JR Miyajima Ferry
|Type||Kabushiki gaisha (closely held)|
|Headquarters||Miyajima-chō, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, Japan|
|Area served||Hiroshima Prefecture|
JR Miyajima Ferries are operated by JR West Miyajima Ferry Co., Ltd. (JR西日本宮島フェリー株式会社 Jeiāru Nishinihon Miyajima Ferī Kabushiki Kaisha?), a wholly owned subsidiary of West Japan Railway Company (JR West).
There are three ferries called Miyajima-maru, Nanaura-maru and Misen-maru.
Between Miyajima-guchi and Miyajima, it takes ten minutes.
- The private boat route was founded in 1897.
- The ferry route was placed to the public company in 1899.
- The ferry route was bought by Sanyo Railway in 1903.
- Sanyo Railway was nationalized as part of the Japanese Government Railways in 1906.
- Japanese National Railways (reorganized from government railways in 1949) were privatized in 1987. Operation in Hiroshima area was assigned to JR West.
- JR West transferred the ferry business to its new subsidiary JR West Miyajima Ferry Co., Ltd. on April 1, 2009.
The route, commonly called Miyajima Renrakusen (宮島連絡船), was one of those classified as tetsudō renrakusen (鉄道連絡船), ferry routes as a part of railway network. All other JR renrakusen routes were closed by 1990 and the JR Miyajima Ferry was the last one of that kind until its separation in 2009.
- Miyajima Matsudai Kisen - operates a similar route
- West Japan Railway Company. "Consolidated Subsidiaries as of March 31, 2010". Annual Report 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
- JR West press release, December 4, 2008 (Japanese)
- JR Miyajima Ferry (Japanese)
|Ferries and boats for Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine)|
|JR Miyajima Ferry – Miyajima Matsudai Kisen – First Beach – Aqua Net Hiroshima|