Doai Station

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Doai Station

Doai station.jpg
Doai Station entrance in April 2016
Location218-2 Yubiso, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma-ken 379-1728
Coordinates36°49′52.8″N 138°58′1.6″E / 36.831333°N 138.967111°E / 36.831333; 138.967111Coordinates: 36°49′52.8″N 138°58′1.6″E / 36.831333°N 138.967111°E / 36.831333; 138.967111
Operated byJR logo (east).svg JR East
Line(s) Joetsu Line
Distance69.3 km from Takasaki
Platforms2 side platforms
Depth70 m
Platform levels2
Other information
WebsiteOfficial website
Opened19 December 1936
FY201319 daily
Preceding station JR logo (east).svg JR East Following station
toward Takasaki
Jōetsu Line Tsuchitaru
toward Nagaoka
Doai Station is located in Gunma Prefecture
Doai Station
Doai Station
Location within Gunma Prefecture
Doai Station is located in Japan
Doai Station
Doai Station
Doai Station (Japan)

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


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 is 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.


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


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]


  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.

External links[edit]

Media related to Doai Station at Wikimedia Commons