycle rental in front of the station.
- Omi-Hachiman Station (近江八幡駅) - Another major tourist base with Hachiman-yama mountain for great views of the city and Lake Biwa, Suigo boat rides, Hachiman-bori moat which is the historical part of town, and buildings by the American architect Vories. Bicycle rental at the station.
- Shinohara Station (篠原駅) - Bicycle rental at recreational grounds Imose no Sato (雪野山史跡広場妹背の里) (0748-57-1819) until 5 pm.
- Yasu Station (野洲駅) - Mt. Mikami, Hyozu Taisha Shrine, and rice-planting festival in May. Bicycle rental at the south exit (Minami-guchi) at the Yasu Tourist Office (077−587−3710) until 5 pm (closed Mon.).
- Moriyama Station (守山駅) - Another stage town on the Nakasendo Road with noted shrines and temples mostly on the west side (toward the lake) of the station. The east side has little. Bicycle rental at the tourist office (077−514−3765) at the west exit until 7:30 pm. Also bicycle rental at Laforet Biwako (phone: 077-584-2180), a hotel on the lakeshore (accessible by bus from the station).
- Ritto Station (栗東駅) - Daiho Shrine is nearby on the west side of the station.
- Kusatsu Station (草津駅) - A former stage town on the Nakasendo Road. The Kusatsu-juku Honjin is a marvelous example of the luxury accomodations used by feudal lords and emperors when they traveled in the old days. Tourist info booth near turnstile. Bicycle rental (phone: 077−565-9052) at east exit street level.
- Minami-Kusatsu Station (南草津駅) -
- Seta Station (瀬田駅) - By bus, go to the "Bunka Zone" (Culture Zone) that has a Japanese garden, the Shiga Prefectural Library, and the The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga.
- Ishiyama Station (石山駅) - Ishiyama-dera Temple is a must-see and the Seta River and Seta Karahashi Bridge are also historic places. Ishiyama is also a Keihan streetcar stop which cuts through Otsu.
- Zeze Station (膳所駅) - Zeze Castle ruins. Also near to Otsu's shopping area.
- Otsu Station (大津駅) - Shiga's capital and a city with many important temples and shrines such as Enryakuji Temple, Ishiyama-dera Temple, Omi Jingu Shrine, Gichuji Temple (where Haiku poet Basho is buried), and a nice lakeshore. Bicycle rental at Otsu Port (Otsu Tourist Office).
- Yamashina Station: Kosei Line
- Kyoto Station: Kosei Line, Nara Line, others. The Kyoto Line runs between Kyoto Station to Osaka Station.
- Nishi-Oji Station
- Katsura Station (Opening in 2008)
- Mukomachi Station
- Nagaokakyo Station
- Yamazaki Station
- Shimamoto Station (Opening in 2008)
- Takatsuki Station
- Settsu-Tonda Station
- Ibaraki Station
- Senrioka Station
- Kishibe Station
- Suita Station
- Higashi-Yodogawa Station
- Shin-Osaka Station
- Osaka Station: The Kobe Line runs between Osaka Station to Himeji Station.
- Tsukamoto Station
- Amagasaki Station
- Tachibana Station
- Koshienguchi Station
- Nishinomiya Station
- Sakura-Shukugawa Station (Opening on March 18, 2007)
- Ashiya Station
- Konan-Yamate Station
- Settsu-Motoyama Station
- Sumiyoshi Station
- Rokkomichi Station
- Nada Station
- Sannomiya Station
- Motomachi Station
- Kobe Station
From Kobe, some trains also run until Himeji Station.
Map below shows the section between Kyoto and Sekigahara Stations.