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Hakata-Minami Line
700-7000 series set on the Hakata-Minami Line, June 2004
Native name博多南線
OwnerJR West
LocaleFukuoka, Fukuoka
Depot(s)Hakata Shinkansen Depot
Rolling stock500-7000 series, 700-7000 series, N700-7000/8000 series
Line length8.5 km (5.3 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Electrification25 kV AC 60 Hz overhead catenary
Operating speed120 km/h (75 mph)

The Hakata-Minami Line (博多南線, Hakataminami-sen) is an 8.5 km (5.3 mi) long railway line in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, connecting Hakata Station in Fukuoka with Hakata-Minami Station in Kasuga. It is operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West).[1]


Although the line uses Shinkansen equipment, trains are officially designated as limited express trains.[2] In practice, however, most services are extensions of San'yō Shinkansen Kodama services. The Kyushu Shinkansen, opened on 12 March 2011, shares part of the route.

The trip from Hakata to Hakata-Minami takes ten minutes and costs ¥300.

Rolling stock


The line was originally opened in March 1975 to transport San'yō Shinkansen trains from the Hakata terminal to Hakata Depot in Kasuga. At that time, Kasuga was a rural region and did not merit a railway station of its own. By the late 1980s, however, the area had become a sprawling suburb of Fukuoka. JR decided to build a station adjacent to the depot, and inaugurated service on 1 April 1990 with 0 Series Shinkansen trains.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b "新幹線なのに在来線" [Shinkansen Lines that are Conventional Lines]. Japan Railfan Magazine. No. 467. Japan: Kōyūsha Co., Ltd. March 2000. p. 67.
  2. ^ "「安く乗れる新幹線」増えるか 新潟空港のアクセス鉄道、実現への道のり" [Will the number of "Bullet trains you can ride cheaper" increase?]. (in Japanese). Mediavague Co., ltd. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2019.