- Hakata Minami Line
The Hakata Minami Line (博多南線) is an 8.5 km railway line in
Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, connecting Hakata Stationin Fukuoka to Hakata-Minami Station in Kasuga. It is operated by the West Japan Railway Company(JR West).
The line was originally built in the 1970s to transport
Sanyō Shinkansentrains from the Hakata terminal to a large train depot in Kasuga. At that time, Kasuga was a rural region and did not merit a train station of its own. By the late 1980s, however, the area had become a sprawling suburb of Fukuoka. JR decided to build a station adjacent to the depot, and inaugurated service in 1990 with 0 Series Shinkansentrains.
Although the line uses
Shinkansenequipment, it is not considered a part of the Shinkansen network; trains are officially designated as limited expresstrains. This may change if the Kyushu Shinkansen, which is currently under construction, decides to use it as part of the route.
The trip from Hakata to Hakata-Minami takes ten minutes and costs 290
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