Central Japan Railway Company
Native name
Tōkai Ryokaku Tetsudō (lit. "Tōkai Passenger Railway") kabushiki gaisha
Company typePublic (KK)
IndustryPrivate railway
PredecessorJapanese National Railways (JNR)
Founded1 April 1987; 37 years ago (1987-04-01), privatization of JNR
JR Central Towers
1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 450-6101
Area served
Tōkai region
Key people
Shin Kaneko, Chairman
Shunsuke Niwa, President [1]
ProductsTOICA, EX-IC (a rechargeable contactless smart card)
Servicespassenger railways[2]
travel agency services[2]
wholesale and retail[2]
parking lot operations[2]
real estate[2]
food and beverage sales[2]
casualty insurance[2]
other related services[2]
RevenueIncrease ¥1,672,295 million (2014)[3]
Increase ¥506,598 million (2014)[3]
Increase ¥264,134 million (2014)[3]
Total assetsIncrease ¥5,217,982 million (2014)[3]
Total equityIncrease ¥2,020,196 million (2014)[3]
OwnerPublic float, largest single shareholder: Mizuho Bank (4.39%)
Number of employees
16,193 (as of March 31, 2008)[2]
DivisionsConventional lines operations[4]
Shinkansen operations[4]
Subsidiaries39 group companies,[2]
including Nippon Sharyo (since October 2008)[5]
  Central Japan Railway Company
National railwayJapan Railways Group
Infrastructure companyJapan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency
Ridership0.528 billion per year[2]
Passenger km55.811 billion per year[2]
System length
Total1,970.8 km (1,224.6 mi)[2]
Double track1,086.8 km (675.3 mi) (55.1%)[2]
Electrified1,491.7 km (926.9 mi) (75.7%)[2]
High-speed552.6 km (343.4 mi) (28.0%)[2]
Track gauge
Main1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
High-speed1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Main1,500 V DC overhead catenary 1,418.2 km (881.2 mi)[2]
25 kV AC 60 Hz overhead 552.6 km (343.4 mi)[2]
Tokaido Shinkansen
No. stations403[2]
Service area
Shinkansen station layouts
TOICA Service Area (in Japanese)

The Central Japan Railway Company[6] is the main railway company operating in the Chūbu (Nagoya) region of central Japan. It is officially abbreviated in English as JR Central and in Japanese as JR Tōkai (Japanese: JR東海). Tōkai is a reference to the geographical region in which the company chiefly operates.

JR Central's operational hub is Nagoya Station and the company's administrative headquarters are located in the JR Central Towers above the station.[7] The busiest and longest railway line operated by JR Central is the Tōkaidō Main Line between Atami and Maibara. The company also operates the Tōkaidō Shinkansen between Tokyo and Shin-Ōsaka. Additionally it is responsible for the Chūō Shinkansen—a maglev service between Tokyo and Osaka, which is due to start operation between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027.

JR Central is Japan's most profitable and highest throughput high-speed-rail operator, carrying 138 million high-speed-rail passengers in 2009, considerably more than the world's largest airline.[8] Japan recorded a total of 289 million high-speed-rail passengers in 2009.[8]

JR Central is listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Nagoya Stock Exchange with American depositary receipts traded over-the-counter through OTCMG Pink, is a constituent of the TOPIX Core30 index, and is also one of the three only Japan Railways Group constituents of the Nikkei 225 index, the others being JR East and JR West. It is also one of Nagoya's gosanke companies along with Toyota and the Chubu Electric Power Company.[citation needed]



Conventional lines

Named train services


The JR Central Group consists of JR Central and the following affiliates:




Information systems

Hotels and resorts



Rolling stock


Real estate

Other services

JR Central Towers in Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, the world's largest train station complex by floor area


  1. ^ Central Japan Railway Company. "Board of Directors, Audit and Supervisory Board Members and Corporate officers (as of June, 2023)". Retrieved 27 February 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Central Japan Railway Company. "Data book 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e Central Japan Railway Company. Annual Report 2015 (PDF) (Report). Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b Central Japan Railway Company. "Organization Chart (As of July, 2008)". Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  5. ^ Central Japan Railway Company. "Notice concerning Change of Specified Subsidiary" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  6. ^ 東海旅客鉄道株式会社, Tōkai Ryokaku Tetsudō kabushiki gaisha, lit. "Tōkai Passenger Railway Stock Company"
  7. ^ Central Japan Railway Company. "Corporate Data". Retrieved 28 June 2009.
  8. ^ a b Cooper, Chris (8 February 2011). "Rail's Cash-Flow King Stakes $62 Billion on Tokyo Maglev Train". Bloomberg. Retrieved 12 June 2012.