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183 Kitakinki Osaka 20070908.JPG
183 series EMU on a Kitakinki service, September 2007
Service type Limited express
First service 1986
Last service 2011
Current operator(s) JR West
Line(s) used Tokaido Main Line, Fukuchiyama Line, Sanin Main Line
Rolling stock 183 series EMU
Operating speed 120 km/h (75 mph)[1] (max.)

The Kitakinki (北近畿) was a limited express train service operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in Japan from 1986 until March 2011, which ran from Shin-Osaka to Kinosaki Onsen in Hyōgo Prefecture.[1]

Service pattern and station stops

As of January 2011, 11 down services (Kitakinki 1–21) from Shin-Osaka and 10 up services (Kitakinki 2–26) to Shin-Osaka ran daily, with the journey time from Shin-Osaka to Kinosaki Onsen taking approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.[2]

Kitakinki services stopped at the following stations. (Stations in parentheses were not served by all trains.)[2]

Shin-Osaka - Amagasaki - Takarazuka - Sanda - (Shin-Sanda) - (Aino) - Sasayamaguchi - (Tanikawa) - Kaibara - Isō - (Kuroi) - Fukuchiyama - (Wadayama) - (Yōka) - (Ebara) - (Toyooka) - (Kinosaki Onsen)


The Kitakinki service was introduced on 1 November 1986.[1] The new services used 4- and 6-car DC 183-800 series electric multiple units converted from former dual-voltage (AC/DC) 485 series EMUs. These received a thin crimson line below the window band to signify the improved passenger accommodation.[3]

Services used 4- or 7-car 183 series formations.[1]

From 18 March 2007, all cars were made non-smoking.[4]

From 12 March 2011, Kitakinki services were renamed Kounotori, coinciding with the introduction of new 287 series EMUs.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル [JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File]. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. p. 42. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  2. ^ a b JR Timetable, February 2011 issue
  3. ^ 列車名鑑1995 [Train Name Directory 1995]. Japan: Railway Journal. August 1995. p. 67. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.
  4. ^ JR電車編成表 2010夏 [JR EMU Formations - Summer 2010]. Japan: JRR. May 2010. p. 183. ISBN 978-4-330-14310-1.
  5. ^ "JR西日本 287系デビュー時に特急「北近畿」を「こうのとり」に改呼" [JR West to rename "Kitakinki" as "Kōnotori" with debut of 287 series]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine. Vol. 39 no. 320. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. December 2010. p. 73.

External links

  • JR West Kitakinki information (in Japanese)
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