Kawaramachi Station (Kyoto)

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Kawaramachi Station
河原町駅
Kyoto Marui.JPG
Former Hankyu Department Store building above the underground terminal, now occupied by Kyoto Marui
Location
Prefecture Kyoto
(See other stations in Kyoto)
City Kyoto
Ward Shimogyō
Neighborhood etc. Shijō-dōri Kawaramachi
Coordinates 35°0′13.55″N 135°46′10.06″E / 35.0037639°N 135.7694611°E / 35.0037639; 135.7694611Coordinates: 35°0′13.55″N 135°46′10.06″E / 35.0037639°N 135.7694611°E / 35.0037639; 135.7694611
(in Japanese) 京都市下京区四条通河原町
History
Year opened 1963
Rail services
Operator(s) Hankyu Corporation
Line(s) Kyoto Main Line
Statistics 25,267,000 passengers/year (2012)[1]

Kawaramachi Station (河原町駅 Kawaramachi eki?) is the terminal station of the Hankyu Kyoto Line of Hankyu Railway in Kyoto, Japan. The Kawaramachi and Shijo streets cross over the underground station. Gion-Shijo Station on the Keihan Railway Keihan Line is located beyond the Kamo River.

The area around the station (Shijō Kawaramachi) is one of commercial centers of Kyoto. The real estate around the station is the most valuable in Kyoto.

The station is attached underground to department stores such as Takashimaya, which has an eclectic food market on its basement floor. The station also connects underground to Karasuma Station.

The station opened on June 17, 1963. Before the opening of Kawaramachi Station and Karasuma Station, the Hankyu Kyoto Line terminated at Ōmiya Station.

Layout[edit]

The station has an island platform serving three tracks underground.

1 Kyoto Line for Katsura, Takatsuki-shi, Osaka (Umeda), Arashiyama, Kita-Senri, Tengachaya, Kobe and Takarazuka
2 Kyoto Line for Katsura, Takatsuki-shi, and Osaka (Umeda)
(One local train departs for Osaka (Umeda) every morning, and one local train for Nagaoka-Tenjin on weekdays)
sightseeing limited express trains for Osaka (Umeda)
3 Kyoto Line for Katsura, Takatsuki-shi, Osaka (Umeda), Arashiyama, Kita-Senri, Tengachaya, Kobe and Takarazuka

Usage[edit]

In fiscal 2012 (April 2012 to March 2013), about 13,454,000 passengers started travel from this station annually. For historical data, see the table below.[2]

Year Number
(in thousands)
2001 14,773
2002 14,027
2003 13,930
2004 13,641
2005 14,116
2006 13,830
2007 14,471
2008 15,816
2009 13,121
2010 12,925
2011 12,819
2012 13,454

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Hankyu Kyoto Main Line
Karasuma   Local   Terminus
Karasuma   Semi-Express   Terminus
Karasuma   Rapid Service   Terminus
Karasuma   Rapid Express   Terminus
Karasuma   Limited Express   Terminus
Karasuma   Commutation Limited Express   Terminus
Karasuma   Limited Express "Kyo-Train", "Ogura"   Terminus

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