Okayama Electric Tramway

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Okayama Electric Tramway
A white and blue low-floor light rail vehicle labeled "MOMO"
Type 9200 "MOMO" light rail vehicle
Overview
Native name岡山電気軌道
OwnerOkayama Electric Tramway Co., Ltd.
Transit typeLight rail
Number of lines2
Headquarters2-chome-8-22, Tokichi-cho, Naka-ku
Okayama-shi, Okayama-ken
703-8291
Websitehttp://www.okayama-kido.co.jp/
Operation
Began operation21 May 1910
Okayama-Ekimae Station.

The Okayama Electric Tramway (岡山電気軌道, Okayama Denki Kidō) is a transportation company in Okayama City, Japan. The private company operates tram lines and bus lines.

The company was founded in 1910, while their first tram line was opened in 1912. This is one of the few Japanese railway operators that maintain their original corporation names from the foundation in Meiji Period. The company or its lines are truncated as Okaden (岡電). The company is a core member of Ryōbi Group, another core member being Ryōbi Bus. From October 1, 2006, together with Ryōbi Bus and Shimotsui Dentetsu, another bus company, Okaden introduced Hareca, a smart card ticketing system. They accept PiTaPa and ICOCA as well.

Tram lines[edit]

With just 4.7 km in total, the tram lines are known to be one of the shortest in Japan.

Lines[edit]

Higashiyama Line: Okayama-Ekimae — Yanagawa — Higashiyama
Seikibashi Line: Okayama-Ekimae — Yanagawa — Seikibashi (Officially, the section between Okayama-Ekimae and Yanagawa belongs to Higashiyama Line.)
Okayama Electric Tramway
System Diagram
JR logo (west).svg Okayama-ekimae 岡山駅前
Nishigawa-ryokudokoen 西川緑道公園
Yanagawa 柳川
Shiroshita 城下
Kenchodori 県庁通り
Saidaiji-cho 西大寺町
Asahi River
Kobashi 小橋
Chunagon 中納言
Kadotayashiki 門田屋敷
Higashiyama 東山
Yubinkyoku-mae 郵便局前
Tamachi 田町
Shin-Saidaijichosuji 新西大寺町筋
Daiunji-mae 大雲寺前
Higashi-chuocho 東中央町
Seikibashi 清輝橋

Bus lines[edit]

Generally speaking, Okaden operates lines with shorter distances within Okayama City, while Ryōbi Bus operates lines with longer distances. They also operate limousine bus linking Okayama Station and Okayama Airport, while Okaden Express is a highway bus that links Okayama and Kōbe / Kōbe Airport.

Supporting other railway lines[edit]

Okaden is known for its active stance to try to support other railway lines, when their operators announced to close them. So far, they have considered supporting 4 lines of Meitetsu (Gifu City Line, Ibi Line, Minomachi Line, and Tagami Line), as well as Hitachi Dentetsu Line, Nankai Kishigawa Line, and Hokkaidō Chihoku Kōgen Railway Furusato Ginga Line. Among them, they succeeded to support Kishigawa Line, now operated by Wakayama Electric Railroad, their subsidiary company.

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