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Tohoku Main Line

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Tohoku Main Line (東北本線 Tohoku-honsen) is a 631.3-kilometre railway line operated by the East Japan Railway Company. Though officialy it starts from Tokyo Station in Chiyoda, Tokyo, factly it starts at Ueno Station in Taito, Tokyo, passes through the cities of Saitama, Utsunomiya, Fukushima, Sendai, and Morioka, and Hachinohe, and ends in Aomori. (The Morioka - Hachinohe segment is operated by the Iwate Ginga Railway and Aoimori Railway.)

The Tohoku Main Line runs mostly parallel to the Tohoku Shinkansen, and upon the Shinkansen's 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-kilometre Ueno-Kuroiso (Nasushiobara, Tochigi) portion of the line is often referred to as the (JR) Utsunomiya Line. The 29.6-kilometre Tokyo-Omiya (Omiya-ku, Saitama) portion of Keihin-Tohoku Line and the 18.0-kilometre Akabane (Kita, Tokyo)-Omiya portion of Saikyo Line formally belong to Tohoku Main Line.

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History

The construction of Toyoku Main Line began in Kanto and extended to the north end of Honshu, Aomori. It is one of oldest railway lines in Japan, begining to construct in the late of the 19th century. Until November 1, 1906 the current Tohoku Main Line was run by a private company Nihon Tetsudo (Japan Railway). In 1883 its first segment between Ueno and Kumagaya opened. In 1885 it was extended to Utsunomiya, but River Tone was crossed by boat. It was 1886 the train connected Utsunomiya to Ueno directly thanks to the construction of Tone River Bridge. It extended successively to the north; to Koriyama, Sendai, Ichinoseki and Morioka. In 1891 the segment between Morioka and Aomori opened and Aomori and Ueno connected to each other. After 1906 it was nationalized and became Tohoku Main Line run by the Ministry of Railways. When Tokyo Station opened in 1925, Tohoku Main Line extended from Ueno to the new station. Until 1950s this segment was used and many trains ran through both Tokaido Main Line and Tohoku Main Line, but obsolated for giving Tohoku Shinkansen its location.

In 2002 Tohoku Shinkansen extended from Morioka to Hachinohe and the segment between two locations began to be operated by two companies. Before that, Toyoku Main Line was the longest railroad line in Japan following Sanin Main Line. After that Tohoku Main Line became the second longest.

Station List

Utsunomiya Line

From Ueno Station to Kuroiso Station

Tokyo Stations

(Taitō-ku)

(Kita-ku)

Saitama, Saitama Stations

(Urawa-ku)

(Omiya-ku)

(Kita-ku)

  • Toro (土呂)

(Minuma-ku)

  • Higashi-Omiya (東大宮)

Hasuda, Saitama Station

  • Hasuda (蓮田)

Shiraoka, Saitama Stations

  • Shiraoka (白岡)
  • Shin-Shiraoka (新白岡)

Kuki, Saitama Station

  • Kuki (久喜)

Washimiya, Saitama Station

  • Higashi-Washinomiya (東鷲宮)

Kurihashi, Saitama Station

  • Kurihashi (栗橋)

Koga, Ibaraki Station

  • Koga (古河)

Nogi, Tochigi Station

  • Nogi (野木)

Oyama, Tochigi Stations

  • Mamada (間々田)
  • Oyama (小山)

Kokubunji, Tochigi Stations

  • Koganei (小金井)
  • Jichi-idai (自治医大)

Ishibashi, Tochigi Station

  • Ishibashi (石橋)

Utsunomiya, Tochigi Stations

Kawachi, Tochigi Station

  • Okamoto (岡本)

Takanezawa, Tochigi Station

  • Hōshakuji (宝積寺)

Sakura, Tochigi Stations

  • Ujīe (氏家)
  • Kamasusaka (蒲須坂)

Yaita, Tochigi Stations

  • Kataoka (片岡)
  • Yaita (矢板)

Nasu-Shiobara, Tochigi Stations

  • Nozaki (野崎)
  • Nishi-Nasuno (西那須野)
  • Nasu-Shiobara (那須塩原)
  • Kuroiso (黒磯)

Southern Tohoku Main Line

From Takaku Station to Sendai Station

Nasu, Tochigi Stations

  • Takaku (高久)
  • Kurodahara (黒田原)
  • Toyohara (豊原)

Shirakawa, Fukushima Stations

  • Shirasaka (白坂)

Nishigo, Fukushima Station

  • Shin-Shirakawa (新白河)

Shirakawa, Fukushima Stations

  • Shirakawa (白河)
  • Kutano (久田野)

Izumizaki, Fukushima Station

  • Izumizaki (泉崎)

Yabuki, Fukushima Station

  • Yabuki (矢吹)

Kagamiishi Station

  • Kagamiishi (鏡石)

Sukagawa, Fukushima Station

  • Sukagawa (須賀川)

Koriyama, Fukushima Stations

  • Asaka-Nagamori (安積永盛)
  • Koriyama (郡山)
  • Hiwada (日和田)

Motomiya, Fukushima Stations

  • Gohyakugawa (五百川)
  • Motomiya (本宮)

Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Stations

  • Sugita (杉田)
  • Nihonmatsu (二本松)

Adachi, Fukushima Station

  • Adachi (安達)

Fukushima, Fukushima Stations

  • Matsugawa (松川)
  • Kanayagawa (金谷川)
  • Minami-Fukushima (南福島)
  • Fukushima (福島)
  • Higashi-Fukushima (東福島)

Date, Fukushima Station

  • Date (伊達)

Kōri, Fukushima Station

  • Kōri (桑折)

Kunimi, Fukushima Stations

  • Fujita (藤田)
  • Kaida (貝田)

Shiroishi, Miyagi Stations

  • Kosukō (越河)
  • Shiroishi (白石)
  • Higashi-Shiroishi (東白石)
  • Kita-Shiroigawa (北白川)

Ōgawara, Miyagi Station

  • Ōgawara (大河原)

Shibata, Miyagi Stations

  • Funaoka (船岡)
  • Tsukinoki (槻木)

Natori, Miyagi Station

  • Iwanuma (岩沼)
  • Tatekoshi (館腰)
  • Natori (名取)

Sendai, Miyagi Stations

(Taihaku-ku)

  • Minami-Sendai (南仙台)
  • Nagamachi (長町)

(Aoba-ku)

Central Tohoku Main Line

From Higashi-Sendai Station to Morioka Station

Sendai, Miyagi Stations

(Miyagino-ku)

  • Higashi-Sendai (東仙台))
  • Iwakiri (岩切)

Tagajō, Miyagi Stations

  • Rikuzen-San'nō (陸前山王)
  • Kokufu-Tagajō (国府多賀)

Shiogama, Miyagi Station

  • Shiogama (松島)

Matsushima, Miyagi Stations

  • Matsushima (松島)
  • Atago (愛宕)
  • Shinainuma (品井沼)

Kashimadai, Miyagi Station

  • Kashimadai (鹿島台)

Matsuyama, Miyagi Station

  • Matsuyama-machi (松山町)

Kogota, Miyagi Station

  • Kogota (小牛田)

Tajiri, Miyagi Station

  • Tajiri (田尻)

Kurihara, Miyagi Station

  • Semine (瀬峰)

Tome, Miyagi Stations

  • Umegasawa (梅ヶ沢)
  • Nitta (新田)
  • Ishikoshi (石越)

Hanaizumi, Iwate Stations

  • Yushima (油島)
  • Hanaizumi (花泉)
  • Shimizuhara (清水原)

Kurihara, Miyagi Station

  • Arikabe (有壁)

Ichinoseki, Iwate Stations

  • Ichinoseki (一ノ関)
  • Yamanome (山ノ目)

Hiraizumi, Iwate Station

  • Hiraizumi (平泉)

Maesawa, Iwate Station

  • Maesawa (前沢)

Mizusawa, Iwate Stations

  • Rikuchū-Orī (陸中折居)
  • Mizusawa (水沢)

Kanegasaki, Iwate Stations

  • Kanegasaki (金ヶ崎)
  • Rokuhara (六原)

Kitakami, Iwate Stations

  • Kitakami (北上)
  • Murasakino (村崎野)

Hanamaki, Iwate Stations

  • Hanamaki (花巻)
  • Hanamaki-Kūkō (花巻空港)

Ishidoriya, Iwate Station

  • Ishidoriya (石鳥谷)

Shiwa, Iwate Stations

  • Hizume (日詰)
  • Shiwachūō (紫波中央)
  • Furudate (古館)

Yahaba, Iwate Station

  • Yahaba (矢幅)

Morioka, Iwate Stations

Northern Tohoku Main Line

From Hachinohe Station to Aomori Station (Note: Morioka and Hachinohe are connected by track now owned by IGR and Aomori Railways for local trains, and also the Tohoku Shinkansen)

Hachinohe, Aomori Stations

  • Hachinohe (八戸)
  • Mutsuichikawa (陸奥市川)

Shimoda, Aomori Stations

  • Shimoda (下田)
  • Mukaiyama (向山)

Misawa, Aomori Station

  • Misawa (三沢)

Kamikita, Aomori Station

  • Kogawara (小川原)
  • Kamikita-Chou (上北町)

Tōhoku, Aomori Stations

  • Ottomo (乙供)
  • Chibiki (千曳)

Noheji, Aomori Station

  • Noheji (野辺地)

Hiranai, Aomori Stations

  • Karahasawa (狩場沢)
  • Shimizugawa (清水川)
  • Kominato (小湊)
  • Nishi-Hiranai (西平内)

Aomori, Aomori Stations

  • Akimushi-Onsen (浅虫温泉)
  • Nonai (野内)
  • Yadamae (矢田前)
  • Koyanaki (小柳)
  • Higashi-Aomori (東青森)
  • Aomori (青森)ja:東北本線
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