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Hanwa Line
Local train (225-5100 series EMU)
Overview
OwnerJR West
LocaleOsaka Prefecture
Wakayama Prefecture
TerminiTennōji, Ōtori
Wakayama, Higashi-Hagoromo
Stations36
Service
TypeHeavy rail, Commuter rail
SystemUrban Network
Depot(s)Hineno, Suita
History
OpenedSeptember 18, 1929
Technical
Line length63.0 km (39.1 mi)
61.3 km (38.1 mi) (Tennoji - Wakayama)
1.7 km (1.1 mi) (Otori - Higashi-Hagoromo)
Number of tracksDouble (Tennoji - Wakayama)
Single (Otori - Higashi-Hagoromo)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed120 km/h (75 mph)
Hagoromo Branch Line 225-5100 series
Hagoromo Branch Line 225-5100 series

The Hanwa Line (阪和線, Hanwa-sen) is a commuter rail line in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area, owned and operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The 61.3 km (38.1 mi) line runs between Osaka and Wakayama, Japan and has a 1.7 km branchline in a southern Osaka suburb. The name is taken from the second syllable of Osaka and the first syllable of Wakayama.

Services

The terminus of the line in Osaka is Tennōji Station in Tennōji-ku where most of the commuter trains on the line originate and terminate. However, many intercity limited express and rapid trains extend to the Osaka Loop Line beyond Tennōji.

The terminus in Wakayama is Wakayama Station. Some trains from Osaka terminate before Wakayama and some spur off to Kansai Airport Station on the Kansai Airport Line from Hineno Station. Tracks are connected to the Kisei Main Line and some trains continue on from there.

The Hagoromo Branch Line (羽衣支線, Hagoromo-shisen), also called the Hagoromo Line (羽衣線, Hagoromo-sen) or the Higashi-Hagoromo Branch Line (東羽衣支線, Higashi-Hagoromo-shisen), between Ōtori Station and Higashi-Hagoromo Station, is officially a part of the Hanwa Line. On the 1.7 km branch, only local shuttle trains operate.

Limited express services

Hanwa Line segment in bold. Stations in brackets are only served by some services.

Commuter services

Trains stop at every station on the line, and they are operated between Tennoji and Otori in the non-rush hour.
Trains run on the Osaka Loop Line before entering Hanwa Line at Tennoji with stopping at every station between Tennoji and Fukushima via Tsuruhashi, Kyobashi, and Osaka, then Nishikujo, Bentencho, Taisho and Shin-Imamiya stations (part of trains originate and terminate at Kyobashi). They make rapid service stops throughout the Hanwa Line and stop at every station between Hineno and Wakayama except in the morning and night.
Trains usually run in tandem with Kishuji Rapid between the Osaka Loop Line and Hineno before splitting off and making every stop on the Kansai Airport Line. They go loop with stops at every station between Tennoji and Fukushima via Tsuruhashi, Kyobashi, and Osaka, then Nishikujo, Bentencho, Taisho and Shin-Imamiya (part of trains originate and terminate at Kyobashi).
Trains run on weekday mornings, and make rapid service stops throughout its route and every stop on the Osaka Loop Line.
Trains run entirely on the Hanwa Line with extended service to the Kisei Main Line except the non-rush hour.
Stations on the Hanwa Line where trains stop: at Tennōji, Sakaishi, Mikunigaoka, Ōtori, Izumi-Fuchū, Higashi-Kishiwada, Kumatori, Hineno, Izumi-Sunagawa, Kii, Musota and Wakayama
Trains make rapid service stops from Tennoji to Otori, then local stops to Wakayama. They mainly run between Tennoji and Hineno in the non-rush hour, and also in the morning and as the last train for Hineno.
Trains ran in early mornings and between the mornings and non-rush hours, with rapid service stops from Tennoji to Kumatori, then local stops to Wakayama.
The first train of the service from Wakayama ran to Shin-Osaka via the Osaka Loop Line and the Umeda Freight Line.

Stations

Hanwa Line

Legend:

Local trains stop at all stations.

For limited expresses Haruka and Kuroshio, please see their respective articles.

No. Station Regional Rapid Kansai Airport Rapid Kishuji Rapid Rapid Direct Rapid Transfers Location
Through trains from Kyobashi and Osaka via Osaka Loop Line (see below)
Within Osaka Loop Line: No through service Rapid (Passes Imamiya, Ashiharabashi and Noda) Local
 R20  Tennoji 天王寺
Osaka Loop Line,
Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line)
Osaka Metro: Osaka Metro Midosuji line symbol.svg Midosuji Line (M23), Osaka Metro Tanimachi line symbol.svg Tanimachi Line (T27)
Kintetsu:  F  Minami Osaka Line (F01: Osaka Abenobashi Station)
Hankai Tramway:
Uemachi Line (HN01: Tennoji-ekimae Station)
Tennoji-ku, Osaka Osaka
Prefecture
 R21  Bishōen 美章園 Abeno-ku, Osaka
 R22  Minami-Tanabe 南田辺
 R23  Tsurugaoka 鶴ヶ丘
 R24  Nagai 長居 Osaka Metro: Osaka Metro Midosuji line symbol.svg Midosuji Line (M26) Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
 R25  Abikochō 我孫子町
 R26  Sugimotochō 杉本町
 R27  Asaka 浅香 Sakai-ku, Sakai
 R28  Sakaishi 堺市
 R29  Mikunigaoka 三国ヶ丘 Nankai:
Kōya Line (NK57)
 R30  Mozu 百舌鳥
 R31  Uenoshiba 上野芝 Nishi-ku, Sakai
 R32  Tsukuno 津久野
 R33  Ōtori Hagoromo Branch Line (see below)
 R34  Tonoki 富木 Takaishi
 R35  Kita-Shinoda 北信太 Izumi
 R36  Shinodayama 信太山
 R37  Izumi-Fuchū 和泉府中
 R38  Kumeda 久米田 Kishiwada
 R39  Shimomatsu 下松
 R40  Higashi-Kishiwada 東岸和田
 R41  Higashi-Kaizuka 東貝塚 Kaizuka
 R42  Izumi-Hashimoto 和泉橋本
 R43  Higashi-Sano 東佐野 Izumisano
 R44  Kumatori 熊取 Kumatori
 R45  Hineno 日根野
Kansai Airport Line
Izumisano
Haruka, Kansai Airport Rapid & Direct Rapid (Some): Through service to Kansai Airport via Kansai Airport Line
 R46  Nagataki 長滝 Izumisano Osaka
Prefecture
 R47  Shinge 新家 Sennan
 R48  Izumi-Sunagawa 和泉砂川
 R49  Izumi-Tottori 和泉鳥取 Hannan
 R50  Yamanakadani 山中渓
 R51  Kii 紀伊 Wakayama Wakayama Prefecture
 R52  Musota 六十谷
 R53  Kii-Nakanoshima 紀伊中ノ島
 R54  Wakayama 和歌山
Kisei Main Line,
Wakayama Line
Kishigawa Line
Line continues as Kisei Main Line

Higashi-Hagoromo Branch Line

Station Transfers Location
Ōtori
Hanwa Line (see above)
Sakai Osaka
Prefecture
Higashi-Hagoromo 東羽衣 Nankai:
Main Line,
Takashinohama Line (NK16: Hagoromo Station)
Takaishi

Rolling stock

All trains are based at Hineno and Suita Depots.

Commuter

Limited Express

Former

Passenger

JNR, JR West
Hanwa Electric Railway, Nankai Railway

Freight

JNR
Hanwa Electric Railway, Nankai Railway

History

The line was opened as a double-track electrified line by the Hanwa Electric Railway in 1929. In 1940, the company was merged with Nankai Railway (predecessor of Nankai Electric Railway) and became the Yamanote Line of Nankai. The Yamanote Line was then nationalized in 1944 and renamed the Hanwa Line.

When Kansai International Airport opened in 1994, the Hanwa Line became one of the main railway links between the city and the airport (along with the Nankai Main Line).

References