Ryobi Holdings Co. Ltd. is a Japanese transport, logistics, travel, retailer, retirement home operator and real estate development company. Its headquarters are in Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.[1][2]

Ryobi Holdings
Native name
両備ホールディングス株式会社 (Ryobi Holdings Kabushiki Kaisha)
Company typeTransport, Tourism, Logistics, Real Estate Development
FoundedJuly 31, 1910
Okayama City
Area served
ServicesPublic transportation, tourism, logistics,retail
Revenue$1,254,190,000 (2012)
Number of employees
2390 (2011)

History edit

The firm was founded in 1910 as Saidaiji Railway. Ryobi entered the bus and taxi business following the discontinuation of its train line in 1962.

In 2005, Ryobi began operation of the Olympia Dream ferry that offers service between Shin Okayama Port and Shodoshima Island.[3]

In 2010 Ryobi launched a bus equipped with photovoltaic panels called Solarve to commemorate the company's 100 year anniversary.[4][5]

In March 2017 the company launched the Gozabune Atakemaru replica samurai cruise ship that sails in Tokyo Bay. [6]

Lines of business edit

Transport edit

It operates a ferry service between Shin Okayama Port and Shodoshima in the Seto Inland Sea.

It is the operator of both Ryobi and Okaden bus companies. Ryobi provides long distance bus services, charted tours and long-term commuting arrangements with local schools.[7]

It is the parent company of the Okayama Electric Tramway and the Wakayama Electric Tramway.

Logistics edit

Ryobi is involved in domestic and international shipping with its base in Okayama and offices throughout Japan.

Tourism edit

Ryobi Tours is the company's Okayama based travel subsidiary that provides service worldwide. Visit West Japan is a subgroup that focuses on the Chugoku region where the company is based.

Ryobi Holdings operates the 486 ton Gozabune Atakemaru replica samurai cruise ship that sails in Tokyo Bay. Its design was based on ships used during the Tokugawa Shogunate.

References edit

  1. ^ "Ryobi Holdings Co., Ltd.: Private Company Information - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  2. ^ Patrick, Hugh T. (2013). "Ryobi Holdings Company and Ryobi Group". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Luxury cruise ship planned for Kyushu and Okinawa in 2020". The Japan Times Online. 2017-03-20. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  4. ^ "Japanese Firm Equips Public Bus With PV Panels". Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  5. ^ "両備ホールディングス、東京湾遊覧船改装で訪日客拡大目指す". JAPAN style 訪日ビジネスアイ (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  6. ^ Miura, Yoshiaki (2017-04-29). "Tokyo cruise offers a step back in time". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  7. ^ "1st highway night bus with only private rooms to run between Tokyo, Osaka". Mainichi Daily News. 2017-01-12. Retrieved 2017-05-18.