Sakuragichō Station

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Sakuragichō Station
桜木町駅
Sakuragicho Station from Landmark Tower 20140824.JPG
Sakuragichō Station as seen from the top of the Landmark Tower, August 2014
Location
Prefecture Kanagawa
(See other stations in Kanagawa)
City Yokohama
Ward Naka
Neighborhood etc. 1 Sakuragichō
(in Japanese) 神奈川県横浜市中区桜木町1丁目
History
Year opened 1872
Former name Yokohama Station
Present name since 1915
Rail services
Operator(s) JR East, Yokohama Municipal Subway
Line(s) Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Negishi Line, Blue Line
Aiga bus inv.svg Small bus terminal at this station

Sakuragichō Station (桜木町駅 Sakuragichō-eki?), is a railway station in Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and the Yokohama Municipal Subway.

Lines[edit]

Sakuragichō Station is served by the JR East Keihin-Tōhoku Line and Negishi Line, with some services through-running to and from the Yokohama Line, and also by the Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line (station number B18).

Station layout[edit]

JR East[edit]

Platforms 1 and 2

The JR East station consists of two elevated island platforms serving three tracks.


1 Negishi Line for Isogo and Ōfuna
2 Negishi Line (Terminating services, alighting only)
3-4 Negishi Line for Yokohama, Kawasaki, Tokyo, and Ōmiya
Yokohama Line for Shin-Yokohama, Nagatsuta, Machida, Hashimoto, and Hachiōji

The station has two sets of ticket barriers ("North" and "South" gates), with entrances on the east and west sides (four in total). The station has a "Midori no Madoguchi" staffed ticket office, next to the South gate.

Yokohama Municipal Subway[edit]

The Yokohama Municipal Subway (Blue Line) platforms are located on the 4th basement level, south of the main station.


1 Blue Line for Kannai, Kamiōoka, Totsuka, and Shōnandai
2 Blue Line for Yokohama, Shin-Yokohama, and Azamino

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Negishi Line
Yokohama   Rapid   Kannai
Yokohama   Local   Kannai
Yokohama Subway Blue Line (Line 3) (B18)
Kannai (B17) - Takashimachō (B19)

History[edit]

Sakuragichō is one of Japan's oldest stations. It opened on June 12, 1872, as the original Yokohama Station when the service between Shinagawa and Yokohama provisionally started. The station was renamed Sakuragichō Station on August 15, 1915, when the then-new and second Yokohama Station opened near Takashimachō Station. Yokohama Station was relocated again after the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, to its third and current location.[citation needed]

Between March 31, 1932, and January 30, 2004, Sakuragichō Station was the terminus of the Tokyu Toyoko Line.

The north gate ticket barriers were opened on 1 July 2014, with the passageway linking the east and west sides opened to the public on 16 July.[1] A new commercial and shopping complex, called "Cial", adjoining the north side of the station was also opened at the same time.[1]

Accidents[edit]

On April 24, 1951, a 63 series Keihin Line (now part of the Negishi Line) train approaching the station caught fire when the train hit a loose overhead wire and caused a short circuit. The fire killed 106 and injured 92.[2]

Surrounding area[edit]

The station is located near the Minato Mirai 21 district and Yokohama Landmark Tower. Other stations in the vicinity include Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b JR桜木町駅 7月に商業施設CIAL開業 先立ち北改札も開設 [JR Sakuragicho Station: Cial commercial facility to open in July, with north gate opening earlier]. Kanaloco (in Japanese). Kanagawa Shimbun. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Saito, Masao. "Japanese Railway Safety and the Technology of the Day". Japan Railway & Transport Review (33): 4–13. Retrieved August 3, 2008. 

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Coordinates: 35°27′03″N 139°37′52″E / 35.45083°N 139.63111°E / 35.45083; 139.63111