Honshi-Bisan Line

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Honshi-Bisan Line
JRW series223-5000 Seto-Ohashi.JPG
Marine Liner on the Honshi-Bisan Line
Type Heavy rail
Locale Okayama, Kagawa prefectures
Termini Chayamachi
Stations 6
Opened 1988
Owner JR West, JR Shikoku
Operator(s) JR West, JR Shikoku, JR Freight
Line length 31.0 km (19.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead
Operating speed 130 km/h (80 mph)
Route map
Map railroad japan honshibisan rough.png

The Honshi-Bisan Line (本四備讃線, Honshi-Bisan-sen) is a Japanese railway line which connects Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture with Utazu in Kagawa Prefecture. It is owned and operated jointly by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) and Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku). The line is the central section of the Seto-Ōhashi Line, a service connecting Okayama and Takamatsu; as a result, the Honshi-Bisan Line is rarely referred to by itself, but rather as a part of the larger Seto-Ōhashi Line service.

The line's name comes from the two islands it links: Honshu and Shikoku, and the old provincial names of the areas through which the line passes, Bitchū Province/Bizen Province and Sanuki Province.


The 13km Chayamachi - Kojima section opened on 20 March 1988, and the 18km Kojima - Utazu on 10 April 1988 in conjunction with the opening of the Seto-Ohashi Bridge system.

This provided the first rail connection between Honshu and Shikoku, prior to this passengers traveled via the Uno Line and train ferry to Takamatsu.

The opening of the line also facilitated electrification of the Yosan Line between Takamatsu and Matsuyama, enabling direct services from both cities to Okayama.

Basic data

Station list

Station Japanese Distance
Transfers Location
Chayamachi 茶屋町 0.0  L   M  Uno Line Kurashiki Okayama
Uematsu 植松 2.9   Okayama
Kimi 木見 5.6   Kurashiki
Kaminochō 上の町 9.7  
Kojima 児島 12.9  
Border between JR West and JR Shikoku
Utazu 宇多津 31.0 Yosan Line Utazu, Ayauta District Kagawa

See also


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

External links

  • JR Shikoku official website (in Japanese)
  • JR West official website (in Japanese)
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