Jōetsumyōkō Station

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Jōetsumyōkō Station

Joetsumyoko station 20150317.jpg
The station exterior in March 2015
LocationYamato, Jōetsu-shi, Niigata-ken 943-0861
Coordinates37°04′53″N 138°14′53″E / 37.0813°N 138.2480°E / 37.0813; 138.2480Coordinates: 37°04′53″N 138°14′53″E / 37.0813°N 138.2480°E / 37.0813; 138.2480
Operated by
Platforms2 island platforms (Shinkansen)
1 island platform (Haneuma Line)
Other information
Statusstaffed ("Midori no Madoguchi" )
Opened14 March 2015 (2015-03-14)
Passengers2,131 (FY2017, JR)
394 (FY2017, Echigo Tokimeki)
Jōetsumyōkō Station is located in Myoko Haneuma Line
Jōetsumyōkō Station
Jōetsumyōkō Station
Location within Myoko Haneuma Line
Jōetsumyōkō Station is located in Japan
Jōetsumyōkō Station
Jōetsumyōkō Station
Jōetsumyōkō Station (Japan)

Jōetsumyōkō Station (上越妙高駅, Jōetsumyōkō-eki) is an interchange railway station in Jōetsu, Niigata, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and the third-sector railway operator Echigo Tokimeki Railway. It opened in March 2015.[1]


Jōetsumyōkō Station is served by the Echigo Tokimeki Railway Myōkō Haneuma Line and the high-speed Hokuriku Shinkansen, which opened for service on 14 March 2015.[2] It replaced Wakinoda Station on the Shinetsu Main Line, located approximately 120 m away.[1] The journey from Tokyo via the Hokuriku Shinkansen takes 1 hour 48 minutes.[3] Only Hakutaka semi-fast Tokyo-to-Kanazawa services stop at Jōetsumyōkō on the Hokuriku Shinkansen.[4]

Station layout[edit]

The new station consists of two elevated island platforms serving four tracks on the Hokuriku Shinkansen, with a ground-level island platform serving two tracks for the Myōkō Haneuma Line.[2][5] The station has a "Midori no Madoguchi" staffed ticket office and also a "View Plaza" travel agent.


1  Myōkō Haneuma Line for Myōkō-Kōgen
2  Myōkō Haneuma Line for Naoetsu
11/12  Hokuriku Shinkansen for Nagano, Takasaki, Tokyo
13/14  Hokuriku Shinkansen for Toyama, Kanazawa

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Shinkansen-E.png Shinkansen jrw.svg Hokuriku Shinkansen
Kagayaki: Does not stop at this station
Iiyama   Hakutaka   Itoigawa
Echigo-TOKImeki logomark.svg Myōkō Haneuma Line
Arai Shirayuki Takada
Kita-Arai Local Minami-Takada


Jōetsumyōkō Station under construction in July 2014

Initially provisionally named Jōetsu Station (上越駅), the name Jōetsumyōkō Station was formally announced in June 2013.[6] Construction was completed in October 2014.[1] It opened on 14 March 2015, coinciding with the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension from Nagano.[1]

Passenger statistics[edit]

In fiscal 2017, the Myōkō Hanauma Line portion of the station was used by an average of 934 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[7]In fiscal 2017, the JR portion of the station was used by an average of 2,131 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[8]

Surrounding area[edit]

The station is located on the southern side of the Takada district of Jōetsu city, about 1.5 km from the border with Myōkō. The area was largely rice paddies with some houses, shops and factories along nearby Japan National Route 18; however, with the opening of the Shinkansen line, the area is rapidly urbanising.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Tokunaga, Yasushi (December 2013). 上越妙高駅に生まれ変わる脇野田駅 [Wakinoda Station to be reborn as Joetsu-Myoko Station]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 53 (632): 26–27.
  2. ^ a b Osano, Kagetoshi (March 2015).  北陸新幹線並行在来線各社の姿 [Guide to companies operating conventional lines alongside the Hokuriku Shinkansen]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (in Japanese). Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 44 (371): 28–33.
  3. ^ 北陸新幹線の概要 [Hokuriku Shinkansen Overview] (in Japanese). Japan: Joetsu City. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  4. ^ JR Timetable, February 2015
  5. ^ 上越市新幹線駅周辺地区まちなみ形成構想 [Surrounding area of shinkansen station in Joetsu] (pdf) (in Japanese). Japan: Joetsu City. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  6. ^ 北陸新幹線の新駅(仮称:上越駅)の駅名について [Details of station name for new station on Hokuriku Shinkansen] (pdf) (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  7. ^ 平成29年度の乗車状況(平成29年4月1日~平成30年3月31日)[各駅の1日平均乗車人員 [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2016)] (in Japanese). Japan: Echigo Tokimeki Railway Company. 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  8. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2017年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2017)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.

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