Kantō Railway

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Kanto Railway Co., Ltd.
Kantetsu Logo S.svg
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Head office
ParentKeisei Electric Railway, Tōbu Railway, Ibaraki Kōtsū
Founded3 September 1922
Headquarters1-10-8 Manabe, Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, Japan
Service areaChiba, Ibaraki
Service typeBus and Train
Fleet62 trains and 414 buses
Chief executive松上 英一郎
WebsiteKanto Railway(in Japanese)

Kantō Railway (関東鉄道, Kantō Tetsudō) is a private railway company, which operates two lines in Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan. The company is a subsidiary of Keisei Electric Railway and other companies. Besides, the company has a bus department in Ibaraki Prefecture and Chiba Prefecture in Japan.


This company was established as Joso Railway in 1913. But, Joso Railway was merged into Joso-Tsukuba Railway with Tsukuba Railway in 1945. Joso-Tsukuba Railway was split into Kanto Railway in 1965, which merged with Ryugasaki Railway. Tsukuba Railway which was discontinued around 1980 and Kashima Railway which was discontinued and operated a bustitution called Kashitetsu Bus in 2009 were split from Kanto Railway around 1980. Since 1960, this company has been an affiliated company of Keisei Electric Railway. Mount Tsukuba Cable Car and Mount Tsukuba Ropeway have been transferred to Keisei Electric Railway. This company makes a 0.01% investment in Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company since Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company was established in 2001.


The company operates the following two lines:


The company manages the following four bus companies:

Highway buses and leftside is Kanto Railway Bus(Isuzu Super Cruiser)


Kanto Railway is also a bus company which has areas in South and Center area of Ibaraki and East area of Chiba, and the bus department occupies 70% of benefit of the Kanto Railway. The company has ten offices and the service distance is 2,788.8 km.

The bus department used to have vast bus routes, the department had given the subsidiary bus companies low benefit bus routes, and the company discontinued the bus routes which were not making a profit. At present, discontinued bus routes are revived as community buses that are operated by subsidiary bus companies (Kantetsu Green Bus, Kantetsu Purple Bus and Kantetsu Kankō Bus) in areas of Sakuragawa, Chikusei and more places.

Areas that the company occupy have many tourist attractions (Mount Tsukuba, Lake Kasumigaura, Kairakuen and so on) and many commercial facilities (Ami Premium Outlet, AeonMall Tsukuba and more) and bed suburb of Tokyo (Tsukuba).

Besides, when a lot of events are held in Ibaraki, the company operates extra bus routes for Ibaraki Airport, Kashima Soccer Stadium and other places.

There are stores at Mito Station (Ibaraki), Tsuchiura Station, Toride Station, Moriya Station, Tsukuba Station, Suigō-Itako Bus Terminal and more place, tickets can be purchased. Furthermore, there are ticket machines at University of Tsukuba and Tsukuba Center.

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