Kami-Shirataki Station

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Kami-Shirataki Station
上白滝駅
Kamishirataki station01.JPG
Kami-Shirataki Station building in June 2009
Location Kamishirataki, Engaru-cho, Monbetsu-gun, Hokkaido 099-0127
Japan
Operated by JR logo (hokkaido).svg Hokkaido Railway Company
Line(s) Sekihoku Main Line
Distance 78.9 km from Shin-Asahikawa
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Other information
Status Closed
Station code A44
History
Opened 1 October 1932 (1932-10-01)
Closed 25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)
Location
Kami-Shirataki Station is located in Japan
Kami-Shirataki Station
Kami-Shirataki Station
Location within Japan

Kami-Shirataki Station (上白滝駅 Kami-Shirataki-eki?, lit. "Upper Shirataki") was a railway station on the Sekihoku Main Line in Engaru, Hokkaido, Japan, operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). Opened in October 1932, the station closed in March 2016.

Lines[edit]

The timetable posted at the station in December 2012, showing only 2 trains stopping each day

Kami-Shirataki Station was served by the single-track Sekihoku Main Line, lying 78.9 km from the official starting point of the line at Shin-Asahikawa. The station was numbered "A44".

As of December 2012, the station was served by just one train service in each direction daily.

Station layout[edit]

The station had a single side platform serving the single-track line. The station was unstaffed, but a station structure was provided, with toilet facilities for passengers.

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Sekihoku Main Line
Limited Express Okhotsk: Does not stop at this station
Limited Rapid: Does not stop at this station
Kamikawa   Local   Shirataki

History[edit]

The station opened on 1 October 1932.[1] With the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR) on 1 April 1987, the station came under the control of JR Hokkaido.[1]

In July 2015, JR Hokkaido announced that it would be closing the station along with three others on the line (Kyū-Shirataki Station, Shimo-Shirataki Station, and Kanehana Station) in March 2016, due to low passenger usage.[2]

In January 2016, it was reported on Chinese state broadcaster CCTV's Facebook page that the station was being kept open for the benefit of just one high-school girl who used the station to commute to and from school, and that it was scheduled to close when the girl graduated.[3] However, it was later revealed that the station in question was actually Kyū-Shirataki Station, two stops away, and there is no evidence that the timing of the closure of either station was connected with the girl's graduation.[4]

The station closed following the last day of services on 25 March 2016.[5]

Surrounding area[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR]. II. Japan: JTB. p. 918. ISBN 4-533-02980-9. 
  2. ^ 上白滝・旧白滝・下白滝の3駅も廃止 JR石北線、来年3月に [3 JR Sekihoku Line stations Kami-Shirataki, Kyu-Shirataki, and Shimo-Shirataki to close next March]. Doshin (in Japanese). Japan: The Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 22 July 2015. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Remote Hokkaido train station stays open for one high school girl? Perhaps not". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Japanese train service 'keeps running daily service for a single passenger'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  5. ^ 根室線花咲など8駅廃止、79本減便 JR北海道がダイヤ改正 [JR Hokkaido introduces revised timetable - 8 stations closed and 79 services cut]. Doshin Web (in Japanese). Japan: The Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 26 March 2016. Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 

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Coordinates: 43°52′35″N 143°08′40″E / 43.8765°N 143.1444°E / 43.8765; 143.1444