, Himeji Eki
) on the West Japan Railway Company
(JR West) is located in the heart of Himeji
. 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.
The construction of overhead lines for old line has been taken in Himeji Station and the neighborhood section since 1989.
On March 26, 2006, some platforms became overhead railway. The construction will be completed in 2010.
Platforms (from March 26, 2006)
|Ground-level local line platforms
||■ Kishin Line
||for Harima-Shingu, Sayo |
|31, 32, 33
||■ Bantan Line
||for Fukusaki, Teramae |
|■ Limited Express Hamakaze (No. 33)
||for Kinosaki Onsen, Tottori|
for Osaka (JR Kobe Line)
|Elevated main line platforms
||■ JR Kobe Line (Sanyō Main Line) (eastbound)
||for Akashi, Sannomiya, Osaka |
|■ Limited Express Super Hakuto (eastbound)
||for Osaka, Kyoto |
|■ Overnight limited express trains (eastbound)
||for Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo |
||■ Sanyō Main Line (westbound)
||for Banshu-Ako, Aioi, Okayama |
|■ Limited Express Super Hakuto (westbound)
||for Tottori, Kurayoshi |
|■ Overnight limited express trains (westbound)
||for Kyūshū, Shikoku, San'in |
||■ Freight trains (JR Freight, westbound)
|Elevated Shinkansen platforms
||■ Sanyo Shinkansen (eastbound)
||for Shin-Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo|
(some trains depart from No.13 in the early morning)
||■Sanyo Shinkansen (westbound)
||for Okayama, Hirosima, Hakata |
Himeji Station was opened by , the present day Sanyō Main Line, in 1888. At the time, railway stations were usually built either outside or alongside urban areas, 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. 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.
Himeji Station was linked to , 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 Sanyō Shinkansen in 1972, and today, travel to Tokyo takes less than three-and-a-half hours.
- December 23, 1888 The Sanyō 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 Sanyō Railway purchases Bantan Railway.
- December 1, 1906 Sanyō Railway is nationalized.
- September 1, 1930 Kishin Line is connected.
- March 15, 1972 The Sanyō Shinkansen segment between Okayama and Shin-Ohsaka opens.
- April 1, 1987 Japan National Railway 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.
|West Japan Railway (JR West)|