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Keisei Electric Railway

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Keisei Electric Railway

Keisei Electric Railway Co.,Ltd.
Public KK (TYO: 9009)
Industry Private railroad
Founded June 30, 1909
Headquarters Yawata, Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
Key people
Tsutomu Hanada, President
Number of employees
1,872 (2005)
Subsidiaries Keisei Bus
Shin-Keisei Electric Railway
Hokuso Railway

The Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (京成電鉄株式会社 Keisei Dentetsu Kabushiki-gaisha) (branded as K'SEI since 2001) is a major private railway in Chiba Prefecture and Tokyo, Japan. The name Keisei is the combination of the kanji 京 from Tokyo (東京 Tōkyō) and 成 from Narita (成田 Narita), which the railway's main line connects. The combination uses different readings than the ones used in the city names. The railway's main line runs from Tokyo to Narita and the eastern suburb cities of Funabashi, Narashino, Yachiyo, and Sakura. Keisei runs an airport express train called the Skyliner from Ueno and Nippori to Narita International Airport.

In addition to its railway business, the Keisei Electric Railway Company owns large bus and taxi services and some real estate holdings. It owns a large share of the Oriental Land Company which owns and manages the Tokyo Disney Resort.


  • History 1
  • Lines 2
  • Subsidiaries 3
  • Rolling stock 4
    • Limited express 4.1
    • Commuter 4.2
    • Former 4.3
      • Limited express 4.3.1
      • Commuter 4.3.2
  • External links 5


Keisei was founded on June 30, 1909 and began services on November 3, 1912, initially operating local train service in eastern Tokyo. Its main line reached Narita in 1930 and Ueno in 1933.

Originally a narrow gauge (1,372 mm or 4 ft 6 in Scotch gauge) operator, Keisei converted to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge in 1959. In 1960, Keisei began through service with the Toei Asakusa Line, the first interline through service arrangement in Japan.

Skyliner service began in 1973 and started serving the airport in 1978, when the first Narita Airport Station opened (today's Higashi-Narita station). A new underground station was opened in 1991 to provide a more direct connection to terminal 1, and in 1992 service began to terminal 2. On July 17, 2010, Skyliner switched its route to the newly built Narita Sky Access and reduced the travel time by 15 minutes.


Keisei operates 152.8 km of railway which consists of one trunk line named the Main Line and six branchlines.

Line name Japanese Endpoints Distance
Main Line 本線 Keisei-Ueno – Komaino Junction 67.2 1
Komaino Junction – Narita Airport 2.1 2
Oshiage Line 押上線 OshiageAoto 5.7 1
Chiba Line 千葉線 Keisei-TsudanumaChiba Chūō 12.9 1
Chihara Line 千原線 Chiba ChūōChiharadai 10.9 1
Higashi-Narita Line 東成田線 Keisei-NaritaHigashi-narita 7.1 1
Kanamachi Line 金町線 Keisei-TakasagoKeisei-Kanamachi 2.5 1
Narita Airport Line
(Narita Sky Access)
成田空港線 Keisei-Takasago – Narita Airport 51.4 2
Overlap Keisei-Narita – Komaino Junction2 (6.0) 1
Airport Terminal 2 – Narita Airport3 (1.0) 2
Total 152.8
Projected lines
(Chihara Line extension) Chiharadai – Amaariki 8.2 1


  1. "Type" indicates the type of railway business under the Railway Business Act of Japan. Type 1 operator owns and operates the railway while Type 2 operator operates but does not owns the railway.
  2. This section is shared by the Main Line and the Higashi-Narita Line.
  3. This section is shared by the Main Line and the Narita Airport Line.


Keisei Group includes:

Companies related to Keisei, although not a group member:

Rolling stock

Limited express



Limited express

  • 1500 series (1941-1987)
  • 1600 series (1953-1981)
  • AE series (1973-1993)


External links

  • Official site (Japanese)
  • English part of official site (English)
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