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Operation Area Network

The JR-West railway network extends over a total distance of 5,015.7 km, covering 18 prefectures. With the objective of enhancing safety, the JR-West Group is united in action to implement its Safety Think-and-Act Plan 2017. Meanwhile, to ensure that our railway inspires trust and a sense of reliability in the customer, we work to instill an ethos of customer satisfaction, to deliver convenient and user-friendly facilities, and to improve the quality of our customer-facing operations.

Transportation Revenues

Map of Rail Lines in Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe Area

Direct through services on the Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen Lines with Mizuho and Sakura

The Mizuho and Sakura shuttles provide direct shinkansen service with 23 return trips between Shin-Ōsaka and Kumamoto/Kagoshima-Chuō each day. The result is greater convenience for those traveling between the Kansai/Sanyo and Kyushu regions.

Fastest journey times

Kumamoto Kagoshima-Chuō
Shin-Ōsaka 2h58min 3h42min
Okayama 2h13min 2h57min
Hiroshima 1h37min 2h21min

Journey times for fastest (Mizuho) service (as of March 2013).

Stations served by Mizuho and Sakura trains

  • Shin-Ōsaka
  • Shin-Kobe
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Kokura
  • Hakata
  • Kumamoto
  • Kagoshima-Chuo

Stations served by Sakura trains (with certain exceptions)

  • Shin-Ōsaka
  • Himeji
  • Fukuyama
  • Tokuyama
  • Shin-Yamaguchi
  • Shin-Shimonoseki
  • Hakata
  • Shin-Tosu Kurume
  • Chikugo-Funagoya
  • Shin-Omuta
  • Shin-Tamana
  • Shin-Yatsushiro
  • Shin-Minamata
  • Izumi
  • Sendai
  • Kagoshima-Chuo

Sakura trains do not stop at certain stations.

First Class "Green Car" (Car 6)
2 seat rows on each side

Classy interior of
"Green Car"

Standard car with reserved seating
(Cars 4 to 8)
2 seat rows on each side

Warm atmosphere of reserved seating area

Standard car with
non-reserved seating (Cars 1 to 3)
3 and 2 seat rows on opposite sides

Relaxed ambience of
non-reserved seating area

Hokuriku Shinkansen

We are aiming to open the line between Nagano Station and Kanazawa Station in the end of the 2014 fiscal year. The 228 km of tracks in the corresponding area are currently under construction.
West Japan Railway will operate Jōetsu-Myōkō Station as well as stations further west.

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