Noto Railway

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Noto Railway Co., Ltd.
Native name
Company typeThird sector
GenreRail transport
Founded30 April 1987
Area served
ServicesPassenger railway
Line of Noto Railway as of 2009

Noto Railway (のと鉄道, Noto Tetsudō) is a Japanese railway company on the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. It runs the Nanao Line with eight stops between Nanao and Anamizu, a distance of 33 kilometres (21 mi). There are 34 trains plus sightseeing trains on the line.[1] It previously operated the Noto Line.

Noto Railway is a third-sector company or a corporation jointly funded by private entities and local governments. Its major shareholders are Ishikawa Prefecture (33.6% ownership), Hokkoku Bank (5.0%), the Town of Noto (4.2%), Hokuriku Bank (4.2%), and others.[2][3]


Noto Railway formed on 30 April 1987. It opened the Noto Railway Noto Line, between Noto-Anamizu Station and Takojima Station, on 25 March 1988. It changed to the Noto Railway Nanao Line between Nanao Station and Wajima Station on 1 September 1991.

The Nanao Line between Anamizu Station and Wajima Station was discontinued on 1 April 2001. The Noto Line between Anamizu Station and Takojima Station was discontinued on 1 April 2005.

In June 2005, the railway moved its headquarters from Noto, Ishikawa to Anamizu, Ishikawa.

The railway company collaborated with the anime television series, Hanasaku Iroha, between 2011 and 2012. This collaboration was renewed in 2013.[4]


  1. ^ "のと鉄道株式会社-会社案内". Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  2. ^ Kokudo Kōtsū Shō Tetsudō Kyoku (2007). Tetsudō Yōran (Heisei 19 Nendo) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Denkisha Kenkyūkai. p. 245. ISBN 978-4-88548-110-9.
  3. ^ "のと鉄道【公式】 (@nototetsudou) • Instagram photos and videos". Retrieved 1 October 2022.
  4. ^ "のと鉄道株式会社-時刻表". Retrieved 1 October 2022.

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