Kintetsu Railway Introduces Station NumberingEasy Guidance for Foreign Tourists20 August 2015 - Traffic
On August 20, Kintetsu Corporation adopted a system of "Station Numbering" to represent stations using letters of the alphabet and numbers, in response to the rapidly increasing number of foreign tourists. Notations will be added to signs in the stations, etc. by next January. English announcements will be started sequentially at stations and on trains from this fall.
In the station numbering system, all of the targeted 286 stations have been symbolized as letters and numbers, such as "B01" for Kyoto Station, and the routes have also been color-coded. The aim is to provide easily understood guidance for foreigners who don't know station names by using symbols on the route maps or directional signs at the stations. This indication method began at both Kyoto and Kintetsu Nara Stations on August 20.
English broadcasting will start from mid-September at ten main stations, such as Kyoto, Kintetsu Tambabashi and other stations sequentially. It states the platforms, type of train service, destinations and other information.
Announcements on trains will start in December. There will be announcements inside limited express trains and general trains on four railroad routes, including Kyoto, Nara, Kashihara and Tenri Lines. Announcements will also be provided in Chinese and Korean just before the main stations.
Adding information in English to liquid crystal display devices and multilingual displays for toilet locations, etc. are in the planning stages for main stations. An employee in the secretary public relations department said, "We are creating an environment with easy-to-understand information for foreigners."(translated by Galileo, Inc.)