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Chichibu Railway Co., Ltd.
Type Public K.K. (JASDAQ: 9012)
Founded 8 November 1899
Headquarters Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan
Key people Shigetoshi Arafune (CEO)
Industry Railway
Employees 356 (601 incl. related businesses)

Chichibu Railway Co., Ltd. (秩父鉄道株式会社 Chichibu Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha ?) (JASDAQ: 9012) is a small-sector private railway company operating two railway lines in northern Saitama Prefecture, Japan. In addition to its railway operations, the company deals in the real estate and tourism industries. It also manages the Mitsumine Ropeway (三峰ロープウェイ). The aerial tramway line, however, closed in December 2007.

Taiheiyo Cement is its largest shareholder, and one of Chichibu Railway's main operations is the transportation of limestone from Mount Bukou (Bukousan). The railway's passenger services concentrate on the tourism industry, as there are popular destinations along the line. A train hauled by a steam locomotive also operates regularly during some seasons, attracting tourists from around the country.



A Chichibu Railway 6000 series train

Railway lines

  • Chichibu Mainline (秩父本線): from Hanyu to Mitsumineguchi (passenger line)
  • Mikajiri Line (三ヶ尻線): from Takekawa to Kumagaya Kamotsu Terminal (freight line)

Aerial tramway lines

  • Mitsumine Ropeway at Mitsumineguchi (closed in December 2007)


  • 8 November 1899 - Founded as Jōbu Railway (Headquartered in now-defunct Nihombashi Ward, Tokyo City).[1]
  • 7 October 1901 - Started operations between Kumagaya and Yorii.[1]
  • 1916 - Company name changed to Chichibu Railway.
  • 1921 - Started operations between Hokubu Railway's Hanyu station and Gyoda Station (now Gyodashi station).
  • 1922 - Chichibu Railway acquired Hokubu Railway.[1]
  • 1930 - Started operations on the full line between Hanyu and Mitsumineguchi.
  • 1954 - Started direct operations with the Tōbu Tōjō Line.
  • 1980 - Headquarters moved to Kumagaya, Saitama.
  • 1988 - Started operations of a steam locomotive-hauled train, the Paleo Express.
  • 1989 - Started direct operations with Seibu Railway.
  • 1997 - Moved bus operations to a separate entity, Chichibu Railway Sightseeing Bus Co., Ltd.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 (Databook: Japan's Private Railways). Japan: Neko Publishing. ISBN 4-87366-874-3.  

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