Nishi-Nippon Railroad

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Nishitetsu bus
Nishitetsu Highway Bus
Nishitetsu train
Nishitetsu's logo since January 1997
Not to be confused with the West Japan Railway Company (JR West), a JR Group company based in Osaka.

The Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd. (西日本鉄道株式会社 Nishinippon Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha?), also called Nishitetsu (西鉄?) or NNR, TYO: 9031 is one of Japan's "Big 16" private railroad companies. With headquarters in Fukuoka, it operates local and highway buses, supermarkets, real-estate and travel agencies, as well as railways in Fukuoka Prefecture. In addition, from 1950 to 1972, the company owned the Lions (in 1950, the Clippers), a Pacific League baseball team. The company introduced nimoca, a smart card ticketing system, in May 2008.


Nishi-Nippon Railroad operates four railway lines:

Major local bus routes extend to Kitakyūshū and serve other municipalities in the prefecture. Long-haul routes carry traffic to other prefectures in Kyushu, across the Kanmon Straits to Shimonoseki, and serve Osaka, Nagoya, and Shinjuku in Tokyo.

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