Okayama Station

JR Okayama Sta.
LocationKita-ku, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture
Coordinates34°39′59″N 133°55′07″E / 34.66639°N 133.91861°E / 34.66639; 133.91861Coordinates: 34°39′59″N 133°55′07″E / 34.66639°N 133.91861°E / 34.66639; 133.91861
Operated by
JR West
ConnectionsOkayama Electric Tramway
Other information
Opened18 March 1891
Okayama Station
Okayama Station
Location within Japan

Okayama Station (岡山駅, Okayama-eki) is a railway station in Kita-ku, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. The station is operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West).


The shinkansen platforms in July 2014
The shinkansen platforms in July 2014

Okayama Station is one of the major intersections of railways in the Chūgoku region. All trains connecting Honshū and Shikoku via the Great Seto Bridge originate and terminate here.

The station is served by the following JR West lines:

In addition to the JR lines, a tram stop of the Okayama Electric Tramway named Okayama-Ekimae Station is located in front of the JR station.

Station Layout

The Shinkansen platforms are located on the 3rd level of the station and has 2 island platforms that serve 4 tracks, whilst the conventional lines on the ground floor have 4 island platforms that serve 10 tracks. All platforms. Platforms 5 and 7 are bay platforms near tracks 6 and 8. In 2004, the Tsuyama and Kibi Line platforms (Platforms 16 and 17 at the time) were moved over to the west side of Okayama Station due to renovations, and the shape and size of all platforms have changed since 2004.

The station building is one of the few stations whose front exit is the Shinkansen exit. It was converted to a bridge in October 2006, and its main functions, including Shinkansen communication, are installed on the second floor. In addition, the west exit station building was abolished due to the construction of the east-west connecting road, and the ticket gates were concentrated on the second floor and underground except for some. Many of the long concourses under the elevated tracks that once existed are now commercial facilities.

This station has a station master that is also the station master for the Sanyo Main Line stations of Kitanagase and Niwase, the Uno Line Stations of Ōmoto through Kuguhara, the Kibi Line stations of Bizen-Mikado through Bitchū-Takamatsu, and the Tsuyama Line stations of Hōkaiin through Fukuwatari.

Prior to this, Kitanagase and Niwase stations were controlled by Kurashiki and Nakashō stations, Omoto through Kuguhara Stations on the Uno line were controlled by Kojima station, Each station on the Kibi Line was managed by the Bitchu Railway Department (after the abolition, Niimi Station [management station] and Soja Station [district station]), but it was changed from the policy of matching with the administrative area in principle.

Platform No Line Name Direction Notes
Sanyo Main Line
for KurashikiFukuyamaHiroshima Used by Rapid Sun Liner services
Hakubi Line
for Kurashiki ・Bitchū-TakahashiNiimiYonago Used by Limited Express Yakumo servies
Sanyo Main Line
for WakeHimejiTottori Used by Limited Express Super Inaba services
Ako Line
for SaidaijiBanshū-Akō
Seto-Ōhashi Line
Uno Line
for ChayamachiKojimaShikokuUno Used by some Local and Rapid services
6・8 Used by Rapid Marine Liner, Limited Express, and the Sleeper Limited Express Sunrise Seto services
7 Used by all local trains and some temporary rapid services
Tsuyama Line
for FukuwatariTsuyama Used by Local and Rapid Kotobuki services
Kibi Line (Momotaro Line)
for Bitchū-TakamatsuSoja
Sanyo Shinkansen
for HiroshimaHakataKagoshima-Chūō
23・24 for Shin-ŌsakaNagoyaTokyo

Adjacent Stations

« Service »
Sanyo Shinkansen
Himeji or
  Nozomi   Fukuyama or
Aioi   Hikari

trains from Tokyo

Aioi or

trains from Shin-Osaka

  Shin-Kurashiki or
Aioi   Kodama   Shin-Kurashiki
Himeji or
  Mizuho   Fukuyama or
Shin-Kobe or
  Sakura   Fukuyama
Sanyo Main Line
Himeji   Sleeper Limited Express Sunrise Seto / Sunrise Izumo   (Sunrise Seto) Kojima
(Sunrise Izumo) Kurashiki
Kamigori   Limited Express Super Inaba   Terminus
Kurashiki   Limited Express Yakumo   Terminus
Nishigawara   Local   Kitanagase
Seto-Ōhashi Line
Terminus   Limited Express Nanpū   Kojima
Terminus   Limited Express Shiokaze   Kojima
Terminus   Limited Express Uzushio   Kojima
Terminus   Rapid Marine Liner   Ōmoto
Terminus   Local   Ōmoto
Tsuyama Line
Terminus   Rapid Kotobuki   Hōkaiin
Terminus   Local   Hōkaiin
Kibi Line
Terminus   Local   Bizen-Mikado


The station opened on March 18, 1891. Between 1972 and 1975, the station was the western terminus of the Sanyō Shinkansen.