Sonoda Station

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Sonoda Station
園田駅
HK-SonodaStation-NorthGate.JPG
Station building (north side)
Location
Prefecture Hyōgo
(See other stations in Hyōgo)
City Amagasaki
Neighborhood etc. Higashi-Sonodacho
Coordinates 34°45′7.22″N 135°26′53.55″E / 34.7520056°N 135.4482083°E / 34.7520056; 135.4482083Coordinates: 34°45′7.22″N 135°26′53.55″E / 34.7520056°N 135.4482083°E / 34.7520056; 135.4482083
(in Japanese) 兵庫県尼崎市東園田町
Rail services
Operator(s) Hankyu Corporation
Line(s) Kobe Line
Tracks and platforms

Sonoda station (園田駅 Sonoda-eki?) is a station on the Hankyu Kobe Line operated by Hankyu Railway in Japan. Although technically situated in Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture, it is a five-minute walk to the neighboring Osaka Prefecture. Trains run from Umeda to Kobe-sannomiya at ten-minute intervals, with the frequency of Umeda-bound trains increasing into rush hour.

Below the station itself exists a small shopping centre called Sonoda Hankyu Plaza (園田阪急プラザ) which undertook a major renovation completed at the end of April 2006. It now consists of many restaurants, a Matsumoto Kiyoshi pharmacy, a Mister Donut, a branch of the Kohyo chain of supermarket, a Docomo mobile phone shop as well as various smaller retailers.

Despite the station being named Sonoda, the name of the area it is found in is actually slightly different. The specific location of the station is Higashi-Sonoda (東園田町) and so this can unfortunately sometimes result in confusion.

Layout[edit]

There are two island platforms and an island platform serving 4 tracks elevated.

1, 2 Kobe Line for Nishinomiya-kitaguchi, Kōbe (Kobe-sannomiya, Shinkaichi) and Takarazuka
3, 4 Kobe Line for Ōsaka (Umeda), Kyōto, Kita-Senri and Minoo
    Used for getting off the local trains from Nishinomiya-kitaguchi when horse racing is held

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Hankyu Kobe Line
Limited Express: no stop
Morning Commutation Limited Express: no stop
Rapid Express: no stop
Express: no stop
Commutation Express: no stop
Semi-Express for Umeda: no stop
Kanzakigawa   Local   Tsukaguchi