Isahaya Station

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Isahaya Station
Isahaya Station 20170106.jpg
The temporary station building at Isahaya in 2017
Location Eishō-chō, Isahaya-shi, Nagasaki-ken
Operated by
  • 100.4 km from Tosu (Nagasaki Main Line)
  • 36.2 km from Haiki (Ōmura Line)
  • 0.0 km (starting point of the Shimabara Railway Line)
Platforms 2 side + 1 island platforms
Tracks 5 + 2 sidings/passing loops
  • Bus terminal
Structure type At grade
Disabled access Yes - platforms served by elevators
Other information
Opened 27 November 1898 (1898-11-27)
  • 5,228 daily (JR Kyushu FY2016)
  • 977 daily (Shimabara FY2014)
Rank 35th (among JR Kyushu stations)
Isahaya Station is located in Japan
Isahaya Station
Isahaya Station
Location within Japan

Isahaya Station (諫早駅, Isahaya-eki) is a railway station in Eishō-chō, Isahaya, Nagasaki, Japan. It is owned by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu), and is the junction between three lines: the Nagasaki Main Line, Ōmura Line and the private Shimabara Railway Line.[1][2]


The station is served by the Nagasaki Main Line and is located 100.4 km from the starting point of the line at Tosu. It is also the eastern terminus of the Ōmura Line, 36.2 km from the starting point at Haiki and the western terminus and starting point for the private Shimabara Railway Line.[3] Besides the local services on the line, the JR Kyushu rapid Seaside Liner service between Sasebo and Nagasaki and the limited express Kamome stop at the station.[4]

Station layout[edit]

The station consists of a side platform and two island platforms serving five tracks. Track/platform 0 is a dead-end siding which juts into the platform 1 (the side platform) and is used exclusively by the trains of the Shimabara Railway Line. Platform 2 is a second side platform serving track 2 while tracks 3 and 4 are served by the island platform. Since 18 June 2016, Isahaya has operated out of a temporary station building while the construction of a new station building is in progress. The temporary building houses a JR Kyushu ticket counter with a (Midori no Madoguchi) facility as well as a Shimabara Railway ticket window. From the station building there is direct access to platform 0 while access to the other platforms is by means of an underpass which is served by steps and elevators.[3][2][4][5]


This station has three platforms serving five tracks.

0 Shimabara Railway Line for Hon-Isahaya, Shimabara, Shimabara-Gaikō
1 Limited express Kamome for Urakami and Nagasaki
Rapid Seaside Liner for Kikitsu, Urakami, and Nagasaki
Nagasaki Main Line for Kikitsu, Ichinuno (Nagayo), Urakami, and Nagasaki
2・3 Nagasaki Main Line for Ichinuno(Nagayo), Nagasaki, Yue, Hizen-Yamaguchi, and Tosu
Ōmura Line for Ōmura, Haiki, Sasebo
4 Limited express Kamome for Hizen-Yamaguchi, Tosu, Hakata
Express Seaside Liner for Ōmura, Haiki, and Sasebo
Nagasaki Main Line for Yue, Hizen-Yamaguchi, and Tosu
Ōmura Line for Ōmura, Haiki, and Sasebo

Adjacent stations[edit]

JR Kyushu
Nagasaki Main Line
Higashi-Isahaya Local Nishi-Isahaya
Ōmura Line
Iwamatsu Local Terminus
Limited Express and Rapid Services
Hizen-Kashima Limited Express Kamome Urakami
Ōmura Rapid Seaside Liner
Shimabara Railway
Shimabara Railway Line
Terminus Local Hon-Isahaya


The private Kyushu Railway, had opened a track from Tosu to Saga by 5 May 1895, and thereafter expanding southwards in phases, as part of the construction of a line to Nagasaki. Separately, a track was laid from Urakami (then known as Nagasaki) north to Nagayo, which opened on 22 July 1897 as the terminus. On 27 November 1898 a link up was achieved with the track from Tosu which had expanded south to Ōmura and Nagayo, allowing through traffic from Tosu to Nagasaki. Isahaya was opened on the same day as an intermediate station on the track between Ōmura and Nagayo.[6][7]

When the Kyushu Railway was nationalized on 1 July 1907, Japanese Government Railways (JGR) took over control of the station. On 12 October 1909, track from Tosu through Haiki, Ōmura, Isahaya, Nagayo to Nagasaki was designated the Nagasaki Main Line.[6]

On 21 August 1911, the Shimabara Railway Line from Isahaya to Hon-Isahaya was opened.[8]

On 24 March 1934, a track was opened from Isahaya to Yue, known as the Ariake Nishi, as part of the development of an alternative route for the Nagasaki Main Line along the coast of the Ariake Sea. By 1 December 1934, a link up was achieved between the Ariake Nishi Line at Yue and the Ariake Higashi Line which had been extended south from Hizen-Yamaguchi to Tara. The Ariake Nishi and Ariake Higashi Lines were then designated as part of the Nagasaki Main Line. The line from Haiki to Isahaya was separated to become the Ōmura Line.[6][9]

With the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR), the successor of JGR, on 1 April 1987, control of the station passed to JR Kyushu.[7]

In June 2016, work began on the construction of a new station building at Isahaya. The old station building, a timber structure in western style built in 1935, was noted for its role as a receiving station for relief trains carrying the injured from the atomic bomb at Nagasaki. This would be replaced by a new building scheduled to be completed in 2020, in time for the commencement of Shinkansen services to the station.[10][11]

Passenger statistics[edit]

In fiscal 2016, the JR station was used by an average of 5,228 passengers daily (boarding passengers only), and it ranked 35th among the busiest stations of JR Kyushu.[12]

For the Shimabara Railway station, in fiscal 2014, there were a total of 356,467 boarding passengers, given a daily average of 977 passengers.[13]

Surrounding area[edit]

  • Bus terminal for Nagasaki Kenei Bus and Shimabara Railway Bus


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  2. ^ a b "諫早" [Isahaya]. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
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  4. ^ a b "諫早" [Isahaya]. JR Kyushu official station website. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "諫早駅 仮駅舎移転のお知らせ" [Isahaya Station Notice of relocation to temporary station building]. Shimabara City official website. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c Ishino, Tetsu et al. (eds.) (1998). 停車場変遷大事典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). I. Tokyo: JTB Corporation. pp. 222–3. ISBN 4533029809. 
  7. ^ a b Ishino, Tetsu et al. (eds.) (1998). 停車場変遷大事典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). II. Tokyo: JTB Corporation. pp. 715–6. ISBN 4533029809. 
  8. ^ Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways] (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 184, 311. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4. 
  9. ^ Ishino, Tetsu et al. (eds.) (1998). 停車場変遷大事典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). I. Tokyo: JTB Corporation. p. 227. ISBN 4533029809. 
  10. ^ "九州新幹線 ご苦労さま、諫早駅舎 被爆者救援、大水害…苦難の歴史見守る 開業に向け、建て替え工事あす開始" [Kyushu Shinkansen. Well done, Isahaya Station. Helper to atomic blast and flood victims, witness to a history of suffering. Rebuilding work starts tomorrow.]. Mainichi Shimbun website. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "諫早駅再開発ビル 起工 2020年度完成、新幹線効果に期待" [Isahaya Station Redevelopment Work Begun. Completion 2020. Shinkansen effect anticipated.]. Mainichi Shimbun website. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "駅別乗車人員上位300駅(平成28年度)" [Passengers embarking by station - Top 300 stations (Fiscal 2016)] (PDF). JR Kyushu. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2018. 
  13. ^ "第63版(平成28年)長崎県統計年鑑" [Nagasaki Prefecture Statistics Yearbook 63rd Edition 2016]. Nagasaki Prefectural Government website. Retrieved 16 March 2018.  See table at section under Transportation and Communications.

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Coordinates: 32°51′7″N 130°2′29″E / 32.85194°N 130.04139°E / 32.85194; 130.04139