Ashinomaki-Onsen Station

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Ashinomaki-Onsen Station
Ashinomaki-Onsen Station 003.JPG
Ashinomaki-Onsen Station in May 2010
Location Oto-cho, Kamimiyori otsu 249, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima
Operated by Aizu Railway
Line(s) Aizu Line
Opened 1927
Previous names Kami-Miyori (until 1987)

Ashinomaki-Onsen Station (芦ノ牧温泉駅, Ashinomaki-Onsen-eki) is a railway station on the Aizu Railway Aizu Line in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, operated by the Aizu Railway..


Ashinomaki-Onsen Station is served by the Aizu Line, and is located 10.5 rail kilometers from the official starting point of the line at Nishi-Wakamatsu Station.

Station layout[edit]

Ashinomaki-Onsen Station has two opposed side platform connected by a level crossing.

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Aizu Railway Aizu Line
Nishi-Wakamatsu Open-car "torokko" Yunokami-Onsen
Amaya Rapid Ōkawa-Dam-Kōen
Amaya Local Ōkawa-Dam-Kōen

Bus, Love and Peach, the station master cats[edit]

The station is home to Bus (ばす, Basu), a long-haired cat who acts as the station master in a manner similar to Tama of Kishi Station. Bus was named after the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro.[1] Bus had been a resident of the station since June, 2000. She was appointed as the honorary stationmaster in April, 2008. She had worked with a human station master and retired in December, 2015. Love (らぶ, Rabu) succeeded the honorary stationmaster.[2] He started working with them from July, 2014. Bus stayed in the station also after retirement with the title of honorary stationmaster of admirable longevity. She died on April 22, 2016.[3] On October 14, 2017, Peach (ぴーち, Pichi), who is Love's younger brother, was appointed as the facility director.


Ashinomaki-Onsen Station opened on November 1, 1927, at Kami-Miyori Station (上三寄駅|Kamimiyori-eki). The station was renamed to its present name on July 16, 1987.

Surrounding area[edit]

There are a couple of restaurants famous for ramen.


  1. ^ "沿線のイベントや注目情報を、名誉駅長「ばす」がお知らせします" [Honorary station manager "BASS" will inform you of event and attention information along the line]. Aizu Railway Company (in Japanese). Archived from the original on April 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "Stationmaster cat 'Bus' retires, new feline appointed". The Mainichi. December 25, 2015.
  3. ^ "車窓から四季思い出会津線" [From the train window Four seasons memories Aizu line]. (in Japanese).

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Coordinates: 37°23′44″N 139°55′56″E / 37.39556°N 139.93222°E / 37.39556; 139.93222