Over seven different railway and subway companies serve as Osaka train service . For the foreign visitors of Osaka are the subway lines and the lines operated by JR West.
The lines operated by the other private railway companies are useful for accessing neighboring cities and regions. Some railways in Osaka are:
* Nankai Railways
* Hankyu Railways
* Kintetsu Railways
* Hanshin Railways
* Keihan Railways
Six Japan Railway (JR) companies, once state owned until 1987, provide passenger service to most parts of Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu; the seventh JR carries freight. Many private rail companies rank among the top corporations in the country. Regional governments, and companies funded jointly by regional governments and private companies, also provide rail service.
The Okinawa Monorail , providing rail transportation in Okinawa, is the nation's southernmost line. The Tsukuba Express , Japan's newest rail line, opened on August 24, 2005.