Kikitsu Station in 2015
|Location||Tarami-chō, Isahaya-shi, Nagasaki-ken|
|Operated by||JR Kyushu|
|Line(s)||■ Nagasaki Main Line|
|Distance||106.9 km from Tosu|
|Platforms||1 side + 1 island platforms|
|Tracks||3 + 1 siding|
|Structure type||At grade|
|Disabled access||Yes - footbridge served by elevators|
|Status||Staffed ticket window (Midori no Madoguchi) (outsourced)|
|Opened||27 November 1898|
|Passengers (FY2016)||1,868 daily|
|Rank||98th (among JR Kyushu stations)|
Kikitsu Station (喜々津駅 Kikitsu-eki) is a railway station in Tarami-chō, Isahaya, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. It is operated by JR Kyushu and is on the Nagasaki Main Line. From here, in the direction of Nagasaki, line splits into the "new line" (inland route via Ichinuno) and the "old line" (coastal route via Nagayo).
The station is served by the Nagasaki Main Line and is located 106.9 km from the starting point of the line at Tosu. Besides the local services on the line, the JR Kyushu Rapid Seaside Liner service between Sasebo and Nagasaki also stops at the station.
The station consists of a side and an island platform serving three tracks. The station building, a timber structure, houses a waiting area and a ticket window. Access to the opposite side platform is by a footbridge served by elevators.
Management of the station has been outsourced to the JR Kyushu Tetsudou Eigyou Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of JR Kyushu specialising in station services. It staffs the ticket window which is equipped with a Midori no Madoguchi facility.
|Nagasaki Main Line (New Line)|
|Nagasaki Main Line (Old Line)|
|JR Kyushu Rapid|
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. On 27 November 1898, a linkup was made between Nagayo and the track from Tosu which had reached southwards to Ōmura. Kikitsu was opened on the same day as an intermediate station along the new track. 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, Kikitsu, Nagayo to Nagasaki was designated the Nagasaki Main Line. On 2 October 1972, Kikitsu became a junction station when a shorter inland bypass route was opened between Kikitsu through Ichinuno to Urakami. This became known as the new line or Ichinuno branch of the Nagasaki Main Line. The section to Nagayo became known as the old line or the Nagayo branch. With the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR), the successor of JGR, on 1 April 1987, control of the station passed to JR Kyushu.
In fiscal 2016, the station was used by an average of 1,868 passengers daily (boarding passengers only), and it ranked 98th among the busiest stations of JR Kyushu.
- Isahaya City Office Tarami Branch (Former Tarami Town Office)
- Tarami Post Office
- Seiryo High School
- Soseikan High School and Junior High School
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