Kyushu Railway Company

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Kyushu Railway Company
Public KK
Industry Private railroad
Predecessor Japan National Railways (JNR)
Founded April 1, 1987 (privatization of JNR)
Headquarters 3-25-21 Hakata Ekimae
Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
, Japan
Products SUGOCA (a rechargeable contactless smart card)
Services passenger railways
freight services
bus transportation
Real estate development
other related services
Owner Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (100%)
Number of employees
7,970 (as of April 1, 2008)

The Kyushu Railway Company (九州旅客鉄道株式会社 Kyūshū Ryokaku Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha?), also referred to as JR Kyushu (JR九州 Jeiāru Kyūshū?), is one of the constituent companies of Japan Railways Group (JR Group). It operates intercity rail services in Kyushu, Japan and the JR Kyushu Jet Ferry Beetle hydrofoil service across the Tsushima Strait between Fukuoka and Busan, South Korea.

When Japan Railways was divided in 1987, Kyushu Railway Company was in deficit under recession of Japanese steel industry and competition from highways and air flights. Yet the company then diversified its business, especially in developing and commercializing its properties (such as train stations).[1]

JR Kyushu's headquarters are in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka.[2]

The company introduced SUGOCA, a smart card ticketing system, from March 1, 2009.


Shinkansen line[edit]

Main lines[edit]

Kyushu Shinkansen Tsubame
885 series White Sonic limited express EMU

Other lines[edit]

Limited express and tourist train services[edit]

The Seven Stars in Kyushu Class DF200 locomotive DF200-7000, September 2013

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 何煖軒等。〈赴日本考察傾斜式及700型電聯車製造與鐵路營運〉。政府出版資訊網。2007-01-25。4-7頁。系統識別號:C09503113。[DOC format](Chinese (Taiwan))
  2. ^ "Corporate Summary." Kyushu Railway Company. Retrieved on March 27, 2010.

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