Motomachi-Chūkagai Station

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Motomachi-Chukagai Station

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The station platform in May 2017
Location 65 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Coordinates 35°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 by Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Company
Line(s) Minatomirai line logo.png Minatomirai Line
Distance 4.1 km from Yokohama
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Structure type Underground
Other information
Station code MM06
Website Official website
Opened 1 February 2004
Passengers (FY2011) 54,172 daily
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
Motomachi-Chukagai Station
Motomachi-Chukagai Station
Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Japan)

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.


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 layout[edit]

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


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
SeibuIkebukuro.svg Seibu Ikebukuro Line for Hannō and Agano
SeibuIkebukuro.svg Seibu Chichibu Line for Seibu-Chichibu

Adjacent stations[edit]

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


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

Passenger statistics[edit]

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

Surrounding area[edit]

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 also[edit]


  • Harris, Ken; Clarke, Jackie (2008). Jane's World Railways 2008-2009. Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-2861-7.
  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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