Hiroshima Station

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Hiroshima Station
広島駅
JR and Hiroden Hiroshima Station.JPG
South side of the station for the main entrance
HiroshimaStation6520.jpg
Shinkansen entrance on north side of the station
Location
Prefecture Hiroshima
(See other stations in Hiroshima)
City Hiroshima
Ward Minami
Neighborhood etc. 2-37 Matsubara-chō
Postal code 732-0822
History
Year opened 1894
Rail services
Operator(s) JR West
Line(s) Sanyō Shinkansen, Sanyō Main Line, Kure Line, Kabe Line, Geibi Line
Aiga bus inv.svg Major bus terminal(s) attached to the station
Aiga railtransportation inv.svg Hiroden Hiroshima Station connected

Hiroshima Station (広島駅 Hiroshima-eki?) is a railway station located in Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). Hiroshima Station is the terminal station for several lines, and all Sanyō Shinkansen trains stop here.

Station layout[edit]

The south entrance of Hiroshima Station at night

Hiroshima Station has two main entrances: the north — or Shinkansen — entrance, and the south entrance. Until the 1975 opening of the Shinkansen service, the Shinkansen entrance was called the "north entrance", and many local residents, newspapers, and real estate advertisements continue to refer to it as the "north entrance".

A pedestrian tunnel connects the area in front of the Shinkansen entrance to an underground plaza underneath the south entrance to Hiroshima Station. The tunnel includes many gift shops and restaurants, as well as two exits to Fukuya, one to the Hiroshima Station Tram Stop, one in front of the Hiroshima Higashi Post Office, and one directly in front of the south entrance to Hiroshima Station.

Elevator and escalator access is available for several of the entrances. Events are sometimes held in the large area of the underground plaza in front of the entrance to Fukuya.

Platforms[edit]

Shinkansen at Hiroshima Station
Platform sign at Hiroshima Station, between Tenjingawa and Yokogawa Stations

The Shinkansen station has two island platforms which serve a total of four tracks. The non-Shinkansen lines use three island platforms and one side platform serving eight tracks.


1 • 2 Sanyō Main Line (down) for Miyajimaguchi, Iwakuni, and Tokuyama
Kabe Line for Ōmachi, Midorii, and Kabe
3 • 4 Kure Line for Kure, Hiro, and Takehara
Kabe Line for Ōmachi, Midorii, and Kabe
Sanyō Main Line (down) for Miyajimaguchi, Iwakuni, and Tokuyama
Sanyō Main Line (up) for Saijō, Mihara, and Fukuyama
5 • 7 Sanyō Main Line (up) for Saijō, Mihara, and Fukuyama
Kure Line for Kure, Hiro, and Takehara
8 • 9 Geibi Line for Shiwaguchi and Miyoshi
11 • 12 Sanyō Shinkansen (down) for Shin-Yamaguchi, Hakata, Kumamoto, and Kagoshima-Chūō
13 • 14 Sanyō Shinkansen (up) for Okayama, Shin-Ōsaka, and Tokyo

Other tracks:

  • 0: formerly a platform for the Ujina Line
  • 10: formerly a platform for freight services

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Sanyō Shinkansen
Shin-Yamaguchi/Kokura   Nozomi / Mizuho   Fukuyama/Okayama
Tokuyama/Shin-Yamaguchi/Shin-Shimonoseki/Kokura   Hikari / Sakura   Higashi-Hiroshima/Mihara/Fukuyama/Okayama
Shin-Iwakuni   Kodama   Higashi-Hiroshima
Sanyō Main Line
Yokogawa   Rapid   Kaitaichi
Yokogawa   Local   Tenjingawa
Kure Line
Terminus   Rapid   Yano
Terminus   Rapid Akiji Liner   Kaitaichi
Miyajimaguchi   Rapid Kiyomori Marine View   Kure
Terminus   Local   Yano
Kabe Line
Yokogawa   Local   Terminus
Geibi Line
Terminus   Miyoshi Liner   Yaga
Terminus   Local   Yaga

Hiroden[edit]

Main Line
Line 1, 2, #5 and 6
Hiroshima StationEnkobashi-cho

History[edit]

Hiroshima Station in October 1945, showing the damage caused by the atomic bomb
  • Opened as a station of the Sanyo Railway and started both passenger and freight services between Itozaki Station on June 10, 1894.
  • Opened the train services between Tokuyama Station on September 25, 1897.
  • Nationalized as the station of the Japan National Railways on December 1, 1906.
  • Opened Hiroden "Hon-ekimae", a stop in front of Hiroshima Station on November 23, 1912.
  • Destroyed the station building in the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945.
  • The Hiroden stop in front of the Hiroshima Station is renamed "Hiroshima Ekimae" on March 30, 1960.
  • Completed the current station building and called "Hiroshima Minshu Eki" (Hiroshima the people's Station" in December 1965.
  • Freight services transferred to "Higashi Hiroshima Station" (now Hiroshima Freight Terminal) on March 1, 1969.
  • Stopped the passenger train services on Ujina Line on March 31, 1972.
  • Started the train services on the Sanyō Shinkansen and renamed the north entrance as the "Shinkansen Entrance" on March 10, 1975.
  • Privatized and started operation as a station of the JR West on April 1, 1987.
  • Redecorated the south entrance and named the building as "ASSE" in April 1999.
  • The Hiroden stop in front of Hiroshima Station is renamed "Hiroshima Station Tram Stop" on November 1, 2001.
  • The Hiroshima Station Shinkansen entrance begins using automated ticket gates on February 27, 2005.
  • Spring 2007: All station entrances began using automated ticket gates
  • Summer 2007: The ICOCA card was introduced at Hiroshima Station and all stations within the Hiroshima City Network

Connecting bus routes[edit]

Chugoku JR Bus[edit]

Chugoku JR bus services are operated between Hiroshima Station at the "Shinkansen entrance" (North side) and next stations via Hiroshima Bus Center.

Hiroden Bus[edit]

Airport limousine bus service is operated from "Shinkansen entrance" (North side).

  • Hiroshima Airport Limousine bus

Other bus services are operated from "Shinkansen entrance" and "Minami entrance" (South side).

Hiroshima Bus[edit]

Airport limousine bus service is operated from "Shinkansen entrance" (North side).

  • Hiroshima Airport Limousine bus

Other bus services are operated from "Minami entrance" (South side).

Geiyo Bus[edit]

Airport limousine bus service is operated from "Shinkansen entrance" (North side).

  • Hiroshima Airport Limousine bus

Other bus services are operated from "Minami entrance" (South side).

Hiroshima Kotsu[edit]

Airport limousine bus service is operated from "Shinkansen entrance" (North side).

  • Hiroshima Airport Limousine bus

Other bus services are operated from "Minami entrance" (South side).

Highway access[edit]

  • Japan National Route 54
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Route 37 (Hiroshima-Miyoshi Route)
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Route 70 (Hiroshima-Nakashima Route)
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Route 84 (Higashi Kaita Hiroshima Route)
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Route 164 (Hiroshima-Kaita Route)
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Route 264 (Nakayama-Onaga Route)

Surrounding area[edit]

Fukuya Hiroshima Ekimae Store located in front of Hiroshima Station (April 2005)

South[edit]

  • ASSE - the station building
  • Yale Yale A-kan - Fukuya Hiroshima Ekimae Store
  • Hiroshima Higashi Post Office - formerly known as "Hiroshima Chūō Post Office"
  • Aiyu-ichiba
  • Futaba Books - Giga Hiroshima Ekimae Store
  • Hiroshima City Noboricho Junior High School - Sadako Sasaki was enrolled here
  • Mazda Stadium

North[edit]

  • Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
  • Hiroshima General Hospital of West Japan Railway
  • West Japan Railway Hiroshima Office
  • Hiroshima Higashi Ward Office
  • Hiroshima City Higashi Ward Library
  • Onaga Elementary School
  • Futaba junior high school
  • Setouchi High School

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°23′54″N 132°28′33″E / 34.39833°N 132.47583°E / 34.39833; 132.47583