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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.

Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Native name
南海電気鉄道株式会社
Public KK
Traded asTYO: 9044
IndustryGround transport
PredecessorNankai Railway Co., Ltd. (former parent company founded on June 16, 1884)
FoundedKudoyama, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (March 28, 1925 (1925-03-28), Koyasan Electric Railway Co., Ltd.)
HeadquartersNankai Namba Building, Shikitsu-higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan
Registered office: Nankai Kaikan Building, Namba, Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan
Services
  • Rail transit
  • Amusument parks
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
RevenueDecrease ¥181,869 million (March 2012)[* 1]
Decrease ¥18,294 million (March 2012)[* 1]
Increase ¥5,686 million (March 2012)[* 1]
Total assetsDecrease ¥789,591 million (March 2012)[* 1]
Total equityIncrease ¥135,602 million (March 2012)[* 1]
Number of employees
2,734 (March 31, 2012)
Subsidiaries
  • Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd.
  • Semboku Rapid Railway 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.
Websitenankai.co.jp
Footnotes / references
  1. ^ a b c d e 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 3, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
Nankai Namba Station & Swissôtel NANKAI OSAKA
Old logo

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.

HistoryEdit

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 that was based in Osaka. The team was sold to Daiei after the 1988 season and moved to Fukuoka and rechristened the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. The team was sold again in 2005 to Softbank, and are now the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.

LinesEdit

  •   Nankai Line (南海線)
  •   Koya Line (高野線)
  • Koya Line (高野線): Shiomibashi - Kishinosato-Tamade – Gokurakubashi
    • In operation: Namba - Gokurakubashi
    • Shiomibashi Line (汐見橋線, commonly called): Shiomibashi – Kishinosato-Tamade
  • Cable Line (鋼索線): Gokurakubashi – Koyasan

Defunct lines and transferred linesEdit

  • Nankai Line (南海線)
    • Tennoji Branch (天王寺支線): Tengachaya – Tennoji (replaced by the Sakaisuji Line)
    • Kitajima Branch (北島支線): Wakayamashi – Kitajima - Higashi-Matsue (abandoned)
    • Wakayamako Line (和歌山港線): Wakayamako – Suiken (abandoned)
  • Kishigawa Line (貴志川線, dealt with Wakayama Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (和歌山電鐵株式会社)): Wakayama – Kishi
  • Osaka Tram Line (大阪軌道線)
    • Hankai Line (阪堺線): Ebisucho – Hamadera-eki-mae (dealt with Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd.)
    • Uemachi Line (上町線): Tennoji-eki-mae – Sumiyoshikoen (dealt with Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd.)
    • Hirano Line (平野線): Imaike – Hirano (replaced by the Tanimachi Line)
    • Ohama Branch (大浜支線): Shukuin – Ohama-kaigan (abandoned)
  • Wakayama Tram Line (和歌山軌道線): Wakayamashi-eki, Wakayama-eki – Kainan, Shin-Wakaura (abandoned)

Rolling stockEdit

Limited express trainsEdit

  • 50000 series — used on rapi:t service between Namba and Kansai airport
  • 31000 series — used on Kōya service between Namba and Gokurakubashi
  • 30000 series — used on Kōya service between Namba and Gokurakubashi
  • 12000 series — used on Southern service reserved car between Namba and Wakayamakō
  • 11000 series — used on Rinkan service between Namba and Hashimoto
  • 10000 series — used on Southern service reserved car between Namba and Wakayamakō

Nankai Line, Airport LineEdit

  • 9000 series — used on Southern service non-reserved car between Namba and Wakayamakō
  • 8300 series — used on Southern service non-reserved car between Namba and Wakayamakō
  • 8000 series — used on Southern service non-reserved car between Namba and Wakayamakō
  • 7100 series — used on Southern service non-reserved car between Namba and Wakayamakō
  • 3000 series — converted from former Semboku 3000 series
  • 2000 series
  • 1000 series

Kōya Line Commuter car (Namba-Hashimoto)Edit

Kōya Line Zoom car (Namba-Gokurakubashi)Edit

Takashinohama Line, Tanagawa Line, Kada Line, Shiomibashi LineEdit

Cable LineEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit