About Ichibata Electric Railway

Ichibata Electric Railway is a local 42.0 km railway that connects the cities of Izumo and Matsue in Shimane Prefecture. Since its establishment in 1912, the railway has provided a safe, comfortable service as an important means of public transportion for local residents as well as visitors traveling to tourist attractions along the route.

In 2010, a movie set on the Ichibata Electric Railway was released, bringing new fame to the railway in Japan. Today, it is known affectionately as Bataden by its patrons.

Ichibata Electric Railway has also attracted public attention with a variety of services that are rare in Japan, such as its bicycle conveyance service, railcar pub (Suiden), and hands-on train-driver experience. It is also well-known for its unique exterior wraps.

  • Carry the bicycle by train

    Bicycle conveyance service

  • Beer

    Railcar pub (Suiden)

  • DeHaNi Trial

    Hands-on train-driver experience

  • Wrapping DesignTrain

    Exterior wrap

Service Route

A ride on the Ichibata Electric Railway offers the enjoyment of Japan’s untouched natural beauty from a train window--from the verdant mountain ranges in the north to the rich pastoral landscape and Lake Shinji (where migratory birds gather) in the south.

26.IZUMOTAISHA-MAE

25.HAMAYAMAKOEN-KITAGUCHI

24.YOKAN

23.TAKAHAMA

01.DENTETSU-IZUMOSHI

02.IZUMO SCIENCE CENTER-PARK TOWN MAE

03.OTSUMACHI

04.TAKESHI

05.KAWATO

06.OTERA

07.MIDAMI

08.TABUSHI

09.UNSHU-HIRATA

10.NUNOZAKI

11.KOYUKAN SHIN-EKI

12.SONO

13.ICHIBATA-GUCHI

14.INONADA

15.TSUNOMORI

16.TAKANOMIYA

17.MATSUE VOGEL-PARK

18.AIKAMACHI

19.NAGAE

20.ASAHIGAOKA

21.MATSUE ENGLISH GARDEN-MAE

22.MATSUE SHINJIKO-ONSEN

Route Map

Tourist Attractions along the Route

Izumotaisha-mae Station

Izumotaisha-mae Station

Built around eighty years ago, the western-style building of Izumotaisha-mae Station has stained-glass windows that light up the building’s interiors with an abundance of rich colors. From the front of the station, the lively atmosphere of the shrine town, Shinmon-dori Street, continues to Izumo Grand Shrine.

Izumo Grand Shrine (10-minute walk north)

It is said that, in the tenth month of the old Japanese lunar calendar, Japan’s myriad gods gather at Izumo Grand Shrine to hold meetings to make various “en-musubi” (“en” is the Japanese word for “encounter or destiny”)--i.e., connections between people and other people, things, or events. The 24-meter-high main hall, where the god of en-musubi is enshrined, is a national treasure of Japan. It is believed to have once been 48 meters high in medieval times and, in recent years, a set of three giant wooden pillars that appear to substantiate this theory was unearthed from inside the shrine precincts.

Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo (10-minute walk east)

Exhibits at the Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo include the giant “Uzu” pillars unearthed from inside the precincts of Izumo Grand Shrine as well as other heritage items and artifacts related to Izumo Grand Shrine and ancient Izumo. A large number of bronze implements and decorative swords excavated at two sites in Shimane Prefecture and designated as national treasures can also be seen.

Inasa-no-hama Beach (25-minute walk west)

This beach is where the myriad gods from around Japan come to shore in the tenth month of the old lunar calendar as well as the setting of the kunitsukuri (“formation/creation of the land”) and kuniyuzuri (“relinquishing of the land”) myths. In summer, it is a popular swimming beach.

Izumo Hinomisaki (20-minute drive north)

Standing on the westernmost point of the Shimane peninsula, the beautiful white Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse is the tallest stone lighthouse in Japan. An islet just off the shore of Hinomisaki is a nesting place for black-tailed gulls and has been designated as a national natural treasure.

  • IZUMOTAISHA-MAE Sta.

    Izumotaisha-mae Station

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    Shinmon-dori Street

  • Izumotaisha

    Izumo Grand Shrine Main Hall

  • Inasa-no-hama Beach

    Inasa-no-hama Beach

  • Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

    Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

  • Izumo Hinomisaki

    Izumo Hinomisaki

Unshu-Hirata Station

Unshu-Hirata Station

The headquarters station of Ichibata Electric Railway. A popular attraction in the station building is the Dehani 50-Type Hands-on Train-Driver Experience, in which anybody can try their hand at driving the No. 52 Dehani 50-Type, one of Japan’s oldest half-steel carriages, even without a train-driver’s license.

Momen Kaido “Cotton Road” (10-minute walk north)

This street still retains the streetscape of the district’s glory days of old, when it once flourished as a producer of fine cotton and as a market town, from medieval times to the early modern era. The street is home to a number of venerable shops with histories going back more than a hundred years, such as sake breweries, soy sauce breweries, and ginger sweet shops.

Shinjiko Green Park Gobius (10-minute walk from Koyukan Shin-eki Station, second station east of Unshu-Hirata Station by train)

An aquarium where living creatures such as fish, shellfish, birds, animals, and plants collected from the Lake Shinji-Nakaumi system from the Hiikawa River to the Sea of Japan offers the chance to learn about the richness of the area’s biological cycle.

Ichibata-Guchi Station (four stations east of Unshu-Hirata Station by train)

This station has an unusual flatland switch-back system. From here, the train starts traveling back in the opposite direction. A 10-minute drive north of the station is Ichibata Yakushi Temple, a site of worship believed to be beneficial in recovering eyesight and healing diseases of the eye. The temple approach has 1,138 stone steps, which form part of the course of a popular marathon held in autumn.

  • Dehani Trial

    Hands-on Train-Driver Experience

  • Momen kaidou Ave.

    Momen Kaido

  • Gobius

    Shinjiko Green Park Gobius

  • ICHIBATAGUCHI Sta.

    Ichibata-Guchi Station

  • Ichibata yakushi

    Ichibata Yakushi Temple

Matsue Shinjiko-Onsen Station

Matsue Shinjiko-Onsen Station

Located in the Matsue Shinjiko Onsen hot springs district. There is a hot-spring footbath even inside the station.

Matsue Castle (20-minute walk northeast)

Matsue Castle is one of the twelve remaining castles in Japan. Feel like a daimyo lord watching over the land from the castle keep, which is a national treasure. If you are lucky, a samurai or a ninja might be around to welcome you.

Aikamachi Station (four stations west of Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station by train)

On a clear day, the majestic beauty of Mt. Daisen, the tallest mountain in the Chugoku region and a popular location for outdoor sports, can be seen from the platform.

Matsue Vogel Park (four stations west of Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station by train)

Located in the richly green hilly area, Matsue Vogel Park has two bird greenhouses, where visitors can see many different species of birds and bird shows, as well as a flower greenhouse, where beautiful flowers such as begonias and fuchsias are in full bloom all year round.

Shimane Art Museum (20-minute walk south)

The area around the museum offers a famous vantage point to watch the beauty of the evening sun on Lake Shinji. The sun setting over Izumo Grand Shrine, with Yomegashima island in the background, is a captivating sight.

  • MATSUE SHINJIKO-ONSEN Sta.

    Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Hot Spring

  • Matsuejyo Castle

    Matsue Castle

  • Matsue Horikawa-meguri

    Matsue Horikawa Sightseeing Boat

  • AIKAMACHI Sta.

    Aikamachi Station

  • Matsue Vogel Park

    Matsue Vogel Park

  • Sunset of Lake. Shinjiko

    Sunset over Lake Shinji

Timetable

Timetable

To see the timetable, please check the PDF files below:

Apps for Operation Information Service

The up-to-date timetable can be checked through the following operation information service apps. The information provided on these apps is supplied by Ichibata Electric Railway, but users should confirm the Terms of Use of the app’s service provider prior to use.

Fares

Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines or station staff at the main stations along the route (Dentetsu Izumoshi, Izumotaisha-mae, Kawato, Unshu-Hirata, and Matsue Shinjiko-Onsen). After you get off the train, hand your train ticket to a station staff member at the exit gate.

At unmanned stations, go directly to the platform to wait for the train. When you board the train, take one of the numbered tickets provided to the left of the train door and hold on to it. When you get off the train, place your fare, along with the numbered ticket, into the fare box behind the driver’s seat, then get off the train and go through the exit gate.

JPY. Child refers to children ages 12 and under. Preschoolers ride for free.
Main Stations Type DENTETSU IZUMOSHI IZUMOTAISHA-MAE UNSHU-HIRATA MATSUE SHINJIKO-ONSEN
DENTETSU IZUMOSHI Adult - 490 410 690
Child 250 210 350
IZUMOTAISHA-MAE Adult 490 - 510 810
Child 250 260 410
UNSHU-HIRATA Adult 410 510 - 670
Child 210 260 370
MATSUE SHINJIKO-ONSEN Adult 690 810 670 -
Child 350 410 370

Tichets

Sightseeing tickets are available for purchase at the main stations.

En-Musubi Perfect Ticket

The En-Musubi Perfect Ticket is a 3-day hop-on/hop-off ticket, giving the holder unlimited travel on the Ichibata Electric Railway, all local bus routes in Matsue and Izumo, and the shuttle buses to Izumo and Yonago airports (not valid on JR lines) for three days from the date of issue. It also offers discounts on entrance fees, meals, services, and other special benefits at more than thirty affiliated facilities.

JPY
Adult 3,000
Child (ages 12 and under) 1,500

1-Day Free Ticket

Unlimited hop-on/hop-off travel on the Ichibata Electric Railway for one day

JPY
Adult 1,500
Child (ages 12 and under) 800

Vogel and Free Ticket

Entrance to Matsue Vogel Park (usually 1,500 yen) and 1-Day Free Ticket for unlimited hop-on/hop-off travel on the Ichibata Electric Railway for one day.

JPY
Adult 2,200
Junior High School Student 1,700
Child (ages 12 and under) 1,100

Entrance Ticket to Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Free Ticket

Entrance to permanent exhibits of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo (usually 610 yen) and 1-Day Free Ticket for unlimited hop-on/hop-off travel on the Ichibata Electric Railway for one day.

JPY
Adult 1,800

Access

From Izumo Airport / JR Izumoshi Station to Dentetsu Izumoshi Station

  • Izumo Airport Terminal Building
  • Airport Shuttle Bus (50 minutes)
  • JR Izumoshi Station North Exit (Bus Terminal)
  • 3-minute walk east
  • Dentetsu Izumoshi Station

From JR Matsue Station to Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station

  • JR Matsue Station North Exit (Bus Terminal)
  • Ichibata local bus or Matsue City Bus (10 minutes)
  • Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station
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