Chuo line map
Tokyo chuo line map. Chuo line map (Kantō - Japan) to print. Chuo line map (Kantō - Japan) to download. The Chuo Main Line (中央本線 Chūō-honsen?), commonly called the Chuo Line, is one of the major trunk railway lines in Japan. Chuo line runs between Tokyo and Nagoya as its shown in Chuo line map, although Chuo line is the slowest direct railway connection between the two cities; the coastal Tōkaidō Main Line is slightly faster, while the Tōkaidō Shinkansen is the fastest rail link between the cities.
The eastern portion, the Chuo East Line (中央東線 Chūō-tōsen), is run by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East), while the western portion, the Chuo West Line (中央西線 Chūō-saisen), is run by the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) as its mentioned in Chuo line map. The dividing point between the two companies is Shiojiri Station, where express trains from both ends spur off onto the Shinonoi Line towards the cities of Matsumoto and Nagano. Despite the huge urban areas at either end of the Chuo Line, its central portion is very lightly traveled; the Shiojiri-Nakatsugawa corridor is only served by twice-hourly local and hourly limited express trains.
The route the Chuo Main Line takes is through the mountainous center of Honshū as you can see in Chuo line map. Chuo line highest point (near Fujimi Station) is about 900 meters above sea level and much of the line has a gradient of 25 per mil. Along the Chuo East Line section, peaks of the Akaishi and Kiso as well as Mount Yatsugatake can be seen from trains. The Chuo West Line runs along the old Nakasendō highway (famous for the preserved post towns of Tsumago-juku and Magome-juku) and the steep Kiso Valley.