Nishi-Nippon Railroad

The , also called or NNR, is one of Japan's "Big 16" private railroad companies. With headquarters in Fukuoka, it operates local and highway buses, supermarkets, real-estate and travel agencies, as well as railways in Fukuoka Prefecture. In addition, from 1950 to 1972, the company owned the Lions (in 1950, the Clippers) Pacific League baseball team. The company will introduce nimoca, a smart card ticketing system, from spring, 2008.


Nishi-Nippon Railroad operates four railway lines:

Major local bus routes extend to Kitakyūshū and serve other municipalities in the prefecture. Long-haul routes carry traffic to other prefectures in Kyushu, across the Kanmon Straits to Shimonoseki, and serve Osaka, Nagoya, and Shinjuku in Tokyo.

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