Kyū-Shirataki Station

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Kyū-Shirataki Station
Kyūshirataki station01.JPG
The station platform in June 2009
Location Kyūshirataki, Engaru-cho, Monbetsu-gun, Hokkaido 099-0102
Operated by JR logo (hokkaido).svg JR Hokkaido
Line(s) Sekihoku Main Line
Distance 88.3 km from Shin-Asahikawa
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Other information
Status Closed
Station code A46
Opened 11 February 1947 (1947-02-11)
Closed 25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)
Kyū-Shirataki Station is located in Japan
Kyū-Shirataki Station
Kyū-Shirataki Station
Location within Japan

Kyū-Shirataki Station (旧白滝駅 Kyū-Shirataki-eki?, lit. "Old Shirataki") was a railway station on the Sekihoku Main Line in Engaru, Hokkaido, Japan, operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). Opened in 1947, the station closed in March 2016.


Shimo-Shirataki Station was served by the single-track Sekihoku Main Line, lying 88.3 km from the official starting point of the line at Shin-Asahikawa. The station was numbered "A46".

Station layout[edit]

The station had a side platform serving the otherwise single-track line. The station was unstaffed, but had a station structure and waiting room.

Adjacent stations[edit]

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


The station opened on 11 February 1947.[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 (Shimo-Shirataki Station, Kami-Shirataki Station, and Kanehana Station) in March 2016, due to low passenger usage.[2] According to a news report, as of January 2016, there was only one passenger using the station regularly;[3] later reports suggest that there were in fact over 10 additional passengers.[4]

The station closed following the last day of services on 25 March 2016.[5] The station structure and platform was demolished in October 2016.[6]

Surrounding area[edit]

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  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 12 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Poon, Linda (8 January 2016). "Japan Keeps The Defunct Kyu-Shirataki Train Station Open for Just One High-School Girl". CityLab. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Remote Hokkaido train station stays open for one high school girl? Perhaps not". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. 18 October 2016. Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 9 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 14 April 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  6. ^ 「秘境」北海道・旧白滝駅舎が解体 地元住民が別れ惜しむ [Remote JR Hokkaido Kyu-Shirataki Station demolished - Locals pay their last respects]. Doshin Web (in Japanese). Japan: The Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 18 October 2016. Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 

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Coordinates: 43°55′12″N 143°14′12″E / 43.9199°N 143.2367°E / 43.9199; 143.2367