Chichibu Railway

The Chichibu Railway Company, Ltd. (秩父鉄道株式会社, Chichibu Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a small-sector private railway company operating a railway line in northern Saitama Prefecture, Japan. In addition to its railway operations, the company deals in the real estate and tourism industries. It managed the Mitsumine Ropeway (三峰ロープウェイ) until it closed in December 2007 and the Mikajiri Line until its closure in 2020.[1]Taiheiyo Cement is its largest shareholder, and one of Chichibu Railway's main operations is the transportation of limestone from Mount Bukō. The railway's passenger services concentrate on the tourism industry, as there are popular destinations along the line. A train hauled by a steam locomotive also operates regularly during some seasons, attracting tourists from around the country.

Chichibu Railway Co., Ltd.
Native name
Chichibu Tetsudō kabushiki gaisha
TypePublicly listed subsidiary KK
Founded8 November 1899
HeadquartersKumagaya, Saitama, Japan
Key people
Shigetoshi Arafune (CEO)
Number of employees
356 (601 incl. related businesses)
ParentTaiheiyo Cement Corporation (33.50%)


A Chichibu Railway 6000 series train

Railway linesEdit

Former LinesEdit

Aerial tramway linesEdit


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This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.

  1. ^ Mikajiri Line closure brings Japanese coal traffic to an end
  2. ^ a b c Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 (Databook: Japan's Private Railways). Japan: Neko Publishing. ISBN 978-4-87366-874-1.

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