|Kyūshū Ryokaku Tetsudō Kabushiki gaisha|
lit. "Kyushu Passenger Railway Share Company"
|Predecessor||Japanese National Railways (JNR)|
|Founded||April 1, 1987|
(privatization of JNR)
|Products||SUGOCA (a rechargeable contactless smart card)|
|Services||passenger railways |
Real estate development
other related services
Public float (2016-)[a]
Number of employees
|9,060 (as of 1 April 2016)|
|Kyushu Railway Company|
|National railway||Japan Railways Group|
|Infrastructure company||Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency|
|Passenger km||9.191 billion per year|
|Total||2,273.0 km (1,412.4 mi) |
|Double track||772.8 km (480.2 mi) (34%) |
|Electrified||1,341.1 km (833.3 mi) (59%) |
|High-speed||288.9 km (179.5 mi) (12.7%) |
|Main||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|High-speed||1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in)|
|Main||1,500 V DC overhead catenary 1,341.1 km (833.3 mi)|
|25 kV AC 60 Hz overhead||288.9 km (179.5 mi)|
The Kyushu Railway Company, also referred to as JR Kyushu (JR九州, Jeiāru Kyūshū), is one of the seven constituent companies of Japan Railways Group (JR Group). It operates intercity rail services within Kyushu, Japan and the JR Kyushu Jet Ferry Beetle hydrofoil service across the Tsushima Strait between Fukuoka and Busan, South Korea. It also operates hotels, restaurants, and drugstores across its service region. JR Kyushu's headquarters are in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka.
When Japanese National Railways was divided in 1987, Kyushu Railway Company inherited its assets and operations on the island of Kyushu along with losses of around 28.8 billion yen, exacerbated by a growing highway network in Kyushu and many lightly used rural lines. After privatization, JR Kyushu diversified its business into new ventures such as fish and mushroom farming and car sales. Two of its more successful side ventures were the Beetle ferry, started in 1991, and the Train d'or bakery chain, started in 1992. JR Kyushu also built up its premium rail services through the development of the Kyushu Shinkansen high-speed rail line and the Seven Stars in Kyushu luxury excursion train.
The company introduced SUGOCA, a smart card ticketing system, from 1 March 2009.
JR Kyushu executed its initial public offering in October 2016. Non-railway operations account for roughly 60% of the company's sales and most of its profits.