Musashi-Sakai Station

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Musashi-Sakai Station
South gate of the station
Prefecture Tokyo
(See other stations in Tokyo)
City Musashino
Year opened 1889
Rail services
Operator(s) JR East
Seibu Railway
Line(s) Chūō Line
Seibu Tamagawa Line

Musashi-Sakai Station (武蔵境駅 Musashi-sakai-eki?) is a railway station in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and Seibu Railway.


Musashi-Sakai Station is served by the JR East Chūō Main Line, and is also the northern terminus of the short Seibu Tamagawa Line. It is not a major transfer station, and only local (all-stations) trains on the Chūō Line stop at Musashi-sakai.

Station layout[edit]

Musashi-Sakai Station South Exit in 2007

Construction is underway to elevate the railway lines in order to alleviate congestion along the Chūō Line. Work was scheduled to continue until 2008 however, as of November 2009, the construction is unfinished. This has meant considerable change in the station layout over the past few years, with many temporary structures added including a shift of the Seibu Tamagawa line platform from within the JR station to a separate makeshift building. There have also been works to make the station wheelchair accessible, such as the installation of elevators, although these do not completely circumvent the necessity to climb flights of stairs, even for wheelchair users.

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Chūō Line (Rapid)
Mitaka Higashi-Koganei
Seibu Tamagawa Line
Terminus Shin-Koganei

Surrounding area[edit]

The area around Musashi-sakai has the standard commercial activity common to suburban Tokyo train stations, with a branches of the Ito Yokado department store, JR-owned Hotel Mets, and the Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, as well as a shopping street with many restaurants and small shops on the north side. The station has the standard taxi rank and bus stops, servicing bus routes between there and Hibarigaoka Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line to the north and Chōfu Station on the Keiō Line to the south.

It is the nearest train station to International Christian University and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan headquarters. Tama (formerly Tamabochimae), the second stop on the line, serves The American School in Japan, Nogawa Park, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and other institutions.


The station opened on 11 April 1889.[1][2]

Passenger statistics[edit]

In fiscal 2010, the JR East station was used by an average of 61,666 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[3]


  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. 202. ISBN 4-87366-874-3. 
  2. ^ Kawashima, Ryozo (May 2010). 日本の鉄道 中部ライン 全線・全駅・全配線 第2巻 三鷹駅―八王子エリア [Railways of Japan - Chubu Line - Lines/Stations/Track plans - Vol 2 Mitaka Station - Hachioji Area]. Japan: Kodansha. p. 41. ISBN 978-4-06-270062-7. 
  3. ^ "各駅の乗車人員 (2010年度)" [FY2010 Station passenger figures] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 

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Coordinates: 35°42′08″N 139°32′41″E / 35.70222°N 139.54472°E / 35.70222; 139.54472