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Kawasaki Station

川崎駅
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The east side of the station in October 2011
General information
LocationEkimae-Honchō, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken 210-0007
Japan
Coordinates35°31′53″N 139°41′49″E / 35.53139°N 139.69694°E / 35.53139; 139.69694Coordinates: 35°31′53″N 139°41′49″E / 35.53139°N 139.69694°E / 35.53139; 139.69694
Operated by
JR logo (east).svg
JR East
Line(s)
Distance18.2 km from Tokyo
Platforms3 island platforms
Tracks6
Connections
Other information
StatusStaffed (Midori no Madoguchi)
WebsiteOfficial website
History
Opened10 July 1872
Passengers
FY2019215,234 daily
Services
Preceding station
JR logo (east).svg
JR East
Following station
Yokohama
YHMJT05
towards Itō or Atami
Odoriko Shinagawa
SGWJT03
towards Tokyo
Yokohama
YHMJT05
towards Odawara
Tōkaidō Line
Rapid Acty
Shinagawa
One-way operation
Yokohama
YHMJT05
towards Atami
Tōkaidō Line
Local
Shinagawa
SGWJT03
towards Tokyo
Tsurumi
JK15
towards Yokohama
Keihin–Tōhoku Line
  Rapid
Local
Kamata
JK17
towards Ōmiya
Kashimada
JN04
towards Tachikawa
Nambu Line
  Rapid
Terminus
Shitte
JN02
towards Tachikawa
Nambu Line
Local
Location
Kawasaki Station is located in Kanagawa Prefecture
Kawasaki Station
Kawasaki Station
Location within Kanagawa Prefecture
Kawasaki Station is located in Japan
Kawasaki Station
Kawasaki Station
Kawasaki Station (Japan)

Kawasaki Station (川崎駅, Kawasaki-eki) is a junction passenger railway station located in the city of Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

Lines

Kawasaki Station is served by the following JR East lines.

The station is 18.2 kilometers from Tokyo and 48.5 kilometers from Ōmiya.

Station layout

The east entrance of Kawasaki station with bus terminal
The east entrance of Kawasaki station with bus terminal

The station has three elevated island platforms serving six tracks, with an elevated station building built into a shopping center. The station has a Midori no Madoguchi staffed ticket office.

Platforms

1 JT Tōkaidō Main Line for Yokohama, Odawara, and Atami
2 JT Tōkaidō Main Line (Ueno-Tokyo Line) for Shinagawa, Tokyo, Ueno, Ōmiya
JU Utsunomiya Line for Utsunomiya
JU Takasaki Line for Takasaki
3 JK Keihin-Tōhoku Line for Tsurumi, Yokohama, Isogo, and Ōfuna
4 JK Keihin-Tōhoku Line for Kamata, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Ueno, and Ōmiya
5,6 JN Nambu Line for Musashi-Kosugi, Noborito, Fuchū-Hommachi, and Tachikawa

The song "Ue o Muite Arukou" (上を向いて歩こう, Ue wo Muite Arukou), commonly known worldwide as "Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto is used as the departure melody for Platforms 1 and 2.

History

The station entrance in 1901
The station entrance in 1901

The station opened on July 10, 1872 (June 5 in original Japanese calendar then in use) as the first intermediate station of the first railway in Japan when it was providing a trial service on the section between Shinagawa Station and Sakuragichō Station in Yokohama before the official inauguration in October 1872.

The Nambu Railway, which later became the Nambu Line, opened on March 9, 1927.[citation needed]

Kawasaki City Tram operated a 6.7-kilometre long (4.2 mi) line from its Shiden Kawasaki terminal in front of this station to the now-closed Shiohama Station from 1944 to 1969.[1][page needed][2][page needed]

Passenger statistics

In fiscal 2019, the station was used by an average of 215,234 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[3]

The passenger figures (boarding passengers only) for previous years are as shown below.

Fiscal year daily average
2005 163,495[4]
2010 185,300[5]
2015 207,725[6]

Surrounding area

The short escalator beneath the More's department store
The short escalator beneath the More's department store

Connected to the west side of the station is the Lazona Kawasaki Plaza shopping mall. Connected to the east of the station is the "Atre Kawasaki" shopping complex. There are also various other commercial establishments around the station, including More-s Department Store, Yodobashi Camera, and Tokyu Hands. Keikyu Kawasaki Station, operated by the private railway operator Keikyu is located to the northeast.

The basement area of the adjoining More's department store is home to what is dubbed "the world's shortest escalator", with a height difference of just 83.4 cm (2 ft 8.8 in).[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ Imao, Keisuke, ed. (2008). 日本鉄道旅行地図帳 - 全線・全駅・全廃線 [Japan Railway Travel Atlas - All Lines, Stations and Closed Lines] (in Japanese). Shinchosha. ISBN 978-4-10-790022-7.
  2. ^ Sekita, Katsutaka; Miyata, Michikazu (2003). 川崎市電の25年 [25 Years of Kawasaki City Tram] (in Japanese). Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. ISBN 4-87366-333-4.
  3. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2019年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2019)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2020. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  4. ^ 神奈川県県勢要覧(平成18年度) [Kanagawa Prefecture official statistics (fiscal 2005)] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Kanagawa Metropolitan Government. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  5. ^ 神奈川県県勢要覧(平成23年度) [Kanagawa Prefecture official statistics (fiscal 2010)] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Kanagawa Prefecture. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  6. ^ 神奈川県県勢要覧(平成28年度 [Kanagawa Prefecture official statistics (fiscal 2010)] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Kanagawa Prefecture. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  7. ^ Wojnowski, Todd (March 2013). "World's Shortest Escalator". Japan Travel. Japan Travel K.K. Retrieved 16 December 2014.

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