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|Location||188 Ekimaecho, Himeji-shi, Hyōgo-ken|
|Operated by||JR West|
|Connections||Sanyo Electric Railway Main Line (at Sanyo Himeji)|
Himeji Station (姫路駅, Himeji-eki) is a railway station in Himeji, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). Himeji is a major stop on the San'yō 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 preparation for elevation of the conventional lines has been undertaken since 1989, and begun in earnest in 1994 after the relocation of Himeji's freight terminal and train yards. On March 26, 2006, platforms for the JR Kobe Line and Sanyo Main Line switched to the elevated railway, while the remainder of the platforms, for the Bantan and Kishin Lines, were elevated beginning on December 22, 2008. Removal of ground platforms and the remainder of reconstruction work is planned to conclude in 2010.
|1, 2||■ Bantan Line||for Teramae, Wadayama|
|2||□ Limited Express Hamakaze||for Ōsaka (JR Kobe Line)|
|3, 4||■ Kishin Line||for Harima-Shingū, Sayo|
|5, 6||■ JR Kobe Line (San'yō Main Line) (eastbound)||for Kakogawa, Sannomiya, Ōsaka|
|5||□ Limited Express Super Hakuto (eastbound)||for Osaka|
|□ Overnight limited express Sunrise Izumo/Sunrise Seto||for Shizuoka, Yokohama, Tokyo|
|7, 8||■ San'yō Main Line (westbound)||for Aioi, Banshu-Ako , Kamigori , Okayama|
|□ Limited Express Super Hakuto (westbound)||for Tottori via the Chizu Express Line|
|7||□ Limited Express Hamakaze||for Kinosaki Onsen via the Bantan Line|
|8||□ Overnight limited express Sunrise Izumo/Sunrise Seto||for Takamatsu, Yonago, Matsue, Izumoshi|
|11||■ Sanyo Shinkansen (eastbound)||for Shin-Osaka , Nagoya, and Tokyo|
|12, 13||■ Sanyo Shinkansen (westbound)||for Okayama, Hakata, and Kagoshima-Chūō|
|■ Sanyo Shinkansen (eastbound)||starting for Shin-Osaka and Tokyo|
Himeji Station was opened by Sanyo Railway, the present-day Sanyo 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 Bantan Railway (播但鉄道, Bantan Tetsudō), 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 Sanyo Shinkansen in 1972.
| Nishi-Akashi or|
|Hikari|| Aioi or|
|Sanyo Main Line (JR Kobe Line)|
| Hamamatsu (westbound)|
Sannomiya (JR-A61) (eastbound)
|Sleeper Limited Express|
Sunrise Seto & Sunrise Izumo
| Akashi (JR-A73)|
Kakogawa (JR-A79) (No. 13 only)
|Aioi or Kamigori|
|Kakogawa (JR-A79)||Commuter Limited Express|
|Kakogawa (JR-A79)||Special Rapid Service||Agaho|
|Higashi-Himeji (JR-A84)||Local (Rapid Service)||Agaho|
Kakogawa (JR-A79) (No. 5 only)
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