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Tobu Kinugawa Line

     Tobu Kinugawa Line
Type Heavy rail
Locale Tochigi Prefecture
Termini Shimo-Imaichi
Owner Tobu Railway
Line length 16.2 km (10.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary

The Tobu Kinugawa Line (東武鬼怒川線 Tōbu Kinugawa-sen) is a 16.2 km long Japanese railway line from Shimo-Imaichi Station to Shin-Fujiwara Station in Nikkō, Tochigi. It is owned and operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway.[1] Its name was taken after Kinugawa Onsen hot spring resort area the line serves.

At Shimo-Imaichi Station it connects with the Tobu Nikko Line. At Shin-Fujiwara Station it connects with the Yagan Railway Aizu Kinugawa Line. Some trains goes beyond the Aizu Kinugawa Line terminus at Aizu-Kōgen Oze-guchi Station onto the Aizu Railway Aizu Line.

The line runs surcharged, reserved-seat limited express services from and to Asakusa and Shinjuku in Tokyo.

The whole line is electrified at 1,500 V DC, but it is single tracked except for a 0.8 km double-tracked section at Kinugawa-Onsen Station.


Station Distance (km) Transfers Location
Shimo-Imaichi 下今市 - 0.0 Tobu Nikko Line Nikkō, Tochigi
Daiya-Mukō 大谷向 0.8 0.8  
Ōkuwa 大桑 4.0 4.8  
Shin-Takatoku 新高徳 2.5 7.3  
Kosagoe 小佐越 2.6 9.9  
Kinugawa-Onsen 鬼怒川温泉 2.5 12.4  
Kinugawa-Kōen 鬼怒川公園 2.1 14.5  
Shin-Fujiwara 新藤原 1.7 16.2 Yagan Railway Aizu Kinugawa Line
Route map of the Kinugawa Line


  • 1915: Fujiwara Tramway (藤原軌道株式会社 Fujiwara Kidō Kabushiki-gaisha) was licensed to build a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge steam-hauled tramway. It was renamed Shimotsuke Tramway (下野軌道株式会社 Shimotsuke Kidō Kabushiki-gaisha) in the same year.
  • 2 January 1917: A 3.6-mile (5.8 km) section from Daiya-gawa Hokugan Station to Kinugawa Nangan Station was opened. The line was extended a further 2.5 miles (4.0 km) the same year.
  • March 1919: Ōhara Station to Shimotaki Station section was opened.
  • October 1919: Daiya Mukō Imaichi Station to Shin-Imaichi Station section was opened.
  • 1 January 1920: Shimotaki Station to Fujiwara Station section was open to complete the whole 10.9-mile (17.5 km) line.
  • 6 June 1921: The company name was renamed Shimotsuke Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (下野電気鉄道株式会社 Shimotsuke Denki Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha).
  • 9 March 1922: The whole line was electrified at 600 V DC.
  • April 1927: The corporate headquarters was relocated to the Tobu Railway headquarters in Tokyo.
  • 22 October 1929: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge operation began on all the line.
  • 1931: The voltage was raised to 1,500 V.
  • 1 May 1943: Shimotsuke Electric Railway was bought out by Tobu Railway. The line became Tōbu Kinugawa Line.
  • 9 October 1986: Yagan Railway Aizu Kinugawa Line through service began.
  • 12 October 1990: Aizu Railway Aizu Line through service to Aizu Tajima Station began.
  • 18 March 2006: New Kinugawa services to/from Shinjuku commence.[2]

Former connecting lines

  • Shin-Takatoku station - The Tobu Yaita Line operated between 1924 and 1959.


  1. ^ Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 199.  
  2. ^ JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. p. 76.  
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