Minami-Otaru Station

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Minami-Otaru Station
Minami-otaru station01.jpg
The station building in April 2009
Location Otaru, Hokkaido
Operated by JR logo (hokkaido).svg JR Hokkaido
Line(s) Hakodate Main Line
Distance 254.1 km from Hakodate
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code S14
Opened November 28, 1880 (1880-11-28)
Previous names Kaiunchō; Sumiyoshi Station
Otaru (until 1920)
Passengers (FY2014) 1,778 daily
Minami-Otaru Station is located in Japan
Minami-Otaru Station
Minami-Otaru Station
Location within Japan

Minami-Otaru Station (南小樽駅 Minami-Otaru-eki?) is a railway station on the Hakodate Main Line in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan, operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). The station is numbered "S14".[1]


Minami-Otaru Station is served by the Hakodate Main Line.


The station has one island Platform with two tracks. The platform is in a shallow cutting.[2] The station has automated ticket machines, automated turnstiles which accept Kitaca,[3] and a "Midori no Madoguchi" staffed ticket office.


1  Hakodate Main Line for Otaru
2  Hakodate Main Line for Sapporo, Iwamizawa, and New Chitose Airport

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Hakodate Main Line
Otaru (S15)   Rapid Airport/Niseko Liner[4]   Otaru-Chikkō (S13)
Otaru (S15)   Semi-Rapid Ishikari Liner   Otaru-Chikkō (S13)
Otaru (S15)   Local   Otaru-Chikkō (S13)


As one of the intermediate station on the Horonai Railway, Kaiunchō Station (開運町駅?) opened on November 11, 1880 provisionally and on November 28 formally. On May 22, 1881 the station was relocated and renamed Sumiyoshi Station (住吉駅?) after the station was burned down. It was again renamed as Otaru Station (小樽駅?) on June 11, 1900. The present name Minami-Otaru was given on July 15, 1920 when the former Chūō Otaru Station, located closer to the city center, became Otaru Station.[5]

The station became the junction of the lines of Hokkaido Colliery and Railway Company (former Horonai Railway) and the Hokkaido Railway on August 1, 1905. After the nationalization of the two companies in 1906 and 1907, the trunk line connecting Hakodate and Sapporo via Otaru was named the Hakodate Main Line and its branch between Minami-Otaru (then called Otaru) and Temiya was named the Temiya Line. The Temiya Line was abandoned in 1985.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "JR Hokkaido Route Map" (PDF). Hokkaido Railway Company. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  2. ^ "南小樽駅構内図". Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Service Range Kitaca". JR Hokkaido. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  4. ^ "JR HOKKAIDO Railway Lines in Sapporo Area" (PDF). Hokkaido Railway Company. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  5. ^ 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. 813–814. ISBN 4533029809. 

Coordinates: 43°11′13.5″N 141°0′27.8″E / 43.187083°N 141.007722°E / 43.187083; 141.007722