500px-JR logo JRgroup

The "JR" logo which is common throughout the whole group.

JR Areas

JR's areas and color codes.

The Japan Railways Group (or JR Group) is a corporation made up of seven railway companies which operate in Japan. The group was started on the 1st of April 1987, when they took over the assets of the government owned Japanese National Railways. They are famous for operaing the Shinkansen trainsets.

Main Network AreasEdit

  • JR Central controls the Nagoya area.
  • JR West controls the west side of Honshu.
  • JR East controls the east and north of Honshu.
  • JR Hokkaido controls the island of its name.
  • JR Kyushu controls the island of its name.
  • JR Shikoku controls the island of its name.
  • JR Freight controls freight movements across Japan.


Currently, only JR Central, JR West, JR East, JR Kyushu and JR Hokkaido operate Shinkansen lines; the most recently opened is the Hokkaido Shinkansen which opened on 26 March 2016.