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Kashima Line
E131 series train running on the Kitaura Bridge (July 2022)
Overview
OwnerJR East
LocaleChiba Prefecture, Ibaraki Prefecture
Termini
Stations6
Service
TypeHeavy rail
Operator(s)JR East, JR Freight
Rolling stockE131 Series
Past: 113 Series, 209 series
History
Opened1970
Technical
Line length17.4 km (10.8 mi)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Route map

Kashima Soccer Stadium
Ōarai Kashima Line
Kashimajingū
Ōarai Kashima Line
Kitaura Railway Bridge (Kitaura Lake)
Nobukata
Mae River
Itako
Hitachitone River
Jūnikyō
Tone River
Katori
Sawara

The Kashima Line (鹿島線, Kashima-sen) is a railway line operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It links Katori Station with Kashima Soccer Stadium Station by crossing and then following the Tone River, at the border between Chiba Prefecture and Ibaraki Prefecture.

Operation

Katori Station is on the Narita Line, and all trains of the Kashima Line run through from/to its neighboring station, Sawara, or beyond it, but all trains terminate at Kashima-Jingū. Only Kashima Rinkai Railway Ōarai Kashima Line trains run from here to Kashima Soccer Stadium and Mito Station. Kashima Soccer Stadium Station is only temporarily operated when football matches are held at Kashima Soccer Stadium, the home stadium of Kashima Antlers in J.League (Japan Professional Football League).

From Kashima Jingu to Sawara, JR East local trains run approximately once per 1–2 hours. Some Narita Line through service train runs beyond Sawara to Narita. Each day, one through service Sōbu Line (Rapid) train runs to Tokyo Station (weekdays) or Ōfuna Station (weekends and holidays) in the morning, and from Kurihama Station (weekdays) or Tokyo Station (weekends and holidays) in the evening.

Until 2015, the Limited Express Ayame service ran between Tokyo Station and Kashima Jingu once per day, from Kashima Jingu in every morning, from Tokyo in every night, and stopping at all stations on the Kashima Line. From Kashima-Jingū and Mito, Oarai Kashima Line local or rapid diesel trains run approximately once an hour. Normally, no passenger trains stops at Kashima Soccer Stadium, except when football matches are played in the stadium.

JR Freight also operates trains on the line, from the Tokyo area to the Kashima Rinko Line. The trains change its directions at Kashima Soccer Stadium Station.

Stations

Station Japanese Distance (km)
(from Katori)
Transfers Location
Sawara 佐原 3.6 Narita Line (for Narita and Chiba) Katori Chiba Prefecture
Katori 香取 0.0 Narita Line (for Matsugishi and Chōshi)
Jūnikyō 十二橋 3.0  
Itako 潮来 5.2   Itako Ibaraki Prefecture
Nobukata 延方 10.4  
Kashima-Jingū 鹿島神宮 14.2   Kashima
Kashima Soccer Stadium 鹿島サッカースタジアム 17.4 Kashima Rinkai Railway Ōarai Kashima Line
Kashima Rinkai Railway Kashima Rinkō Line (freight line)

History

This line was planned as the main mass transportation method within the Kashima Industrial Zone along the southern coast of Ibaraki Prefecture, to connect with the Tokyo Metropolis.

Rolling stock

Sōbu Line (Rapid) through service

Past

References

Media related to Kashima Line at Wikimedia Commons