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Kintetsu Group Holdings Co., Ltd.
Native name
Public kabushiki gaisha
Traded as TYO: 9041
NSE: 9041
Industry Ground Transport
Founded Osaka, Japan (September 16, 1910 (1910-09-16), Nara Kido Co., Ltd.)
Headquarters Tennoji-ku, Osaka, Japan
Area served
Key people
Services Administration of Kintetsu Group
  • Increase ¥1,246,360 million (2014) [* 1]
  • ¥932,156 million (2013)
  • Increase ¥54,623 million (2014)[* 1]
  • ¥47,452 million (2013)
  • Increase ¥24,598 million (2014)[* 1]
  • ¥20,001 million (2013)
Total assets
  • Increase ¥1,959,128 million (2014)[* 1]
  • ¥1,925,815 million (2013)
Total equity
  • Increase ¥304,555 million (2014)[* 1]
  • ¥216,486 million (2013)
Number of employees
8,401 (as of March 31, 2012)[* 2]
  • Kintetsu Corporation
  • Kintetsu Bus holdings Co., Ltd. (Kintetsu Bus Co., Ltd, Nara Kotsu Bus Lines Co., Ltd. and others)
  • Kintetsu Taxi Co., Ltd.
  • The Kinki Sharyo Co., Ltd.
  • Kintetsu Department Store Co., Ltd.
  • Kintetsu Real Estate Co., Ltd.
  • Kintetsu Leisure Service, Inc.
  • Nara Ikoma Rapid Transit Railway Company, Limited
  • Iga Railway Co., Ltd.
  • Yoro Railway Co., Ltd.
  • Kintetsu Hotel Systems Co., Ltd.
  • KNT-CT Holdings Co., Ltd. (Kinki Nippon Tourist Co., Ltd., Kinki Nippon Tourist Individual Tour Co., Ltd., Club Tourism International, Inc. and others)
  • Kintetsu World Express, Inc.
  • Mie Kotsu Group Holdings Co., Ltd. (Mie Kotsu Co., Ltd., Sanko Real Estate Co., Ltd., Meihan Kintetsu Co., Ltd., Toba Seaside Hotel Co., Ltd. and others)
Footnotes / references
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Kintetsu Corporation (近畿日本鉄道株式会社, 近鉄 Kinki Nippon Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha, Kintetsu)is a Japanese rail transit corporation. It is the largest non-JR railway in Japan. Its complex network of lines connects Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, Tsu, and Ise. Kintetsu also operates tourism, real estate, and shipping companies, and has a major rail car-building operation (Kinki Sharyo) which produces trains used in Japan, the United States, Egypt and Hong Kong.

Kintetsu Corporation is a subsidiary of Kintetsu Group Holdings Co., Ltd. (近鉄グループホールディングス株式会社), named Kinki Nippon Railway Co., Ltd. in English (a full translation of its Japanese name) from June 1, 1944 till June 27, 2003 and Kintetsu Corporation from June 28, 2003 till March 31, 2015.


  • Offices of Kintetsu 1
  • History 2
    • Abbreviations 2.1
  • Lines 3
    • Current lines (Category-1, ropeway and tramway) 3.1
      • 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge lines 3.1.1
      • 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow gauge lines 3.1.2
      • Funicular lines 3.1.3
      • Ropeway 3.1.4
    • Current lines (Category-2) 3.2
    • Current lines (Category-3) 3.3
    • Through-train services 3.4
    • Abandoned lines and transferred lines 3.5
      • Rail lines transferred to Nankai Electric Railway Co. 3.5.1
    • Unbuilt lines 3.6
  • Rolling stock 4
  • Fare cards 5
  • Other major businesses 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Offices of Kintetsu

  • Head Office and Osaka Transportation Department, Railway Headquarters: 1-55, Uehommachi Rokuchome, Tennoji-ku, Osaka
  • Nagoya Transportation Department, Railway Headquarters: 16-11, Unomori Itchome, Yokkaichi, Mie
  • Nagoya Transportation Department, Railway Headquarters and Nagoya Office: 7th floor of Kintetsu Shin-Nagoya Building, 5-28, Meieki Yonchome, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
  • Tokyo Office: 7th floor of Mitsubishi Building, 5-2, Marunouchi Nichome, Chiyoda, Tokyo


On September 16, 1910, Nara Kido Co., Ltd. (奈良軌道株式会社 Nara Kidō) was founded, and was renamed Osaka Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (大阪電気軌道株式会社 Ōsaka Denki Kidō, Daiki (大軌)) a month after. Daiki completed Ikoma Tunnel and started operating a line between Osaka and Nara (now the Kintetsu Nara Line) on April 30, 1914. The modern Kashihara, Osaka, and Shigi lines were completed in the 1920s, followed by the Kyoto Line (a cooperative venture with Keihan Electric Railway). Daiki founded Sangu Kyuko Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (参宮急行電鉄株式会社 Sangū Kyūkō Dentetsu, Sankyu (参急)) in 1927, which consolidated Ise Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (伊勢電気鉄道株式会社 Ise Denki Tetsudō, Iseden (伊勢電)) on September 15, 1936.

In 1938, Daiki teamed up with Kansai Kyuko Railway Co., Ltd. (関西急行電鉄株式会社 Kansai Kyūkō Dentetsu, first, Kankyuden (関急電)) to operate the first private railway service from Osaka to Nagoya. Sankyu bought Kankyuden on January 1, 1940 and continued the service on its own. Then Sankyu consolidated Yoro Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (養老鉄道株式会社 Yōrō Tetsudō, not the present "Yoro Railway Co., Ltd.") on August 1. Daiki consolidated Sankyu on March 15, 1941 and was renamed Kansai Kyuko Railway Co., Ltd. (second, Kankyu (関急)). Kankyu consolidated Osaka Railway Co., Ltd. (大阪鉄道株式会社 Ōsaka Tetsudō, Daitetsu (大鉄), owner of the present Minami-Osaka Line) on February 1, 1943 and moved its headquarters from Uehommachi to Osaka Abenobashi.

Kankyu was renamed Kinki Nippon Railway Co., Ltd. (近畿日本鉄道株式会社 Kinki Nippon Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha, Kinki Nippon (近畿日本) or Kin-Nichi (近日)) after it consolidated Nankai Railway in June 1944: it maintained the name when Nankai regained its independence in 1947.

After World War II, Kintetsu branched out and became one of the world's largest travel agencies, Kinki Nippon Tourist Co., Ltd. (近畿日本ツーリスト株式会社), opening offices in the United States of America (Kintetsu International Express, Inc.) and other countries.

The first charged limited express train service started between Uehommachi and Nagoya in 1947, and this is the start of the present Kintetsu limited express trains. The current rail network was mostly completed by consolidating Nara Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (奈良電気鉄道株式会社, Naraden (奈良電)), Shigi-Ikoma Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (信貴生駒電鉄株式会社), Mie Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (三重電気鉄道株式会社, Mieden (三重電)) and other companies.

Kintetsu moved its headquarters again from Osaka Abenobashi to Osaka Uehommachi on December 5, 1969.

Kinki Nippon Railway Co., Ltd. was renamed Kintetsu Corporation on June 28, 2003.

Kintetsu became the holding company Kintetsu Group Holdings Co., Ltd. on April 1, 2015. Railway business was taken over by Kintetsu Preparatory Corporation (founded on April 30, 2014), real estate business by Kintetsu Real Estate Co., Ltd., hotel business by Kintetsu Hotel Systems, Inc., and retail business by Kintetsu Retail Service Corporation. Kintetsu Preparatory Corporation was renamed Kintetsu Corporation after taking over.[1]


from Daiki era to present
  • 1910 - April 14, 1941: Daiki (大軌)
  • April 15, 1941 - May 31, 1944: Kankyu (関急)
  • June 1, 1944 - 1948: Kinki Nippon (近畿日本), Kin-Nichi (近日)
  • Present: Kintetsu (近鉄) - later used for the current corporate name in English
other companies
  • Sangu Kyuko Electric Railway Co., Ltd.: Sankyu (参急)
  • Ise Electric Railway Co., Ltd.: Iseden (伊勢電)
  • Kansai Kyuko Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (first): Kankyuden (関急電)
  • Osaka Railway Co., Ltd.: Daitetsu (大鉄)
  • Nara Electric Railway Co., Ltd.: Naraden (奈良電)
  • Mie Electric Railway Co., Ltd.: Mieden (三重電)


Map of the Kintetsu lines

Current lines (Category-1, ropeway and tramway)

Following lines belong to Kintetsu's Category-1 railway business (第一種鉄道事業 Dai-isshu tetsudō jigyō) and ropeway (索道 sakudō) business under the Railway Business Act and tramway (軌道 kidō) business under the Tram Act. This means that Kintetsu is the owner and operator of the lines.

1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge lines

All lines operate with 1500 V DC overhead catenary except for the Keihanna Line, which operates on 750 V DC third rail.

1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow gauge lines

Funicular lines


Current lines (Category-2)

Following line belongs to Kintetsu's Category-2 railway business (第二種鉄道事業 Dai-nishu tetsudō jigyō) under the Railway Business Act. This means that Kintetsu operates trains on the line, but the owner of the railway facility is a separate company.

  • 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge line
    • Keihanna Line (Ikoma - Gakken-Nara-Tomigaoka, trackage owned by Nara Ikoma Rapid Transit Railway Co., Ltd.)

Current lines (Category-3)

Following lines belong to Kintetsu's Category-3 railway business (第三種鉄道事業 Dai-sanshu tetsudō jigyō) under the Railway Business Act. This means that Kintetsu is the owner of the railway facility, but the trains are operated by separate companies.

Until September 30, 2007, those lines were part of the Category-1 railway business.

Through-train services

Kintetsu trains also run on the Osaka Municipal Subway Chūō Line, the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line, and the Hanshin Railway Hanshin Namba Line, but such lines are not Kintetsu lines.

Abandoned lines and transferred lines

  • Hase Line (長谷線) (Sakurai - Hase, abandoned February 1, 1938 (1938-02-01))
  • Sanjo Line (山上線) (Takayasuyama - Shigizammon, closed on January 7, 1944 and abandoned on March 21, 1957 (1957-03-21))
  • Horyuji Line (法隆寺線) (Shin-Horyuji - Hirahata, closed on February 11, 1945 and abandoned on April 1, 1952 (1952-04-01))
  • Obusa Line (小房線) (Unebi - Kashiharajingu-eki, closed on June 1, 1950 and abandoned on September 1, 1952 (1952-09-01))
  • Ise Line (伊勢線) (Edobashi - Shin-Matsusaka - Daijingu-mae)
    • Shin-Matsusaka - Daijingu-mae: abandoned on August 11, 1942 (1942-08-11)
    • Edobashi - Shin-Matsusaka: abandoned on January 22, 1961 (1961-01-22)
  • Iga Line (伊賀線) (Nishi-Nabari - Iga-Kambe, abandoned on October 1, 1964 (1964-10-01))
  • Shima Line (志摩線) (Kashikojima - Shinjuko, abandoned on July 1, 1969 (1969-07-01))
  • Hachioji Line (八王子線) (Nishihino - Ise-Hachioji, closed on July 25, 1974 and abandoned on April 1, 1976 (1976-04-01))
  • Higashi-Shigi Cable Line (東信貴鋼索線) (Shigisanshita - Shigisan, abandoned on September 1, 1983 (1983-09-01))
  • Hokusei Line (北勢線) (Nishi-Kuwana - Ageki, transferred to Sangi Railway Co. on April 1, 2003)
  • Utsube Line (内部線) (Kintetsu Yokkaichi - Utsube, transferred to Yokkaichi Asunaro Railway Company on April 1, 2015)
  • Hachioji Line (八王子線) (Hinaga - Nishi-Hino, transferred to Yokkaichi Asunaro Railway Company on April 1, 2015)

Rail lines transferred to Nankai Electric Railway Co.

To separate former Kankyu Lines and former Nankai Lines, the following lines were transferred to Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd. which was renamed from Koyasan Electric Railway Co.

  • Nankai Main Line (南海本線) (Namba - Wakayamashi)
    • Tennoji Branch Line (天王寺支線) (Tengachaya - Tennoji)
      • Tengachaya - Imaikecho: abandoned on November 18, 1984 (1984-11-18)
      • Imaikecho - Tennoji: abandoned on July 1, 1993 (1993-07-01)
    • Takashinohama Line (高師浜線) (Hagoromo - Takashinohama)
    • Tanagawa Line (多奈川線) (Misakikoen - Tanagawa)
    • Kada Line (加太線) (Kinokawa - Kada)
    • Kitajima Branch Line (北島支線) (Wakayamashi - Higashi-Matsue, abandoned on December 1, 1966 (1966-12-01))
  • Koya Line (高野線) (Shiomibashi - Koyashita)
  • Hankai Line (阪堺線) (Ebisucho - Hamadera-eki-mae) (transferred to Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd. on December 1, 1980)
    • Ohama Branch Line (大浜支線) (Shukuin - Ohama-kitaguchi - Ohamakaigan)
      • Ohama-kitaguchi - Ohamakaigan: abandoned on February 11, 1945 (1945-02-11)
      • Shukuin - Ohama-kitaguchi: closed on July 10, 1945, abandoned on November 28, 1980 (1980-11-28))
    • Uemachi Line (上町線) (Tennoji-eki-mae - Sumiyoshikoen) (transferred to Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd. on December 1, 1980)
    • Hirano Line (平野線) (Imaike - Hirano) (abandoned on November 28, 1980 (1980-11-28))

Unbuilt lines

  • Gifu Line (岐阜線) (Ogaki - Gifu or Hashima), planned by Yoro Electric Railway Co.
  • Shijonawate Line (四条畷線) (Sakuranomiya - Nukata), planned by Osaka Electric Railway Co.

Rolling stock

As of 1 April 2015, Kintetsu operates a fleet of 1,905 electric multiple unit (EMU) vehicles, the third largest fleet for a private railway operator in Japan (after Tokyo Metro and Tobu Railway).[2]

Fare cards

ICOCA(This is sold by Kintetsu.)

Kintetsu accepts five types of pre-paid and post-pay fare cards: Pearl Card, Surutto Kansai, J-Thru Card, PiTaPa and ICOCA. Pearl Card is used for purchase of tickets and others are used in lieu of tickets. Validity of the cards varies by lines as shown in the table below.

Validity of fare cards on Kintetsu lines
magnet IC
Dōmyōji Line x - + + +
Gose Line x + + + +
Ikoma Line x + + + +
Kashihara Line x + + + +
Keihanna Line x + x + +
Kyoto Line x + + + +
Minami-Osaka Line x + + + +
Nagano Line x + + + +
Nagoya Line x - - + +
Namba Line x + + + +
Nara Line x + + + +
Osaka Line Uehommachi - Aoyamachō x + + + +
Iga-Kōzu - Ise-Nakagawa x - - + +
Shigi Line x + + + +
Shima Line Five major stations2 x - - + +
Other stations x - - - -
Suzuka Line x - - + +
Tawaramoto Line x - - + +
Tenri Line x + + + +
Toba Line x - - + +
Yamada Line x - - + +
Yoshino Line x - - + +
Yunoyama Line x - - + +
Other lines x - - - -


  • "+": Ticket gates of all stations on the line accept the card (some exceptions may exist).
  • "-": No stations on the line accept the card (some exceptions may exist).
  • "x": Ticket vending machines of all stations on the line accept the card, but ticket gates do not.


  1. The sales of Pearl Card and J-Through Card ended on September 15, 2008.
  2. The five major stations on the Shima Line that accept IC Cards are Toba, Nakanogō, Shima-Isobe, Ugata and Kashikojima.

Other major businesses

Kintetsu Nara Station, where trains for Namba and Kyoto await departure
Kintetsu Bus (a subsidiary of Kintetsu Bus holdings Co., Ltd.)

See also


  • about Kintetsu
  • Corporate web site of Kintetsu Corporation
  • Railway and tourist guide website of Kintetsu
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External links

  • Corporate web site of Kintetsu Corporation
  • Railway and tourist guide website of Kintetsu
    • English
    • Japanese
    • simplified Chinese
    • traditional Chinese
    • Korean
  • Travel agency web site
  • Canada Travel agency web site
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