West side of Nishi-Akashi Station, October 2007
|Location||2-7-20 Kokubo, Akashi, Hyōgo
|Operated by||JR West|
Nishi-Akashi Station (西明石駅? Nishi-Akashi-eki) is a railway station on the Sanyo Shinkansen and Sanyō Main Line in Akashi, Hyōgo, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). As part of the Urban Network, the J-Through Card, ICOCA, Suica, PiTaPa, TOICA and SUGOCA can all be used on the Sanyō Main Line (they can not be used for Shinkansen service).
Station and platforms
The Shinkansen and regular train platforms are located some distance from each other, and are connected by a pedestrian overpass located above a public road. As the overpass to the regular platform is inaccessible from the south entrance to the station, passengers are allowed to access it via the Shinkansen side of the station.
In order to better serve passengers with different needs, escalators and elevators are located in the following areas:
- Within the west concourse area, one ascending and one descending
- East entrance: On the north and south sides, accessible without need of a ticket
- West entrance: One each on the concourse, Shinkansen platform, and regular train platform
The Sanyo Shinkansen has two platforms which can handle two trains simultaneously. There are two pass-through lines between the two platforms as well, allowing trains to go through the station without stopping. The Sanyō Main Line (JR Kōbe Line) has three island-style platforms which can handle six trains simultaneously.
|1||■ JR Kōbe Line||for Sannomiya, Amagasaki, and Osaka (rapid (morning), special rapid)|
|2||■ JR Kōbe Line||for Kakogawa and Himeji (local (evening), special rapid)|
|3||■ JR Kōbe Line||for Sannomiya, Amagasaki, and Osaka (local (partly), rapid)|
|4||■ JR Kōbe Line||for Sannomiya, Amagasaki, and Osaka (local)|
|5||■ JR Kōbe Line||for Sannomiya, Amagasaki, and Osaka (local)
starting for Kakogawa and Himeji (local, shunt line)
|6||■ JR Kōbe Line||for Kakogawa and Himeji (local)|
|11||■ Sanyo Shinkansen||for Okayama and Hakata|
|12||■ Sanyo Shinkansen||for Shin-Osaka and Tokyo|
|JR Kobe Line|
- Kōbe Nishi-ku Branch Municipal Offices
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries Akashi Plant
The station opened on 1 April 1944.
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- JR West station information (Japanese)