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Esashi Line


Esashi Line

     Esashi Line
Type Heavy rail
Locale Hokkaido
Termini Goryōkaku
Owner JR Hokkaido
Line length 79.9 km (49.6 mi)
Track gauge
Route map

The Esashi Line (江差線 Esashi-sen?) is a Japanese railway line operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). It runs between Goryōkaku and Esashi.


All stations are in Hokkaido.
Track: ∥: Double track, ∨: Double track ends, ◇: Passing loop |: No passing loop

Station name Between (km) Distance (km) Transfers Track Location
Hakodate Main Line, part of Tsugaru-Kaikyō Line (electrified section)
Hakodate 函館 - 3.4 Hakodate City Tram Hakodate
Esashi Line, part of Tsugaru-Kaikyō Line (electrified section)
Goryōkaku 五稜郭 3.4 0.0 Hakodate Main Line Hakodate
Nanaehama 七重浜 2.7 2.7   Hokuto
Higashi-Kunibetsu 東久根別 2.6 5.3  
Kunibetsu 久根別 1.2 6.5  
Kiyokawaguchi 清川口 1.1 7.6  
Kamiiso 上磯 1.2 8.8  
Moheji 茂辺地 8.8 17.6  
Oshima-Tōbetsu 渡島当別 5.0 22.6  
Kamaya 釜谷 4.9 27.5   Kikonai
Izumisawa 泉沢 3.1 30.6  
Satsukari 札苅 3.4 34.0  
Kikonai 木古内 3.8 37.8 Kaikyō Line
Esashi Line (non-electrified section)
Oshima-Tsuruoka 渡島鶴岡 2.3 40.1   Kikonai
Yoshibori 吉堀 3.1 43.2  
Shinmei 神明 13.2 56.4   Kaminokuni
Yunotai 湯ノ岱 2.8 59.2  
Miyakoshi 宮越 7.1 66.3  
Katsuraoka 桂岡 2.2 68.5  
Naka-Suda 中須田 2.1 70.6  
Kaminokuni 上ノ国 3.2 73.8  
Esashi 江差 6.1 79.9   Esashi


On 7 August 2012, JR Hokkaido announced its intention to close the 42 km section of the line between Kikonai and Esashi in spring 2014 due to a lack of financial viability.[1] In fiscal 2011, the Kikonai - Esashi section was served by six return services daily, with an average patronage of 41 passengers per km daily, the lowest for any of JR Hokkaido's lines.[2]


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