Hanshin Electric Railway

Hanshin Electric Railway
Locale Kansai region, Japan
Dates of operation 1905 (established in 1899)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length 48.9 km
Headquarters Osaka, Japan
Website rail.hanshin.co.jp
Corporate headquarters of Hanshin

Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (阪神電気鉄道株式会社 Hanshin Denki-tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese private railway company of Hankyu Hanshin Toho Group that links Osaka and Kobe. It also owns the Hanshin Tigers baseball team.

The second character for Osaka (大) and the first character for Kobe (戸) combine to form the company name, 阪神, which can be read Han-shin.

IC cards (PiTaPa and ICOCA) are accepted when taking trains.

Rail lines

Line map

Operating lines

The section between Nishikujō and Ōsaka-Namba is the newest line of Hanshin that opened on March 20, 2009. Prior to this extension the line was called the Nishi-Ōsaka Line.
The tracks of the line are owned by Kobe Rapid Transit Railway Co., Ltd. as the Tozai Line.

Abandoned lines

Incomplete lines


Rolling stock

Limited Express/Express


Mukogawa Line


Hanshin Electric Railway owns the Hanshin Tigers baseball team, whose home ground is Hanshin Koshien Stadium in front of Kōshien Station of the railway's Main Line.

One of the company's subsidiaries is the Osaka-based company Hanshin Contents Link, that operates the Billboard Japan brand under licence from Billboard's publisher.[4][5]


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  2. 阪神5550系が営業運転を開始 [Hanshin 5550 series enters service]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Koyusha Co., Ltd. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  3. 阪神5700系が営業運転を開始 [Hanshin 5700 series enters revenue service]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  4. "'Billboard Live' Venues To Roll Out In Japan". Billboard. 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
  5. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (18 August 2007). Billboard 18 August 2007. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 34–. ISSN 0006-2510.
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