The Izu Kyūkō Line (伊豆急行線 Izu Kyūkō-sen) is a privately owned railway line of Izukyū Corporation in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
The line approximately parallels the eastern coast of the Izu Peninsula, a tourist district noted for its numerous hot spring resorts and golf courses, between Itō Station in Itō and Izukyū-Shimoda Station in Shimoda. The line opened in 1961.
Since March 13, 2010, PASMO and Suica cards are accepted on the line.
Initial plans called for the Japanese National Railways (JNR) to build a spur line linking Atami on the Tōkaidō Main Line with Shimoda. However, funding was limited in the 1930s due to a combination of a tight fiscal policy under Prime Minister Osachi Hamaguchi during the Great Depression, and a number of technical issues.
On March 30, 1935, the initial 8.7km section of the Itō Line linking Atami with Ajiro was opened. The second (8.3km) section from Ajiro to Itō was opened on December 15, 1938. Both sections were electrified at 1500 VDC when opened. Further work was delayed, and then canceled due to the outbreak of World War II.
Construction south of Itō resumed when the private-sector Tokyu Corporation acquired the rights to complete the line to Shimoda and established the Izukyū Corporation to manage construction and operations of this section. The line to Shimoda opened in 1961.
The northern terminal station for the Izu Kyūkō Line is at Ito Station, from which local trains depart for the southern terminal station of Izukyū-Shimoda. However, several varieties of limited express trains operated by JR East originate at Tokyo Station travel via the Itō Line tracks to Ito, and then terminate at Izukyū-Shimoda. These include the Odoriko and Super View Odoriko named trains. Similarly, the Resort Odoriko operated by the Izu Kyūkō Line also makes the same run, but using different rolling stock.
Location: 3-chome, Yukawa, Itō City, Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県伊東市湯川三丁目12-1)
Itō Station opened on December 15, 1938 when the section of the Itō Line linking Ajiro with Itō was completed. On December 10, 1961, Izu Kyūkō began operations on a line linking Itō with Shimoda. Freight services were discontinued from October 1, 1980, but were resumed on March 31, 1987. On April 1, 1987 along with division and privatization of the Japan National Railway, East Japan Railway Company started operating this station.
Itō Station has a single island platform serving Track 1 and Track 2 and a single side platform serving Track 3. The platforms are connected by an underpass. The Izu Kyūkō trains use the outer Tracks 1 and 3, whereas the Itō Line pulls into Track 2, and reverses out in the opposite direction. The station building has automated ticket machines and Suica and PASMO automated turnstiles; its “Green Window” service counter is open between 9:00 and 18:00.
MINAMI ITO STATION/南伊東駅
Location, 1, Sakuragaoka-chō, Itō City, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県伊東市桜が丘町１）
Minami-Itō Station was opened on December 10, 1961.
Minami-Itō Station has a single elevated island platform, with the station building underneath.
Location, Kawana, Itō City, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県伊東市川奈）
Kawana Station was opened on December 10, 1961. The station building was rebuilt in 1980.
This station has two ground-level side platforms.
Location: 179-1 Futo, Itō City, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県伊東市富戸178-1）
Futo Station was opened on December 10, 1961.
Futo Station has two ground-level side platforms.
Location: 919-8 Futo, Itō City, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県伊東市富戸919-8）
Jōgasaki-Kaigan Station was opened on March 15, 1972. The station building was rebuilt as a log house in commemoration of 30th anniversary of the opening of the Izu Kyūkō Line in 1991.
Jōgasaki-Kaigan Station has one ground-level side platform.
IZU KOOGEN STATION/伊豆高原駅
Location: 1183 Yawatano, Itō City, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県伊東市八幡野1183）
Izu-Kōgen Station opened on December 10, 1961.
Izu-Kōgen Station consists of a side platform and an island platform serving three tracks.
IZU OOKAWA STATION/伊豆大川駅
Location: Ōkawa, Kawaharada, Higashiizu Cho, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県東伊豆町大川字川原田）
Izu-Ōkawa Station was opened on December 10, 1961. The station is located next to Ōkawa hot springs, and there is a foot bath on the grounds of the station.
Izu-Ōkawa Station has two opposing side platforms serving two tracks. Track 2 is used for trains in both directions, and is the track in normal use. Track 1 is used at times to permit the passage of an express train, as the station does not have a headshunt.
IZU HOKKAWA STATION/伊豆北川駅
Location: Naramoto, Higashiizu Cho, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県東伊豆町奈良本）
Izu-Hokkawa Station was opened on December 10, 1961.
Izu-Hokkawa Station has a single elevated side platform. The station building is located underneath.
IZU ATAGAWA STATION/伊豆熱川駅
Location: Naramoto aza Hamada, Higashiizu Cho, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県東伊豆町奈良本字浜田）
Izu-Atagawa Station was opened on December 10, 1961.
zu-Atagawa Station has a single elevated island platform serving two tracks. The station building is underneath.
KATASE SHIRATA STATION/片瀬白田駅
Katase-Shirata Station was opened on December 10, 1961.
Katase-Shirata Station has two elevated opposing side platforms serving two tracks. The platforms are connected by an overpass, and the station building is underneath the platforms and tracks.
Location: Inatori-aza, Deguchi, Higashiizu Cho, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県東伊豆町稲取字出口）
Izu-Inatori Station was opened on December 10, 1961.
Izu-Inatori Station has two elevated opposing side platforms serving two tracks. The platforms are connected by an overpass, and the station building is underneath the platforms and tracks.
IMAIHAMA KAIGAN STATION/今井浜海岸駅
Location: 180 Mitaka, Kawazu Cho, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県河津町見高180）
Imaihama-Kaigan Station was opened on December 10, 1961, initially as a temporary stop only open during the summer months due to its proximity to nearby swimming beaches. It became a permanent station on March 1, 1969.
Imaihama-Kaigan Station has one island platform sandwiched between two tunnels. The platform length is equivalent in length to eight train cars access to trains is limited only to the middle seven cars. The station building, which is located alongside Japan National Route 135, was rebuilt in a log cabin style, using wood from the surrounding forests.
Location: Nakakōji, Hama-aze, Kawazu, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県津町浜字中耕地）
Kawazu Station was opened on December 10, 1961.
Kawazu Station has two elevated opposing side platforms serving two tracks. The platforms are connected by an underpass, and the station building is underneath the platforms and tracks.
Location: Ochiai, Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県賀下田市落合）
Inazusa Station was opened on December 10, 1961.
Inazusa Station has a single island platforms serving two tracks.
Location: Kawauchi, Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県賀下田市河内）
Rendaiji Station was opened on December 10, 1961.
Rendaiji Station has a single elevated island platform serving two tracks, and the station building is underneath the platforms and tracks
IZUKYUU SHIMODA STATION/伊豆急下田駅
Location: 1 Higashi Hongō, Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture（静岡県賀下田市東本郷一丁目）
Izukyū-Shimoda Station forms the southern terminus of the Izu Kyūkō Line.
Izukyū-Shimoda Station opened on December 10, 1961.Izukyū-Shimoda Station has a double bay platform serving three tracks. Tracks 1 and 3 are used for normal train service, and Track 2 is used by the limited express Odoriko.
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