Hakone Tozan Line
The Hakone Tozan Railway is a private railway company in Japan, and it
was opened in 1900. It is best known
for its operation of the Hakone Tozan Line, the first mountain railway
in Japan. It also operates the connecting
Hakone Tozan Cable Car. The Hakone Tozan Line consists of two sections:
a lower section from Odawara to
Hakone-Yumoto, and an upper section from Hakone-Yumoto to Gora. At Gora,
a cable car is available to transfer
visitors to and from Lake Ashinoko.
Lower section$B!&!&(BBetween Odawara and Hakone-Yumoto stations
(L) Komine Tunnel, 286 m: There is the Odawara Castle in the right upper
(R) Odawara Station premises: Hakone Tozan Railway and JR Toukaidou Line
(L) Hakone Tozan Railway runs in parallel to JR Tokaido Line.
(M) An overpass across Highway No.1
(R) A dual gauge from Hakone-Yumoto station is terminated at Iriuda Station.
A super-express Odakyu train is running on the railway near Hakone-Yumoto
This scene is the area between Hakone-Yumoto and Iriuda stations.
(L) Hakone-Yumoto area (R) Super-express 50000 that is parked at Hakone-Yumoto
Upper section $B!&!&(BBetween Hakone-Yumoto and Gora stations
A landsat picture: Red-line represents Hakone Tozan Railway, serving Odawara
Orange line represents a cable car, serving Gora and Sohunzan.
Green line represents a ropeway between Sohunzan and Togendai, Lake Ashinoko.
(L) A construction work near Hakone-Yumoto station
(R) The opening ceremony was held in April 1900.
(L) The start of Hakone Tozan Railway (R) A 3000 series car on the 8% gradient
near Hakone-Yumoto Station
Natural forest spreading under the iron bridge over Hayakawa
(L) Fukazawa Zeniarai Benten at Platforms of Tohnosawa Station (R) Hayakawa
Bridge and tunnel
(L) Hayakawa Bridge under construction ( Wikipedia )
(R) A tunnel, that is attached to the platforms of Tohnosawa Station.
Three switchback stops help a train in climbing a steep slope in a mountainous
Hakone Tozan railway tracks have three switch-back sites to climb a mountainous
(L) A view from the Kami-Ohiradai switchback (R) Tunnel near the Ohiradai
(L) Kami-Ohiradai switchback (R) A sharp gradient, R55, between Miyanoshita
and Ohiradai stations
(L) Ohiradai Station is the station to provide a train to switch back.
(R) A steep slope of 80$B"s(B, gradient index is 80 mule, the maximum throughout
Kami-Ohiradai signal station
(L) The 3000-Allegra type train is running downhill with the steep slope
(R) The 2000-St.Moritz type Hakone Tozan Railway train is running between
After a straight track, it will follow a curved track in a mountainous
Hakone Tozan railway track runs through the mountainous area.
Hakone Tozan railway track runs through the mountainous area.
(L) Kami-Ohiradai signal station (R) The 3000-Allegra type train is entering
to the switchback signal station.
(L) Train is approaching to Miyanoshita station.
(R) On the maximum curve of radius 30m, vehicle of the first and last pert
of the 3-car trains will create an angle of about 120 degrees.
(L) A 3000-Allegra train for Goura is leaving at Ohiradai Station after
a switchback stop
(R) Hakone-Tozan Railway track between Goura and kowakudani stations
1000-Brnina2 Hakone Tozan Railway train at Goura Station is ready to leave
for Hakone-Yumoto at Goura Station.
Each vehicle has two water tanks of 350 liter to run a very sharp railway
Goura: The upper terminal station of Hakone Tozan Railway
This is the only mountain railway in Japan. The train departs from Hakone-Yumoto
station (at 108 m above sea level)
and takes about 40 minutes to arrive at the final stop, Gora station (at
553 m above sea level). On the way up,
there are switchbacks, where the driver and the conductor change shifts
and the train switch to reversed travel direction.
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The article was written and photography was taken in April 2016, and revised
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by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., Ph.D.
Photographs were added in October 2016 and April 2017.
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