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The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

February 2022

Japan’s Cool Train Stations

Cover February 2022


  • THEME FOR FEBRUARYJapan’s Cool Train Stations

    Since the opening of Japan’s first railway 150 years ago (1872), train stations have played a major role in the nation’s modernization, especially in urban development. Today, many stations in Japan function not only as transportation hubs but also as shopping and cultural centers, while some serve as destinations in themselves owing to the sights and facilities that can be enjoyed there. In this month’s issue, we introduce some of Japan’s fun-to- visit train stations.



  • Urban Development Centered Around Stations

    An interview with Kishii Takayuki, Project Professor in the College of Science and Technology, Department of Civil Engineering, Nihon University

  • The Closest Train Station to Drift Ice: Kitahama Station on the Senmo Line

    Kitahama Station in Hokkaido is a popular place to visit to experience drift ice.

  • Onagawa Station, a Symbol of Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake

    Onagawa Station in Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture, has become one of the symbols of the town’s reconstruction.

  • The Station with a Spa: Mizunuma Station on the Watarase Keikoku Railway

    Mizunuma Station in Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture, is unique for a train station in Japan in that it also has hot spring facilities.

  • Another Face of Tokyo Station, Japan’s Terminal Station

    Tokyo Station continues to evolve not only as a terminal station but also as a shopping destination.

  • “The Station on the Lake” Okuoi Kozyo Station on the Oigawa Railway’s Ikawa Line

    A remote station in Shizuoka Prefecture attracts many visitors for its scenic location in the middle of a lake.

  • The Station with a Cat as Its Stationmaster: Wakayama Electric Railway’s Kishi Station

    Kishi Station in Wakayama Prefecture is famous for its stationmaster cat.

  • The Station by the Sea: Shimonada Station on the Yosan Line

    An unmanned station in Ehime Prefecture is close to the beautiful Seto Inland Sea and has many visitors



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