JR Bus collectively refers to the bus operations of Japan Railways Group (JR Group) companies in Japan. JR Bus is operated by eight regional companies, each owned by a JR railway company. JR Bus companies provide regional, long distance, and chartered bus services.
List of companies
The Ministry of Railways of Japan started its first bus operation in Aichi Prefecture in 1930 and gradually expanded bus routes. The Japanese National Railways (JNR), public corporation established in 1949, succeeded the bus operations, then called Kokutetsu Bus or JNR Bus. In 1987, JNR was divided into regional railway companies together with its bus operations. JR companies later separated their bus operations to subsidiaries in 1988 (JR East, JR Central, JR West), 2000 (JR Hokkaido), 2001 (JR Kyushu) and 2004 (JR Shikoku).
Examples of vehicles
Regional route vehicles
Expressway route vehicles
JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus and Chugoku JR Bus share a common livery based on the JNR Bus livery.
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|past: Japanese Government Railways | Japanese National Railways | JNR Settlement Corporation|
|Passenger Railway Companies||JR Hokkaido||JR East||JR Central||JR West||JR Shikoku||JR Kyushu|
|JR Bus Companies||JR Hokkaido Bus||JR Bus Tohoku||JR Tokai Bus||West JR Bus||JR Shikoku Bus||JR Kyushu Bus|
|JR Bus Kanto||Chugoku JR Bus|
|Smart cards||Kitaca||Suica||TOICA||ICOCA||To be introduced in 2014||SUGOCA|
|Others||JR Freight||RTRI||JR Systems|
|See also||Shinkansen - Railway Museum - Modern Transportation Museum - SCMaglev and Railway Park - SoftBank Telecom|