Doai Station

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Doai Station

土合駅
Doai station.jpg
Doai Station entrance in April 2016
Location218-2 Yubiso, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma-ken
Japan
Operated byJR logo (east).svg JR East
Line(s) Joetsu Line
Distance69.3 km from Takasaki
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Construction
Depth70 m
Platform levels2
History
Opened19 December 1936
Traffic
Passengers (FY2011)22 daily
Location
Doai Station is located in Japan
Doai Station
Doai Station
Location within Japan

Doai Station (土合駅, Doai-eki) is a railway station on the Joetsu Line in Minakami, Gunma, Japan, operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

Lines[edit]

Doai Station is served by the Joetsu Line, and lies 69.3 km (43.1 mi) from the starting point of the line at Takasaki.

Station layout[edit]

Doai Station is unusual in that it has two single side platforms, one of which is elevated, and the other is located underground within the Shin-Shimizu Tunnel. The station is unattended. The underground platform for the northbound trains (to Echigo-Yuzawa and Nagaoka) is located 70 metres (230 ft) underground, in the middle of the 13,490-metre (44,260 ft) long Shin-Shimizu Tunnel. It only reachable by stairs, as there are no elevators or escalators.[1] It takes 10 minutes to walk the 486 steps from the ticket gate to the platform. The above-ground platform for the southbound trains (to Minakami) is at ground level.

Platforms[edit]

underground  Joetsu Line for Echigo-Yuzawa, Urasa, Nagaoka, and Niigata
aboveground  Joetsu Line for Minakami, Takasaki, and Ueno

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Joetsu Line
Yubiso Local Tsuchitaru

History[edit]

The station opened on 19 December 1936.[2] With the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR) on 1 April 1987, the station came under the control of JR East.[2]

In popular media[edit]

The climb up the steps from the underground platform features at the start of the novel, NHK dramatization and movie versions of Climber's High by Hideo Yokoyama.

Surrounding area[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doai Station: Journey to Japan's Deepest Station". Ridgeline Images. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). II. Japan: JTB. p. 452. ISBN 4-533-02980-9.

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Coordinates: 36°49′52.8″N 138°58′1.6″E / 36.831333°N 138.967111°E / 36.831333; 138.967111