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Nishi-Nippon Railroad

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Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd.
Native name
Nishinippon Tetsudō kabushiki gaisha
Company typePublic (kabushiki gaisha)
IndustryPrivate railroad
FoundedDecember 17, 1908 (1908-12-17)
Area served
Fukuoka Prefecture
Key people
Koichi Hayashida [jp] (President and CEO)[1]
OwnerBank of Fukuoka (4.91%)
JR Kyushu (1.04%)
Keihan Electric Railway (0.32%)
Keisei Electric Railway (0.26%)
Keikyu (0.16%)
Old Nishitetsu logo used between 1942 and 1996
Nishitetsu bus
Nishitetsu operates the Fukuoka BRT.
Nishitetsu Highway Bus
Nishitetsu train

The Nishi-Nippon Railroad Company, 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. NNR Operates in Logistics, supplychain solutions, Warehousing and distribution globally with presence over many countries.

In addition, in 1943 the company owned the Nishitetsu Baseball Club, a team in the Japanese Baseball League. From 1950 to 1972, the company owned the Lions (in 1950, known as the Clippers), a Pacific League baseball team.

The company introduced nimoca, a smart card ticketing system, in May 2008.[citation needed]


Nishi-Nippon Railroad operates four railway lines:

1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) (standard-gauge)[edit]

1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) (narrow-gauge)[edit]

Major local bus routes extend to Kitakyushu 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.

Rolling stock[edit]


Standard gauge[edit]

Narrow gauge[edit]


Standard gauge[edit]

Real estate investment[edit]

In 2015 Nishitetsu along with Hankyu Hanshin Holdings and a Vietnamese real estate company set up a joint venture to develop condominiums in Vietnam, initially in Ho Chi Minh City.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Company Profile". Retrieved January 9, 2024.
  2. ^ "Japanese railway duo rolling into Vietnam with condos". Nikkei Asian Review. Nihon Keizai Shimbun. March 24, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.

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