Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station

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Concourse of Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station
Concourse of Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station

Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station (西宮北口駅 Nishinomiya-kitaguchi-eki?, station number: HK-08) is a railway station of Hankyu Railway in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

It is one of the main stations in Nishinomiya City, with Hanshin Nishinomiya Station and JR Nishinomiya Station.

Lines[edit]

The platforms of Hankyu Imazu Line to Takarazuka Station, northbound, and Imazu Station, southbound are separated, and so there are no through trains from Takarazuka to Imazu.

Layout[edit]

Current track map of Hankyu Railway Nishinomiya-kitaguchi station
  Exit from trains at Line 1
1, 2 Kōbe Line for Shukugawa, Kōbe (Kobe-sannomiya, Rokko, Shinkaichi) and the Sanyo Railway Main Line
3, 4 Kōbe Line for Ōsaka (Umeda), Itami, Kyōto and Kita-Senri
  Exit from trains at Line 4
  • Imazu Line (south): an elevated side platform serving a track.
5 Imazu Line (south) for Imazu
  • Imazu Line (north): 3 dead-end platforms serving 2 tracks.
  Exit from trains at Line 6
6 Imazu Line (north) for Nigawa, Takarazuka, Kawanishi-noseguchi and Minoo (during the rush hour)
7 Imazu Line (north) for Nigawa, Takarazuka, Kawanishi-noseguchi and Minoo
  Exit from trains at Line 7

Past layout[edit]

Track map of Hankyu Railway Nishinomiya-kitaguchi station before 1984

There were four 90-degree diamond crossings served by the Kobe Line and the Imazu Line until they were removed in 1984 to build the new station building. The crossings were located in the south of the platforms for the Imazu Line, between the westbound platforms and the eastbound platforms for the Kobe Line.

  • Kobe Line westbound platforms: on the east side of the Imazu Line, an island platform serving 2 tracks with a side platform for arrivals in the south.
  Exit from trains at Line 1
1, 2 Kōbe Line for Kōbe (Kobe-sannomiya, Rokko, Shinkaichi) and the Sanyo Railway Main Line
  • Kobe Line eastbound platforms: on the west side of the Imazu Line, an island platform serving 2 tracks with a side platform for arrivals in the north.
3, 4 Kōbe Line for Ōsaka (Umeda), Itami, Kyoto and Kita-Senri
  Exit from trains at Line 4
  • Imazu Line: on the north side of the Kobe Line, a side platform and a dead-end platform serving 4 tracks, one of which tracks was removed in 1977.
5 Imazu Line for Imazu
6, 7 Imazu Line for Nigawa, Takarazuka, Kawanishi-noseguchi and Minoo
8 Imazu Line for Takarazuka (Used during the rush hour until 1977)

Surroundings[edit]

Buses[edit]

South Terminal
Hankyu Bus Co.
Bus stop 1
  • Route 1 for Kabutoyama Cemetery (via JR Nishinomiya, Nishinomiya City Hall, JR Sakura Shukugawa, Hankyu Shukugawa and Nishinomiya-Kabutoyama High School)
  • Route 7 for Hankyu Shukugawa (via JR Nishinomiya, Egamicho and JR Sakura Shukugawa) only one service on Saturdays
  • Route 26 for Hanshin Nishinomiya (via JR Nishinomiya and Nishinomiya City Hall)
  • Route 50 for Nishinomiya Central Hospital (via Koshien Junior College, Kumanocho, JR Koshienguchi, Kumanocho, Kawaragi Junior High School and Hinoguchi Elementary School)
  • Route 96 for Hankyu Ishibashi and Ishibashi-kitaguchi (via Nishinomiya Central Hospital, Koyanosato, Itami City Hall and Kitamura)
  • Route 97 for Toyonaka (via Nishinomiya Central Hospital, Koyanosato, Itami City Hall, Kitamura and Hotarugaike)
  • Route 100 for Hanshin Koshien (via Takahatacho and Kokudo Kamikoshien)
  • Sakura Yamanami Bus for Yamaguchi area and Arima Onsen (via JR Nishinomiya, JR Sakura Shukugawa and Hankyu Shukugawa)
Bus stop 2
  • Route 11 for Kwansei-Gakuin and Kotoen (via JR Nishinomiya, Nakamura and Uegahara-rokubancho)
  • Route 12 for Kwansei-Gakuin and Kotoen (via Notocho and Uegahara-rokubancho)
  • Route 16 for Kwansei-Gakuin and Kotoen (via Notocho and Atagoyama)
  • Route 19 for Kwansei-Gakuin and Kotoen (via JR Nishinomiya, Nakamura and Atagoyama)
Bus stop 3
  • Route 22, 23 for Asanagicho (via Ryodocho, JR Nishinomiya and Nishinomiya City Hall (Hanshin Nishinomiya Station East Entrance))
  • Route 24 for Asanagicho (via Hankyu Bus Nishinomiya Office, JR Nishinomiya and Nishinomiya City Hall (Hanshin Nishinomiya Station East Entrance))
Hanshin Bus Co.
Bus stop 1
  • for Hanshin Nishinomiya (via JR Nishinomiya and Nishinomiya City Hall)
  • for Hanshin Koshien (via Takahatacho and Kokudo Kamikoshien)
  • for Nishinomiyahama (via JR Nishinomiya, Nishinomiya City Hall and Hanshin Nishinomiya)
North Terminal
airport limousine
for Kansai International Airport operated by Hankyu Bus Co., Hanshin Bus Co., Osaka Airport Transport Co., Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise Co. and Nankai Bus Co.
for Osaka International Airport operated by Hanshin Bus Co. and Osaka Airport Transport Co.

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Hankyū Railway (HK-08)
Kōbe Line
Mukonosō (HK-07)   Local   Shukugawa (HK-09)
Tsukaguchi (HK-06)   Rapid Express
Express
  Shukugawa (HK-09)
Mukonosō (HK-07)   Commutation Express (on weekdays)   Shukugawa (HK-09)
Jūsō (HK-03)   Limited Express   Shukugawa (HK-09)
Tsukaguchi (HK-06)   Commutation Limited Express
Limited Express "Atago" (operated during crowded season)
  Shukugawa (HK-09)
Semi-Express from the Imazu Line for Umeda: no stop
Express from the Imazu Line for Umeda (on the days of horse racing): no stop
Limited Express "Togetsu" (operated during crowded season): no stop
Imazu Line (north)
Mondo-Yakujin (HK-23)   Local   Terminus
Semi-Express to the Kōbe Line for Umeda: no stop
Express to the Kōbe Line for Umeda (on the days of horse racing): no stop
Limited Express "Togetsu" (operated during crowded season): no stop
Imazu Line (south)
Terminus - Hanshin Kokudō (HK-22)

See also[edit]

  • Orix Buffaloes - The "Hankyu Braves", a predecessor of the Orix Buffaloes, was based at Nishinomiya Stadium and Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station was the nearest station. In those days, "Nishinomiya-kitaguchi" was announced "Nishinomiya-kitaguchi, Nishinomiya Stadium-mae". Now there is "Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens" opened on November 26, 2008 on the vacant lot where the stadium used to be, and "Nishinomiya-kitaguchi" is announced "Nishinomiya-kitaguchi, Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens-mae".
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - "Kitaguchi station" in this anime was modeled on this station.

Coordinates: 34°44′45.32″N 135°21′23.99″E / 34.7459222°N 135.3566639°E / 34.7459222; 135.3566639