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 KOBE

Kobe has 1.5 million inhabitants and lies near Osaka in the Kansai region of central Japan. Apart from the two municipal subway lines, Kobe boasts two transit systems serving the man-made islands in the port area. Kobe is connected to Osaka by JR West as well as Hankyu and Hanshin local railways.

 

 Subway
 Seishin-Yamate Line

Kobe's first subway line, the Seishin-Yamate Line (Seishinchuo - Shin-Kobe), is operated jointly with the Hokushin-Kyuko Railway (Shin-Kobe - Tanigami). It opened between 1977 and 1987 and has a total length of 22.7 km with 16 stations. It runs on the surface between Myohoji and Seishinchuo. A trip on the subway from Seishinchuo to Shin-Kobe takes 32 minutes and a further 8 minutes to Tanigami.

13 March 1977: Shin-Nagata - Myodani (5.7 km)
17 June 1983: Shin-Nagata - Okurayama (4.3 km)
18 June 1985: Myodani - Gakuen-toshi (3.5 km) and Okurayama - Shin-Kobe (3.3 km)
18 March 1987: Gakuen-toshi - Seishinchuo (5.9 km)
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2 April 1988: Shin-Kobe - Tanigami (Hokushin-Kyuko Railway) - 7.5 km

Kobe Subway  Seishin-Yamate Line © Charles Sarjeant Kobe Subway Seishin-Yamate Line © Charles Sarjeant Kobe Subway Seishin-Yamate Line © Charles Sarjeant Subway train at Seishinchuo © Charles Sarjeant Hokushin © Charles Sarjeant Seishin-Yamate Line Seishin-Yamate Line Seishin-Yamate Line Seishin-Yamate Line
Photos 1-5 © Charles Sarjeant; 6-9 © Craig Moore
 Kaigan Line

A second subway line, the 7.9 km Kaigan Line (Coast Line) opened on 7 July 2001. It intersects at both ends with the Seishin-Yamate Line and JR services at Shin-Nagata and at Sannomiya.

7 July 2001: Shin-Nagata - Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae (7.9 km - Kaigan Line)

Kaigan Line Kaigan Line New Kaigan Line subway train © Kobe Transportation Bureau
Photos 1-2 © Craig Moore; 3 © Kobe City Transportation Bureau


 Kobe New Transit
 Port Liner

opened on 05 Feb 1981 (6.4 km, 9 stops), extended south to the new Kobe Airport on 02 Feb 2006 (4.3 km, 3 stops).

Portliner © Lester Kao Portliner © Charles Sarjeant Portliner © Charles Sarjeant
Photo 1 © Lester Kao; 2-3 Charles Sarjeant
 Rokko Liner

opened on 21 Feb 1990 (4.5 km)

 

 

 

 Links

Kobe Subway (Official site)

Kobe New Transit (Official site)

Kobe Municipal Subway Kaigan Line incl. construction pictures, at Kobe Railway Stadium

Osamu Abe's Kobe page with some photos

Photos of all stations

Kobe Subway at Wikipedia

 

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