Ōdate Station

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Ōdate Station in 2004
Location 1-3-1 Onari-cho, Ōdate, Akita
Operated by JR East
Opened 1899
Passengers (FY2012) 1,084 daily

Ōdate Station (大館駅?, Ōdate-eki) is a railway station in Ōdate, Akita, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East).


Ōdate Station is a station on the Ōu Main Line, and is located 402.9 km from the terminus of the line at Fukushima Station in Fukushima Prefecture. It is also a terminal station on the Hanawa Line, and is located 106.9 km from the opposing terminus of the line at Kōma Station in Iwate Prefecture. The station formerly also served the now-defunct Kosaka Smelting & Refining Kosaka Line.

Station layout[edit]

Ōdate Station has a single side platform and single island platform serving three tracks.


1  Ōu Main Line for Higashi-Noshiro and Akita
2  Ōu Main Line for Hirosaki
2  Hanawa Line for Towada-Minami, Kazuno-Hanawa, and Morioka

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Ōu Main Line
Takanosu Nihonkai Ōwani
Takanosu Akebono Ikarigaseki
Takanosu Tsugaru Ikarigaseki
Shimokawazoi Local Shirasawa
Hanawa Line
Higashi-Ōdate Moriyoshi Terminus
Higashi-Ōdate Local Terminus


Ōdate Station before World War II

Ōdate Station opened on November 15, 1899,[1] on the Japanese Government Railways (JGR). The privately owned Kosaka Line began operations in 1909, and the privately owned Akita Railway began operations from July 1, 1914.[citation needed] The Hanaoka Line opened on January 26, 1916.[citation needed] The Akira Railway was nationalized on June 1, 1934.[citation needed] A statue of Hachikō was first erected in front of the station in July 1935, but was subsequently melted down for its metal content in World War II, and was not restored until November 1986.[citation needed] After World War II, the JGR became the Japanese National Railways (JNR). The Hanaoka Line closed on April 1, 1985.[citation needed] The station was absorbed into the JR East network upon the privatization of JNR on April 1, 1987. Kosaka Line passenger operations ceased on October 1, 1994, and freight operations ended on March 12, 2008.[citation needed]

Passenger statistics[edit]

In fiscal 2012, the station was used by an average of 1,084 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[2]

Surrounding area[edit]

  • Ōdate Station Bus Stop
  • Shūhoku Bus Main Office


  1. ^ 日本国有鉄道停車場一覧 [JNR Station Directory]. Japan: Japanese National Railways. 1985. p. 128. ISBN 4-533-00503-9. 
  2. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2012年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2012)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°17′16.8″N 140°33′23.4″E / 40.288000°N 140.556500°E / 40.288000; 140.556500