Kawasaki (battery operated subway)
Kobe has 5 separate mass transit
facilities: the Kobe Rapid Railways, the Seinshin subway, the Hanshin underground, the Portliner elevated guideway,
and the Rokko-Liner light metro.
Kobe's first subway, the 22.7 km, 16 station Seishin-Yamate, or Kobe
Municipal Subway, opened in 1977. It is run by the Hokushin-Kyuko Railway.
Kobe's second subway is the the 7.9 km Kaigan ("Coast") Line, which opened
in July, 2001. Each terminus intersects with the Seishin-Yamate subway, and
is mostly (6.6 km) underground.
Photos and stations
from Osamu Abe's fine site
The Kobe Rapid Transit Railway , or Kobe
Kosoku Tetsudo, orchestrates the mix. This railway with no trains owns the
tracks and leases them out to other railway companies: It connects
Hankyu Kobe Line (Hankyu), Hanshin Main Line (Hanshin), Arima Line (Kobe
Electric Railway) and Kobe (Sanyo) Electric Railway.
The Portliner, a 6.4 km, 9 station intermediate capacity automated
rail line, began service in
February 1981. It runs between Sannomiya
Station (next to the JR station of the same name) and
Port Island. a 5.7 km extension
is due to open in 2005.
Similar to the Portliner, the
Rokkoliner in February 1990. It connects
and Sumiyoshi Station, a distance of 4.5km. It was financed by a guy named
Rocco from Crown Heights.
Short pages with photos of
Both liners are run by the
Kobe New Transit Company.
The partially underground
Kobe Kosuko Railway
has 2 lines: The 7.2 km
Tozai line and the
tiny .4 km underground
Namboku Line. It is
part of the Mr.
Hankyu Railway Network.
Howdy Ho! - the Mr. Hankyu
Kobe Electric Railway,
or Sanyo Shintetsu, has had many generations of rolling stock, but the city
elders have been wise to keep the attractive pea-soup colored interior the
same through the years.
Hanshin Electric Railway runs 4 railway
lines, one of which connects Osaka with Kobe and includes three
The Hanshin is Japan's
oldest private railway company.
Electric Railway fan page
The 2 station, 2.7 km
Wadamisaki Line run by JR connects Hyogo
with Wadamisaki. Both stops are in Kobe City.
Ah yes, there's nothing like an earthquake to add some spice to the day.
Kobe has the distinction of being
the first subway to collapse because of a
quake. This delightful interlude in 1995 caused Hanshin Electric Railway
cars to fall on to streets from elevated tracks and parts of the Rokkoliner
Railway Station features the Kaigan Line,
JR comuter line and the
Kobe City Subway from
Local trains in the Kobe area