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Ashinomaki-Onsen Station in May 2010
Oto-cho, Kamimiyori otsu 249, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima|
|Operated by||Aizu Railway|
|Previous names||Kami-Miyori (until 1987)|
Ashinomaki-Onsen Station has two opposed side platform connected by a level crossing.
|Aizu Railway Aizu Line|
Bus, Love and Peach, the station master cats
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. 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. 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. 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.
- Japan National Route 118
- Kamimiyori Post Office
There are a couple of restaurants famous for ramen.
- "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.
- "Stationmaster cat 'Bus' retires, new feline appointed". The Mainichi. December 25, 2015.
- "車窓から四季思い出会津線" [From the train window Four seasons memories Aizu line]. aizutetsudo.jp (in Japanese).
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- Aizu Railway Station information (in Japanese)