The south entrance of the station in 2017
|Operated by||JR Kyushu|
|Line(s)||■ Sasebo Line|
|Distance||13.7 km from Hizen-Yamaguchi|
|Platforms||1 side + 1 island platforms|
|Parking||Available, rentals available|
|Disabled access||Yes - elevators to platforms|
|Status||JR Kyushu ticket window (Midori no Madoguchi)|
|Opened||5 May 1895|
|Previous names||Takeo (until 19 June 1975)|
|Passengers (FY2016)||1,728 daily|
|Rank||106th (among JR Kyushu stations)|
Takeo-Onsen Station (武雄温泉駅, Takeo-Onsen eki) is a railway station on the Sasebo Line operated by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) in Takeo, Saga, Japan. It is operated by JR Kyushu and is on the Sasebo Line.
The station is served by the Sasebo Line and is located 13.7 km from the starting point of the line at Hizen-Yamaguchi. Besides the local services on the Sasebo Line, the JR Kyushu Limited Express services Midori (from Hakata to Sasebo) and Huis Ten Bosch (from Hakata to Huis Ten Bosch) also stop at this station.
The station consists of a side and an island platform serving three elevated tracks. The station complex has entrances north and south of the tracks and is a modern structure completed in 2009. Facilities include a staff ticket window with a Midori no Madoguchi facility, a waiting room, a cafe, shops and the Takeo Tourist Information Centre. Parking for cars is provided under the elevated structure and car rentals are available.
|2||■Limited express Midori, Huis Ten Bosch||for Saga, Hakata|
|■Sasebo Line||for Hizen-Yamaguchi, Tosu|
|3||■Limited express Midori, Huis Ten Bosch||for Sasebo, Huis Ten Bosch|
|■Sasebo Line||for Arita, Haiki|
|JR Kyushu Limited Express|
|Hizen-Yamaguchi||Huis Ten Bosch||Arita|
The private Kyushu Railway had opened a track from Tosu to Saga on 20 August 1891. In the next phase of expansion, the track was extended westwards with Takeo-Onsen opening as the new western terminus on 5 May 1895 with the name Takeo. 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 Nagasaki Main Line, which at that time, ran through Takeo and Haiki to Nagasaki. On 1 December 1934, another route was given the designation Nagasaki Main Line and the track serving Takeo was designated the Sasebo Line. On 19 June 1975, the station was renamed Takeo-Onsen. With the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR), the successor of JGR, on 1 April 1987, control of the station passed to JR Kyushu.
Work to elevate the station commenced in Fiscal 1997. The south entrance of the station and the elevation of platforms 2 and 3 were completed in February 2008. The north entrance and the addition of one more platform (platform 1) was completed the following year and the ceremony to mark the completion of the elevation project was held on 5 December 2009.
Takeo-Onsen Station is planned to be a station of Kyushu Shinkansen Nagasaki route (West Kyushu route). On 26 March 2008, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan granted permission for the start of construction. The planned Shinkansen platforms are to the south of the existing station,
In fiscal 2016, the station was used by an average of 1,728 passengers daily (boarding passengers only), and it ranked 106th among the busiest stations of JR Kyushu.
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