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Kitakami Line

Kitakami Line
Terminus of the Kitakami Line at Kitakami Station
Type Heavy rail
Locale Iwate, Akita prefectures
Termini Kitakami
Stations 17
Opened 1924
Operator(s) JR East
Line length 61.6 km (38.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification non
Operating speed 85 kilometres per hour (53 mph)
Route map

The Kitakami Line (北上線 Kitakami-sen) is a rail line in Japan. Part of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) system, it connects Kitakami Station in Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture to Yokote Station in Yokote, Akita Prefecture, acting as a connecting line between the Ōu Main Line to the Tōhoku Main Line. It connects with the Tōhoku Shinkansen and Tohoku Main Line at Kitakami Station, and the Ōu Main Line at Yokote Station.


  • History 1
  • Station list 2
  • Rolling stock 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The line opened in sections from both Kitakami and Yokote between 1920 and 1924.

In 1962 a 15km deviation was built in conjunction with the construction of the Yuda Dam, which added 0.8km to the length of the line.

CTC signalling was commissioned in 1994, and Freight services ceased in 2010.

Station list

Station Japanese Distance (km)
(from Kitakami)
Transfers Location
Kitakami 北上 0.0 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Tōhoku Main Line Kitakami Iwate Prefecture
Yanagihara 柳原 2.1
Ezuriko 江釣子 5.2
Fujine 藤根 8.4
Tatekawame 立川目 12.1
Yokokawame 横川目 14.3
Iwasawa 岩沢 18.1
Waka-Sennin 和賀仙人 20.3
Yudakinshūko ゆだ錦秋湖 28.8 Nishiwaga
Hottoyuda ほっとゆだ 35.2
Yudakōgen ゆだ高原 39.1
Kurosawa 黒沢 44.3 Yokote Akita Prefecture
Komatsukawa 小松川 49.6
Hiraishi 平石 51.6
Ainono 相野々 53.4
Yabitsu 矢美津 56.6
Yokote 横手 61.1 Ōu Main Line

Rolling stock


This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese WorldHeritage

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