Utsunomiya Station

Utsunomiya Station (宇都宮駅, Utsunomiya-eki) is a railway station in the city of Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan, operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East). The station also is a freight depot for the Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight).

Utsunomiya Station

宇都宮駅
Tohoku line utunomiya sta-01.jpg
Station and the connecting pedestrian walkway
Location1 Kawamukocho, Utsunomiya, Tochigi 321-0965
Japan
Coordinates36°33′34″N 139°53′55″E / 36.559532°N 139.898529°E / 36.559532; 139.898529Coordinates: 36°33′34″N 139°53′55″E / 36.559532°N 139.898529°E / 36.559532; 139.898529
Operated by
Line(s)
Distance109.5 km from Tokyo
ConnectionsBus terminal
Other information
StatusStaffed ( Midori no Madoguchi )
WebsiteOfficial website
History
Opened16 July 1885
Passengers
FY201937,374
Services
Preceding station   JR East   Following station
(limited service)
toward Tokyo
Tōhoku Shinkansen
(limited service)
toward Morioka
toward Tokyo
Tōhoku Shinkansen
toward Kōriyama
Yamagata Shinkansen
toward Shinjō
toward Ueno
Utsunomiya Line
  Commuter Rapid
Terminus
toward Tokyo
Utsunomiya Line
Rapid Rabbit
Utsunomiya Line
  Local & Rapid Acty
toward Kuroiso
toward Zushi
Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
  Rapid (Yokosuka & Utsunomiya Lines)
Terminus
Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
  Local
Location
Utsunomiya Station is located in Tochigi Prefecture
Utsunomiya Station
Utsunomiya Station
Location within Tochigi Prefecture
Utsunomiya Station is located in Japan
Utsunomiya Station
Utsunomiya Station
Utsunomiya Station (Japan)

Tōbu Utsunomiya Station is located 1.6 km west of this station.

LinesEdit

Utsunomiya Station is served by the following JR East lines.

LayoutEdit

 
Shinkansen platform

The elevated Shinkansen platforms are designed to handle 16-car trains. Inbound and Outbound trains have their own platform. An additional two through (passing) tracks (lines 2 and 3) are located between the platforms.

The platforms for local trains are a combination of both island and individual platforms, designed to handle 15-car trains. A side track (often used for freight trains) is located between platforms 5 and 7.

LED information signboards are located on the 2nd-floor concourse both outside and within the ticket gates. Further LED signboards are located on each individual platform.

PlatformsEdit

1  Tohoku Shinkansen for Nasushiobara, Fukushima, Sendai, Morioka
 Yamagata Shinkansen for Yamagata and Shinjo
4  Tohoku Shinkansen for Ōmiya, Ueno, and Tokyo
5  Nikko Line for Kanuma, Imaichi, and Nikko
7-10  Utsunomiya Line for Nasushiobara and Kuroiso (Some direct through services to Karasuyama Line)
 Utsunomiya Line (Ryōmō Line) for Oyama, Tochigi, Maebashi, and Takasaki
 Utsunomiya Line (Ueno-Tokyo Line) for Ōmiya, Ueno, Tokyo, Yokohama, Atami, Numazu and Ito (via JT Tokaido Line and JT Ito Line)
 Shonan-Shinjuku Line for Ōmiya, Shinjuku, Yokohama, Ōfuna and Zushi (via JO Yokosuka Line)

Some Nikkō Line trains operate from platform 7. Some Utsunomiya Line trains operate from platform 5.

HistoryEdit

  • July 16, 1885: Station opens on what is now the Tōhoku Main Line.
  • June 1, 1890: Nikkō Line begins operation
  • June 23, 1982: Tōhoku Shinkansen begins operation
  • November 18, 2001: Introduction of Suica-enabled ticket gates.
  • October 12, 2003: Introduction of Suica-enabled ticket gates for Shinkansen passes.
  • January 29, 2008: Introduction of Suica-only ticket gates.

Passenger statisticsEdit

 
The east side of Utsunomiya Station

In fiscal 2019, the station was used by an average of 37,374 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2019年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2019)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2020. Retrieved 2 August 2020.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Utsunomiya Station at Wikimedia Commons