Japan's Most Unique Train Stations
Extreme Underground and Elevated Train Stations
Check out some of Japan's highest and lowest train stations. Order your Japan Rail Pass today!
Uzui station (宇都井駅）- Shimane prefecture
Although this station sees an average of less than one passenger per day, this station has proved a point of interest to many who go out of their way to see it.
The station even held a light-up event in 2013!
Tosa-Kitagawa station (土佐北川駅）- Kōchi prefecture
This train line runs through many mountains, requiring a lot of bridges to form as straight a track as possible.
It was impossible to build a ground-level train station anywhere near this area!
Doai station (土合駅) - Gunma Prefecture
The stations runs 70 meters underground and is famous for its eerie ascent to ground level, pictured here.
The station has also been featured in a popular Japanese novel (and subsequent TV drama), and is actually a great spot for outdoor sports of all kinds!
Tsutsuishi station (筒石駅) - Niigata Prefecture
Misashima station (美佐島駅) - Niigata prefecture
Because of strong, dangerous winds that whip through this tunnel, passengers must wait upstairs unless a local train is scheduled to make a stop. Even then, passengers can only stay on the platform for 2 minutes!
Who would have thought that this tiny little wooden station houses such a treacherous platform down below!