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Tōhoku Main Line [Tōkyō - Kuroiso]


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Railway Line
JR East Tōhoku hon (Tōkyō - Kuroiso)

Ueno-Tōkyō

Utsunomiya

Tōhoku hon (via Oku)

JR East 東日本旅客鉄道 [JR東日本]  Higashi Nihon Ryokaku Tetsudō [JR East]     East Japan Railway

Tōhoku hon (Tōkyō - Kuroiso) 東北本線 JR railway      1067 mm     1500V DC
Read more about the line in English Wikipedia: Utsunomiya Line or Tōhoku Main Line

AliasFrom - To
Utsunomiya Ueno - Nippori
Utsunomiya Akabane - Kuroiso

Opened1883Ueno - Ōmiya *)TracksSee text below!
1885 - 1886Ōmiya - Kuroiso
1925Tōkyō - Ueno
Rerouted1897Utsunomiya - Yaita
Tōhoku hon-sen = Tōhoku Main Line

*) Ueno - Ōmiya was opened in 1883 as a part of present Takasaki Line. However, there was no station at Ōmiya. Ōmiya station opened first in 1885 when the Tōhoku hon Line was opened.

Tōhoku ("Eastnorth") is the name of the northern part of the Honshu island. Tōhoku hon Line is the old main line from Tōkyō to the north. Replaced by Shinkansen for long-distance travel. Used by local trains and the night trains.

The traffic on the Tōhoku lines between Tōkyō and Ōmiya is rather complex. Different line names are used for the different traffic concepts.

Ueno - Tōkyō Line
Tōkyō - Ueno: Separate double track opened in 2015. Facilitates through running of Utsunomiya, Takasaki and Jōban Line trains to Tōkyō and Shinagawa.

Utsunomiya Line
Ueno - Ōmiya: Separate double track. The line passes Nippori station (no platforms) and runs over the Oku section to Akabane. The name "Utsunomiya Line" is used for the medium- and long distance traffic on the Ueno - Kuroiso section of Tōhoku line.

Takasaki Line
Ueno - Ōmiya: Uses same tracks as Utsunomiya Line.
The Takasaki Line starts officially in Ōmiya, but the name is also used for Ueno - Ōmiya section.

Keihin Tōhoku Line
Tōkyō - Ōmiya: Separate double track. Between Tabata and Akabane the only line running the original Tōhoku hon Line route.

Shōnan Shinjuku Line
(Ikebukuro -) Akabane - Ōmiya: Separate double track.
The tracks run between Ikebukuro and Akebane along the Yamanote to Komagome, bypassing Tabata north of the station and then along the Utsunomiya Line tracks. However, fares are calculated the shorter way over Akabane (Saikyō) Line between Ikebukuro and Akabane.

Chūō Line
Tōkyō - Kanda: Separate double track

Yamanote Line
Tōkyō - Tabata: Separate double track

Jōban Line
Ueno - Nippori: Separate double track

At Yono, there is a 4.9 km line to Nishi-Urawa at Musashino Line.
It is known as Musashino Ōmiya Branch Line. It is a freight line but it is used by the Musashino service between Hachiōji/Fuchū-Hommachi and Ōmiya (2 trains/day in each direction) and by the Shimōsa service from Shin-Narashino - Nishi-Funabashi.

In the table below "Connecting lines" are shown for the Utsunomiya and Takasaki Lines only. Connections for other lines using the Tōhoku hon line tracks are shown at the page for each line.

MapsKm
Station name Official name Furigana nameConnecting linesCityPrefecture
0.0# Tōkyō東京とうきょう
Tōkyō : Chiyoda-ku Tōkyō
1.3 Kanda神田かんだ
2.0 Akihabara秋葉原あきはばら
3.0 Okachimachi御徒町おかちまち
Tōkyō : Taitō-ku
3.6 Ueno上野うえの JR East: Jōban >Toride
JR East: Jōetsu Shinkansen* >Niigata
JR East: Keihin-Tōhoku >Ōmiya >Yokohama
JR East: Tōhoku Shinkansen >Tōkyō >Shin-Aomori
JR East: Ueno-Tōkyō >Tōkyō
JR East: Yamanote >Tōkyō - Ōsaki
Keisei: Hon [Keisei Ueno] >Narita airport
Keisei: Narita Sky Access* [Keisei Ueno] > >Narita airport
Tōkyō Metro: Ginza >Shibuya >Asakusa
Tōkyō Metro: Hibiya >Kita-Senju >Naka-Meguro
4.7 Uguisudani鶯谷うぐいすだに
5.8 Nippori日暮里にっぽり JR East: Tōhoku hon (via Oku) "Utsunomiya line" >Akabane
Tōkyō : Arakawa-ku
6.3 Nishi-Nippori西日暮里にしにっぽり
7.1 Tabata田端たばた
Tōkyō : Kita-ku
8.8 Kami-Nakazato上中里かみなかざと
9.9 Ōji王子おうじ
11.4 Higashi-Jūjō東十条ひがしじゅうじょう
13.2 Akabane赤羽あかばね JR East: Keihin-Tōhoku >Ōmiya >Yokohama
JR East: Saikyō >Ōsaki >Ōmiya
JR East: Shōnan-Shinjuku Line >Ōfuna >Ōmiya
JR East: Tōhoku hon (via Oku) "Utsunomiya line" >(Nippori) Ueno
15.8 Kawaguchi川口かわぐち
Kawaguchi-shi Saitama
17.8 Nishi-Kawaguchi西川口にしかわぐち
19.7 Warabiわらび
Warabi-shi
22.5 Minami-Urawa南浦和みなみうらわ
Saitama-shi
24.2 Urawa浦和うらわ JR East: Keihin-Tōhoku >Ōmiya >Yokohama
JR East: Shōnan-Shinjuku Line >Ōfuna >Ōmiya
26.0 Kita-Urawa北浦和きたうらわ
27.6 Yono与野よの
28.7 Saitama-Shintoshinさいたま新都心さいたましんとしん JR East: Keihin-Tōhoku >Ōmiya >Yokohama
30.3 Ōmiya大宮おおみや JR East: Jōetsu Shinkansen >Niigata
JR East: Kawagoe >Kawagoe
JR East: Keihin-Tōhoku >Yokohama
JR East: Saikyō* >Ōsaki
JR East: Shōnan-Shinjuku Line >Ōfuna
JR East: Takasaki >Takasaki
JR East: Tōhoku Shinkansen >Tōkyō >Shin-Aomori
Saitama Shintoshi: Ina "New Shuttle line" >Uchijuku
Tōbu: Noda "Tobu Urban Park line" >Funabashi
33.3
Toro土呂とろ
35.4
Higashi-Ōmiya東大宮ひがしおおみや
39.2
Hasuda蓮田はすだ
Hasuda-shi
43.5
Shiraoka白岡しらおか
Shiraoka-shi
45.9
Shin-Shiraoka新白岡しんしらおか
48.9
Kuki久喜くき Tōbu: Isesaki >Asakusa >Isesaki
Kuki-shi
51.6
Higashi-Washinomiya東鷲宮ひがしわしのみや
57.2
Kurihashi栗橋くりはし Tōbu: Nikkō >Tōbu-dōbutsu-kōen >Tōbu-Nikkō
64.7
Koga古河こが
Koga-shi Ibaraki
69.4
Nogi野木のぎ
Nogi-machi Tochigi
73.3
Mamada間々田ままだ
Oyama-shi
80.6
Oyama小山おやま JR East: Mito >Tomobe
JR East: Ryōmō >Takasaki
JR East: Tōhoku Shinkansen >Tōkyō >Shin-Aomori
88.1
Koganei小金井こがねい
Shimotsuke-shi
90.7
Jichiidai自治医大じちいだい
95.4
Ishibashi石橋いしばし
101.8
Suzumenomiya雀宮すずめのみや
Utsunomiya-shi
109.5# Utsunomiya宇都宮うつのみや JR East: Nikkō >Nikkō
JR East: Tōhoku Shinkansen >Tōkyō >Shin-Aomori
115.7 Okamoto岡本おかもと
121.2 Hōshakuji宝積寺ほうしゃくじ JR East: Karasuyama >Karasuyama
Takanezawa-machi
127.1
Ujiie氏家うじいえ
Sakura-shi
131.6
Kamasusaka蒲須坂かますさか
135.5
Kataoka片岡かたおか
Yaita-shi
141.8
Yaita矢板やいた
146.6
Nozaki野崎のざき
Ōtawara-shi
151.8
Nishi-Nasuno西那須野にしなすの
Nasushiobara-shi
157.8
Nasu-Shiobara那須塩原なすしおばら JR East: Tōhoku Shinkansen >Tōkyō >Shin-Aomori
163.3
Kuroiso黒磯くろいそ JR East: Tōhoku hon >Sendai

Other services using this line
This line is also used:
Ueno-Tōkyō 上野東京ライン [Virtual line]           
Read more about the line in English Wikipedia: Ueno–Tokyo Line

OpenedMarch 14, 2015
TracksDedicated double track
Formal name: 東北縦貫線; Tōhoku-Jūkan-sen; Tōhoku Through Line
MapsKmStation name Official name Furigana nameConnecting linesCityPrefecture
-6.8 Shinagawa品川しながわ JR Central: Tōkaidō Shinkansen >Tōkyō >Shin-Ōsaka
JR East: Keihin-Tōhoku >Ōmiya >Yokohama
JR East: Tōkaidō hon >Tōkyō >Atami
JR East: Yamanote >Ōsaki - Ikekukuro >Ueno - Ikebukuro
JR East: Yokosuka >Tōkyō >Kurihama
Keikyū: Hon >Sengakuji >Uraga
Tōkyō : Minato-ku Tōkyō
-1.9 Shimbashi新橋しんばし JR East: Keihin-Tōhoku >Ōmiya >Yokohama
JR East: Tōkaidō hon >Tōkyō >Atami
JR East: Yamanote >Ōsaki - Shinjuku >Ueno - Shinjuku
JR East: Yokosuka >Tōkyō >Kurihama
TOEI: Asakusa >Nishi-Magome >Oshiage
Tōkyō Metro: Ginza >Shibuya >Asakusa
Yurikamome: Yurikamome >Toyosu
0.0 Tōkyō東京とうきょう JR Central: Tōkaidō Shinkansen >Shin-Ōsaka
JR East: Chūō hon* >Shiojiri
JR East: Jōetsu Shinkansen* >Niigata
JR East: Keihin-Tōhoku >Ōmiya >Yokohama
JR East: Keiyō >Soga
JR East: Sōbu hon >Chiba
JR East: Tōhoku Shinkansen >Shin-Aomori
JR East: Tōkaidō hon >Atami
JR East: Yamanote >Ōsaki - Shinjuku >Ueno - Shinjuku
JR East: Yokosuka >Kurihama
Tōkyō Metro: Chiyoda [Nijūbashimae] >Yoyogi-Uehara >Ayase
Tōkyō Metro: Marunouchi >Ogikubo >Ikebukuro
Tōkyō : Chiyoda-ku Tōkyō
3.6 Ueno上野うえの JR East: Jōban >Toride - Iwaki
JR East: Jōetsu Shinkansen* >Niigata
JR East: Keihin-Tōhoku >Ōmiya >Yokohama
JR East: Tōhoku hon >"Utsunomiya line" Kuroiso
JR East: Tōhoku Shinkansen >Tōkyō >Shin-Aomori
JR East: Yamanote >Tōkyō - Ōsaki >Shinjuku - Ōsaki
Keisei: Hon [Keisei Ueno] >Narita airport
Keisei: Narita Sky Access* [Keisei Ueno] >Narita airport
Tōkyō Metro: Ginza >Shibuya >Asakusa
Tōkyō Metro: Hibiya >Kita-Senju >Naka-Meguro
Tōkyō : Taitō-ku

Lines used by this service
Utsunomiya 宇都宮線
Read more about the line in English Wikipedia: Utsunomiya Line
Utsunomiya Line is an endearment name used for the medium- and long-distance traffic on Tōhoku hon Line Ueno - Ōmiya - Utsunomiya - Kuroiso.
The Utsunomiya Line service runs (Shinagawa - Tōkyō - Ueno-Tōkyō Line -) Ueno - Nippori - Oku - Akabane.
Real line nameFrom - To
JR East: Tōhoku hon (Tōkyō - Kuroiso) Ueno - Nippori
JR East: Tōhoku hon (via Oku) Nippori - Akabane
JR East: Tōhoku hon (Tōkyō - Kuroiso) Akabane - Kuroiso


Tōhoku hon (via Oku) 東北本線尾久経由 JR railway      1067 mm     1500V DC

AliasFrom - To
Utsunomiya Nippori - Akabane

Opened1926 - 1929TracksDouble track
This section is used by all medium- and long-distance Tōhoku hon Line trains between Ueno and Ōmiya.
The original line is only used by the short-distance Keihin Tōhoku Line service Tōkyō - Ōmiya and, between Nippori and Tabata, by the Yamanote Line service.

MapsKmStation name Official name Furigana nameConnecting linesCityPrefecture
0.0 Nippori日暮里にっぽり JR East: Tōhoku hon >"Utsunomiya line" Ueno
Tōkyō : Arakawa-ku Tōkyō
2.6 Oku尾久おく
Tōkyō : Kita-ku
7.6 Akabane赤羽あかばね JR East: Keihin-Tōhoku >Ōmiya >Yokohama
JR East: Saikyō >Ōsaki >Ōmiya
JR East: Shōnan-Shinjuku Line >Ōsaki >Ōmiya
JR East: Tōhoku hon >"Utsunomiya line" Kuroiso


This page is updated Oct 9, 2021