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Tōhoku Main Line shown in red, with Iwate Ginga Line and Aoimori Railway Line in blue

The Tōhoku Main Line (東北本線 Tōhoku-honsen ?) is a 631.3 km long railway line operated mainly by the East Japan Railway Company, although a small segment in the north is now operated by the Iwate Ginga Railway Company and Aoimori Railway. Though officially the line starts from Tokyo Station in Chiyoda, Tokyo, most of the long-distance trains actually begin at Ueno Station in Taitō, Tokyo, and pass through such cities as Saitama, Utsunomiya, Fukushima, Sendai, Morioka, and Hachinohe, before reaching the end of the line in Aomori, in Aomori Prefecture.

The Tōhoku Main Line runs mostly parallel to the Tōhoku Shinkansen. Upon completion of the Shinkansen extension to Aomori, the remaining northern portion of the line is expected to be spun off to a third-sector railway operator.

The 159.9 km long portion of the line between Ueno Station and Kuroiso Station in Nasushiobara, Tochigi is often referred to as the (JR) Utsunomiya Line. A portion of the Tōhoku Main Line is also shared with the Keihin-Tōhoku Line (29.6 km between Tokyo Station and Ōmiya Station in Ōmiya-ku, Saitama) and the Saikyō Line (18.0 km between Akabane Station in the Kita ward of Tokyo and Ōmiya Station).

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History

The construction of the Tōhoku Main Line began in the Kantō region and extended to the north end of Honshū, and the city of Aomori. It is one of oldest railway lines in Japan, with construction beginning in the late 19th century. Until November 1, 1906, the current Tōhoku Main Line was run by a private company Nippon Railway. In 1883, the first segment between Ueno and Kumagaya opened. In 1885, it was extended to Utsunomiya, but the Tone River still had to be crossed by boat. It was not until the construction of the Tone River Bridge in 1886 that Utsunomiya and Ueno were finally directly connected. The line gradually extended further to the north; to Kōriyama, Sendai, Ichinoseki and Morioka. In 1891, the segment between Morioka and Aomori opened, creating the longest continuous railway line in Japan.

After 1906, the line was nationalized and became the Tōhoku Main Line run by the Ministry of Railways. When Tokyo Station opened in 1925, the Tōhoku Main Line extended from Ueno to the new station. Until the 1950s, this segment was used and many trains ran through both the Tōkaidō Main Line and Tōhoku Main Line. However, when the Tōhoku Shinkansen arrived, it used land previously reserved for the tracks of mid and long-distance Tōhoku Main Line trains. As a result, only a small number of commuter lines such as the Kehin-Tōhoku Line now run to Tokyo from the north, making Tokyo Station's status as part of the Tōhoku Main Line somewhat circumspect.

In 2002, the Tōhoku Shinkansen was further extended from Morioka to Hachinohe and the operations of the local track segment between those two cities was turned over to two other companies. The shortened Tōhoku Main Line is now the second-longest line in Japan, after the Sanin Main Line.

Station list

Utsunomiya Line

From Ueno Station to Kuroiso Station

Station Japanese Distance (km)
(from Tokyo Station)
Transfers
(JR East line unless otherwise indicated)
Location
Ueno 上野 3.6 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Jōetsu Shinkansen, Jōban Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Takasaki Line, Yamanote Line
Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line (G-16), Hibiya Line (H-17), Keisei Electric Railway: Keisei Main Line (at Keisei Ueno Station)
Taitō-ku Tokyo
Oku 尾久 8.4 Kita-ku
Akabane 赤羽 13.2 Takasaki Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Saikyō Line
Urawa 浦和 24.2 Takasaki Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line Urawa-ku, Saitama Saitama
Prefecture
Saitama-Shintoshin さいたま新都心 28.7 Takasaki Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line Ōmiya-ku, Saitama
Ōmiya 大宮 30.3 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Jōetsu Shinkansen, Takasaki Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Saikyō Line, Kawagoe Line,
Tobu Railway: Tōbu Noda Line, Saitama New Urban Transit: Ina Line
Toro 土呂 33.3 Kita-ku, Saitama
Higashi-Ōmiya 東大宮 35.4 Minuma-ku, Saitama
Hasuda 蓮田 39.2 Hasuda
Shiraoka 白岡 43.5 Shiraoka
Shin-Shiraoka 新白岡 45.9
Kuki 久喜 48.9 Tōbu Railway: Tōbu Isesaki Line Kuki
Higashi-Washinomiya 東鷲宮 51.6 Washimiya
Kurihashi 栗橋 57.2 Tōbu Railway: Tōbu Nikkō Line Kurihashi
Koga 古河 64.7 Koga Ibaraki
Prefecture
Nogi 野木 69.4 Nogi Tochigi
Prefecture
Mamada 間々田 73.3 Oyama
Oyama 小山 80.6 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Mito Line, Ryōmō Line
Koganei 小金井 88.1 Kokubunji
Jichi-idai 自治医大 90.7
Ishibashi 石橋 95.4 Ishibashi
Suzumenomiya 雀宮 101.8 Utsunomiya
Utsunomiya 宇都宮 109.5 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Nikkō Line
Okamoto 岡本 115.7 Kawachi
Hōshakuji 宝積寺 121.2 Karasuyama Line Takanezawa
Ujīe 氏家 127.1 Sakura
Kamasusaka 蒲須坂 131.6
Kataoka 片岡 135.5 Yaita
Yaita 矢板 141.8
Nozaki 野崎 146.6 Otawara
Nishi-Nasuno 西那須野 151.8 Nasushiobara
Nasushiobara 那須塩原 157.8 Tōhoku Shinkansen
Kuroiso 黒磯 163.3

Southern Tōhoku Main Line

From Takaku Station to Sendai Station

Station Japanese Distance (km)
(from Tokyo Station)
Transfers
(JR East line unless otherwise stated)
Location
Takaku 高久 167.3 Nasu Tochigi
Prefecture
Kurodahara 黒田原 171.5
Toyohara 豊原 176.7
Shirasaka 白坂 182.0 Shirakawa Fukushima
Prefecture
Shin-Shirakawa 新白河 185.4 Tōhoku Shinkansen Nishigo
Shirakawa 白河 188.2 Shirakawa
Kutano 久田野 192.9
Izumizaki 泉崎 197.4 Izumizaki
Yabuki 矢吹 203.4 Yabuki
Kagamiishi 鏡石 208.8 Kagamiishi
Sukagawa 須賀川 215.1 Sukagawa
Asaka-Nagamori 安積永盛 221.8 Suigun Line Kōriyama
Kōriyama 郡山 226.7 Tōhoku Shinkansen, West Ban'etsu Line, East Ban'etsu Line, Suigun Line (runs through from Asaka-Nagamori to Kōriyama)
Hiwada 日和田 232.4
Gohyakugawa 五百川 236.9 Motomiya
Motomiya 本宮 240.7
Sugita 杉田 246.6 Nihonmatsu
Nihonmatsu 二本松 250.3
Adachi 安達 254.5 Adachi
Matsukawa 松川 259.5 Fukushima
Kanayagawa 金谷川 264.0
Minami-Fukushima 南福島 269.4
Fukushima 福島 272.8 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Ōu Main Line
Fukushima Kōtsu: Iizaka Line, Abukuma Express: Abukuma Express Line
Higashi-Fukushima 東福島 278.8
Date 伊達 281.9 Date
Kōri 桑折 285.9 Kōri
Fujita 藤田 289.3 Kunimi
Kaida 貝田 294.9
Kosugō 越河 298.6 Shiroishi Miyagi
Prefecture
Shiroishi 白石 306.8
Higashi-Shiroishi 東白石 311.0
Kita-Shirakawa 北白川 315.3
Ōgawara 大河原 320.1 Ōgawara
Funaoka 船岡 323.1 Shibata
Tsukinoki 槻木 327.7 Abukuma Express Line
Iwanuma 岩沼 334.2 Jōban Line Iwanuma
Tatekoshi 館腰 337.9 Jōban Line Natori
Natori 名取 341.4 Jōban Line
Sendai Airport Transit: Sendai Airport Line
Minami-Sendai 南仙台 344.1 Jōban Line Taihaku-ku, Sendai
Taishidō 太子堂 346.3 Jōban Line
Nagamachi 長町 347.3 Jōban Line, Sendai Subway Nanboku Line
Sendai 仙台 351.8 Akita Shinkansen, Tōhoku Shinkansen, Senzan Line, Senseki Line, Jōban Line (runs through from Iwanuma to Sendai)
Sendai Subway: Nanboku Line, Sendai Airport Transit: Sendai Airport Line (runs through from Natori)
Aoba-ku, Sendai

Central Tōhoku Main Line

From Higashi-Sendai Station to Morioka Station

Station Japanese Distance (km)
(from Tokyo Station)
Transfers
(JR East line unless otherwise stated)
Location
Higashi-Sendai 東仙台 355.8 Miyagino-ku, Sendai Miyagi Prefecture
Iwakiri 岩切 359.9
Shin-Rifu 新利府 2.5 (from Iwakiri) Branch line from Iwakiri Rifu
Rifu 利府 4.2 (from Iwakiri)
Rikuzen-Sannō 陸前山王 362.2 Tagajō, Miyagi
Kokufu-Tagajō 国府多賀城 363.5
Shiogama 塩釜 365.2 Shiogama
Matsushima 松島 375.2 Matsushima
Atago 愛宕 377.2
Shinainuma 品井沼 381.6
Kashimadai 鹿島台 386.6 Ōsaki
Matsuyama-Machi 松山町 391.5
Kogota 小牛田 395.0 Rikuu East Line, Ishinomaki Line Misato
Tajiri 田尻 401.1 Ōsaki
Semine 瀬峰 407.8 Kurihara
Umegasawa 梅ヶ沢 411.5 Tome
Nitta 新田 416.2
Ishikoshi 石越 423.5
Yushima 油島 427.0 Hanaizumi Iwate Prefecture
Hanaizumi 花泉 431.2
Shimizuhara 清水原 434.4
Arikabe 有壁 437.8 Kurihara Miyagi Prefecture
Ichinoseki 一ノ関 445.1 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Ōfunato Line Ichinoseki Iwate Prefecture
Yamanome 山ノ目 448.0
Hiraizumi 平泉 452.3 Hiraizumi
Maesawa 前沢 459.9 Maesawa
Rikuchū-Orī 陸中折居 465.1 Mizusawa
Mizusawa 水沢 470.1
Kanegasaki 金ヶ崎 477.7 Kanegasaki
Rokuhara 六原 481.1
Kitakami 北上 487.5 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Kitakami Line Kitakami
Murasakino 村崎野 492.2
Hanamaki 花巻 500.0 Kamaishi Line Hanamaki
Hanamaki Airport 花巻空港 505.7
Ishidoriya 石鳥谷 511.4 Ishidoriya
Hizume 日詰 516.8 Shiwa
Shiwachūō 紫波中央 518.6
Furudate 古館 521.5
Yahaba 矢幅 525.1 Yahaba
Iwateīoka 岩手飯岡 529.6 Morioka
Senbokuchō 仙北町 533.5
Morioka 盛岡 535.3 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Yamada Line, Tazawako Line
Iwate Ginga Railway: Iwate Ginga Line

Northern Tōhoku Main Line

From Hachinohe Station to Aomori Station
The former JR Tōhoku Main Line between Morioka and Hachinohe is now owned by Iwate Ginga Railway (IGR) and Aoimori Railway. The tracks between Hachinohe and Aomori are also scheduled to pass into Aoimori Railway ownership from December 2010.[1]

Station Japanese Distance (km)
(from Hachinohe Station)
Transfers
(JR East line unless otherwise stated)
Location
Hachinohe 八戸 0.0 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Hachinohe Line
Aoimori Railway Line
Hachinohe Aomori Prefecture
Mutsu-Ichikawa 陸奥市川 6.9
Shimoda 下田 11.1 Oirase
Mukaiyama 向山 16.3
Misawa 三沢 21.0 Towada Kanko Electric Railway: Towada Kanko Electric Railway Line Misawa
Kogawara 小川原 27.6 Tōhoku
Kamikita-Chō 上北町 31.5
Ottomo 乙供 38.4
Chibiki 千曳 45.0
Noheji 野辺地 51.4 Ōminato Line Noheji
Karibasawa 狩場沢 57.9 Hiranai
Shimizugawa 清水川 62.6
Kominato 小湊 68.6
Nishi-Hiranai 西平内 72.4
Asamushi-Onsen 浅虫温泉 78.8 Aomori
Nonai 野内 83.7
Yadamae 矢田前 86.8
Koyanagi 小柳 88.8
Higashi-Aomori 東青森 90.2
Aomori 青森 96.0 Ōu Main Line, Tsugaru Line

References

  1. ^ Tetsudo Hobidas: "JR東日本 東北本線八戸―青森間の廃止を届出 " (27 November 2009). Retrieved 27 November 2009. (Japanese)







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