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Jōhana Line

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Jōhana Line
A diesel-hauled freight train on the Johana Line, August 2009
StatusIn operation
OwnerJR West
LocaleToyama Prefecture
TypeRegional rail
Operator(s)JR West
Rolling stockKiHa 40 series DMU
Line length29.9 km (18.6 mi)
Number of tracksEntire line single tracked
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Operating speed85 km/h (53 mph)
Route map

The Jōhana Line (城端線, Jōhana-sen) is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. It connects Takaoka with Johana.

Route data

  • Operating Company: West Japan Railway Company (Services and tracks)
  • Distance: 29.9 km (18.6 mi)
  • Track gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Stations: 14
  • Double-track: None
  • Electrification: Not electrified
  • Railway signalling: Special automatic occlusive (track circuit detection type)


Name Japanese Between
Transfers Location
Takaoka 高岡 - 0.0 Himi Line, Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line, Manyosen Takaoka Toyama
Shin-Takaoka 新高岡 1.8 1.8 Hokuriku Shinkansen
Futatsuka 二塚 1.5 3.3  
Hayashi 1.3 4.6  
Toide 戸出 2.7 7.3  
Aburaden 油田 3.4 10.7   Tonami
Tonami 砺波 2.6 13.3  
Higashi-Nojiri 東野尻 5.2 15.5  
Takagi 高儀 1.5 17.0   Nanto
Fukuno 福野 2.4 19.4  
Higashi-Ishiguro 東石黒 2.6 22.0  
Fukumitsu 福光 2.7 24.7  
Etchū-Yamada 越中山田 2.8 27.5  
Jōhana 城端 2.4 29.9  


The line was opened in 1897[citation needed] by the Chūetsu Railway (中越鉄道) as the Chūetsu Line (中越線) between Fushiki (on the present-day Himi Line) and Jōhana via Takaoka.[2] The line was nationalised on 1 September 1920.[2] The Chūetsu Line was renamed the Jōhana Line from 1 August 1942 following the incorporation of the Fushiki to Takaoka section into the Himi Line.[2]

CTC signalling was commissioned over the entire line in 1983.[citation needed]

From 1 April 1987, with the privatization of JNR, the Jōhana Line came under the control of West Japan Railway Company (JR West).[2]

On 14 March 2015, Shin-Takaoka station opened on the line to coincide with the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kanazawa Station.[3]

Former connecting lines

  • Fukuno Station: The Tonami Railway opened a 7 km line to Tsuzawa in 1915, including a connection to the Hokuriku Main Line at Isurugi. The company merged with the Kaetsu Railway in 1919, which extended the line 13 km to Shogawa-Cho in 1922. The entire line was closed on 16 September 1972.[4]

See also


  1. ^ JTB Timetable March 2015 issue p. 495
  2. ^ a b c d Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR]. I. Japan: JTB. p. 92. ISBN 4-533-02980-9.
  3. ^ "ダイヤ改正 城端線始発砺波から" [A change in timetable, starting from Tonami Station on the Jōhana Line]. Yomiuri Shimbun. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  4. ^ 加越能鉄道加越線 Retrieved 18 July 2018 (in Japanese)
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