Himeji Station

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This article is about the West Japan Railway Company (JR West) station. For the Sanyo Electric Railway station, see Sanyo Himeji Station.
Himeji Station
Himeji Station Northside entrance.jpg
North side of the station
Location 188, Ekimaecho, Himeji, Hyōgo
Coordinates 34°49′39.5″N 134°41′27.06″E / 34.827639°N 134.6908500°E / 34.827639; 134.6908500Coordinates: 34°49′39.5″N 134°41′27.06″E / 34.827639°N 134.6908500°E / 34.827639; 134.6908500
Operated by JR West
Opened 1888
Himeji Station is located in Japan
Himeji Station
Himeji Station
Location within Japan

Himeji Station (姫路駅 Himeji-eki?) is a railway station in Himeji, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). Himeji is a major stop on the Sanyō Main Line, and the western end of the JR Kobe Line. The station serves as a connection point between the main line and the Sanyō Shinkansen, the Kishin Line and the Bantan Line.

The station building is located close to the Sanyo Electric Railway Himeji Station and Himeji Castle.

Station layout[edit]

The preparation for elevation of the conventional lines has been undertaken since 1989, and begun in earnest in 1994 after the relocation of Himeji's freight terminal and train yards. On March 26, 2006, platforms for the JR Kobe Line and Sanyo Main Line switched to the elevated railway, while the remainder of the platforms, for the Bantan and Kishin Lines, were elevated beginning on December 22, 2008. Removal of ground platforms and the remainder of reconstruction work is planned to conclude in 2010.


Conventional railway platforms
1, 2 Bantan Line for Teramae, Wadayama
2 Limited Express Hamakaze for Ōsaka (JR Kobe Line)
3, 4 Kishin Line for Harima-Shingū, Sayo
5, 6 JR Kobe Line (Sanyō Main Line) (eastbound) for Kakogawa, Sannomiya, Ōsaka
5 Limited Express Super Hakuto (eastbound) for Osaka
Overnight limited express Sunrise Izumo/Sunrise Seto for Shizuoka, Yokohama, Tokyo
7, 8 Sanyō Main Line (westbound) for Aioi, Banshu-Ako, Kamigori, Okayama
Limited Express Super Hakuto (westbound) for Tottori via the Chizu Express Line
7 Limited Express Hamakaze for Kinosaki Onsen via the Bantan Line
8 Overnight limited express Sunrise Izumo/Sunrise Seto for Takamatsu, Yonago, Matsue, Izumoshi
Shinkansen platforms
11 Sanyo Shinkansen (eastbound) for Shin-Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo
12, 13 Sanyo Shinkansen (westbound) for Okayama, Hakata, and Kagoshima-Chūō
Sanyo Shinkansen (eastbound) starting for Shin-Osaka and Tokyo


Himeji Station was opened by Sanyo Railway, the present day Sanyo Main Line, in 1888. At the time, railway stations were usually built either outside or alongside urban areas,[1] but Himeji Station was built bordering the old city walls, at the end of the main street (Ootemae-dori). The current Sanyo Railway Station is actually constructed on top of part of the old city wall.[2] It is thought that the reason was that the army was based in Himeji Castle. This proximity to the city helped to contribute to urban development.[3]

Himeji Station was linked to Bantan Railway (播但鉄道 Bantan Tetsudō?), the present day Bantan Line, in 1894. Kishin Line was linked to the station in 1930.

The station was expanded with the opening of the Sanyo Shinkansen in 1972, and today, travel to Tokyo takes less than three-and-a-half hours.

  • December 23, 1888: The Sanyo Railway segment between Akashi Station and Himeji Station opens.
  • July 26, 1894: The Bantan Railway segment between Himeji Station and Teramae Station opens.
  • June 1, 1903: Sanyo Railway purchases Bantan Railway.
  • December 1, 1906: Sanyo Railway is nationalized.
  • September 1, 1930: Kishin Line is connected.
  • March 15, 1972: The Sanyo Shinkansen segment between Okayama and Shin-Osaka opens.
  • April 1, 1987: Japanese National Railways is divided and privatized. The line is taken over by the West Japan Railway Company.
  • January 17, 1995: There was a blockage of the segment of the Sanyō Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Himeji, caused by the Great Hanshin earthquake.
  • April 8, 1995: The blocked section reopens.
  • October 1, 2003: Nozomi service is added to the schedule.

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Sanyo Shinkansen
Nishi-Akashi - Aioi
Sanyo Main Line, JR Kobe Line
Higashi-Himeji   Local (Rapid Service)   Agaho
Kakogawa   Special Rapid Service   Agaho
Bantan Line
Terminus   Local   Kyoguchi
Kishin Line
Terminus   -   Harima-Takaoka

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A comparative study of the relation between the elevated railroad project and urban area development in western-part-of-Japan (Kochi University of Technorogy Library)" (PDF) (in Japanese). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-04-13. Retrieved February 22, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Outline of Himeji castle" (in Japanese). Himeji Information Web site. Retrieved February 22, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Master plan of Himeji city" (in Japanese). Himeji city office. Archived from the original on February 8, 2007. Retrieved February 22, 2007.