Hiroshima Electric Railway

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Hiroshima Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Native name
Hiroshima Dentetsu kabushiki gaisha
Company typePublic (Kabushiki gaisha)
TYO: 9033
IndustryTransportation (streetcar, bus), real estate
FoundedJune 18, 1910
Headquarters2-9-29 Higashisenda-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-8610, Japan
Number of employees
Green Mover Max
Regular and vintage Hiroden streetcars
Hiroden cars 651 and 652, which survived the atomic bomb [1] and were still running in Hiroshima as of 2015
Damaged and derailed Hiroden 651 on August 9, 1945
Hiroden bus

The Hiroshima Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (広島電鉄株式会社, Hiroshima Dentetsu kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese transportation company established on June 18, 1910, that operates streetcars and buses in and around Hiroshima Prefecture. It is known as "Hiroden" (広電) for short.

The company's rolling stock includes an eclectic range of trams manufactured from across Japan and Europe, earning it the nickname "The Moving Streetcar Museum".

From January 2008 the company has accepted PASPY, a smart card ticket system.

This is the longest tram network in Japan, with 35.1 km (21.8 mi).

The atomic bombing of Hiroshima by the USA took place on 6 August 1945. 185 employees of the company were killed as a result of the bomb and 108 of its 123 cars were damaged or destroyed. Within three days, the system started running again. Three trams that survived or were rebuilt after the bombing continue to run 75 years afterwards.[2]

Railway and streetcar[edit]

Key terminal stations[edit]

List of lines and routes[edit]

Hiroden route map

Bus services[edit]

City area
Suburb area

28 Bus routes for the suburbs. Most suburban lines departs from Hiroshima Bus Center [ja]

Main bus stations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 車両紹介 - 単車 Archived 2008-02-11 at the Wayback Machine (Cars: Single cars) of the Hiroshima Electric Railway official website. Retrieved on February 15, 2008.
  2. ^ Miyazaki, Sonoko (2020-09-06). "A-bombed tram in Hiroshima runs same route as 75 years ago". Retrieved 2021-04-10.

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