Shikoku Railway Company

Shikoku Railway Company
Native name
Industry Private railway
Predecessor Japanese National Railways (JNR)
Founded April 1, 1987 (privatization of JNR)
Headquarters Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan
Area served
Key people
Masafumi Izumi (CEO)[1]
Services Passenger rail
Freight services
Intercity bus
Revenue 31.35 billion yen (2007)
Total assets 357.137 billion yen (2007)
Total equity 3.5 billion yen
Owner Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (100%)
Number of employees
2,942 (as of April 1, 2007)
Subsidiaries JR Shikoku Bus

Shikoku Railway Company (四国旅客鉄道株式会社 Shikoku Ryokaku Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha), commonly known as JR Shikoku (JR四国 Jei-āru Shikoku), is one of the constituent companies of Japan Railways Group (JR Group). It operates intercity rail services in the four prefectures on the island of Shikoku in Japan. The company is headquartered in Takamatsu, Kagawa.[2]


JR Shikoku railway network

JR Shikoku operates a railway system of 855.2 km. Unlike other JR companies, JR Shikoku discontinued the classification of "Main Lines" and others in the names of its railway lines in 1988. Prior to the change, the Dosan, Kōtoku, Tokushima and Yosan Lines were Main Lines.

Each line is color-coded and labeled with a letter, which is used to assign a station number to each station on the line. For example, Naruto Station on the Naruto Line (labeled N) is numbered N10. Although this method is widely accepted in metro systems in Japan, JR Shikoku was the first JR company to use it.

Label Name Japanese Terminuses
Main Lines
  n/a Honshi Bisan Line[* 1] 本四備讃線 Kojima Udatsu
  Y Yosan Line Main Line 予讃線 Takamatsu Matsuyama
U Matsuyama Mukaibara
Branch Line (New Line) Mukaibara Uchiko
Uchiko Line 内子線 Uchiko Niiya
Yosan Line Branch Line (New Line) 予讃線 Niiya Iyo-Ōzu
Main Line Iyo-Ōzu Uwajima
  S Main Line (Old Line) Mukaibara Iyo-Ōzu
  T Kōtoku Line 高徳線 Takamatsu Tokushima
  D Dosan Line 土讃線 Tadotsu Kōchi
K Kōchi Kubokawa
  B Tokushima Line 徳島線 Tsukuda Sako
Other Lines
  M Mugi Line 牟岐線 Tokushima Kaifu
  N Naruto Line 鳴門線 Ikenotani Naruto
  G Yodo Line 予土線 Wakai Kita-Uwajima
  1. Part of the Seto-Ōhashi Line connecting Okayama to Shikoku via the Great Seto Bridge.

Train services

JR Shikoku provides intercity transportation with its limited express services, connecting major cities on the island of Shikoku with Okayama on Honshū. The company also operates local trains.

Major named trains of JR Shikoku
Type Name Endpoints and major intermediate stations
(Stations outside of Shikoku in parentheses)
Train type
Ashizuri Kōchi (Nakamura) 2000 series DMU
Ishizuchi Takamatsu Matsuyama Uwajima 2000 series DMU, 8000 series EMU
Muroto Tokushima Anan Kaifu KiHa 185 series DMU
Nanpū (Okayama) Kōchi Nakamura Sukumo 2000 series DMU
Uwakai Matsuyama Uwajima 2000 series DMU
Uzushio (Okayama) Takamatsu Tokushima KiHa 185 series DMU, 2000 series DMU
Shimanto Takamatsu Kōchi (Nakamura) (Sukumo) 2000 series DMU
Shiokaze (Okayama) Matsuyama Uwajima 2000 series DMU, 8000 series EMU
Tsurugisan Kaifu Tokushima Anabuki Awa-Ikeda KiHa 185 series DMU
Sunrise Seto (Tokyo) Takamatsu 285 series EMU sleeper (operated by JR West and JR Central)
Rapid Marine Liner (Okayama) Takamatsu 5000 series EMU (operated by JR Shikoku)
223-5000 series EMU (operated by JR West)


  1. "会社案内:JR四国". Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  2. "Company Information." Shikoku Railway Company. Retrieved on March 27, 2010.
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