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     Tōbu Utsunomiya Line
Type Heavy rail
Locale Kantō Region
Termini Shin-Tochigi
Tōbu Utsunomiya
Owner Tobu Railway
Line length 24.3 km (15.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary

The Tōbu Utsunomiya Line (東武宇都宮線 Tōbu Utsunomiya-sen?) is a 24.3-kilometre railway line in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, owned and operated by Tobu Railway. It connects Shin-Tochigi Station in Tochigi City to Tōbu Utsunomiya Station in Utsunomiya.

Shin-Tochigi Station offers connections to the Tōbu Nikkō Line and the Tōbu Main Line network.


The entire line opened, electrified at 1500 VDC, in 1931

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Nishi-Kawada Station:

The Tochigi Prefectural Government opened a 3 km 2 ft (610 mm) gauge line to Nishihara-cho in 1897, extending it 10 km to Yoshihara in 1899 and opening a 4 km branch to Tokujiro the following year. Handcar passenger services commenced on both lines from opening, operating until 1928. A 7.5 km branch from Nishihara-cho to Tateiwa was opened in 1898 to haul gravel.

In 1931, the lines were purchased by the Tobu Railway Co. which closed all bar the Tateiwa branch, which it converted to 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge and built a connection to Tsuruta station on the Nikko Line. The Tateiwa branch ceased operation in 1961 following a landslide and was formally closed in 1964.


All stations are in Tochigi Prefecture

Station Japanese Transfers Location
Shin-Tochigi Station 新栃木 Tobu Nikko Line Tochigi
Yashū-Hirakawa Station 野州平川  
Yashū-Ōtsuka Station 野州大塚  
Mibu Station 壬生   Mibu,
Shimotsuga District
Kuniya Station 国谷  
Omocha-no-Machi Station おもちゃのまち  
Yasuzuka Station 安塚  
Nishi-Kawada Station 西川田   Utsunomiya
Esojima Station 江曽島  
Minami-Utsunomiya Station 南宇都宮  
Tōbu Utsunomiya Station 東武宇都宮  


This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia

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