Tokyu Corporation

Tokyu Corporation

The Nihongo|Tokyu Corporation|東京急行電鉄株式会社|Tōkyō Kyūkō Dentetsu Kabushiki-gaisha (tyo|9005), also known in Japanese as Tōkyū Dentetsu (東急電鉄) for short, is a major private railway operator in the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan. Its headquarters are in Shibuya, Tokyo.

It was formed on September 2 1922 as the Nihongo|"Meguro-Kamata Electric Railway"|目黒蒲田電鉄|Meguro Kamata Dentetsu, and was later known as the Nihongo|"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 the Keihin Kyuko Electric Railway, Keio Electric Railway, and Odakyu Electric Railway. During this time, it was colloquially known as "Dai-Tokyu" (lit. "Great Tokyu").

Tōkyū Lines

* Tōyoko Line (Shibuya Station - Yokohama Station)
* Meguro Line (Meguro Station - Musashi-Kosugi Station)
* Den-en-toshi Line (Shibuya Station - Chūō-Rinkan Station)
* Ōimachi Line (Ōimachi Station - Futako-Tamagawa Station)
* Ikegami Line (Gotanda Station - Kamata Station)
* Tōkyū Tamagawa Line (Kamata Station - Tamagawa Station)
* Setagaya Line (Sangen-Jaya Station - Shimo-Takaido Station)

Additionally, Tōkyū operates the Kodomonokuni Line (Nagatsuta Station - Kodomonokuni Station) under contract with and on behalf of Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Company.

Other businesses

The Tokyu Group also owns two railroad companies (Ueda Kotsu, Izukyu Railway), several bus companies, a major upscale department store chain called Tokyu in Japan and overseas (such as in MBK Center in Bangkok, Thailand), and 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 Tōkyū in Japan and Pan Pacific Hotels abroad.

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

From 1958 until 2001, Tōkyū 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.

ee also

*Cerulean Tower

External links

*ja [ Official website]
* [ Pan Pacific Hotels]

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