Yokogawa Station

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Yokogawa Station
横川駅
Yokogawa station south entrance.jpg
Yokogawa Station south exit side and Hiroden tram terminal (August 2009)
Location
Prefecture Hiroshima
(See other stations in Hiroshima)
City Hiroshima
Ward Nishi
Neighborhood etc. 3-2 Yokogawa-chō
History
Year opened 1897
Rail services
Operator(s) JR West, Hiroden
Line(s) San'yō Main Line
Kabe Line
Hiroden Yokogawa Line

Yokogawa Station (横川駅 Yokogawa-eki?) is a JR West station located in Yokogawa-cho, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The station services the Sanyō Main Line, Kabe Line and Hiroden Yokogawa Line.

History[edit]

JR Yokogawa Station[edit]

  • 1897-09-25: Yokogawa Station opens as part of the Sanyō Railway
  • 1905-02-05: The first bus service in Japan, began to operated between "Yokogawa" and "Kabe" stations.[1]
  • 1906-12-01: Yokogawa Station is nationalized as part of Japanese Government Railways
  • 1909-12-19: The Hiroshima branch of the Imperial Railroad (the predecessor of the Kabe Line) opens Rōchō Station, which later became Yokogawa Station
  • 1917-11-01: Hiroshima Gasudenki Yokogawa Tram Stop opens
  • 1928-11-09: Hiroshima Denki Kabe Line Yokogawa Station moved
  • 1962-10-01: JR Kabe Line Yokogawa Station moved. The rail line had to be moved due to the construction of the drainage system for the Ōta River
  • 1987-04-01: Japanese National Railways is privatized, and Yokogawa Station becomes a JR West station
  • 2001-11-01: The name of the Hiroden Yokogawa Tram Stop is changed to Yokogawa Tram Stop
  • 2003-03-27: Construction on the current Yokogawa Tram Stop is completed
  • 2003-08-23: Construction on the new Yokogawa Station building is completed
  • 2007-05-23: The automated ticket gates operation for "ICOCA" is started

Hiroden Yokogawa Station[edit]

  • Opened "Yokogawa" and "Misasa" tram stops on November 1, 1917.
  • Renamed from "Misasa" to "Yokogawa" in 1926.
  • Removed the former "Yokogawa" tram stop on July 28, 1941.
  • Moved on July 19, 1951.
  • Renamed from "Yokogawa" to "Yokogawa Station" on November 1, 2001.
  • Moved to the present place on March 27, 2003.

Station building[edit]

Yokogawa Station building north entrance (May, 2008)
Display of Japan's first bus at Yokogawa Station (April, 2004)
Placard about Japan's first bus at Yokogawa Station (April, 2004)

Yokogawa Station features two island platforms and one side platform capable of handling five lines simultaneously, as well as the Yokogawa Station Tram Stop located directly south of the main station building. The tram stop features a large roof covering the stop in order to provide shelter from the rain and shade from the sun. The roof extends to the main Yokogawa Station building. The first omnibus used in Japan is housed in a museum-like display at the station (see photos on right). The station formerly had tram tracks between platforms 2/3 and 4/5, but these have since been removed.

Platforms[edit]

1 San'yō Main Line To Miyajimaguchi, Iwakuni, Tokuyama
2 San'yō Main Line side track (currently unused)
3 San'yō Main Line To Hiroshima, Saijō, Mihara, connection to Kure Line
4 Kabe Line To Ōmachi, Midorii, Kabe
5 Kabe Line To Hiroshima

The platforms for the Hiroden Yokogawa Tram Stop is located directly outside the south entrance to the main station building.

Environs[edit]

Highway access[edit]

  • Japan National Route 54
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Route 84 (Higashi Kaita-Hiroshima Route)
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Route 277 (Furuichi-Hiroshima Route)

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
JR West
Sanyō Main Line
Hiroshima   Rapid Service   Nishi-Hiroshima
Hiroshima   Local   Nishi-Hiroshima

Hiroden[edit]

Tram terminal
Yokogawa Line
Line #7 and #8
Yokogawa 1-chomeYokogawa Station

Around station[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 元気ひろしま (100-years anniversary held on February 5, 2005) Jステーション (photo taking event, as the same situation of 100-years ago) of Hiroshima Home TV official website. Retrieved on August 30, 2009.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°24′35″N 132°27′2″E / 34.40972°N 132.45056°E / 34.40972; 132.45056