The Yamatoji Line is the name given to that part of the Kansai Main Line that runs between Kamo Station in Kyoto Prefecture and JR Namba Station in Osaka. Because the line passes through JR Nara Station it is a very useful rail link connecting Nara with Osaka. This line can also be used to visit some local sites of interest such as Horyuji Temple.
Although the Yamatoji Line does not extend to Osaka Station, there is a through service called the Yamatoji Rapid Service which runs on both the Yamatoji Line and the Osaka Loop Line. This service can be used to travel directly between JR Nara Station and Osaka Station. At JR Nara Station trains bound for Namba and Osaka depart from platforms 1, 2, and 3. Trains bound for Kizu Station and Kamo Station on the northern part of the Yamatoji Line depart from platforms 3, 4, and 5. Both the Yamatoji Line and the Yamatoji Rapid Service are fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
JR Yamatoji Line Stations
There are 22 stations on the Yamatoji Line. The key destinations have been highlighted in the following list:
Kamo > Kizu > Narayama > Nara > Koriyama > Yamato-Koizumi > Horyuji > Oji > Sango > Kawachi-Katakami > Takaida > Kashiwara > Shiki > Yao > Kyuhoji > Kami > Hirano > Tobu-shijo-mae > Tennoji > Shin-Imamiya > Imamiya > JR Namba
Yamatoji Rapid Service trains running from JR Nara Station are diverted onto the Osaka Loop Line at Shin-Imamiya Station and do not continue to JR Namba Station. Therefore, if you wish to continue to JR Namba Station you will need to transfer to a Local Train at Shin-Imamiya Station. For more detailed information on these destinations please see our article on the Yamatoji Line at OsakaStation.com.
Fares and Train Times
|Nara – > Tennoji||470 yen||34 minutes|
|Nara -> JR Namba||560 yen||49 minutes|
|Nara – > Osaka||800 yen||53 minutes|
Traveling to Horyuji
This line can also be used to travel to Horyuji Station which is the nearest station to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Horyuji Temple. Traveling from JR Nara Station to Horyuji Station takes 11 minutes and costs 220 yen. From Horyuji Station you can walk for 20 minutes, or take bus 72 to the Horyuji-mae bus stop. The bus from Horyuji Station takes 5 minutes and costs 190 yen. By contrast, if you took a bus directly from JR Nara Station to the Horyuji-mae bus stop, it would take 52 minutes and cost 760 yen.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.