JR West Japan (overview)

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JR West Japan (JR Nishi Nihon) operates JR trains on the Japanese main island (Honshû) in the three regions Chûgoku, Kinki and Hokuriku. In the east, JR West Japan borders onto the area covered by JR Tôkai, in Hokuriku there are borders with JR East Japan. The Tôkaidô Shinkansen from Tokyo is operated by JR Tôkai and runs through into Ôsaka (Shin Ôsaka station). The Sanyô Shinkansen of JR West Japan runs into Hakata station in the city of Fukuoka on the southern island of Kyûshû and operates a local service from there into the yard at Hakata Minami (for this line see JR Kyûshû).

JR West Japan lines are presented here in three sections:

A   Chûgoku (including Hyôgo Prefecture)
        (Note: Hyôgo Prefecture is actually the westernmost prefecture
         in the Kinki region.
B   Kinki 
         (excluding Hyôgo Prefecture)
C   Hokuriku
 
 

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Overview over the areas covered by the JR companies

✱ 1435mm gauge:   

1   San'yô Shinkansen 

 

✱ 1067mm gauge:   

2a   San'yô Honsen (Himeji - Hiroshima)      

2b  San'yô Honsen (Hiroshima - Shimonoseki)  

3a   San'in Honsen (Kyôto - Kinosaki Onsen)    

3b   San'in Honsen (Kinosaki Onsen - Izumo)    

3c   San'in Honsen (Izumo - Shimonoseki)    

4   Hakubi-sen

5   Fukuchiyama-sen    

6   Kakogawa-sen    

7   Maizuru-sen    

8   Bantan-sen

9   Kishin-sen    

10   Akô-sen    

11   Tsuyama-sen    

12   Inbi-sen

13   Uno-sen and Honshi Bisan-sen (JR West)    

14   Kibi-sen    

15   Geibi-sen

16   Sankô-sen    

17   Kisuki-sen    

18   Sakai-sen    

19   Fukuen-sen    

20   Kure-sen

21   Kabe-sen    

22   Gantoku-sen    

23   Yamaguchi-sen    

24   Mine-sen    

25   Ube-sen

26   Onoda-sen

✱ 1435mm gauge:     

A  Tôkaidô Shinkansen (JR Tôkai)   

B   San'yô Shinkansen

 

✱ 1067mm gauge:     

1   Tôkaidô Honsen (Maibara - Kyôto - Ôsaka, Ôsaka - Kôbe, Suita-Fukushima)

Note:  The section between Kyôto and Ôsaka is also known as the JR Kyôto-sen

2   San'yô Honsen (Kôbe - Himeji)

Note:  The section Ôsaka - Kôbe - Himeji is also known as the JR Kôbe-sen

3   Wada Misaki   

4   Ôsaka Kanjôsen (Ôsaka Loop Line)   

5   Sakurajima-sen

6   Ôsaka Higashi-sen   

7   Katamachi-sen (Gakkentoshi-sen)

8   Kansai Honsen (Yamatoji-sen) (JR Namba - Kamo)   

9   Nara-sen

10   Kansai Honsen (Kamo - Kameyama)   

11   Kusatsu-sen   

12   Kosei-sen

13   Hokuriku Honsen (Maibara - Tsuruga)   

14   Obama-sen   

15   Sakurai-sen (Man'yô Mahoroba-sen)

16   Wakayama-sen   

17   Hanwa-sen   

18   Higashi Hagoromo   

19   Kansai Kûkô-sen (Kansai Airport Line)

20   Kisei Honsen (Wakayama-shi - Wakayama - Shingû)   

21   JR-Tôzai-sen (Kyôbashi - Amagasaki)