The Yoro Railway (Yoro Tetsudo), is a small subsidiary of Kintetsu Railways that operates a single line, just under 60km in length, that connects Kuwana in Mie Prefecture with Ibi in Gifu Prefecture.
At Kuwana the Yoro Line connects with the JR Kansai Main Line and the Kintetsu Nagoya Line to Kintetsu Station in Nagoya.
At Ogaki, in Gifu, it connects with the JR Tokaido Main Line, and the Tarumi Railway. From 1944 until 2007 the Yoro Line was completely owned by Kintetsu Railways, who still own the track and rolling stock.
Yoro Line History
The Yoro Railway was formed as a subsidiary and receives financial help from the municipalities it serves. The OKB train features the mascots of these towns and cities on its exterior livery.
The OKB train was created to mark the tenth anniversary of the "new" railway and was funded by a local bank, OKB.
List of Yoro Line Stations
The full list of stations on the Yoro Line is: Kuwana, Harima, Shimo-Fukaya, Shimo-Noshiro, Tado, Mino-Matsuyama, Ishizu, Mino-Yamazaki, Komano, Mino-Tsuya, Yoro, Mino-Takada, Karasue, Otoba, Tomoe, Mino-Yanagi, Nishi-Ogaki, Ogaki, Muro, Kita-Ogaki, Higashi-Akasaka, Hiro-Godo, Kita-Godo, Kita-Ikeno, Mino-Hongo and Ibi.
Access To Kuwana
Kuwana Station is just 16 minutes by Limited Express from Nagoya Kintetsu Station or 35 minutes by local Kintetsu, and 30 minutes by JR on the Kansai Main Line from Nagoya Station. Local Kintetsu services also take about half an hour to reach Nagoya, though the last Kuwana service is a JR train.
Kuwana is 33 minutes from Tsu by Kintetsu Limited Express and 39 minutes by JR Express from Matsusaka.
Ride the Yoro Line to get to Tado Shrine for its annual horse festival in May and Yoro Park with its Site of Reversible Destiny - a modern art experience created by Nagoya-born, New York-based artist Arakawa Shusaku and his wife and artistic partner, poet Madeline Gins.