Yamatoji Line

Yamatoji Line

207 series EMU on a Yamatoji Line Direct Rapid Service
Type Heavy rail
System Urban Network
Locale Kansai (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka prefectures)
Termini Kamo
JR Namba
Stations 22
Opened 1988 (1889)
Owner JR West
Depot(s) Nara Depot
Rolling stock 103 series EMU
201 series EMU
221 series EMU
207 series EMU (Kizu — Nara, Nara - Kyuhoji)
321 series EMU (Kizu — Nara, Nara - Kyuhoji)
Line length 54.0 km (33.6 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed 120 km/h (75 mph) (NaraTennoji)
95 km/h (60 mph) (KamoNara, TennojiJR Namba)

The Yamatoji Line (大和路線 Yamatoji-sen) is the common name of the western portion of the Kansai Main Line. The line is owned and operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West), and starts at Kamo Station in Kyoto Prefecture and ends at JR Namba Station in Naniwa-ku, Osaka.


Yamatoji Rapid Service (大和路快速 Yamatoji kaisoku, YR), Regional Rapid Service (区間快速 Kukan kaisoku, RR)
"Yamatoji Rapid Service" trains start at Kamo or Nara Station and divert from the Kansai Line at Shin-Imamiya Station instead of continuing to JR Namba. From Shin-Imamiya, they run on the Osaka Loop Line, making limited stops to Osaka Station, and then making every stop before completing the loop at Tennoji Station. In the rush hour, they are operated as the "Regional Rapid Service", covering the same route but making every stop on the Osaka Loop Line, and sometimes connecting to the Wakayama Line on the Nara side.
Rapid Service (快速 Kaisoku, R)
"Rapid Service" trains revived for the adjustment of diagram on March 15, 2008, and the color of the train type was changed from orange to green (the line color of the Yamatoji Line). The trains are operated between Kamo and JR Namba in the rush hour with 3 trains starting Kashiwara for JR Namba in the morning, 2 trains between Takada and JR Namba via the Wakayama Line and 2 trains between Oji and JR Namba in the non-rush hour.
Direct Rapid Service (直通快速 Chokutsū kaisoku, DR)
The operation of the "Direct Rapid Service" trains started on March 17, 2008, because of the opening of the Osaka Higashi Line and the adjustment of diagram on March 15, 2008. The trains are operated between Nara and Amagasaki via the Yamatoji Line, the Osaka Higashi Line, the Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line), and the JR Tōzai Line.
Local (普通 Futsū)
"Local trains" stop at every station on the Yamatoji Line between Kamo and JR Namba. They are operated between Oji and JR Namba in the non-rush hour. Trains are also operated from JR Namba to Kamo and through from JR Namba to the Nara Line in the early morning.


The oldest section of the Yamatoji Line is between Kashiwara and JR Namba, which opened on May 14, 1889. The present route was completed on August 21, 1907 when the new line between Kamo and Kizu, replacing the original route via Daibutsu, was opened.[1] The name "Yamatoji Line" has been used since March 13, 1988.[2]


Local trains stop at every passenger station.

No. Station name RR DR R YR Transfers Location
JR-Q39 Kamo 加茂 S   S S  V  Kansai Main Line (for Kameyama) Kizugawa Kyoto Prefecture
JR-Q38 Kizu 木津 S S S
JR-Q37 Narayama 平城山 S S S Nara Nara Prefecture
JR-Q36 Nara 奈良 S S S S
JR-Q35 (scheduled to open in 2024)
JR-Q34 Kōriyama 郡山 S S S S Yamatokoriyama
JR-Q33 Yamato-Koizumi 大和小泉 S S S S
JR-Q32 Hōryūji 法隆寺 S S S S Ikaruga,
Ikoma District
JR-Q31 Ōji 王寺 S S S S Oji, Kitakatsuragi District
JR-Q30 Sangō 三郷 | | | | Sango,
Ikoma District
JR-Q29 Kawachi-Katakami 河内堅上 | | | | Kashiwara Osaka Prefecture
JR-Q28 Takaida 高井田 | | | |
JR-Q27 Kashiwara 柏原 | | Start |
JR-Q26 Shiki 志紀 | | | | Yao
JR-Q25 Yao 八尾 | | | |
JR-Q24 Kyūhōji 久宝寺 S S S S  F  Osaka Higashi Line
JR-Q23 Kami 加美 |   | | Hirano-ku, Osaka
JR-Q22 Hirano 平野 | | |
JR-Q21 Tōbu-shijō-mae 東部市場前 | | | Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
JR-Q20 Tennōji 天王寺 S S S Tennoji-ku, Osaka
JR-Q19 Shin-Imamiya 新今宮 S S S
Naniwa-ku, Osaka
JR-Q18 Imamiya 今宮 S | |  O  Osaka Loop Line
JR-Q17 JR Namba JR難波   S  
Continuing to and from Tennōji
via Nishikujo and Osaka
via the Osaka Higashi Line
via Nishikujo and Osaka

Rolling stock



  1. Ishino, Tetsu et al. (eds.) (1998). 停車場変遷大事典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). I. Tokyo: JTB Corporation. p. 182. ISBN 4533029809.
  2. Teramoto, Mitsuteru. "関西本線(大阪方)快速運転ものがたり". The Railway Pictorial. 878 (August 2013): 59.
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