JR Kyoto Line

JR Kyoto Line

local service

223-2000 series EMU on a Special Rapid Service, July 2009
Native name JR京都線
Type Heavy rail
System Urban Network
Locale Kyoto Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture
Termini Kyoto (Tōkaidō Line)
Osaka (Tōkaidō Line)
Opened July 26, 1876 (as part of Tōkaidō Main Line)
March 13, 1988 (renamed as JR Kyoto Line)
Owner JR West
Operator(s) JR West
JR Freight
Line length 42.8 km (26.6 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed outer tracks: 130 km/h (81 mph)
inner tracks: 120 km/h (75 mph)

The JR Kyoto Line (JR京都線 JR Kyōto-sen) is a commuter rail line in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area owned and operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The name applies to the section of the Tōkaidō Main Line between Kyoto Station and Osaka Station.

The Kyoto Line operates in combination with the Biwako Line and the JR Kobe Line, and offers through service trains to the Kosei Line and the JR Takarazuka Line.

Basic data


Commuter trains are classified in three types:

In addition to the three types of commuter trains, long-distance limited express trains connecting the Kyoto-Osaka region with Kansai International Airport (Haruka services), Hokuriku region (Thunderbird and Raichō services) and other areas also frequently operate on the line. Freight trains also operate on the line except for the section near Osaka Station where freight trains use separate freight lines.


Local trains stop at all stations. Rapid Service trains stop at stations marked "R" (all day) and "r" (except in the morning). Special Rapid Service trains stop at stations marked "S".

No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Stops Transfers Location
Through services from Biwako Line and Kosei Line
JR-A31 Kyoto京都 0.0 R S Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Biwako Line, San'in Main Line, Nara Line, Kosei Line
Kintetsu Kyoto Line, Subway Karasuma Line
Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto Kyoto
JR-A32 Nishiōji西大路 2.5 r | Minami-ku, Kyoto
JR-A33 Katsuragawa桂川 5.3 r |
JR-A34 Mukōmachi向日町 6.4 r | Mukō
JR-A35 Nagaokakyō長岡京 10.1 R | Nagaokakyō
JR-A36 Yamazaki山崎 14.1 r | Ōyamazaki
JR-A37 Shimamoto島本 16.3 r | Shimamoto Osaka
JR-A38 Takatsuki高槻 21.6 R S Takatsuki
JR-A39 Settsu-Tonda摂津富田 24.5 | |
JR-A40 JR-Sōjiji(Tentative)
(scheduled to open in 2018)
JR総持寺(仮称) Ibaraki
JR-A41 Ibaraki茨木 28.2 R |
JR-A42 Senrioka千里丘 31.1 | | Settsu
JR-A43 Kishibe岸辺 32.8 | | Suita
JR-A44 Suita吹田 35.2 | |
JR-A45 Higashi-Yodogawa東淀川 38.3 | | Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
JR-A46 Shin-Ōsaka新大阪 39.0 R S Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Sanyō Shinkansen, Subway Midōsuji Line
JR-A47 Ōsaka大阪 42.8 R S Ōsaka Station: JR Kōbe Line, Osaka Loop Line, Fukuchiyama Line
Kitashinchi Station: JR Tōzai Line
Umeda Station: Subway Midōsuji Line, Hankyu Kobe Main Line, Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line, Hankyu Kyoto Main Line, Hanshin Main Line
Higashi-Umeda Station: Subway Tanimachi Line
Nishi-Umeda Station: Subway Yotsubashi Line
Kita-ku, Osaka
Through services on JR Kobe Line and JR Takarazuka Line

Closed station

From September 5, 1876 to the opening of Kyoto Station on February 6, 1877, Ōmiyadōri Temporary Station (大宮通仮停車場 Ōmiyadōri Kari Teishajō) was the station for the city of Kyoto. The temporary station was located at 40 chains (0.80 km) west of Kyoto Station construction site, or 3 miles and 47 chains (5.77 km) away from Mukōmachi Station.

Rolling stock


321 series EMU on a local service, July 2006

Special Rapid and Rapid

Limited express



The line now called the JR Kyoto Line opened in 1876, only four years after the opening of the first railway in Japan. On July 26, 1876, the Japanese Government Railways opened the section between Ōsaka and Mukōmachi with an intermediate station at Takatsuki. On August 9, 1876, Yamazaki Station, Ibaraki Station and Suita Station opened. Kyoto Station opened on February 6, 1877.

On June 1, 1949, operation of the line was taken over by Japanese National Railways (JNR).


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