Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station

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Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
新函館北斗駅
JR Hokkaido Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station 20160406.jpg
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in April 2016
Location Hokuto, Hokkaido
Japan
Operated by JR logo (hokkaido).svg JR Hokkaido
Line(s)
Connections Bus stop
Other information
Station code H70
History
Opened 10 December 1902
Previous names Hongō (until 1942)
Oshima-Ōno (1942-2016)
Location
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station is located in Hokkaido
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
Location within Hokkaido
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station is located in Japan
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
Location within Hokkaido

Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station (新函館北斗駅?, Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto-eki) is a railway station on the Hakodate Main Line in Hokuto, Hokkaido, Japan, operated by the Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). The station – rebuilt and very extensively enlarged to serve from March 2016 as the northern terminal of the new Hokkaido Shinkansen – occupies the site of the former Oshima-Ōno Station (渡島大野駅?).

Lines[edit]

The station, which is numbered H70, is served by trains operating on the Hakodate Main Line and the newly opened Hokkaido Shinkansen.

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Hakodate Main Line
Rapid, some Super Hokuto, Hokuto: Does not stop at this station
Goryōkaku Super Hokuto
Hokuto
Ōnuma-Kōen
Goryōkaku Hakodate Liner Terminus
Nanae Local Niyama
Hokkaido Shinkansen
Kikonai
or
Shin-Aomori
Hayabusa
Hayate
Terminus

History[edit]

Old station building in 2008

The station opened on 10 December 1902, named Hongō Station (本郷駅?).[1] It was renamed Oshima-Ōno on 1 April 1942.[1] With the privatization of JNR on 1 April 1987, the station came under the control of JR Hokkaido.[1]

Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station under construction, July 2014

The station has been rebuilt and renamed Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station (新函館北斗駅?), becoming a stop on the Hokkaido Shinkansen high-speed line, which opened on 26 March 2016.[2][3] "Relay" shuttle services using three-car 733 series electric trains operate to and from the centrally-located Hakodate Station (approximately 18 km away).[4]

The rebuilt station features large windows and white support pillars modeled after poplar trees near the local Trappist monastery. Ticket vending machines are located on the second floor of the structure. The inside uses a large number of locally sourced cedar lumber and Hokkaido bricks.[5]

The Hokkaido Shinkansen, connecting Honshu, Japan's main island, to the northern island of Hokkaido commenced service on 26 March 2016. Due to the line's extension to Sapporo (under construction), the Oshima-Ōno Station at Hokuto, Hokkaido, has been upgraded into the "New Hakodate-Hokuto Station," and received a bronze Fist of the North Star statue.[6]

Future[edit]

The extension of the Hokkaido Shinkansen to Sapporo is scheduled to commence operation in 2031.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR]. II. Japan: JTB. ISBN 4-533-02980-9. 
  2. ^ 駅名は「新函館北斗」 道新幹線 道がJRに近く提案 [Hokkaido to propose name "Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto" to JR]. Doshin Web (in Japanese). Japan: The Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  3. ^ 北海道新幹線「新函館北斗」決定 JR、新駅名発表 [JR announces new Hokkaido station name: "Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto"]. Doshin Web (in Japanese). Japan: The Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  4. ^ JR、地元・函館の要望に消極的 リレー列車3両/観光型車両は導入せず [JR to run 3-car relay trains, unresponsive to local wishes, with no plans for tourist trains]. Doshin Web (in Japanese). Japan: The Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Special Preview: Hokkaido Shinkansen - Hopes and Challenges. NHK. 25 February 2016. Event occurs at 12:40. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-02-28/fist-of-the-north-star-statue-to-welcome-hokkaido-bullet-train/.99134

Coordinates: 41°54′19″N 140°38′47″E / 41.9053°N 140.6465°E / 41.9053; 140.6465