Tokyu Corporation

Tokyu Corporation
Public KK
Traded as TYO: 9005
Industry Private railroad
Founded September 2, 1922
Headquarters 5-6 Nanpeidaicho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Area served
Tokyo and Kanagawa.
Key people
President-Director Chairperson Representative Director
Kiyobumi Kamijo Toshiaki Koshimura
Services passenger railways
other related services
Owner Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Co. (6.8%)
Nippon Life Insurance Co. (6.0%)

The Tokyu Corporation (東京急行電鉄株式会社 Tōkyō Kyūkō Dentetsu Kabushiki-gaisha), also known in Japanese as Tōkyū Dentetsu (東急電鉄) for short, is a major private railway operator and land developer in the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan. Its headquarters are in Shibuya, Tokyo.[1]

It was formed on September 2, 1922 as the Meguro-Kamata Electric Railway (目黒蒲田電鉄 Meguro Kamata Dentetsu), and was later known as the Tokyo-Yokohama Electric Railway (東京横浜電鉄 Tōkyō Yokohama Dentetsu) before gaining its current name in 1943. From 1944 to 1948, it also owned the companies now known as Keikyu, Keio Corporation, and Odakyu Electric Railway. During this time, it was colloquially known as Dai-Tokyu (lit. Great Tokyu).

Tokyu lines

Line Symbol Route Length (km) Stations Date opened Max speed (km/h)
Tōyoko Line Shibuya Yokohama 24.2 21 1926 110
Meguro Line Meguro Hiyoshi 11.9 13 1923 110
Den-en-toshi Line Shibuya Chūō-Rinkan 31.5 27 1907 110
Ōimachi Line Ōimachi Mizonokuchi 10.4 15 1927 85
Ikegami Line Gotanda Kamata 10.9 15 1922 80
Setagaya Line Sangen-Jaya Shimo-Takaido 5.0 10 1925 40
Tamagawa Line Kamata Tamagawa 5.6 7 2000 80
Total (7 lines) 99.5 108

Tokyu also operates the Kodomonokuni Line (Nagatsuta Station - Kodomonokuni Station, 3.4 km) under contract with and on behalf of Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Company.

Other businesses

The Tokyu Group also owns two smaller railroad companies (Ueda Kōtsū, Izukyū Corporation), several bus companies and a major upscale department store chain called Tokyu in Japan and stores overseas (such as in the MBK Center in Bangkok, Thailand). Other retail operations include Tokyu Hands stores (except for the two locations in Nagoya, which are owned by Sanko Creative Life, Inc., and operated under license). It also runs a number of hotels under the names Tokyu/Pan Pacific in Japan and formerly owned the Pan Pacific Hotels abroad, which it sold to UOL Limited of Singapore.

Formerly the owner of Japan Air System (JAS, now merged with the flag carrier JAL Japan), Tokyu is the largest shareholder of Japan Airlines Holdings (JAL) following JAS's merger with JAL. The Tokyu Group also owns and operates the upscale Tokyu Hotels and budget Tokyu Inns. It also owns the Book Off bookstore chain in Japan.

From 1958 until 2001, Tokyu also owned the Japanese (now American) Shirokiya department store company. It was the owner of Mago Island until 2005, when Mel Gibson purchased it for US$15 million.

Rolling stock

See also


  1. "会社概要." Tokyu Corporation. Retrieved on November 27, 2009.

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