Fukuchiyama Line 福知山線
The Fukuchiyama Line (Fukuchiyama-sen) is a 106.5km-long commuter railway line operated by JR West.
Between Osaka Station and Sasayamaguchi Station the line is also known as the JR Takarazuka Line (JR宝塚線) as it passes through Takarazuka city.
Local, Rapid and Tambaji Rapid services run on the line.
In 2005 there was a serious crash on the Fukuchiyama Line at Amagasaki with 107 deaths, one of the worst accidents in Japanese rail history.
Fukuchiyama Kyuko Fukuchiyama Line Stations
There are thirty two stations on the Fukuchiyama Line: Osaka Station, Tsukamoto, Amagasaki, Tsukaguchi, Inadera, Itami, Kita-Itami, Kawanishi-Ikeda, Nakayamadera, Takarazuka, Namaze, Nishinomiyanajio, Takedao, Dojo, Sanda, Shin-Sanda, Hirono, Aino, Aimoto, Kusano, Furuichi, Minami-Yashiro, Sasayamaguchi, Tamba-Oyama, Shimotaki, Tanikawa, Kaibara, Iso, Kuroi, Ichijima, Tamba-Takeda, Fukuchiyama.
Fukuchiyama Line Connections
Amagasaki Station connects with the Tokaido Main Line (JR Kobe Line for Sannomiya in Kobe) and the JR Tozai Line to Kyobashi Station. The quirky Skull Museum is located near Tachibana Station, one stop from Amagasaki on the JR Kobe Line (Tokaido Main Line).
Takarazuka Station is convenient for the famous Takarazuka Revue, an all-female song and dance theater. Also in Takarazuka is the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum and the Seiko-den (Tessai Museum) in the grounds of Kiyoshikojin Seicho-ji Temple, which holds the art works of painter and calligrapher Tessai Tomioka (1836-1924).
There are transfers here to Hankyu Takarazuka Station and the Hankyu Imazu Line to Nishinomiya and the Hankyu Takarazuka Line to Umeda Station.
At Kawanishi-Ikeda passengers can transfer from the JR Takarazuka Line to the Hankyu Takarazuka Line at nearby Kawanishi-Noseguchi Station and also the Noseden Myoken Line to Myokenguchi.
There are transfers here for the JR Kobe Line to Kakogawa Station.
Fukuchiyama Station has transfers for the Sanin Main Line, all the way eventually to Tottori, Masuda and Shimonoseki and the Kyoto Tango Railway Miyafuku Line (operated by Willer) to Miyazu and then Amanohashidate.
Fukuchiyama is a pleasant town best known for Fukuchiyama Castle and a number of Edo Period buildings in the nearby Jokamachi district.