Ashinomaki-Onsen Station

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Ashinomaki-Onsen Station

芦ノ牧温泉駅
Ashinomaki-Onsen Station 003.JPG
Ashinomaki-Onsen Station in May 2010
LocationOto-cho, Kamimiyori otsu 249, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken 969-5123
Japan
Coordinates37°23′44″N 139°55′56″E / 37.39556°N 139.93222°E / 37.39556; 139.93222Coordinates: 37°23′44″N 139°55′56″E / 37.39556°N 139.93222°E / 37.39556; 139.93222
Operated byAizu Tetsudo logo 1.png Aizu Railway
Line(s)Aizu Line
Distance10.5 km from Nishi-Wakamatsu
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Other information
StatusStaffed
WebsiteOfficial website
History
OpenedNovember 1, 1927
Previous namesKami-Miyori (until 1987)
Location
Ashinomaki-Onsen Station is located in Fukushima Prefecture
Ashinomaki-Onsen Station
Ashinomaki-Onsen Station
Location within Fukushima Prefecture
Ashinomaki-Onsen Station is located in Japan
Ashinomaki-Onsen Station
Ashinomaki-Onsen Station
Ashinomaki-Onsen Station (Japan)

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

Lines[edit]

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 layout[edit]

Ashinomaki-Onsen Station has two opposed unnumbered side platforms connected by a level crossing. The station is staffed.

Platforms[edit]

station side  Aizu Line for Aizu-Tajima and Aizukōgen-Ozeguchi
opposite side  Aizu Line for Aizu-Wakamatsu and Kitakata

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 rail manager (Head of facilities management). He retired in March 2020. Sakura (さくら, Sakura), who is a younger sister of Love and Peach, began to work as an apprentice station staff in the spring 2020.

History[edit]

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

Surrounding area[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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". Mainichi Daily News. 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]. aizutetsudo.jp (in Japanese).

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