Sakuragichō Station

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Sakuragichō Station
桜木町駅
SakuragichoStation.jpg
Sakuragichō Station as seen from the top of the Landmark Tower
Location
Prefecture Kanagawa
(See other stations in Kanagawa)
City Yokohama
Ward Naka
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 (Line 3)

Sakuragichō Station (桜木町駅 Sakuragichō-eki?), is a railway station in Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan.

Lines[edit]

Sakuragichō Station is served by the JR East Keihin-Tōhoku Line and Negishi Line, and by the Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line (B18).

Station layout[edit]

JR East[edit]

Platforms 1 and 2

The JR East platforms are located in the above-ground portion of Sakuragichō Station.

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

Yokohama Subway[edit]

The Yokohama City Subway is 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 »
Keihin-Tōhoku Line — Negishi Line
Yokohama   Rapid   Kannai
Yokohama   Local   Kannai
Yokohama Subway Blue Line (Line 3) (B18)
Kannai (B17) - Takashimachō (B19)

History[edit]

Yokohama Station in 1872

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 would eventually be relocated again after the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, to its third and current location.

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

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.[1]

For more details on this incident, see Sakuragichō train fire.

Surrounding area[edit]

Sakuragicho with Yokohama Landmark Tower in the background, April 2007

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. ^ Saito, Masao "Japanese Railway Safety and the Technology of the Day". Japan Railway & Transport Review No. 33 (pp.4–13). Retrieved on 3 August 2008.

External links[edit]


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