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Kawasaki Station
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Station statistics
Address Ekimae-Honchō, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken 210-0007
Japan
Lines
Tracks 6
Other information
Opened 10 July 1872
Traffic
Passengers (FY2014) 204,153 daily

Kawasaki Station (川崎駅 Kawasaki-eki) is a railway station in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). The station has three island platforms serving six tracks.

In 2014, the station was used by an average of 204,153 passengers daily (boarding passengers only), making it the tenth-busiest station operated by JR East.

Lines

Kawasaki Station is served by the following JR East lines.

  • Keihin-Tohoku Line
  • Tokaido Main Line
  • Nambu Line

History

Kawasaki Station 1901
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.

Esukare-ta
The short escalator beneath the More's department store

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.

Surrounding area

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 of just 83.4 cm (2 ft 8.8 in).

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