Kawagoe Station

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Kawagoe Station
川越駅
Kawagoe-st-whole view.JPG
Overall view of Kawagoe Station with Tobu tracks on the left, December 2008
Location
Prefecture Saitama
(See other stations in Saitama)
City Kawagoe
Rail services
Operator(s) Tobu Railway
JR East
Line(s) Tobu Tojo Line
Kawagoe Line
Aiga bus inv.svg Large bus terminal(s) attached to the station

Kawagoe Station (川越駅 Kawagoe-eki?) is a railway station in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway and East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

Lines[edit]

The Tobu station is served by the Tobu Tojo Line from Ikebukuro in Tokyo to Ogawamachi and Yorii, with some services inter-running via the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line to Shin-Kiba and the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line to Shibuya and onward via the Tokyu Toyoko Line and Minato Mirai Line to Motomachi-Chukagai. Located between Shingashi and Kawagoeshi, it is 30.5 km from the Ikebukuro terminus.[1]

The JR East station is located on the Kawagoe Line with services eastward to Ōmiya, Ōsaki via the Saikyō Line, and Shin-Kiba via the Rinkai Line, and westward to Komagawa and Hachiōji via the Hachikō Line.

Station layout[edit]

The Tobu and JR East stations are arranged side-by-side, with the Tobu platforms on the east side and the JR East platforms on the west side. The elevated station building and concourse has exits on the east and west sides.

Tobu Railway[edit]

Tobu
Kawagoe Station
川越駅
Tobu-Kawagoe-st-gate.JPG
Tobu concourse, December 2008
Location
Neighborhood etc. 川越市脇田町24-9
Postal code 350-1122
(in Japanese) 24-9 Wakita-machi
History
Year opened 1915
Former name Kawagoe-nishimachi Station
Present name since 1940
Rail services
Station number(s) TJ-21     
Operator(s) Tobu Railway
Line(s) Tobu Tojo Line
Statistics 121,558 passengers/day (FY2010)

Platforms[edit]

The station consists of two side platforms serving two tracks. This station has a season ticket sales office.[2]


1 Tobu Tojo Line for Fujimino, Wakōshi, and Ikebukuro
Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line for Shin-Kiba
Subway TokyoFukutoshin.png Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line for Shibuya
Tokyu Toyoko Line for Yokohama
Minatomirai Line for Motomachi-Chukagai
2 Tobu Tojo Line for Sakado, Shinrinkōen, Ogawamachi, and Yorii

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Tobu Tojo Line
Fujimino   TJ Liner[Note 1]   Kawagoeshi
Shiki   Rapid Express   Kawagoeshi
Fujimino   Rapid   Kawagoeshi
Fujimino   Express   Kawagoeshi
Shingashi   Commuter Express   Kawagoeshi
Shingashi   Semi Express   Kawagoeshi
Shingashi   Local   Kawagoeshi
  1. ^ TJ Liner services operate in the down direction only


JR East[edit]

JR East
Kawagoe Station
川越駅
JR-Kawagoe-st-gate.JPG
JR East concourse, December 2008
Location
Neighborhood etc. Wakita-honchō
Postal code 350-1122
(in Japanese) 川越市脇田本町
History
Year opened 1940
Rail services
Operator(s) JR East
Line(s) Kawagoe Line
Statistics 36,936 passengers/day (FY2012)

The station has a "Midori no Madoguchi" staffed ticket counter and a "View Plaza" travel agency.[3]

Platforms[edit]

The JR East station consists of two island platforms serving three tracks. The outer platforms, 3 and 6, are generally used for services to and from Ōmiya and the Saikyō Line, while the inner platforms, 4 and 5, serving the same track, are generally used for Kawagoe Line services westward to Komagawa and Hachiōji via the Hachikō Line.

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Kawagoe Line
Nishi-Kawagoe - Minami-Furuya

Passenger statistics[edit]

In fiscal 2010, the Tobu station was used by an average of 121,558 passengers daily.[4]

In fiscal 2012, the JR East station was used by an average of 36,936 passengers daily (boarding passengers only)[5]

The JR East passenger figures for previous years are as shown below.

Fiscal year Daily average
2000 35,181[6]
2001 35,278[7]
2002 35,177[8]
2003 35,273[9]
2004 35,719[10]
2005 36,149[11]
2006 36,997[12]
2007 37,811[13]
2008 37,939[14]
2009 37,098[15]
2010 36,780[16]
2011 36,344[17]
2012 36,936[5]

History[edit]

The west exit in June 2012 before remodelling

The station first opened as Kawagoe-nishimachi Station (川越西町駅?) on the Tobu Railway from Ikebukuro on 1 April 1915. This was renamed Kawagoe Station on 22 July 1940 coinciding with the opening of the JNR (now JR East) station.[18] The current elevated station building and concourse was opened in 1989. The west side of the station was enlarged in 2004 with the construction of additional sets of stairs to the JR platforms and a new Lumine building over the platforms. In 2007, the former "Fine" shopping and restaurant area within the Tobu side of the station was refurbished and reopened as "Equia Kawagoe". An additional "Equia" zone was opened above the Tobu ticket machine area in September 2008.

Through-running to and from Shibuya via the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line commenced on 14 June 2008.[19]

From 17 March 2012, station numbering was introduced on the Tobu Tojo Line, with Kawagoe Station becoming "TJ-21".[20]

Through-running to and from Yokohama and Motomachi-Chukagai via the Tokyu Toyoko Line and Minatomirai Line commenced on 16 March 2013.[2]

Surrounding area[edit]

The elevated pedestrian walkway and station forecourt on the west side of the station, March 2014

From November 2012, work commenced on remodelling the west side of the station, with redesigned segregated access and parking for private cars, buses, and taxis, and an elevated pedestrian walkway leading directly from the station building.[21] The walkway and new upper-level west entrance opened on 26 March 2014.[22]

Bus services[edit]

The following long-distance express bus services operate from the south side of the station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 200. ISBN 4-87366-874-3. 
  2. ^ a b Tobu Tojo Line Timetable, published March 2013
  3. ^ 各駅情報(川越駅) [Station Information: Kawagoe Station] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  4. ^ 駅情報(乗降人員) [Station information (Passenger statistics)] (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Railway. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b 各駅の乗車人員 (2012年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2012)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  6. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2000年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2000)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  7. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2001年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2001)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  8. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2002年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2002)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  9. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2003年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2003)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  10. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2004年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2004)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  11. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2005年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2005)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  12. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2006年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2006)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  13. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2007年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2007)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  14. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2008年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2008)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  15. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2009年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2009)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  16. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2010年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2010)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  17. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2011年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2011)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  18. ^ Yamamoto, Tomoyuki (October 2008). "東武東上線の神話時代(1)" [The mythical era of the Tobu Tojo Line (Part 1)]. Japan Railfan Magazine (Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd.) 48 (570): 126–131. 
  19. ^ Tobu Tojo Line Timetable, published 7 June 2008
  20. ^ 「東武スカイツリーライン」誕生! あわせて駅ナンバリングを導入し、よりわかりやすくご案内します [Tobu Sky Tree Line created! Station numbering to be introduced at same time] (pdf). Tobu News (in Japanese). Tobu Railway. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  21. ^ 川越駅西口駅前広場改修事業(工事の進捗状況について) [Kawagoe Station west forecourt remodelling work (Work status)]. Kawagoe City Official Website (in Japanese). Kawagoe City. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  22. ^ 川越駅西口駅前広場改修工事 [Kawagoe Station west forecourt remodelling work]. Kawagoe City Official Website (in Japanese). Kawagoe City. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  23. ^ 坂戸駅南口・川越駅西口-成田空港 直行バス [Sakado/Kawagoe - Narita Airport Direct Bus]. Tobu Bus Online (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Bus Co., Ltd. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  24. ^ 本川越駅・川越駅⇔羽田空港 [Hon-Kawagoe/Kawagoe - Haneda Airport]. Airport Limousine (in Japanese). Japan: Airport Transport Service Co., Ltd. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  25. ^ 西武 空港連絡バス [Seibu Airport Bus Links] (in Japanese). Japan: Seibu Bus Co., Ltd. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  26. ^ 小江戸川越~東京ディズニーリゾート・新浦安線 [Koedo Kawagoe to Tokyo Disney Resort & Shin-Urayasu] (in Japanese). Japan: Tokyo Bay City Bus. April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  27. ^ 大阪・京都←→川越・坂戸・熊谷(ウイングライナー) [Osaka/Kyoto - Kawagoe/Sakado/Kumagaya] (in Japanese). Japan: Kintetsu Bus Co., Ltd. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°54′25″N 139°28′58″E / 35.90694°N 139.48278°E / 35.90694; 139.48278