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Jōetsu Line

Jōetsu Line
Type Heavy rail
Locale Gunma, Niigata prefectures
Termini Takasaki
Stations 34
Opened 1920
Operator(s) JR East
Line length 162.6 km (101.03 mi)
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Route map

The Jōetsu Line (上越線 Jōetsu-sen) is a major railway line in Japan, owned by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It connects Takasaki Station in Gunma Prefecture with Miyauchi Station in Niigata Prefecture, linking the northwestern Kantō region and the Sea of Japan coast of the Chūbu region. The name refers to the old provinces of Kōzuke (野) and Echigo (後), which the line connects.


Before the opening of the Jōetsu Shinkansen in 1982, the Jōetsu Line had frequent service by express trains connecting Tokyo and Niigata. With the opening of the Jōetsu Shinkansen, however, the line became dominated by local and freight trains.

The branch of the Jōetsu Shinkansen between Echigo-Yuzawa Station and Gala-Yuzawa Station (the Gala-Yuzawa Line) technically belongs to the Jōetsu Line.


Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Takasaki 高崎 - 0.0 Jōetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen, Takasaki Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line, Hachikō Line, Shin'etsu Main Line
Jōshin Dentetsu: Jōshin Line
Takasaki Gunma
Takasakitonyamachi 高崎問屋町 2.8 2.8  
Ino 井野 1.2 4.0  
Shin-Maebashi 新前橋 3.3 7.3 Ryōmō Line Maebashi
Gumma-Sōja 群馬総社 4.8 12.1  
Yagihara 八木原 5.6 17.7   Shibukawa
Shibukawa 渋川 3.4 21.1 Agatsuma Line
Shikishima 敷島 6.4 27.5  
Tsukuda 津久田 3.0 30.5  
Iwamoto 岩本 5.8 36.3   Numata
Numata 沼田 5.0 41.3  
Gokan 後閑 5.2 style
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