Amanohashidate Cable Railway (天橋立鋼索鉄道)
The Amanohashidate Cable Railway is a cable car line operated by the Tango Kairiku Kotsu Co., Ltd. that connects Fuchu Station (in Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture) and Kasamatsu Station. It is also called Amanohashidate Cable Car or Kasamatsu Cable.
The line is located on the pilgrim path from Amanohashidate Station on the Miyazu Line of the Kitakinki Tango Railway to Nariaisan Nariai-ji Temple and passes through Amanohashidate, one of the three most famous scenic places in Japan. A chairlift runs parallel to the cable railway, both of which can be used with a single ticket.
Track length (operating kilometers): 0.4 km
Track gauge: 1067 mm
Number of stations: 2
Difference in height: 130 m
Maximum grade: 461‰
Minimum grade: 78‰
Cable cars run every 15 minutes and the trip takes 4 minutes. Operating hours vary depending on the season.
January, February and December: 8:00 - 16:30
March and November: 8:00 - 17:00
April, May, June, September, October, July 1 - 19, and August 21 - 31: 8:00 - 17:30
July 20 - August 20: 8:00 - 18:00
August 13, 1927: Line between Fuchu Station and Kasamatsu Station opened by Seiso Electric Railway.
December 22, 1927: Seiso Electric Railway renamed Amanohashidate Cable Railway.
February 11, 1944: Line discontinued as unnecessary during the war.
August 12, 1951: Line reopened by Tango Kairiku Kotsu Co., Ltd. between Fuchu Station and Kasamatsu Station.
List of Stations
Fuchu Station - Kasamatsu Station
Since the grade at Fuchu Station is 78‰, which is gentle compared to the steepest section (80‰) of the adhesion traction Hakone Tozan Railway, the platform is sloped, not stepped.
Fuchu Station can be reached by bus or sightseeing boat, operated by the Tango Kairiku Kotsu Co., Ltd., from Amanohashidate Station on the Miyazu Line of the Kitakinki Tango Railway. It can also be reached on foot via Amanohashidate.