East entrance of Hon-Chiba Station
|Location||1 Nagazu, Chūō, Chiba, Chiba
|Operated by||JR East|
|Line(s)||Uchibō Line, Sotobō Line|
|Previous names||Samukawa (until 1902)|
|Passengers (2009)||8469 daily|
Hon-Chiba is among the older stations of Japan, having opened as Samukawa Station (寒川駅 Samukawa-eki?) on the Bōsō Railway on February 25, 1896. It was renamed to its present name on January 28, 1902. On September 1, 1907, the Bōsō Railway was nationalized and became part of the Japanese Government Railways, which was transformed into the Japan National Railways (JNR) after World War II. At the time of its construction, Hon-Chiba Station was located close to present day Keisei Chiba-Chūō Station, but it was heavily damaged in World War II, and subsequently moved to its current location on February 1, 1958. In 1972 Emperor Hirohito uses this station while on his way to inspect the Chiba Prefectural Cancer Center. The station became part of the JR East network upon the privatization of the Japan National Railways (JNR) on April 1, 1987.
Hon-Chiba station consists of a single island platform serving two tracks. The station is elevated, with the station building below. The station has a Midori no Madoguchi ticket office. The east side of the station is much busier than the west side.
Hon-Chiba station is located in the heart of Chiba City. Rather than being located close to Chiba Station, Chiba city hall, Chiba District Court, and other government buildings can instead be found to the north of this station. Kenchō-mae Station on the Chiba Urban Monorail Line 1 is within a few minutes walking distance.
- Kashiwado Hospital
- Chiba-Chūō Bus Headquarters
- Chiba Budōkan
- Samukawa Shrine
- Itsukushima Shrine
- Chiba University (Medicine & Nursing)
- Chiba Prefectural Chiba Senior High School
- Chiba Prefectural Library
- Chiba Municipal Samukawa Elementary School
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- JR East station information (Japanese)