Kawasaki Station

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Kawasaki Station
The east side of the station in October 2011
Location Ekimae-Honchō, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken 210-0007
Operated by JR logo (east).svg JR East
Platforms 3 island platforms
Tracks 6
Other information
Website www.jreast.co.jp/estation/station/info.aspx?StationCd=526
Opened 10 July 1872
Passengers (FY2014) 204,153 daily
Kawasaki Station is located in Japan
Kawasaki Station
Kawasaki Station
Location within Japan

Kawasaki Station (川崎駅 Kawasaki-eki?) is a railway station in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East).


Kawasaki Station is served by the following JR East lines.

Station layout[edit]

The east entrance of Kawasaki station with bus terminal

The station has three island platforms serving six tracks.


1  Tokaido Main Line for Yokohama, Odawara, and Atami
2  Tokaido Main Line (Ueno-Tokyo Line) for Shinagawa, Tokyo, Ueno, Ōmiya, Utsunomiya (via Utsunomiya Line), and Takasaki (via Takasaki Line)
3  Keihin-Tohoku Line for Tsurumi, Yokohama, Isogo, and Ōfuna
4  Keihin-Tohoku Line for Kamata, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Ueno, and Ōmiya
5/6  Nambu Line for Musashi-Kosugi, Noborito, Fuchū-Hommachi, and Tachikawa

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Tokaido Main Line
Commuter Rapid: Does not stop at this station
Shinagawa   Rapid Acty   Yokohama
Shinagawa   Local   Yokohama
Keihin-Tohoku Line
Kamata   Rapid   Tsurumi
Kamata   Local   Tsurumi
Nambu Line
Terminus   Rapid   Kashimada
Terminus   Local   Shitte


The station entrance in 1901

The station opened on July 10, 1872 (June 5 in original Japanese calendar then in use) as the first intermediate station of the first railway in Japan when it was providing a trial service on the section between Shinagawa Station and Sakuragichō Station in Yokohama before the official inauguration in October 1872.

The Nambu Railway, which later became the Nambu Line, opened on March 9, 1927.[citation needed]

Kawasaki City Tram operated a 6.7-kilometre long (4.2 mi) line from its Shiden Kawasaki terminal in front of this station to the now-closed Shiohama Station from 1944 to 1969.[1][page needed][2][page needed]

Passenger statistics[edit]

In fiscal 2014, the JR East station was used by an average of 204,153 passengers daily (boarding passengers only), making it the tenth-busiest station operated by JR East.[3] The passenger figures for previous years are as shown below.

Fiscal year Daily average
2000 156,291[4]
2005 163,495[5]
2010 185,300[6]
2011 185,651[7]
2012 188,193[8]
2013 197,010[9]
2014 204,153[3]

Surrounding area[edit]

The short escalator beneath the More's department store

Connected to the west side of the station is the Lazona Kawasaki Plaza shopping mall. Connected to the east of the station is the "Kawasaki BE" shopping complex. There are also various other commercial establishments around the station, including More-s Department Store, Yodobashi Camera, and Tokyu Hands. Keikyu Kawasaki Station, operated by the private railway operator Keikyu is located to the northeast.

The basement area of the adjoining More's department store is home to what is dubbed "the world's shortest escalator", with a height difference of just 83.4 cm (2 ft 8.8 in).[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Imao, Keisuke, ed. (2008). 日本鉄道旅行地図帳 - 全線・全駅・全廃線 [Japan Railway Travel Atlas - All Lines, Stations and Closed Lines] (in Japanese). Shinchosha. ISBN 978-4-10-790022-7. 
  2. ^ Sekita, Katsutaka; Miyata, Michikazu (2003). 川崎市電の25年 [25 Years of Kawasaki City Tram] (in Japanese). Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. ISBN 4-87366-333-4. 
  3. ^ 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 27 June 2016. 
  4. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2000年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2000)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2001. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  5. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2005年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2005)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  6. ^ 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 September 2014. 
  7. ^ 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 September 2014. 
  8. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2012年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2012)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  9. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2013年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2013)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Wojnowski, Todd (March 2013). "World's Shortest Escalator". Japan Travel. Japan Travel K.K.,. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°31′53.10″N 139°41′48.98″E / 35.5314167°N 139.6969389°E / 35.5314167; 139.6969389