Kawagoe Station

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Kawagoe Station
川越駅
Kawagoe Station 20160212.JPG
Overall view of Kawagoe Station in February 2016, with the Tobu tracks on the left
Location Kawagoe-shi, Saitama-ken
Japan
Operated by
Line(s)
History
Opened 1 April 1915 (1915-04-01)
Location
Kawagoe Station is located in Japan
Kawagoe Station
Kawagoe Station
Location within Japan

Kawagoe Station (川越駅 Kawagoe-eki?) is a railway station in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan, operated by the private railway operator Tobu Railway and East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

Lines[edit]

The Tobu station is served by the Tobu Tojo Line from Ikebukuro in Tokyo to Ogawamachi and Yorii, with some services inter-running via the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line to Shin-Kiba and the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line to Shibuya and onward via the Tokyu Toyoko Line and Minato Mirai Line to Motomachi-Chukagai. Located between Shingashi and Kawagoeshi, it is 30.5 km from the Ikebukuro terminus.[1]

The JR East station is located on the Kawagoe Line with services eastward to Ōmiya, Ōsaki via the Saikyō Line, and Shin-Kiba via the Rinkai Line, and westward to Komagawa and Hachiōji via the Hachikō Line.

Station layout[edit]

The Tobu and JR East stations are arranged side-by-side, with the Tobu platforms on the east side and the JR East platforms on the west side. The elevated station building and concourse has exits on the east and west sides.

Tobu Railway[edit]

Kawagoe Station
川越駅
Tōbu Tetsudō Logo.svg Tobu station
Kawagoe Station Tobu concourse 20160223.JPG
The Tobu concourse in February 2016
Location 24-9 Wakita-machi, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama-ken 350-1122
Japan
Operated by Tōbu Tetsudō Logo.svg Tobu Railway
Line(s) Tobu Tojo Line (TJ) symbol.svg Tobu Tojo Line
Distance 30.5 km from Ikebukuro
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Station code TJ-21     
Website www.tobu.co.jp/station/info/7315.html
History
Opened 1 April 1915 (1915-04-01)
Previous names Kawagoe-nishimachi (1915-1940)
Traffic
Passengers 125,687 per day (FY2014)

Platforms[edit]

The station consists of two side platforms serving two tracks. This station has a season ticket sales office.[2] Chest-high platform edge doors are scheduled to be added in fiscal 2017.[3]


1  Tobu Tojo Line for Fujimino, Wakōshi, and Ikebukuro
Subway TokyoYurakucho.png Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line for Shin-Kiba
Subway TokyoFukutoshin.png Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line for Shibuya
Tokyu TY line symbol.svg Tokyu Toyoko Line for Yokohama
Minatomirai line logo.png Minatomirai Line for Motomachi-Chukagai
2  Tobu Tojo Line for Sakado, Shinrinkōen, Ogawamachi, and Yorii

Adjacent stations[edit]

Service
Tobu Tojo Line
Fujimino   TJ Liner   Sakado (up services)
Kawagoeshi (down services)
Shiki   Rapid Express   Kawagoeshi
Fujimino   Rapid   Kawagoeshi
Fujimino   Express   Kawagoeshi
Shingashi   Semi Express   Kawagoeshi
Shingashi   Local   Kawagoeshi

JR East[edit]

Kawagoe Station
川越駅
JR logo (east).svg JR East station
Kawagoe Station JR ticket barriers 20160223.JPG
The JR East concourse and ticket barriers in February 2016
Location Wakita-honchō, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama-ken 350-1122
Japan
Operated by JR logo (east).svg JR East
Line(s) Kawagoe Line
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 3
Other information
Website www.jreast.co.jp/estation/station/info.aspx?StationCd=525
History
Opened 22 July 1940 (1940-07-22)
Traffic
Passengers 37,327 per day (FY2014)

The station has a "Midori no Madoguchi" staffed ticket office and a "View Plaza" travel agency.[4]

Platforms[edit]

The JR East station consists of two island platforms serving three tracks. The outer platforms, 3 and 6, are generally used for services to and from Ōmiya and the Saikyō Line, while the inner platforms, 4 and 5, serving the same track, are generally used for Kawagoe Line services westward to Komagawa and Hachiōji via the Hachikō Line.

Adjacent stations[edit]

Service
Kawagoe Line
Nishi-Kawagoe - Minami-Furuya

Passenger statistics[edit]

In fiscal 2014, the Tobu station was used by an average of 125,687 passengers daily,[5] and the JR East station was used by an average of 37,327 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[6] The passenger figures for previous years are as shown below. (JR East figures are for boarding passengers only.)

Fiscal year      Tobu      JR East
2000 N/A 35,181[7]
2005 N/A 36,149[8]
2010 121,558[9] 36,780[10]
2011 121,051[11] 36,344[12]
2012 123,242[13] 36,936[14]
2013 127,243[15] 37,754[16]
2014 125,687[5] 37,327[6]

History[edit]

An aerial view of the station in 1974, with the alignment of the former link from the JNR tracks north of the station to the Seibu Shinjuku Line visible
The west exit in June 2012 before remodelling

The station first opened as Kawagoe-nishimachi Station (川越西町駅?) on the Tobu Railway from Ikebukuro on 1 April 1915. This was renamed Kawagoe Station on 22 July 1940 coinciding with the opening of the JNR (now JR East) station.[17] The current elevated station building and concourse was opened in 1989. The west side of the station was enlarged in 2004 with the construction of additional sets of stairs to the JR platforms and a new Lumine building over the platforms. In 2007, the former "Fine" shopping and restaurant area within the Tobu side of the station was refurbished and reopened as "Equia Kawagoe". An additional "Equia" zone was opened above the Tobu ticket machine area in September 2008.

Through-running to and from Shibuya via the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line commenced on 14 June 2008.[18]

From 17 March 2012, station numbering was introduced on the Tobu Tojo Line, with Kawagoe Station becoming "TJ-21".[19]

Through-running to and from Yokohama and Motomachi-Chukagai via the Tokyu Toyoko Line and Minatomirai Line commenced on 16 March 2013.[20]

Surrounding area[edit]

The elevated pedestrian walkway and station forecourt on the west side of the station, March 2014

From November 2012, work commenced on remodelling the west side of the station, with redesigned segregated access and parking for private cars, buses, and taxis, and an elevated pedestrian walkway leading directly from the station building.[21] The walkway and new upper-level west entrance opened on 26 March 2014.[22]

Bus services[edit]

The following long-distance express bus services operate from the south side of the station.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terada, Hirokazu (July 2002). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 200. ISBN 4-87366-874-3. 
  2. ^ Tobu Tojo Line Timetable, published March 2016
  3. ^ 2015年度の鉄道事業設備投資計画 [Fiscal 2015 railway business investment plans] (pdf). News release (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Railway. 30 April 2015. p. 2. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  4. ^ 各駅情報(川越駅) [Station Information: Kawagoe Station] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b 駅情報(乗降人員) [Station information: Passenger figures] (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Railway. 2015. Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  6. ^ a b 各駅の乗車人員 (2014年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2014)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  7. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2000年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2000)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2001. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  8. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2005年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2005)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  9. ^ 駅情報(乗降人員) [Station information: Passenger figures] (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Railway. 2011. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  10. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2010年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2010)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  11. ^ 駅情報(乗降人員) [Station information: Passenger figures] (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Railway. 2012. Archived from the original on 23 August 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  12. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2011年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2011)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  13. ^ 駅情報(乗降人員) [Station information: Passenger figures] (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Railway. 2013. Archived from the original on 25 April 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  14. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2012年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2012)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  15. ^ 駅情報(乗降人員) [Station information: Passenger figures] (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Railway. 2014. Archived from the original on 30 October 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  16. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2013年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2013)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  17. ^ Yamamoto, Tomoyuki (October 2008). 東武東上線の神話時代(1) [The mythical era of the Tobu Tojo Line (Part 1)]. Japan Railfan Magazine (Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd.) 48 (570): 126–131. 
  18. ^ Tobu Tojo Line Timetable, published 7 June 2008
  19. ^ 「東武スカイツリーライン」誕生! あわせて駅ナンバリングを導入し、よりわかりやすくご案内します [Tobu Sky Tree Line created! Station numbering to be introduced at same time] (pdf). Tobu News (in Japanese). Tobu Railway. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  20. ^ Tobu Tojo Line Timetable, published March 2013
  21. ^ 川越駅西口駅前広場改修事業(工事の進捗状況について) [Kawagoe Station west forecourt remodelling work (Work status)]. Kawagoe City Official Website (in Japanese). Kawagoe City. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  22. ^ 川越駅西口駅前広場改修工事 [Kawagoe Station west forecourt remodelling work]. Kawagoe City Official Website (in Japanese). Kawagoe City. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  23. ^ 坂戸駅南口・川越駅西口-成田空港 直行バス [Sakado/Kawagoe - Narita Airport Direct Bus]. Tobu Bus Online (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Bus Co., Ltd. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  24. ^ 本川越駅・川越駅⇔羽田空港 [Hon-Kawagoe/Kawagoe - Haneda Airport]. Airport Limousine (in Japanese). Japan: Airport Transport Service Co., Ltd. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  25. ^ 西武 空港連絡バス [Seibu Airport Bus Links] (in Japanese). Japan: Seibu Bus Co., Ltd. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  26. ^ 小江戸川越~東京ディズニーリゾート・新浦安線 [Koedo Kawagoe to Tokyo Disney Resort & Shin-Urayasu] (in Japanese). Japan: Tokyo Bay City Bus. April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  27. ^ 大阪・京都←→川越・坂戸・熊谷(ウイングライナー) [Osaka/Kyoto - Kawagoe/Sakado/Kumagaya] (in Japanese). Japan: Kintetsu Bus Co., Ltd. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°54′25″N 139°28′58″E / 35.90694°N 139.48278°E / 35.90694; 139.48278