Sakuragichō Station as seen from the top of the Landmark Tower, August 2014
|Location||1 Sakuragichō, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa|
|Previous names||Yokohama (until 1915)|
|Passengers (JR East, FY2013)||65,392 daily|
Sakuragichō Station is served by the JR East Negishi Line (Keihin-Tohoku Line), with some services through-running to and from the Yokohama Line, and also by the Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line (station number B18).
The JR East station consists of two elevated island platforms serving three tracks.
|1||Negishi Line||for Isogo and Ōfuna|
|2||Negishi Line||(Terminating services, alighting only)|
|3-4||Negishi Line||for Yokohama |
Keihin-Tohoku Line for Kawasaki, Tokyo, and Ōmiya
|Yokohama Line||for Shin-Yokohama, Nagatsuta, Machida, Hashimoto, and Hachiōji|
The station has two sets of ticket barriers ("North" and "South" gates), with entrances on the east and west sides (four in total). The station has a "Midori no Madoguchi" staffed ticket office, next to the South gate.
Yokohama Municipal SubwayEdit
The Yokohama Municipal Subway (Blue Line) platforms are located on the 4th basement level, south of the main station.
|1||■ Blue Line||for Kannai, Kamiōoka, Totsuka, and Shōnandai|
|2||■ Blue Line||for Yokohama, Shin-Yokohama, and Azamino|
|Yokohama Subway Blue Line (Line 3) (B18)|
|Kannai (B17)||Rapid||Yokohama (B20)|
|Kannai (B17)||Local||Takashimachō (B19)|
Sakuragichō is one of Japan's oldest stations. It opened on 12 June 1872, as the original Yokohama Station when the service between Shinagawa and Yokohama provisionally started. The station was renamed Sakuragichō Station on 15 August 1915, when the then-new and second Yokohama Station opened near Takashimachō Station. Yokohama Station was relocated again after the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, to its third and current location.
Between 31 March 1932, and 30 January 2004, Sakuragichō Station was the terminus of the Tokyu Toyoko Line.
The north gate ticket barriers were opened on 1 July 2014, with the passageway linking the east and west sides opened to the public on 16 July. A new commercial and shopping complex, called "Cial", adjoining the north side of the station was also opened at the same time.
On 24 April 1951, a 63 series Keihin Line (now part of the Negishi Line) train approaching the station caught fire when the train hit a loose overhead wire and caused a short circuit. The fire killed 106 and injured 92.
In fiscal 2013, the station was used by an average of 65,392 passengers daily (boarding passengers only). The passenger figures for previous years are as shown below.
|Fiscal year||Daily average|
- ＪＲ桜木町駅 ７月に商業施設ＣＩＡＬ開業 先立ち北改札も開設 [JR Sakuragicho Station: Cial commercial facility to open in July, with north gate opening earlier]. Kanaloco (in Japanese). Kanagawa Shimbun. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- Saito, Masao. "Japanese Railway Safety and the Technology of the Day". Japan Railway & Transport Review (33): 4–13. Retrieved August 3, 2008.
- 各駅の乗車人員 (2013年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2013)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- 各駅の乗車人員 (2000年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2000)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2001. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- 各駅の乗車人員 (2005年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2005)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2006. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- 各駅の乗車人員 (2010年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2010)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2015.