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Motomachi-Chukagai Station (元町・中華街駅, Motomachi-Chūkagai-eki) is an underground railway station on the Minatomirai Line subway in Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, operated by the third-sector railway operating company Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Company. It is numbered "MM06", and its official name, as shown on signage in the station, is "Motomachi-Chūkagai Station (Yamashita-kōen)" (元町・中華街駅(山下公園), Motomachi-Chūkagai-eki Yamashitakōen) with the sub-name (Yamashita-kōen, referring to Yamashita Park) in parentheses, although the use of this full name is limited.

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Motomachi-Chukagai Station
Yamashita-kōen

元町・中華街駅
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The station platform in May 2017
Location65 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Japan
Coordinates35°26′32.01″N 139°39′2.8″E / 35.4422250°N 139.650778°E / 35.4422250; 139.650778Coordinates: 35°26′32.01″N 139°39′2.8″E / 35.4422250°N 139.650778°E / 35.4422250; 139.650778
Operated byYokohama Minatomirai Railway Company
Line(s)Minatomirai line logo.png Minatomirai Line
Distance4.1 km from Yokohama
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Other information
Station codeMM06
WebsiteOfficial website
History
Opened1 February 2004
Traffic
Passengers (FY2011)54,172 daily
Location
Motomachi-Chukagai Station is located in Kanagawa Prefecture
Motomachi-Chukagai Station
Motomachi-Chukagai Station
Location within Kanagawa Prefecture
Motomachi-Chukagai Station is located in Japan
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Motomachi-Chukagai Station
Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Japan)

LinesEdit

Motomachi-Chukagai Station is served by the underground Minatomirai Line, and is 4.1 km from the starting point of the line at Yokohama Station.[1] Trains through-run to and from the Tokyu Toyoko Line from Shibuya Station and beyond on the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line and Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line.

Station layoutEdit

Motomachi-Chukagai Station is an underground station with a single island platform serving two terminating tracks on the fourth basement ("B4F") level.

PlatformsEdit

1-2  Minatomirai Line for Yokohama
TY Tokyu Toyoko Line for Shibuya
F Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line for Shinjuku-sanchōme, Ikebukuro, and Wakōshi
TJ Tobu Tojo Line for Kawagoeshi and Shinrinkoen
  Seibu Ikebukuro Line for Hannō and Agano
  Seibu Chichibu Line for Seibu-Chichibu

Adjacent stationsEdit

« Service »
Minatomirai Line
Minatomirai   S-Train[Note 1]   Terminus
Minatomirai   Limited Express / F Liner   Terminus
Nihon-ōdōri   Commuter Express   Terminus
Nihon-ōdōri   Express   Terminus
Nihon-ōdōri   Local   Terminus
Notes
  1. ^ Weekends only

HistoryEdit

Motomachi-Chukagai Station opened on 1 February 2004, coinciding with the opening of the Minatomirai Line.[1]

Passenger statisticsEdit

In fiscal 2011, the station was used by an average of 54,172 passengers daily.[1]

Surrounding areaEdit

JR East's Ishikawachō Station, served by the Negishi Line, was renamed "Ishikawachō 'Motomachi-Chūkagai' Station" on 15 September 2016 to alleviate confusion on which Negishi Line station is closest to Motomachi and Yokohama Chinatown.[2] Despite this, the two stations are located relatively far from each other, making transfer impractical.

  • Yokohama Chinatown, one of the largest Chinatowns in the world with over 500 shops and restaurants. Exit from the Chūkagai Exit of the station.
  • Motomachi Shopping Street, a fashionable shopping street, with stores carrying original style clothing and shoes, foreign imports, and European goods. Exit from the Motomachi Exit of the station.
  • Yamate and Bluff areas, a historic neighborhood with many old foreign residences. Exit from the Motomachi Exit of the station, and walk east up the hill.
  • Yokohama Marine Tower, the tallest lighthouse in the world. Exit from the Marine Tower Exit of the station, and walk north.
  • Yamashita Park, a park facing Yokohama Harbor. Exit from the Yamashita Park Exit of the station, and walk north towards the ocean.
  • Hotel New Grand, one of the oldest hotels in Yokohama. Exit from the Yamashita Park Exit of the station, and walk north.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Harris, Ken; Clarke, Jackie (2008). Jane's World Railways 2008-2009. Jane's Information Group. ISBN 978-0-7106-2861-9.
  1. ^ a b c Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 232. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4.
  2. ^ 駅名表示を石川町(元町・中華街)に変更 JR東日本横浜支社 [JR East to change station name signs to Ishikawachō 'Motomachi-Chūkagai']. Nikkei Shimbun (in Japanese). Japan: Nikkei Inc. 29 July 2016. Archived from the original on 28 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017.

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