Serves south-western Tokyo with a dense 100Km long network centered on Shibuya and made up of two main lines and five minor lines in various degrees of importance. It also subsidies several third-sector companies. Tokyu Corporation is the head of the Tokyu Group, a wealthy and powerful financial conglomerate.
Operates suburban, regional and inter-city services northwards from Tokyo, up to Nikko and Ustunomiya on a 463Km long network, the second-longest among private railways (behind Kintetsu) and with the third-largest rolling stock fleet among private railways (behind Kintetsu and Tokyo Metro).
It also owns the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest Skyscraper in Japan, and a populat tourist destination
A major private railway serving north-western Tokyo with a network composed of two main lines (named after their Tokyo terminuses of Shinjuku and Ikebukuro) with several branches and even some minor lines not connected to the rest of the network.
Once famed for it’s yellow trains, in recent years Seibu railway has been switching to a blue (and later blue-green) livery to match it’s logo.
Almost synonymous with “Kyoto”, the Keihan Railway operates a 91Km-long network formed of a Main Line and it’s branches connecting Osaka to Kyoto via the right side of the Yodo river and the “Otsu Line” network, an interurban-like light railway system made up of two lines (the Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line and the Keishin Line) running along the western shore of Lake Biwa.
Keihan is well known among railfans for the unusual fetaures of it’s rolling stock, such as TV-equipped limited express trains.
A major railway company wich connects Osaka to Kobe via Amagasaki with a network just shy of 50 Km, composed of the Hanshin Main Line (with the Namba branch line) and the short, secondary Mukogawa Line.
Known as the “Keikyu of the West” and famed for it’s famous “Jet Cars”, local service EMUs capable of a 4km/h/s accelleration (the highest of all of Japan, comparable to tramcars) it’s part of the Hankyu-Hanshin Group (togheter with Hankyu Railway and it’s subsidiaries). It also owns the famous “Hanshin Tigers” professional baseball team.