Rikuu West Line

The Rikuu West Line (陸羽西線, Rikuu-sai-sen) is a railway line in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan, operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It connects Shinjō Station to Amarume Station, and trains continue on to Sakata Station, even though it is not officially a part of the Rikuu West Line.

Rikuu West Line
DMU train on the Rikuu West Line crossing the Tsunokawa River in Tozawa, Yamagata, Japan.
Native name陸羽西線
LocaleYamagata Prefecture
OwnerJR East
Rolling stockKiHa 110 series
Line length43.0 km (26.7 mi)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Operating speed95 km/h (60 mph)
Route map
0.0 Shinjō
Ou Main Line
7.5 Masukata
10.6 Uzen-Zennami
Sakegawa River
12.9 Tsuya
17.0 Furukuchi
Tsunokawa River
Kutsuodaki Tunnel
24.8 Takaya
Haramaki Tunnel
31.1 Kiyokawa
34.9 Karikawa
38.9 Minamino
43.0 Amarume
Uetsu Main Line

Its name refers to the ancient provinces of Mutsu (陸奥) and Dewa (出羽) (or alternatively, the Meiji-era provinces of Rikuzen (前) and Uzen (前)), although strictly speaking, only the Rikuu East Line connects both areas.

Station list

Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers   Location
Shinjō 新庄 - 0.0 Shinjō
Masukata 升形 7.5 7.5
Uzen-Zennami 羽前前波 3.1 10.6
Tsuya 津谷 2.3 12.9 Tozawa
Furukuchi 古口 4.1 17.0
Takaya 高屋 7.8 24.8
Kiyokawa 清川 6.3 31.1 Shōnai
Karikawa 狩川 3.8 34.9
Minamino 南野 4.0 38.9
Amarume 余目 4.1 43.0 Uetsu Main Line ^
Through to the Uetsu Main Line (via Kita-Amarume, Sagoshi and Higashi-Sakata)
Sakata 酒田 - 55.3 Uetsu Main Line Sakata


  • | - Single-track
  • ◇ - Single-track; station where trains can pass
  • ^ - Double-track section starts from this point
  • ∥ - Double-track
  • ∨ - Single-track section starts from this point

Rolling stock


The line was opened in sections between 1913 and 1914. Freight services ceased in 1987, and CTC signalling was commissioned in 1991.


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

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