List of railway companies in Japan


List of railway companies in Japan

List of railway companies in Japan lists Japanese railway operators.

Those in "italics" are the third sector operators; being half-public, half-private.

Japan Railways Group

The Japan Railways Group succeeded the former Japanese National Railways (日本国有鉄道).
*Central Japan Railway Company (東海旅客鉄道) (JR Central JR東海)
*East Japan Railway Company (東日本旅客鉄道) (JR East JR東日本)
*Hokkaidō Railway Company (北海道旅客鉄道) (JR Hokkaidō JR北海道)
*Kyūshū Railway Company (九州旅客鉄道) (JR Kyūshū JR九州)
*Shikoku Railway Company (四国旅客鉄道) (JR Shikoku JR四国)
*West Japan Railway Company (西日本旅客鉄道) (JR West JR西日本)
*Japan Freight Railway Company (日本貨物鉄道) (JR Freight JR貨物) (freight only company)

Major 16 private railways (大手私鉄)

Kantō region

*Keihin Electric Express Railway 京浜急行電鉄 (京急 Keikyū)
*Keiō Corporation or Keiō Electric Railway 京王電鉄
*Keisei Electric Railway 京成電気鉄道
*Odakyū Electric Railway 小田急電鉄
*Sagami Railway 相模鉄道 (相鉄 Sōtetsu)
*Seibu Railway 西武鉄道
*Tōbu Railway 東武鉄道
*Tokyo Metro 東京地下鉄 (東京メトロ) (subway)
*Tōkyū Corporation or Tōkyō Kyūkō Electric Railway 東京急行電鉄 (東急)

Chūbu region

*Nagoya Railroad 名古屋鉄道 (名鉄 Meitetsu)

Kansai region

*Hankyū Railway 阪急電鉄
*Hanshin Electric Railway 阪神電気鉄道
*Keihan Electric Railway 京阪電気鉄道
*Kintetsu Corporation or Kinki Nippon Railway 近畿日本鉄道 (近鉄)
*Nankai Electric Railway 南海電気鉄道

Kyūshū region

*Nishi-Nippon Railroad 西日本鉄道 (西鉄 Nishitetsu)

emi-major 6 private railways (準大手私鉄)

Kantō region

*Shin-Keisei Electric Railway 新京成電鉄

Kansai region

*"Kita-Ōsaka Kyūkō Railway" 北大阪急行電鉄 (Kitakyū 北急)
*Kōbe Electric Railway 神戸電気鉄道 (Shintetsu 神鉄)
*"Kōbe Rapid Railway" 神戸高速鉄道 (subway, Category-3 railway operator)
*"Ōsaka Prefectural Urban Development (Semboku Rapid Railway)" 大阪府都市開発 (泉北高速鉄道)
*Sanyō Electric Railway 山陽電気鉄道

Other private and the third sector railways

From north to south by prefecture of railway operation headquarter. Category-3 railway operators not listed. Names might be tentative.

Tōhoku region

*flag|Aomori
**"Aoimori Railway" 青い森鉄道
**Kōnan Railway 弘南鉄道
**Towada Kankō Dentetsu 十和田観光電鉄 (Tōtetsu 十鉄)
**Tsugaru Railway 津軽鉄道 (Tsutetsu 津鉄)
*flag|Iwate
**"IGR Iwate Galaxy Railway" IGRいわて銀河鉄道
**"Sanriku Railway" 三陸鉄道 (Santetsu 三鉄)
*flag|Miyagi
**"Sendai Airport Transit" 仙台空港鉄道
*flag|Akita
**"Akita Nairiku Jūkan Railway" 秋田内陸縦貫鉄道
**"Yuri Kōgen Railway" 由利高原鉄道
*flag|Yamagata
**"Yamagata Railway" 山形鉄道
*flag|Fukushima
**"Abukuma Express" 阿武隈急行 (Abukyū 阿武急)
**"Aizu Railway" 会津鉄道
**Fukushima Kōtsū 福島交通

Kantō region

*flag|Ibaraki
**"Hitachinaka Kaihin Railway" ひたちなか海浜鉄道
**Kantō Railway 関東鉄道 (Kantetsu 関鉄)
**"Kashima Rinkai Railway" 鹿島臨海鉄道
*flag|Tochigi
**"Mōka Railway" 真岡鐵道
**"Yagan Railway" 野岩鉄道
*flag|Gunma
**Jōmō Electric Railway 上毛電気鉄道
**Jōshin Dentetsu 上信電鉄
**"Watarase Keikoku Railway" わたらせ渓谷鐵道
*flag|Saitama
**Chichibu Railway 秩父鉄道
*flag|Chiba
**Chōshi Electric Railway 銚子電気鉄道 (Chōden 銚電)
**"Hokusō Railway" 北総鉄道
**"Isumi Railway" いすみ鉄道
**Kominato Railway 小湊鉄道
**"Shibayama Railway" 芝山鉄道
**Sōbu Nagareyama Electric Railway 総武流山電鉄 (Ryūtetsu 流鉄)
**"Tōyō Rapid Railway" 東葉高速鉄道
*flag|Tōkyō
**"Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company (Tsukuba Express)" 首都圏新都市鉄道 (つくばエクスプレス)
*flag|Kanagawa
**Hakone Tozan Railway 箱根登山鉄道
**Izuhakone Railway (Daiyūzan Line) 伊豆箱根鉄道 (大雄山線)
**"Yokohama Minatomirai Railway (Kodomo-no-Kuni Line)" 横浜高速鉄道 (こどもの国線)

Chūbu region

*flag|Niigata
**Hokuetsu Express 北越急行
*flag|Toyama
**Toyama Chihō Railway 富山地方鉄道 (Chitetsu 地鉄)
**Kurobe Gorge Railway 黒部峡谷鉄道
*flag|Ishikawa
**Hokuriku Railroad 北陸鉄道 (Hokutetsu 北鉄)
**"Noto Railway" のと鉄道
*flag|Fukui
**"Echizen Railway" えちぜん鉄道
*flag|Yamanashi
**Fuji Kyūkō 富士急行 (Fujikyū, Fuji-Q 富士急)
*flag|Nagano
**Matsumoto Electric Railway 松本電気鉄道 (Matsuden 松電)
**Nagano Electric Railway 長野電気鉄道 (Nagaden 長電)
**"Shinano Railway" しなの鉄道
**Ueda Electric Railway 上田電鉄 (Ueden 上電)
*flag|Gifu
**"Akechi Railway" 明知鉄道 (Aketetsu 明鉄)
**"Nagaragawa Railway" 長良川鉄道 (Nagatetsu 長鉄)
**"Tarumi Railway" 樽見鉄道
**Yōrō Railway 養老鉄道
*flag|Shizuoka
**Enshū Railway 遠州鉄道 (Entetsu 遠鉄)
**Gakunan Railway 岳南鉄道
**Izuhakone Railway (Sunzu Line) 伊豆箱根鉄道 (駿豆線)
**Izukyū Corporation or Izu Kyūkō 伊豆急行 (伊豆急)
**Ōigawa Railway 大井川鐵道 (Daitetsu 大鐵)
**Shizuoka Railway 静岡鉄道 (Shizutetsu 静鉄)
**"Tenryū Hamanako Railroad" 天竜浜名湖鉄道 (Tenhama 天浜)
*flag|Aichi
**"Aichi Loop Line Company" 愛知環状鉄道 (Aikan 愛環)
**"Nagoya Seaside Rapid Railway (Aonami Line)" 名古屋臨海高速鉄道 (あおなみ線)
**Tōkai Transport Service 東海交通事業 (TKJ)
**Toyohashi Railroad 豊橋鉄道 (Toyotetsu 豊鉄)
*flag|Mie
**Iga Railway 伊賀鉄道
**"Ise Railway" 伊勢鉄道 (Isetetsu 伊勢鉄)
**Sangi Railway 三岐鉄道

Kansai region

*flag|Shiga
**Ohmi Railway 近江鉄道
**"Shigaraki Kōgen Railway" 信楽高原鐵道
*flag|Kyōto
**Eizan Electric Railway 叡山電鉄 (Eiden 叡電)
**"Kitakinki Tango Railway" 北近畿タンゴ鉄道 (KTR)
**Sagano Scenic Railway 嵯峨野観光鉄道
*flag|Ōsaka
**Mizuma Railway 水間鉄道 (Suitetsu 水鉄)
*flag|Hyōgo
**"Hōjō Railway" 北条鉄道
**"Miki Rail-Bus" 三木鉄道
**Nose Electric Railway 能勢電気鉄道 (Noseden 能勢電)
*flag|Wakayama
**Kishū Railway 紀州鉄道
**Wakayama Electric Railway 和歌山電鐵

Chūgoku region

*flag|Tottori
**"Chizu Express" 智頭急行
**"Wakasa Railway" 若桜鉄道
*flag|Shimane
**Ichibata Electric Railway 一畑電車
*flag|Okayama
**"Ibara Railway" 井原鉄道
**"Mizushima Rinkai Railway" 水島臨海鉄道
*flag|Yamaguchi
**"Nishikigawa Railway" 錦川鉄道

Shikoku region

*flag|Tokushima
**"Asa Kaigan Railway" 阿佐海岸鉄道 (Asatetsu 阿佐鉄)
*flag|Kagawa
**Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railroad 高松琴平電気鉄道 (Kotoden 琴電)
*flag|Ehime
**Iyo Railway 伊予鉄道 (Iyotetsu 伊予鉄)
*flag|Kōchi
**"Tosa Kuroshio Railway" 土佐くろしお鉄道

Kyūshū region

*flag|Fukuoka
**"Amagi Railway" 甘木鉄道 (Amatetsu 甘鉄)
**"Heisei Chikuhō Railway" 平成筑豊鉄道 (Heichiku 平筑)
*flag|Nagasaki
**"Matsuura Railway" 松浦鉄道 (MR)
**Shimabara Railway 島原鉄道 (Shimatetsu 島鉄)
*flag|Kumamoto
**"Hisatsu Orange Railway" 肥薩おれんじ鉄道
**"Kumagawa-rail" くま川鉄道 (Kumatetsu くま鉄)
**Kumamoto Electric Railway 熊本電気鉄道 (Kumaden 熊電, Kikuchi Electric Railway 菊池電車)
**"Minamiaso Railway" 南阿蘇鉄道


=Subways=

*Fukuoka City Transportation Bureau (Fukuoka Subway) 福岡市交通局 (福岡市地下鉄)
*Hokushin Kyūkō Electric Railway 北神急行電鉄
*Kōbe Municipal Transportation Bureau (Kōbe Subway) 神戸市交通局 (神戸市営地下鉄)
*Kyōto Municipal Transportation Bureau (Kyōto Subway) 京都市交通局 (京都市営地下鉄)
*Ōsaka Municipal Transportation Bureau (Ōsaka Subway) 大阪市交通局 (大阪市営地下鉄)
*"Saitama Railway" 埼玉高速鉄道 (SR)
*Sapporo City Transportation Bureau (Sapporo Subway) 札幌市交通局 (札幌市営地下鉄)
*Sendai City Transportation Bureau (Sendai Subway) 仙台市交通局 (仙台市営地下鉄)
*Tōkyō Metropolitan Government Bureau of Transportation (Toei Subway) 東京都交通局 (都営地下鉄)
*"Tōkyō Waterfront Area Rapid Transit (Rinkai Line)" 東京臨海高速鉄道 (りんかい線) (TWR)
*Transportation Bureau City of Nagoya (Nagoya Subway) 名古屋市交通局 (名古屋市営地下鉄)
*Yokohama City Transportation Bureau (Yokohama Subway) 横浜市交通局 (横浜市営地下鉄)
*"Yokohama Minatomirai Railway (Minatomirai Line)" 横浜高速鉄道 (みなとみらい線)

Monorails

*"Chiba Urban Monorail" 千葉都市モノレール
*"Kitakyūshū Urban Monorail" 北九州高速鉄道 (北九州モノレール)
*Maihama Resort Line (Disney Resort Line) 舞浜リゾートライン (ディズニーリゾートライン)
*Nagoya Railroad (Monkey Park Monorail Line) 名古屋鉄道 (モンキーパークモノレール線) (Meitetsu 名鉄)
*"Okinawa City Monorail (Yui Rail)" 沖縄都市モノレール (ゆいレール)
*"Ōsaka Monorail" 大阪高速鉄道 (大阪モノレール)
*Shōnan Monorail 湘南モノレール
*"Tama Toshi Monorail" 多摩都市モノレール
*Tōkyō Metropolitan Government Bureau of Transportation (Ueno Zoo Monorail) 東京都交通局 (上野モノレール)
*Tōkyō Monorail 東京モノレール


=New transit systems=

*"Aichi Rapid Transit (Linimo)" 愛知高速交通 (リニモ)
*"Hiroshima Rapid Transit (Astram Line)" 広島高速交通 (アストラムライン)
*"Kōbe New Transit (Port Liner, Rokkō Liner)" 神戸新交通 (ポートライナー, 六甲ライナー)
*"Nagoya Guideway Bus (Yutorīto Line)" 名古屋ガイドウェイバス (ゆとりーとライン)
*Ōsaka Municipal Transportation Bureau (New Tram) 大阪市交通局 (ニュートラム)
*"Saitama New Urban Transit (New Shuttle)" 埼玉新都市交通 (ニューシャトル)
*Seibu Railway (Yamaguchi Line) 西武鉄道 (山口線)
*Skyrail Service スカイレールサービス (also considered as monorail.)
*Yamaman (Yūkarigaoka Line) 山万 (ユーカリが丘線)
*"Yokohama New Transit (Seaside Line)" 横浜新都市交通 (シーサイドライン)
*"Yurikamome" ゆりかもめ

Trams

*Chikuhō Electric Railroad 筑豊電気鉄道 (Chikutetsu 筑鉄)
*Enoshima Electric Railway 江ノ島電鉄 (Enoden 江ノ電)
*Fukui Railway 福井鉄道 (Fukutetsu 福鉄)
*Hakodate City Transportation Bureau 函館市交通局
*Hankai Electric Tramway 阪堺電気軌道
*Hiroshima Electric Railway 広島電鉄 (Hiroden 広電)
*Iyo Railway (Matsuyama City Line) 伊予鉄道 (松山市内線) (Iyotetsu 伊予鉄)
*Kagoshima City Transportation Bureau 鹿児島市交通局
*Keifuku Electric Railway 京福電気鉄道 (Randen 嵐電)
*Keihan Electric Railway (Ōtsu Line) 京阪電気鉄道 (大津線)
*Kumamoto City Transportation Bureau 熊本市交通局
*"Man'yō Line" 万葉線
*Nagasaki Electric Tramway 長崎電気軌道
*Okayama Electric Tramway 岡山電気軌道 (Okaden 岡電)
*Sapporo City Transportation Bureau (Sapporo Street Car) 札幌市交通局 (札幌市電)
*Tōkyō Metropolitan Government Bureau of Transportation (Toden) 東京都交通局 (都電)
*Tōkyū Corporation or Tōkyō Kyūkō Electric Railway (Setagaya Line) 東京急行電鉄 (世田谷線) (東急)
*Tosa Electric Railway 土佐電気鉄道 (Tosaden 土佐電)
*"Toyama Light Rail" 富山ライトレール
*Toyama Chihō Railway (Toyama City Tram Line) 富山地方鉄道 (富山市内軌道線) (Chitetsu 地鉄)
*Toyohashi Railroad (Azumada Main Line) 豊橋鉄道 (東田本線) (Toyotetsu 豊鉄)

Funiculars

*Hakone Tozan Railway (Hakone Tozan Cable Car) 箱根登山鉄道 (箱根登山ケーブルカー)
*Hieizan Railway (Sakamoto Cable) 比叡山鉄道 (坂本ケーブル)
*Hobashira Cable 帆柱ケーブル
*Izuhakone Railway (Jukkokutōge Cable Car) 伊豆箱根鉄道 (十国峠ケーブルカー)
*Keifuku Electric Railroad (Eizan Cable) 京福電気鉄道 (叡山ケーブル) (Randen 嵐電)
*Keihan Electric Railway (Otokoyama Cable) 京阪電気鉄道 (男山ケーブル)
*Kintetsu Corporation or Kinki Nippon Railway (Ikoma Cable, Nishi-Shigi Cable) 近畿日本鉄道 (生駒ケーブル, 西信貴ケーブル) (近鉄)
*Kōbe City Urban Development (Maya Cablecar) 神戸市都市整備公社 (摩耶ケーブル線, まやビューライン夢散歩)
*Kurama-dera (Kurama-dera Cable) 鞍馬寺 (鞍馬寺ケーブル)
*Mitake Tozan Railway (Mitake Tozan Cable) 御岳登山鉄道 (御岳登山ケーブル)
*Nankai Electric Railway (Kōyasan Cable) 南海電気鉄道 (高野山ケーブル)
*Nose Railway (Myōken Cable) 能勢電鉄 (妙見ケーブル) (Noseden 能勢電)
*Okamoto MFG (Beppu Rakutenchi Cable) 岡本製作所 (別府ラクテンチケーブル)
*Ōyama Kankō Dentetsu (Ōyama Cable Car) 大山観光電鉄 (大山ケーブルカー)
*Rokkō Maya Railway (Rokkō Cable) 六甲摩耶鉄道 (六甲ケーブル)
*Seikan Tunnel Museum (Seikan Tunnel Tappi Shakō Line) 青函トンネル記念館 (青函トンネル竜飛斜坑線)
*Shikoku Cable (Yakuri Cable) 四国ケーブル (八栗ケーブル)
*Takao Tozan Electric Railway (Takao Tozan Cable) 高尾登山電鉄 (高尾登山ケーブル)
*Tango Kairiku Kōtsū (Amanohashidate Cable Car) 丹後海陸交通 (天橋立ケーブルカー) (Tankai 丹海)
*Tateyama Kurobe Kankō 立山黒部貫光 (TKK)
*Tsukuba Kankō Railway (Mt. Tsukuba Cable Car) 筑波観光鉄道 (筑波山ケーブルカー)

Trolleybuses

*Kansai Electric Power Company (Kanden Tunnel Trolleybus) 関西電力 (関電トンネルトロリーバス) (関電 Kanden, KEPCO)
*Tateyama Kurobe Kankō (Tateyama Tunnel Trolleybus) 立山黒部貫光 (立山トンネルトロリーバス)


=Freight only companies=

*"Akita Rinkai Railway" 秋田臨海鉄道
*"Fukushima Rinkai Railway" 福島臨海鉄道
*"Hachinohe Rinkai Railway" 八戸臨海鉄道
*"Iwate Development Railway" 岩手開発鉄道
*"Kanagawa Rinkai Railway" 神奈川臨海鉄道 (Kanarin 神奈臨)
*"Keiyō Rinkai Railway" 京葉臨海鉄道 (Rintetsu 臨鉄)
*"Kinuura Rinkai Railway" 衣浦臨海鉄道
*Kosaka Smelting & Refining 小坂製錬
*"Nagoya Rinkai Railway" 名古屋臨海鉄道
*Seinō Railway 西濃鉄道
*"Sendai Rinkai Railway" 仙台臨海鉄道
*Taiheiyō Coal Services and Transportation 太平洋石炭販売輸送

elected discontinued companies

Those with English articles are listed here.
*Chūgen Railway 中原鉄道
*Horonai Railway 官営幌内鉄道
*Japanese Government Railways 鉄道省
*Kaetsunō Railway 加越能鉄道
**Still active as a bus operator.
*Kashima Railway 鹿島鉄道
*"Kurihara Den'en Railway" くりはら田園鉄道
*Sanyō Railway 山陽鉄道
*"Tōkadai New Transit (Peach Liner)" 桃花台新交通 (ピーチライナー) (new transit system)

ee also

*List of railway companies
*List of railway lines in Japan
*List of railway stations in Japan
*List of railway electrification systems in Japan
*Rail transport in Japan
*Monorails in Japan
*List of aerial lifts in Japan
*List of airport people mover systems
*List of bus operating companies in Japan
*List of defunct railway companies in Japan
* (Uncompleted line)


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