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Not to be confused with the West Japan Railway Company
West Japan Railway Company
, also referred to as , is one of the Japan Railways Group companies and operates in western Honshū. It has its headquarters in Kita-ku, Osaka.-History:...

 (JR West), a JR Group company based in Osaka
Osaka
is a city in the Kansai region of Japan's main island of Honshu, a designated city under the Local Autonomy Law, the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and also the biggest part of Keihanshin area, which is represented by three major cities of Japan, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe...

.


The , also called or NNR, is one of Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

's "Big 16" private railroad companies. With headquarters in Fukuoka
Fukuoka, Fukuoka
is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan.Voted number 14 in a 2010 poll of the World's Most Livable Cities, Fukuoka is praised for its green spaces in a metropolitan setting. It is the most populous city in Kyushu, followed by...

, it operates local and highway buses, supermarkets, real-estate and travel agencies, as well as railways in Fukuoka Prefecture
Fukuoka Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan located on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka.- History :Fukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen....

. In addition, from 1950 to 1972, the company owned the Lions (in 1950, the Clippers) Pacific League
Pacific League
The or is one of the two professional baseball leagues constituting Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. The winner of the league championship competes against the winner in the Central League for the annual Japan Series...

 baseball
Baseball
Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

 team. The company introduced nimoca
Nimoca
is a rechargeable contactless smart card ticketing system for public transport in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Nishi-Nippon Railroad introduced the system on May 18, 2008. Its name is an acronym of "nice money card", while in Japanese means "also," as the card is usable also on buses, also on...

, a smart card
Smart card
A smart card, chip card, or integrated circuit card , is any pocket-sized card with embedded integrated circuits. A smart card or microprocessor cards contain volatile memory and microprocessor components. The card is made of plastic, generally polyvinyl chloride, but sometimes acrylonitrile...

 ticketing system, from May 2008.

Routes


Nishi-Nippon Railroad operates four railway lines:
  • Tenjin Ōmuta Line - linking Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station
    Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station
    is a train station located in Chūō-ku, Fukuoka.The station is located on the second floor of the “Solaria Terminal Building” within Mitsukoshi Building. It uses the Spanish solution with 3 dead-end lines. After the train arrives, the doors open on the middle platform to let the passenges out...

     in Chūō-ku
    Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
    is one of the seven wards of Fukuoka city in Japan. The ward is located in the center of the city.It includes Tenjin and Daimyō which are among the largest downtown areas in Kyūshū, Nagahama, which is known for its fish market, and Ōhori Park.-Main facilities:...

    , Fukuoka and Ōmuta Station
    Omuta Station
    is a train station located in Ōmuta, Fukuoka.- Lines :*Nishi-Nippon Railroad**Tenjin Ōmuta Line*JR Kyūshū**Kagoshima Main Line- History :The JR station opened on April 1, 1891 and the Nishitetsu station opened on July 1, 1939.- JR Kyūshū :...

     in Ōmuta
    Omuta, Fukuoka
    is a city located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.As of January 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 127,126 and the density of 1,558.87 persons per km²...

     (74.8 km)
  • Dazaifu Line - linking Nishitetsu Futsukaichi Station in Chikushino
    Chikushino, Fukuoka
    is a city located in Fukuoka, Japan.Bordering on Dazaifu, Chikushino is essentially a southern suburb of Fukuoka City. As of 2010, the city has an estimated population of 100,397. The total area is 87.78 km². The Tenjin Ōmuta Line runs through Chikushino at Murasaki Station and Asakuragaidō...

    , Goto, and Dazaifu Station
    Dazaifu Station
    is a train station located in Dazaifu, Fukuoka.- Platforms :- Adjacent stations :...

     in Dazaifu
    Dazaifu, Fukuoka
    is a city located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Nearby cities include Ōnojō and Chikushino. Although mostly urban, it does have arable land used for paddy fields and market gardening....

     (2.4 km)
  • Amagi Line
    Nishitetsu Amagi Line
    The is a Japanese railway line operated by Nishi-Nippon Railroad , which runs between Kurume and Asakura in Fukuoka Prefecture.- Stations :-History:...

     - linking Miyanojin Station in Kurume
    Kurume, Fukuoka
    is a city located in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan.The city has an estimated population of 303,277 and a population density of 1,319.51 persons per km²...

     and Amagi Station in Amagi
    Amagi, Fukuoka
    Amagi was a city in Japan located in Fukuoka Prefecture that merged along with the city of Haki into their mutual neighbor Asakura on March 20, 2006....

    , passing through Tachiarai
    Tachiarai, Fukuoka
    is a town located in Mii District, Fukuoka, Japan.As of 2003, it has an estimated population of 15,323 and a density of 671.18 persons per km². The total area is 22.83 km².Tachiarai is divided into three neighborhoods: Ozeki, Hongō and Kikuchi...

     (17.9 km)
  • Kaizuka Line
    Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line
    The is a Japanese railway line in Fukuoka prefecture, run by Nishitetsu. It serves Kaizuka, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka city, linking it to Nishitetsu Shingū, Shingū. It connects to the Kashii Line of JR Kyushu at Wajiro, and the Hakozaki Line of Fukuoka City Subway at Kaizuka...

     - linking Kaizuka Station
    Kaizuka Station (Fukuoka)
    is a terminal of the Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line and the Fukuoka City Subway Hakozaki Line in Higashi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan.The subway line coming from the city center terminates at this station and the Nishitetsu train line continues to Nishitetsu Kashii Station and Nishitetsu Shingū Station....

     in Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
    Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
    is one of the seven wards of Fukuoka City, Japan. As of 2004, it has a population of 275,652 people and an area of 66.68 sq. km. Its name literally means "east ward".Kashii is in this ward. It is south of neighbouring Shingū, Fukuoka....

     and Nishitetsu Shingū Station
    Nishitetsu Shingū Station
    is a railway station in Shingū, Fukuoka, Japan. This station is a terminal station of the Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line.- Station layout :The station is above ground level with an island platform and 2 tracks.Tracks...

     in Shingū
    Shingu, Fukuoka
    is a town located in Kasuya District, Fukuoka, Japan, between Koga and Higashi-ku, Fukuoka City.As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 22,914 and a density of 1,211.74 persons per km². The total area is 18.91 km². A JR station opened in March 2010....

     (11.0 km)


Major local bus routes extend to Kitakyūshū
Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
is a city located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyūshū, Japan. It is midway between Tokyo and Shanghai.- Demographics :Kitakyūshū has a population of just under one million...

 and serve other municipalities in the prefecture. Long-haul routes carry traffic to other prefectures in Kyushu, across the Kanmon Straits
Kanmon Straits
The Kanmon Straits or the Straits of Shimonoseki is the stretch of water separating two of Japan's four main islands. On the Honshū side of the water is Shimonoseki and on the Kyūshū side is Kitakyūshū, whose former city and present ward, Moji , gave the strait its "mon"...

 to Shimonoseki
Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi
is a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. It is at the southwestern tip of Honshū, facing the Tsushima Strait and also Kitakyushu across the Kanmon Straits....

, and serve Osaka, Nagoya
Nagoya, Aichi
is the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan.Located on the Pacific coast in the Chūbu region on central Honshu, it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan's major ports along with those of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, Chiba, and Moji...

, and Shinjuku
Shinjuku, Tokyo
is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. It is a major commercial and administrative center, housing the busiest train station in the world and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the administration center for the government of Tokyo.As of 2008, the ward has an estimated population...

 in Tokyo
Tokyo
, ; officially , is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family...

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