This station has two opposed side platforms, however, with an unusual layout in that the platforms are not on the same level. Utsunomiya-bound trains stop at a ground level side-platform serving one track. Omiya-bound trains stop at an elevated side-platform serving one track. The station has a Midori no Madoguchi ticket office.
Higashi-Washinomiya Station opened on 15 April 1981 as a freight station, and opened for passenger service from 23 June 1982. With the privatization of JNR on 1 April 1987, the station came under the control of JR East.