Hankai Tramway

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Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd.
Native name
Hankai Denki Kidō Kabushiki Gaisha
Company typePublic-private KK
Founded7 July 1980
WebsiteOfficial website

Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd. (阪堺電気軌道株式会社, Hankai Denki Kidō Kabushiki Gaisha) is a company which owns two tramway lines in the cities of Osaka and Sakai, Osaka, Japan. It was originally a subsidiary of Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd.[1] although it still uses the Nankai symbol as its logo.


Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd. was founded in 1910. In 1915, the company merged with the Nankai Railway which runs both north and south in Osaka. The city's overall tram network was once extensive. As motorization developed as an alternative form of transportation along with the construction of subway lines underneath major routes, the trams lost their passengers, causing Osaka's once-extensive tram network to shrink, with only the Hankai and Uemachi tram lines remaining. By 1980, the company split from Nankai. However, Hankai still uses the Nankai symbol as its logo despite this.


Hankai Tramway network map


The lines use standard gauge tracks and are electrified at 600 Volts via catenary.[1]

Former lines when owned by Nankai Railway[edit]

  • Hirano Line (Imaike - Hirano) 5.9 km
  • Ohama Branch Line (Shukuin - Ohama-kaigan) 1.4 km

Rolling stock[edit]


  • 161 series
  • 351 series
  • 501 series
  • 601 series
  • 701 series
  • 1001 series
  • 1101 series


  1. ^ a b Pattison, Tony, ed. (2000). Jane's Urban Transport Systems 2000-2001 (19th ed.). Jane's Information Group. p. 274. ISBN 0-7106-2033-0.

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