Train lines in Japan - Hokuhoku-sen

Hokuhoku-sen
ほくほく線

The Hokuhoku-sen (full name Hokuetsu Kyuko Hokuhoku-sen) is a train line in Niigata Prefecture operated by Hokuetsu Express. The line operates between Muikamachi Station and Saigata Station but importantly connects with the Joetsu-sen (linking with Echigo Yuzawa and beyond) at the former and the Shinetsu Honsen at the latter.

 
Hokuhoku-sen
Station names and distances from Muikamachi Station to Saigata Station in Niigata Prefecture

Note that some trains go straight through from Echigo Yuzawa, while others require a change of train at Muikamachi Station.

Many people have used this line to get from the Tokyo region to Hokuriku - by using the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo to Echigo Yuzawa Station and then transferring to the Hokuhoku-sen. Just how the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen will affect the numbers of people doing that in the long term remains to be seen.

See also:

>> Trains in Japan
>> Regional train line connections

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Station name Station name in Japanese Prefecture Distance from Muikamachi Station Connecting train lines 
JR Joetsu line        
Echigo Yuzawa 越後湯沢駅 Niigata
17.6km Joetsu Shinkansen
Ishiuchi 石打駅 11.2km  
Osawa 大沢駅 7.2km  
Joetsu Kokusai Skijo Mae 上越国際スキー場前駅 6.2km  
Shiozawa 塩沢駅 3.9km  
Muikamachi 六日町駅 >>>  
Hokuhoku-sen        
Muikamachi 六日町駅 Niigata
>>>  
Uonuma Kyuryo 魚沼丘陵駅 3.6km  
Misashima 美佐島駅 12.2km  
Shinza しんざ駅 14.4km  
Tokamachi 十日町駅 15.9km Iiyama-sen
Matsudai まつだい駅 29.2km  
Hokuhoku Oshima ほくほく大島駅 38.6km  
Mushigawa Osugi 虫川大杉駅 44.8km  
Uragawara うらがわら駅 46.8km  
Oike Ikoinomori 大池いこいの森駅 51.7km  
Kubiki くびき駅 53.6km  
Saigata 犀潟駅 59.5km  
JR Shinetsu Hon-sen line        
Saigata 犀潟駅 Niigata
59.5km  
Kuroi 黒井駅 63.9km  
Naoetsu 直江津駅 66.6km Myoko Haneuma Line
Nihonkai Hisui Line

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