Japan Train Travel: Osaka JR Loop Line
JR Osaka Loop Line 大阪環状線
Japan Rail's loop line in Osaka, like the Yamanote Line in Tokyo is one of the city's main rail transport arteries, connecting with many suburban and inter-city railways, to places such as Kyoto, Kobe, Nara and Nagoya.
The Osaka Loop Line (Kanjo-sen) runs both clockwise and counter-clockwise around the center of Osaka city.
On average, two trains leave Osaka Station to the north and Tennoji Station in the south approximately every seven minutes, running in opposite directions.
The trains are often a distinctive orange color but newer trains are silver.
JR tickets from places outside Osaka remain valid to any destination on the Osaka Loop Line.
There are 19 stations on the Osaka Loop Line, 7 of which do not connect to other lines.
Osaka Loop Line map showing all the stations and interchanges
Here is a list of stations travelling from Osaka Station in a clockwise direction, connections from each station, and attractions in the area of each station.
Osaka Station (→ JR Fukuchiyama Line/JR Takarazuka Line, JR West Tokaido Line (JR Kobe Line and JR Kyoto Line), JR Tozai Line [Kitashinchi Station], Hankyu Railway Kobe Line, Hankyu Railway Kyoto Line, Hankyu Railway Takarazuka Line, Hanshin Railway Main Line, Osaka City Subway Midosuji Line, Osaka City Subway Tanimachi Line [Higashi-Umeda Station], Osaka City Subway Yotsubashi Line [Nishi-Umeda Station])
Tenma (→ Osaka City Subway Sakaisuji Line [Ogimachi Station])
Kyobashi (→ JR West Katamachi Line/Gakkentoshi Line], JR Tozai Line, Keihan Main Line, Osaka City Subway Nagahori Tsurumi-Ryokuchi Line)
Morinomiya (→ Osaka City Subway Chuo Line, Osaka City Subway Nagahori Tsurumi-Ryokuchi Line)
Tamatsukuri (→ Osaka City Subway Nagahori Tsurumi-Ryokuchi Line
Tennoji (→ Hankai Tramway Uemachi Line [Tennoji-eki-mae Station], JR Hanwa Line, JR West Kansai Line, JR West Yamatoji Line, Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line [Osaka Abenobashi Station], Osaka City Subway Midosuji Line, Osaka City Subway Tanimachi Line)
Shin-Imamiya (→ Hankai Tramway Hankai Line [Minamikasumicho Station], JR West Kansai Line, JR West Kansai Line Yamatoji Line, Nankai Railway Nankai Line, Nankai Railway Koya Line), Osaka City Subway Midosuji Line [Dobutsuen-mae Station], Osaka City Subway Sakaisuji Line [Dobutsuen-mae Station])
Imamiya (→ JR West Kansai Line, JR West Yamatoji Line)
Bentencho (→ Osaka City Subway Chuo Line)
Nishikujo (→ Hanshin Railway Nishi-Osaka Line, JR West Sakurajima Line, JR West Yumesaki Line)
Noda (→ Osaka City Subway Sennichimae Line [Tamagawa Station])
Fukushima (→ Hanshin Railway Main Line, JR Tozai Line [Shin-Fukushima Station])
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