Nankai Electric Railway

Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Native name
Public KK
Traded as TYO: 9044
Industry Ground transport
Predecessor Nankai Railway Co., Ltd. (former parent company founded on June 16, 1884)
Founded Kudoyama, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (March 28, 1925 (1925-03-28), Koyasan Electric Railway Co., Ltd.)
Headquarters Nankai Namba Building, Shikitsu-higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan
Registered office: Nankai Kaikan Building, Namba, Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan
  • Rail transit
  • Amusument parks
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
Revenue Decrease ¥181,869 million (March 2012)[* 1]
Decrease ¥18,294 million (March 2012)[* 1]
Increase ¥5,686 million (March 2012)[* 1]
Total assets Decrease ¥789,591 million (March 2012)[* 1]
Total equity Increase ¥135,602 million (March 2012)[* 1]
Number of employees
2,734 (March 31, 2012)
  • Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd.
  • Nankai Bus Co., Ltd.
  • Nankai Rinkan Bus Co., Ltd.
  • Wakayama Bus Co., Ltd.
  • Kansai Airport Transport Enterprise Co., Ltd.
  • Nankai Ferry Co., Ltd.
  • Nankai Fudosan Co., Ltd.

Footnotes / references

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 平成24年3月期 決算短信〔日本基準〕(連結) [Financial Results for Fiscal Year ended March 31, 2012] (PDF) (in Japanese). Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd. April 27, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
Nankai 50000 series on rapi:t service
Nankai 12000 series on Southern service
Nankai 10000 series on Southern service
Nankai 6000 series
Nankai 8000 series on Southern service
Nankai 9000 series on Southern service
Nankai 2000 series (Zoom car)
Semboku 3000 series
Nankai Namba Station & Swissôtel NANKAI OSAKA
Old logo

Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (南海電気鉄道株式会社 Nankai denki tetsudō kabushiki gaisha) is a private railway in Japan, founded in 1884. The name Nankai (which means "South Sea") comes from the company's routes along the Nankaidō, the old highway that ran south from the old capital, Kyoto, along the sea coast. Nankai predates all the electric railways in the Tokyo region.

The Nankai network branches out in a generally southern direction from Namba Station in Osaka. The Nankai Main Line connects Osaka to Wakayama, with an important spur branching to Kansai International Airport. The rapi:t α express connects Kansai International Airport to Namba in 34 minutes, while the rapi:t β takes 39 minutes with two additional stops. The Koya Line connects Osaka to Mt. Koya, headquarters of the Buddhist Shingon sect and a popular pilgrimage site. IC cards (PiTaPa and ICOCA) are accepted.


The Nankai Railway Company was founded on June 16, 1884. In 1944 it was one of the companies that merged to form Kinki Nippon Railway Co., Ltd. (Kin-nichi, present Kintetsu Railway). However, Kin-nichi transferred the former Nankai Railway Company's lines to the present Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (named Koyasan Electric Railway Co., Ltd. from March 28, 1925 until March 14, 1947) on June 1, 1947.

From 1938 to 1988, Nankai Electric Railway owned the Nankai Hawks, a team in Nippon Professional Baseball.


  • Nankai Line (南海線)
  • Koya Line (高野線)

Defunct lines and transferred lines

Rolling stock

Limited express trains

Nankai Line, Airport Line

Kōya Line Commuter car (Namba-Hashimoto)

Kōya Line Zoom car (Namba-Gokurakubashi)

Takashinohama Line, Tanagawa Line, Kada Line, Shiomibashi Line

Cable Line

See also

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