The Hanwa Line (阪和線, Hanwa-sen?) is a commuter rail line in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area, owned and operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The 61.3-kilometre (38.1 mi) line runs between Osaka and Wakayama, Japan and has a 1.7-kilometre branchline in Osaka suburb.
It was built in 1929 and operated by the Hanwa Electric Railway Company until 1940, when it was merged into Nankai Railway (predecessor of Nankai Electric Railway) and became the Yamanote Line of Nankai. The Yamanote Line was then nationalized in 1944 and named Hanwa Line.
When Kansai International Airport opened in 1994, the Hanwa Line became one of the main railway links between the city and the airport (along with the Nankai Main Line).
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