Main station building, east side, September 2012
|Location||1-1 Horikawa-machi, Yahatanishi, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
|Operated by||JR Kyushu|
|Opened||28 February 1891|
|Passengers (FY2016)||16,228 daily|
|Rank||5th (among JR Kyushu stations)|
The two lines serving the station intersect at Orio, and the lines are connected by a spur track. The station therefore consists of two separated blocks: the main building with bi-level platforms at the crossing point, and detached platforms on the spur.
Main building lower level
|1||■ Chikuho Main Line ("Wakamatsu Line")||for Futajima and Wakamatsu|
|2||■ Chikuho Main Line ("Wakamatsu Line")||for Nakama, Nōgata, Iizuka, and Sasaguri|
Main building upper level
|3||■ Kagoshima Main Line||for Akama, Hakata, Tosu, Kurume, Ōmuta, and Kumamoto|
|4||■ Kagoshima Main Line||used by local trains running either direction which allow limited express trains to pass them at this station, as well as local shuttle trains running between this station and Kokura and/or Mojikō|
|5||■ Kagoshima Main Line||for Kurosaki, Yahata, Space World, Kokura, Mojikō, and Ōita|
Limited express trains, including the Sonic, stop here.
Spur track (Takami entrance)
|6||■ Kagoshima Main Line||for Kurosaki and Kokura|
|7||■ Chikuho Main Line ("Fukuhoku Yutaka Line")||for Nakama, Nōgata, Iizuka, and Sasaguri|
|Kagoshima Main Line|
|Kurosaki||Limited Express||Akama, Kashii, or Hakata|
|Kurosaki||Rapid||Akama (Ebitsu in daytime)|
|Fukuhoku Yutaka Line (Main building)|
|Kagoshima Main - Fukuhoku Yutaka Line (Spur track)|
The privately run Kyushu Railway had begun laying down its network on Kyushu in 1889 and by the end of 1890 had a stretch of track from Ongagawa southwards to Kurume. The track was extended northwards from Ongagawa to Kurosaki by 28 February 1891, with Orio being opened on the same day as one of the intermediate stations. On 30 August 1891, Orio also became an intermediate station for the Chikuho Kogyo Railway (later renamed the Chikuho Railway) when it laid a track from Wakamatsu to Nōgata. The Chikuho Railway merged with the Kyushu Railway on 1 October 1897. When the Kyushu Railway was nationalized on 1 July 1907, Japanese Government Railways (JGR) took over control of the station. On 12 October 1909, the station became part of the Hitoyoshi Main Line and then on 21 November 1909, part of the Kagoshima Main Line. With the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR), the successor of JGR, on 1 April 1987, JR Kyushu took over control of the station.
The station building was rebuilt in 1916, but use of this building was discontinued from 6 October 2012 in preparation for rebuilding work, with operations shifted to a temporary structure. The station building was scheduled to be demolished during 2012, with the new structure completed in fiscal 2016.
In fiscal 2016, the station was used by 16,228 passengers daily, and it ranked 5th among the busiest stations of JR Kyushu.
- Kyushu Kyoritsu University
- Kyushu Women's University
- University of Occupational and Environmental Health Japan
- Kyushu Women's Junior College
- Orio Aishin Junior College
- Fukuoka Prefectural Tochiku High School
- Fukuoka Prefectural Orio High School
- Jiyugaoka High School
Airport buses leave from a bus stop located at the west exit of the main building to the Kitakyushu Airport. Also, there is a Kitakyushu municipal bus terminal for local buses connecting vicinities including Wakamatsu and Ashiya in front of the east exit of main building.
- "JR Kyushu Route Map" (PDF). JR Kyushu. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
- "Station Information" (in Japanese). Japan: Kyushu Railway Company. 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- 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). I. Tokyo: JTB Corporation. pp. 218, 233. ISBN 4533029809.
- 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. 676, 785. ISBN 4533029809.
- 『ありがとう折尾駅舎』開催 ["Thankyou Orio Station Building" event held]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- "駅別乗車人員上位300駅（平成28年度）" [Passengers embarking by station - Top 300 stations (Heisei 28)] (PDF). JR Kyushu. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
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